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I am a originally from Canada. I am a pastor of a house church ministry praying for the people of DeKalb, IL and the students of NIU. I also work as nurse. My wife Julie and myself are raising five wonderful children, who are serving the Lord together.

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Kishwaukee Bible Church of Sycamore IL, serves at Network of Nation 11-10-17

Kishwaukee Bible Church of Sycamore IL, serves at Network of Nation 11-10-17.

God blessed our serving at Net Work of Nations, an international student outreach, where about ten churches serve International students with friendship, meals and conversation. Our church serves twice a year. It is a blessing. here are some pictures of the serving. 


Kishwaukee Bible Church of Sycamore IL, serves at Network of Nation 11-10-17

Kishwaukee Bible Church of Sycamore IL, serves at Network of Nation 11-10-17.

God blessed our serving at Net Work of Nations, an international student outreach, where about ten churches serve International students with friendship, meals and conversation. Our church serves twice a year. It is a blessing. here are some pictures of the serving. 


One Young Man’s Northern Manitoba Adventure – Convergence In Life And Ministry

One Young Man’s Northern Manitoba Adventure – Convergence In Life And Ministry

by Kevin E. Jesmer 11-8-17

Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (ESV)

Convergence in life is when all the single threads in one’s life merge together to form a beautiful tapestry. It is done by God. It is God’s gift. It happens when a person realizes that everything that happened in their life has happened for God’s sovereign purpose. Every event has meaning and has been redeemed and used by Jesus for his Gospel purposes.

I have been experiencing this over the last 5 years with this  mission to Northern Canada. (since 2012). Every last experience and skill and talent that God has led me into and developed within me is being utilized. Even my past experiences growing up in the forested areas of northern Manitoba, in Thompson. At 53 years old, I can say that it is all making sense and I can see why God worked in my life as he did and I thank him and praise him for it.

Today, I wanted to share some of the northern adventure that I experienced as a youth in northern Manitoba.  Through it, God molded me and shaped me to make me the man I am today. It is no wonder that I have been led to help support the Gospel mission to NW Ontario. Life in the Canadian North is in “my blood”. It is part of my identity. I no longer feel like I a forcing a round peg into a square hole when it comes to meaning and mission in life. Convergence has happened and is continually happening by the grace of God. It will culminate in eternal life in the kingdom of God with my Lord Jesus and redeemed believers from every nation of the world.

Diploma in Biblical Discipleship/Counselling

Diploma in Biblical Discipleship/Counselling. The following is a three month Biblical discipleship/counseling course. It is provided by Rising Above, Institute of Biblical counselling, and the Beaver Lake Outreach and partnerships. It is a three month course near Dryden Ontario. This course is of great value because it is focused on the needs of the people living in Northwestern Ontario. There is a special emphasis on professional counseling geared to the First Nation people. It is held in NW Ontario. Board and room and tuition and books could cost between $3,000 to $4,500 dollar. A person would need to get a three month leave from work. The following pictures are from a brochure that I received from Amos Esh, at the NEFC (Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) July 11, 2017 in The Pas Manitoba. Pray for me and my wife to take this course one year in the future.


Simeon Trust Workshops. Compiled 2017

Simeon Trust Workshops

Compiled by Kevin E. Jesmer 10-16-17

Each 3-day workshop (for preachers, pastors, and men training to teach from the Bible) is aimed to encourage and equip you in better opening up God’s Word.

    Are you a pastor responsible for regularly preaching or teaching? Are you training for such a role? Please consider joining us for one of our Workshops on Biblical Exposition. These Workshops are designed for (male) preaching pastors and those in training. More information about who should attend the Workshops is available here and our schedules for the Workshops for women in ministry and Workshops in international locations might also be worth considering. If you are planning to come to a Workshop, you might also want to look at how to prepare for the Small Groups. This schedule of the 2016/2017 season of Workshops on Biblical Exposition is subject to revision. Please check back for the most up-to-date information.


We intend to return working pastors to their central calling—the faithful, weekly exposition of God’s Word. Our primary means for accomplishing this task is through our Workshops on Biblical Exposition.

