Recent global events have created what has been called the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time, yet the peace and reconciliation of God is on the move
The turbulence of our world causes many to flee to new countries, and it is important to remember that histories of war and persecution do not end once people arrive at our borders.
Carey is equipped to respond to this great need. Since 2013, we have been working in Winnipeg to tailor theological education for refugee and immigrants, by offering a Certificate in Ministry program for pastors serving in their communities.
We believe that those who have experienced the politics of fear and injustice now have a powerful avenue to bring others to Christ.
“The peace and reconciliation of God is on the move. Among the many encouraging things taking root in our students, one that stands out is seeing many students from typically hostile tribes in Rwanda, Congo, and Sudan come together around their common faith. Once outsiders to one another, they are learning to call each other brother and sister and friend. They are even partnering in each others’ congregations which gives us hope for their future and ours together.” – Joe Welty, Coordinator for Church-Based Campus in Winnipeg
– Pastor Shadrack Mutabazi, Carey Student in Winnipeg
Shadrack carries the trauma of life as a refugee and can testify to the peace and reconciliation of God on the move. Through Carey’s Certificate in Ministry program, he has gone on to establish Shalom Christian Outreach, through which he teaches about the struggle against tribalism, and the need to bring healing to those affected by injustice. He fled the Congo with his family, crossed the border into Rwanda, and again into Uganda, where they lived as refugees. Five years ago he moved to Winnipeg where he pastors in a church whose members are also African refugees.
CERTIFICATE IN MINISTRY
Carey launched a certificate program in Winnipeg in the fall of 2013. The learning cohort has 21 men and women from Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, and Congo. The classes meet for six hours on Saturdays at a Baptist church. Over a two year period students will study biblical theology, spiritual formation, leadership, counseling and church planting.
Students are required to attend classes, read textbooks and write papers that deal with issues related to the immigrant experience and church life. Some students are pastors who hope to gain Canadian credentials as a result of their studies while the majority are leaders who seek to serve in local churches.
YOUR PARTNERSHIP IS IMPORTANT
Carey is committed to God’s mission in Canada and the world. Carey programs depend on the generosity of people and churches in our constituency to supplement student fees. We reduce expenses by using donated space and local instructors paid with honorariums. However, there are still costs involved in maintaining the Winnipeg program and responding to the growing needs for a Certificate in Ministry program in Calgary, Central Alberta, and Vancouver.HELP RESOURCE LEADERS: ACCESSIBLE + AFFORDABLE
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