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OCT 28 + 29, 2016
MCDIARMID DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH
635 MCDIARMID DRIVE
Brian McConaghy, Founding Director of Ratanak International, was a Forensic Scientist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 22 years. For 19 of those years he performed his duties with the RCMP while setting up and running Ratanak International as a volunteer. Brian is a man with a burden for the people of Cambodia. Having grown up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian knows what it is like to live under the stress of political turmoil.
Brian first visited Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand in 1989. What he witnessed there appalled him. This experience led him into Cambodia several months later, only to find conditions worse than in the camps. This was the start of a long journey that has taken Brian and Ratanak International through many challenging and rewarding times in their desire to be servants of the Khmer people.
After visiting Cambodian refugee camps and seeing a documentary on Cambodia, Brian was moved to study the complexities of this country and to do something to alleviate the suffering. The result was a charity named after a little girl he saw dying in that documentary.
Brian never got to meet Ratanak but she changed his life. His dedication to the people of Cambodia is a reflection of the person of Jesus Christ at work in his life.
The challenge for Brian in Cambodia has been immense from the start, often traumatic and overwhelming but also full of hope and even great joy. Yet his goal remains the same: Keep pushing ahead, saving one life at a time, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Toe-Blake Roy was born in St-Gédéon, Québec. In 1970 his family came in contact with the gospel. His parents and siblings accepted the Lord shortly after. At 16, during a mission’s conference at his home church, the Lord called Toe-Blake to full-time service. Knowing this required attending Bible college, Toe-Blake undertook the task of learning English, by moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He then pursued a Bachelor of Religious Education in Pastoral Studies at Briercrest Bible College; a Masters of Divinity at London Baptist Seminary; a Masters of Theology in Old Testament at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts: Administrative Studies in higher education and organizational leadership at Briercrest Biblical Seminary.
Toe-Blake married Linda Mathieu, on June 4, 1983 in St-Georges, Quebec. They have four children born between 1984 and 1989, two girls and two boys. The Roys served as Church planters in Quebec with Fellowship French Mission for 15 years.
Since 2006 Toe-Blake has served as the director of BLF Canada which aim to reach French speaking people for Christ through evangelism, literature and pastoral training at home and oversea.
Arley Loewen has worked in the South – Central Asian context since 1981. He earned an MA in Persian from Pakistan and a PhD in Middle Eastern Civilizations (Univ. of Toronto). He directs an international multi-media ministry under OM Canada and provides leadership training in shame-honor contexts. Here in Canada he frequently lectures on Christian-Muslim relations and cross-cultural dynamics in schools and churches.
CRISIS OF ISIS – REFLECTIONS AND RESPONSES
When ISIS first stormed through the deserts of Syria and Iraq, they proclaimed themselves as being “good news” for the Muslim world, whom they considered to be enslaved to . In complete contrast, religious minorities Shiites, and millions of Sunni have experienced ISIS as the death of civilization.
We will discuss the development of Islamic radicalism, their sense of humiliation, the West’s various responses and how parts of the church in the Middle East are experiencing unprecedented challenges and growth in the midst of this bloody and bitter conflict.
The crisis in the Middle East is indeed a Christian crisis as well. How shall we respond?
John Brown grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. After graduating from Bible college and seminary in Washington DC, he and his wife Jennifer began five years of church planting among Québécois in Montreal-East. In 1985 he was invited to join the CrossWorld Mission leadership team as Associate Director responsible for Asia Ministries. In 1994 John received his doctorate from Denver Seminary. Since 1995 John has served with Africa Inland Mission in Toronto, first as their Canadian Director. Then in July 2015 he moved to the position of Director of African Canadian Ministries.
John regularly visits campuses and churches across the country to challenge Canadians to learn about the needs of Africa and the opportunities to disciple New Canadians here at home. John has traveled to and taught God’s Word in 23 countries, including 12 in Africa.
John and Jennifer have three sons who, with their wives, are all involved in cross-cultural witness—with Britannia Baptist Church (Ottawa), Kids Alive Canada, and Africa Inland Mission (Chad).