The mission of the Workshops is four-fold. First, for expository preaching to take hold of a preacher and subsequently edify and evangelize his congregation, he must be confident in setting to the task. We must convince the pastor that the heart of pastoral ministry is the proclamation of the Word. Second, as he is convinced he must also grow in his confidence to practice expository preaching. We must encourage him in his own life-long ministry and his soul by ministering to him from the Word. Third, as he is encouraged, he must also be given the tools to apply specific principles such that he both understands and is equipped for true expository preaching. We must show him to rightly handle the Word of God. Finally, showing him how to faithfully exegete the text assumes a common understanding of the fullness of the Biblical framework, a comprehensive understanding of the big picture of the Scriptures and the Christological (or Biblical Theological) promise/fulfillment pattern contained within. We must reveal to him the geography of the Text. And that is what the preaching workshops do.


Since before the Charles Simeon Trust was founded, Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and the founders of the CST have been committed to the idea of training the next generation of biblical expositors. Taking the lead of Charles Simeon himself, who equipped young men for ministry in Cambridge in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, we are committed to hands-on, immersion training.

Since 1998, we have been developing internship materials and testing them out in our Simeon Model training scheme. More recently, we have made commitments to partnering with similar organizations to take these training concepts outside of North America.


Over the years, we have forged an important partnership with Leadership Resources International in order to take our training commitment to those who reside outside of North America. This partnership involves a combination of their TNT training model and our Workshop model to equip pastors in Nairobi, Kenya. We have also started Workshops and Simeon Course groups around India, partnering with the Delhi Bible Institute and Bangalore Presbyterian Church. We have also informally partnered in various ways with a few organizations that are remarkably like-minded and with whom we share the most essential convictions: the Proclamation Trust, Matthias Media, and Equipo Impacto.


Properly speaking, this whole page is meant to address this quite important question. We encourage you to read the entirety of the answers given here as it might prove relevant to you. But first, we want to present a little bit of the background on the reasons we hold these Workshops.


We are out to recover the centrality of God’s Word, taught in an expository way, to the benefit of the life and health of the church in our generation. In order for this kind of teaching to take place, the Bible must be properly understood and rightly handled in the course of preaching and teaching.

We also have a strategic reason for holding these Workshops. We are making a commitment to the few people responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word in a local church congregation. As such, the Workshops are meant to be practical. Among other things, we aim to instruct in a way of reading, understanding and teaching the Bible. We do not presume a particular doctrinal position from our participants. Rather, in the words of Spurgeon, we “do not look for any other means of converting men beyond the simple preaching of the gospel and opening of men’s ears to hear it” (C. H. Spurgeon).


Given the reasons stated above and given our understanding of Scripture, the Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly opening up God’s Word for God’s people. Specifically, they are for those men currently in pastoral ministry and, as such, are responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word in congregational settings. Though vocational preaching pastors are our priority, the Workshops are open to those in general teaching ministry: including some lay-preachers, teaching Elders, seminary students or professors, teaching missionaries, and those serving in similar roles. Again, our priority is those who regularly preach or teach from God’s Word.


The purpose of the workshop is to increase the participant’s confidence and ability in rightly handling God’s Word. We also want each person to leave convinced that God’s Word is powerful and eager to teach it to their people. A successful Workshop on Biblical Exposition has three essential components:


The leaders will present clear, simple instructions on interpreting and explaining the message of the Bible in an accurate and accessible way.


The Small Groups consist of 6-10 participants who have each prepared assigned texts and are ready to interact with the other group members and a trained group leader in order to improve their skills in a hands-on way.


There will be an exposition from one of the leaders, demonstrating the value of sitting under the Word of God.

November 1-3, 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba    $139

Transcona Alliance Church

James Seward/Kevin Walker/Derek DeVries

The Purpose and DNA of the Church. Posted by Kevin E. Jesmer 10-16-17

The Purpose and DNA of the Church

Posted by Kevin E. Jesmer 10-16-17

My wife was going through some old papers and found some information about new membership at Kishwaukee Bible Church (KBC), which we now attend. This was from 2012. I felt it was worth sharing as a reminder of what the core essence of church formation is all about. The following pictures are scans of some brochures. They include, Who are we? What are we about? What do we believe? And the DNA of the church. I hope this is edifying to those who are involved in church planting.

Some Pointers On Building Up Relationships Between Missionaries-By Kevin E. Jesmer 10-16-17

Some Pointers On Building Up Relationships Between Missionaries

By Kevin E. Jesmer 10-16-17

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (ESV)

My wife and I recently attended a marriage conference at Harvest Bible Chapel in DeKalb Illinois. We learned so many valuable things about building up our marriage. One thing that struck me, is that marriage is a model for everything. Principles from strengthening relationships in the marriage can also be applied to other close relationships, like missionary teams. The conversation in one session sparked so many ideas about building up relationships with other missionaries on the mission field.

