The following is the audio compilation from Missions Fest 2020. Our theme was "Altar Vision".
What does it look like to live a life surrendered to Christ?
The apostle Paul uses expressions like “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1,2) and “poured out” (Philippians 2:17) to describe the all-or-nothing nature of life lived for Jesus. Jesus is worthy of all our love and adoration. Loving him is our highest calling as Christians and our greatest joy.
In return, we experience the love of Jesus like a spring of water that bubbles up in us and flows outward touching our families, church communities, neighbourhoods, and jobs. This water is life. It brings healing and reconciliation and wholeness.
This conference represents our desire to create an opportunity for attendees to experience more of the life of Jesus, and to allow Jesus to remove the "stones" that block the flow of life-giving water.
- Friday evening: Aaron White - Lament: Do We Trust God?
- Saturday morning: Ken Shigematsu, Jay Ewing, Milissa Ewing - Confession: What Separates Us From God?
- Saturday afternoon: Sandra Ryan - Rest: Have We Experienced God as Our Provider?
- Saturday evening: Kim Moran - Youth Rally
Due to an unforeseen error we did not record the Garratts' General Session and therefore it is not in the compilation. Our apologies!
- Saturday morning: Sandra Ryan - Migration and Mission: God at work in the global movement of people
- Saturday afternoon: Julia and Kevin Garratt - (Christian) Social Entrepreneurship & Reaching the Hard Places
Aaron White is the National Director of 24-7 Prayer Canada. He has been a pastor, missioner, justice worker and prayer instigator in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for the past 16 years, where he lives with his wife and four children in a community home. He is the co-author of Revolution and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Kingdom of God; co-creator of The Creative Way Down discipleship resource; and author of the upcoming book Recovering: From Brokenness and Addiction to Blessedness and Community.
Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Ken is the author of the national bestseller Survival Guide for the Soul. Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.
Jay Ewing is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC. He is passionate about seeing people come to know Christ and be spiritually formed into whole and healthy followers of Jesus. Jay is also a practicing Spiritual Director. Prior to ministry, he worked as a Mental Health Care Counsellor and was the Centre Director for A Rocha Canada’s BC Field Study Centre with his wife, Milissa.
Milissa Ewing is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC where she provides leadership for Tenth Kids, Creo Student Ministries, and Tenth Parents. Milissa is passionate about partnering with parents to see the next generation of kids follow Christ with their whole lives. Milissa has a background in education as both a public and private school teacher, and as a director of children’s programs for disadvantaged children. Milissa also worked alongside Jay as the Centre Director for A Rocha Canada's BC Field Study Centre.
Sandra Ryan is the Director for Global Mission at The Peoples Church, Toronto. Previous to this ministry, she served for twenty-three years as an officer in The Salvation Army. Her first ministry appointment was in a First Nations village in Northern British Columbia where she experienced the strength and beauty of real community. In 1991 she was appointed as part of a six-person team to restart the work of The Salvation Army in the former Soviet Union. Along with committed Russian team members she started community-based churches in Russia for nine years before returning to Canada in 2000. Back in Toronto, she had the privilege of living and ministering in the gateway community of Regent Park for 12 years during the challenge and opportunity of neighbourhood revitalization. Presently, Sandra oversees the local and global outreach for The Peoples Church Toronto. In this role she has the privilege of leading her international congregation to be gospel-centered, globally-engaged followers of Jesus.
Julia and Kevin Garratt
Julia & Kevin Garratt have thirty years of overseas non-profit Christian global work experience in aid, community development, young leader equipping and mentoring and Christian social enterprise.
They presently divide their time between North America and southeast Asia where they continue to serve in restricted access nations using their new platform Nation to Nation. They are widely sought-after speakers since their release from captivity in 2016. Kevin is a gifted communicator and presenter who shares stories with passion, humour and spiritual insight. Julia is an author, teacher, curriculum designer, and passionate inspirational speaker who calls people to a deeper faith. They have shared their story in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, United States, South Korea, Myanmar, Northern India and Thailand.
The Garratts’ story mirrors the present political tit-for-tat arrest of two Canadians in China, Michael Korvig and Michael Spavor; an effort to pressure Canada to release Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wenzhou, before extradition to the United States. They continue to be sought after by reporters in Canada, the United States, Australia, England and others regarding their take on the situation and the human cost of false political imprisonment.
Kim Moran and her husband Clark are the lead pastors at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly (APA) Church in Abbotsford. They’ve been the lead pastors there for the past three years and were previously the campus pastors at Summit Pacific College. They’ve also been youth pastors in Ontario. Both Kim and Clark have a deep passion for the local church and for the next generation.