International Student Ministry in an Urban Environment. Testimonies and principals of thriving in the inner city. Nathan Kwan, Marion Karasiuk , Steve Xu. Contents. Introduction A Map of Toronto Why Toronto? “The Urban Christian” by Bakke, Ray The 10 Principals
Testimonies and principals of thriving in the inner city.
Nathan Kwan, Marion Karasiuk, Steve Xu
Field Trip to Saint Jacob Market in 2013
Toronto Chinese Baptist Church 1967-
English Bible Study(B) in 2014
Sharing and Encouraging in 2014
English Bible Study(A) in 2014
Paul’s ministry (First to Jewish Ministry and then to Gentiles Ministry)
Jesus said no to “people”(John2:23-25)
Married, two children
Husband a retired computer programmer
Anglican, ordained as a deacon
‘A Quiet Place’ Outreach Centre
Intersection of University of Toronto campus and Chinatown
In a basement under the local Tim Hortons
Easy subway ride from campus
English Conversation and Cultural Exchange + dinner
ESL Bible Study + dinner
Volunteer teacher at campus centre for international students
Priorities – Realistic vs. Idealistic
Seasons of Marriage – Planning ahead
Everyday Intimacy – Planning the week
Joint Ministry – Boundaries
Our Model – Chaplain, Silent partner
Communication – Praying together
Encouragement – Small group
Devotion is different from Study
Silence is different from Playing worship music
Sabbath is different from Cramming in some fun
A Retreat is different from A Workshop
Pray together – OK to have an informal leadership meeting too.
Meet together – have formal leadership meetings with minutes.
Value diversity – it’s how the body works
Allow time for diversity – patiently figure out the team God has given you.
Take the same day off.
We must do these activities. We can’t be too busy. “We are Better Together”
Working in Multicultural teams