These are some other things I thought about while sitting in the marriage seminar…

Bind yourself to your heaven-sent team member. Please refer to the following key verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (ESV).

The point is…two are better than one. Each person can help the other as they work together. It is like being in a three-legged race. We are in it together. We want to get our partner and ourselves, across the finish line. We cannot run on ahead of the other. We are bound together. We need to get a sense of each other’s rhythm.  With God’s help they will both get across the finish line together. There is an old African proverb that goes something like this…  “Doing something alone may allow you to move quicker, but when you do things together you move further.”

When we think of Church we have to think of a body of people, travelling together. We have to envision women, men, and children of all ages, races, and societies supporting one another on their long and often tiresome journeys to their final home.”Henri Nouwen

When Julie and I were heading up a house church, God sent several other believers to the ministry. I never knew how connected I needed to be to the coworkers that God had sent. I thought about efficiency and almost always, I felt that I could get things done quicker if I did them myself. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely “bind” myself to the team members that Christ sent, and proceed together in the Gospel mission.

Introduce dialogue. Create an environment where there can be good communication.  There needs to be a relationship that encourages other peoples’ input.

Gracefully embrace each other’s’ weaknesses. People need a safe place to “be” in. They need to be able to ask for help.

Pray together. Missionaries pray together. How often we neglect praying together in the name of getting the work done? Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20, ESV). More things are done through prayer than anything else. “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Allow for initiative. Missionaries need to allow each member of the team to take some initiative. Don’t kill initiative with rejection and criticism. Realize that some initiative is actually God inspired.

Encourage vision casting.  Again, God could be revealing mission/vision through people whom he has sent. We all get stuck in our old rhythms. Even wooden wagon wheels can cut ruts in solid rock if they take the same route all the time. (ex. The Oregon Trail.) Time is passing and the culture is changing faster that we can keep up with it. Now that 4 out of 5 kids are out of the house, I will be losing touch even faster and getting stuck in an even deeper rut. We need some outside inspiration. God provides that, if only we have ears to hear.

Affirm one another/don’t criticize. It is not good to point out each other’s sins and call each other to repentance continuously. (however, in some extreme cases this might be necessary. Matt 18:15-19). But always remember we are not God. Some of the small criticisms we harbor in our hearts are actually ridiculous to hold onto if you really analyze them. It is called nit picking. They may be an issue with us, but not with God.  How about offering each other grace. Affirm each other. It makes everyone stand a little taller.

These relationships need to be nurtured. Any garden needs to be carefully nurtured in order to bear good abundant fruit. Heart soil needs to tended so that the seed of the Word of God can grow. Likewise, relationships need to be nurtured to grow.

Over the last 31 years as Christian I have failed to nurture and build co-working relationships. Especially in my 14 years heading up a house church ministry mistakes were made in abundance. My attitude was that if a person was not regularly attending Sunday worship service and faithfully tithing and paying for the upkeep of the home the church met in, and have not been “jumping through the hoops” that I have set up, for ten years, then they had no authority or right to speak into what was going on in the house church ministry. I will always remember the time when one of my closer partners in ministry wanted to ask some questions. He was critical about some ministry things. I totally shut him up, stating that we should not let Satan get a foothold in our hearts. I crushed conversation, and initiative and so many other things. He and his family left. Do you know what has happened to the house that our family used to have the house church in for 14 years? It is torn down and the place where it was, is now covered in grass. God did bear some lasting fruit through the house church experience, by his grace. But I sure did tear up the garden that God wanted me to nurture on so many fronts.

In conclusion, I can truly say that co-working relationships are a gift from God. They are meant to strengthen, encourage and build up each missionary. They will bring glory to God and renown, honor and praise to his name. People will be pointed towards Christ. These relationships need to be nurtured with prayer and careful spiritual consideration. Let’s review some of the points that were made…

  1. Bind yourself to your heaven-sent team member.
  2. Introduce dialogue.
  3. Gracefully embrace each other’s’ weaknesses.
  4. Pray together.
  5. Allow for initiative.
  6. Encourage vision casting.
  7. Affirm one another/don’t criticize.
  8. These relationships need to be nurtured.

Robert Moore Nugent and Racheal (Wolfe) Nugent

Robert Moore Nugent (b. 9/30/1873 NB Canada) and Racheal (Wolfe) Nugent. 

