Saturday 28 October
About forty ministers and lay religious leaders from various Christian denominations were at the River Jordan Ministries on Bentley Road for a breakfast Information session last Saturday. This was the second day of the 2017 Annual Conference meeting of the International Pastors’ and Leaders’ Forum, hosted by Rev. Joseph Kiirya and the River Jordan Ministries, and led by its President Pastor Cornelius Babalola. Based on the event’s biblical theme: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”, inspirational keynote speaker, Dr. Narry Santos, Vice President of the Evangelical Missiological Society of Canada, took the participants on his “reverse” missionary journey from the Philippines to Canada, describing how he and his fellow missionaries overcame significant challenges along the way. Director of Tyndale Intercultural Ministries, Dr. Robert Cousins, spoke of the challenges encountered by the network of Christian ministries and the importance of ensuring that Christian programs and services reflected Canada’s increasingly multicultural mosaic.
The mission of the International Pastors’ and Leaders’ Forum (IPLF) is to build a unified body of international pastors working together to help one another, underpinned by supportive personal relationships. IPLF provides an avenue where international ministers of the Gospel and lay leaders in our community can come together and speak the bare truth to one another, and in sincerity and simplicity, exhort and pray for one another, as a family of brothers and sisters, without any religious stratifications or classifications.
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