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Nugent History page

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Return to John and Alice Nugent page (Son of Robert Moore Nugent)

Robert was a floor manager for Wannamaker’s Department Store. There he met his wife, Racheal Wolfe. Racheal was a lace buyer for the store. They married each other May 27, 1905.

Wanamaker’s was the first department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the first department stores in the United States. At its zenith in the early 20th century, Wanamaker also had a store in New York City at Broadway and Ninth Street. Both employed extremely large staffs.

Racheal Wolfe was born 8-16-1873 in Manhattan New York. She was a lace buyer for department stores. She died in 1937.

After Racheal’s death, Robert married Clara A. Nugent. They were married for a year when he died. He died in Nova Scotia.  Debert,  Colchester County. Colchester County is located in north central Nova Scotia.

Robert was born 9-30-1873 in St John New Brunswick He died in 12-31-1938. Some of the jobs that Robert worked at were, department store worker, stream cleaning, department store manager, Canadian National Railway, salesman selling aluminum ware.

True romance blossomed in a New York neighborhood.

Robert Moore Nugent once resided in New York 312 W. 140th Street New York City. Racheal lived at 139 West 139th Street New York City. They lived two blocks away from each other and worked in the department store industry. They were married 5-27-1905 in New York City.

For those who are interested in family health history, here is the scoop.

John Kinread Nugent died of a heart attack at about the age of 60.

Edith Nugent Clark. She had rheumatic fever when she was young causing her heart to enlarge and weaken as a result. She probably had extensive atherosclerosis.

Robert Moore Junior. “Bob” died at the age of 55 of coronary thrombosis. He probably was a smoker.

Joan Nugent is the child of Lloyd George Nugent. She married John Edwin “Ted” Macnintch. Ted has a Phd.  They do a lot of genealogical research.

Lloyd George Nugent died at the age of 29. His sister, Edith stated that it was from a “double ureter”. He could have had diabetes. He had pneumonia and kidney problems. The kidney problems were related to high blood pressure.

The Children of Robert Moore Nugent and Racheal Wolfe

  1. John Kinread Nugent (B. Paterson New Jersey. Died in Montebello CA. Married Alice Larracey, 7-4-1931 in Moncton New Brunswick Canada.
  1. Ruth Racheal Nugent Married Victor Lewis 12-12-1939.
  2. Blanche (Nugent) Welsh. Married Fred Welsh
  3. Edith (Nugent) Clarke (B. 1-11-1906 in Great Neck Long Island New York. Died. 5-26-1984 I London Ontario. Married to William “Willie” Clarke.
  4. Lloyd George Nugent (died at age 29. Married to Mildred Parkin.)
  5. Robert Moore Jr. “Bob”. (Died at the age of 55.)

Robert Moore Nugent

                                                                                  Racheal (Wolfe) Nugent

First Story Ministry: A Branch of Ethnos 360 (posted 10-2017)


First Story Ministry: A Branch of Ethnos 360 (posted 10-2017)

Link to Ethnos 360 Canada info page

Dave Wright (on the right; 2017)

Explore 10:10 : Bible 101 – The Foundation

(See John 10:10) When was the last time you read a book starting from the middle? The purpose of this site is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (See Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23) The teachings available on this site will take one on a journey through God’s word, the Bible. Starting at the beginning Dave Wright will step through God’s word and create a clear understanding of “Who is God?” What is God’s plan for us? You will then be challenged to share what you have learned with others!

Contact Information:

For questions regarding the content of these videos please feel free to e-mail Dave Wright at

June 27, 2017

FirstStory Making a Difference in Canada

Chronological Bible Teaching – the Missing Link

Dave Wright is a missionary with FirstStory Ministries and has been a key part in developing materials to help FirstStory equip churches. He has named the curriculum EXPLORE10:10 after John 10:10 where Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”.

EXPLORE10:10 is a systematic discipleship teaching course that walks through the Bible in chronological order from the beginning and is aimed at taking people from limited or no understanding all the way to a complete understanding of who God is and to maturity in their faith in Christ. It lets God tell His story. Dave Wright served in Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Mission in the mid’90s where he used this teaching to help plant a church, which is growing and thriving on its own today. It was developed with an appreciation for individual cultures and teaches in light of it. After Dave returned to Canada, Norman McCallum (indigenous elder and pastor) and Conrad Flett (host of the television broadcast Tribal Trails) asked Dave to transfer all of this into the Aboriginal context. It started to spread like wildfire and they have since been invited to present this course in many indigenous communities. Dave also teaches this course in the Canadian church to educate Christian leaders in this teaching method so they can share it with their own people. As a result, this course is now being taught by Aboriginal Christian leaders in several communities in Northern Saskatchewan where the material is being contextualized for their specific locations. Aboriginal leaders have referred to this curriculum as ‘the first Aboriginal curriculum written by Aboriginals for Aboriginals’. Norman McCallum told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix,  “Many native people tell me Christianity is the white man’s religion. I say no. It’s for everyone. We just weren’t taught the whole story. We’ve been missing out for so many years. Now this has come to us. It’s opened my eyes to what we’ve been missing. It’s a godsend for me and for our native people.”

This is just a start to what FirstStory Ministries is doing in Canada. We are excited to see where God takes this ministry. Please continue to pray for Dave Wright and the Aboriginal Christian leaders who are teaching people ‘God’s story’. I never learnt the complete story of the Bible. I knew nothing about the beginning, about what took place in the beginning. Genesis says, ‘In the beginning, God created…’ but I wanted to know who God was, and how all His creation came about…how I came about.

Ethnos 360 Canada: A New Tribes Outreach To Canada

New Tribes Mission To Canada…Ethnos 360

Please note: The is not “To Every Tribe”. It is “New Tribes”.

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Link to FirstStory ministry, a branch of Ethnos 360  



A Vision To finish video (2 min 40 sec)

Ethnos Canada

313363 Hwy. 6 S.

Durham, ON N0G 1R0


Local: 519-369-2622

Toll Free: 844-855-6862

Fax: 519-369-5828


Ethnos is an international church-planting mission organization. Ethnos Canada is the Canadian branch of the organization.

Ethnos works among people groups who have had little or no access to the Bible, mostly in remote locations in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region. While providing practical help such as medical care, community development and literacy education, missionaries share Bible lessons that allow the people to choose for themselves whether to believe on Jesus Christ and follow Him.

Those who believe are discipled, and trained as church leaders, teachers and missionaries themselves. The Ethnos missionaries’ goal is to equip people to lead their own church, while they provide support such as Bible translation, lesson development and advice.

In addition, missionaries train people so they can continue to provide basic medical care, literacy instruction and other practical helps to their own people.

Fast Facts About Ethnos

Ethnos was founded in the USA in 1942 as New Tribes Mission. From the beginning, two things have made Ethnos distinct among missions organizations:

We work only among the world’s least-reached people groups

We equip those groups to lead their own churches

Ethnos is non-denominational. More than 3,000 missionaries from a variety of evangelical churches serve in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Ethnos is international, with missionaries from nearly 30 countries. Ethnos Canada is the Canadian organization. It is a registered non-profit organization, based in Durham, Ontario. Examples of affiliated organizations in other countries are Ethnos360, NTM UK and MNT Brazil.

Ethnos Canada operates a missionary training program, Emanate, in Durham, Ontario.

Ethnos360 has missionary training facilities in Waukesha, Wisconsin; Jackson, Michigan; and Camden County, Missouri. Ethnos360 also has a mobilization centre in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.

NTM Aviation, which provides flight services for missionaries around the world, is based in McNeal, Arizona.

Why have we changed our name to Ethnos Canada?

Because we’re positioning to reach a changing world.

Our founders had a vision for reaching the world: “By unflinching determination we hazard our lives and gamble all for Christ until we have reached the last tribe regardless of where that tribe might be.” (Brown Gold magazine, Issue 1, May 1943)

That’s a far-reaching vision. A vision that represents God’s heart for the world. A vision that’s worth our getting passionate about and working together to make it a reality.

That vision hasn’t changed, but the world has. We face new challenges, and we are learning to face them together — relying upon God to unite His people to overcome them for His glory.

Ethnos is the name that anchors us to our foundations and points us to our future.

Ethnos is the “nations” that Christ referred to when He commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:47). It’s the word from which we get ethnic, and it means people groups.

Our vision is the same today as it was 75 years ago: A thriving church for every people. As we move forward, we’ll draw from those lessons God has taught us in our 75 years of ministry to pursue new opportunities opening to us. Opportunities to reach a changing world.


We minister among unreached people groups:

In 2,500 of the world’s 6,500 people groups, there is no church, nor is there any work being done to establish a church. These are the people among whom ETHNOS Canada works.

We work on the indigenous culture and language:

These indigenous cultures and languages have isolated them from the Gospel. Missionaries must learn their language and understand their culture in order to clearly present the Gospel and effectively plant a church.

We present foundational Bible teaching:

Unreached people groups have no concept of the God of the Bible. So Bible teaching begins at the same place God began — at the beginning. Chronological Bible teaching presents a foundation for understanding Jesus’ death and resurrection.

We establish mature churches:

Following the pattern seen in Acts as God’s people carried out the Great Commission, missionaries seek to establish mature churches that can take their rightful place as agents of change in their own communities and partners in the Great Commission

Of the world’s 6,500 people groups, 2,500 are still unreached.

Ethnos Canada helps local churches mobilize, equip, and coordinate missionaries

to these people.

Connect with church planting among unreached people groups. More than 2,500 missionaries serve around the world in remote places where there are no churches, or even work being done to establish one. Working in the context of tribal cultures and languages, missionaries bring God’s Word to those isolated from the Gospel, planting churches where Christ is not yet named.

A thriving church for every people

Of the world’s 6,500 people groups, 2,500 are still unreached. Ethnos360, founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission, helps local churches train, coordinate and send missionaries to these peoples.

A Vision for Finishing


The first New Tribes Mission conference in Canada was held in Toronto on June 8-15, 1947.  New Tribes Mission missionaries who participated were Lance Latham, Ken Johnston, and Paul Fleming.


In September, 1950, the first Canadian training institute was temporarily opened at a Bible camp in Abbotsford, BC. Then in the spring of 1951, a more suitable location was found just north of Enderby, B.C.

In May, 1951, New Tribes Mission (Canada) was incorporated in Vancouver.


New Tribes Mission (Canada) moved to Ontario when an office to represent the Mission was established in Burlington in October 1959.


On September 11, 1967, a 70 acre property just south of the town of Durham was purchased.  The property, once a family farm, served as a summer camp.  A dining hall, two older buildings, and a few small cabins and bunkhouses were all that greeted the men who first came on the property.

In February 1968, the missionary training program began, with seven students.


On April 9,1969, the name New Tribes Mission (Canada) was officially changed to New Tribes Mission of Canada; directors were appointed and a Charter was formed.


Life in Durham continued much the same for many years: students entered the training and then moved on to NTM’s Language School in Missouri, before heading off to overseas ministry.

Over the years the Durham property was developed.  Older buildings were removed as new homes and an office were constructed.  In 1987 an additional 30 acres was purchased adjoining the original property.

In 1999 the Lord began to impress NTMC leadership with the thought of bringing NTM’s Language School curriculum to Canada.  Candidates in the training were leaving home, spending a year in Durham and then a year in Missouri before returning to their home area.  It seemed to be much better to offer the two-year training course in Canada, and provide better stability for those in the training – particularly those families with young children.

Plans were developed and construction got underway in 2002.  In August 2003 classes began in the new Canadian Language Institute and on May 29, 2004 our first class of 16 students graduated.

From the start, our purpose has been two-fold: to train and equip believers to be involved in the task of planting tribal churches, and once finished the training to support and assist them by providing leadership, encouragement and business administration.  In so doing, we also serve as the crucial link between the missionaries and their sending churches.

We are thankful for how the Lord has provided for all of our needs over the years, and we are excited as we look ahead to see what the Lord will do in the years ahead.

My Interpretation of the Art Work, “Mammon” by Alex Gross

My Interpretation of the Art Work, “Mammon” by Alex Gross

Written by Kevin E. Jesmer 9-25-17

“Mammon.” A painting by Alex Gross. What does this painting have to say about false religion of our day? I am inviting your interpretation. Especially what do you think of the Christ figure.

I see a hipster Jesus concentrating on bible study and conquering death. But not through his suffering and death and resurrection, but through knowledge and relevance. …more on other things later.

People also don’t like a suffering Jesus. They like a cool, thoughtful casual Jesus. It is because they don’t want to suffer either.

I don’t believe that is Jesus on the cross. It looks more like Confucius. I think it means other things that people put in place of Jesus, hoping that these false saviors can save them. The hipster Jesus is not suffering at all. He appears quite casual.

I also see a false savior dying on the cross. It could represent eastern mysticism or oriental religion. The snake us there, intertwined, representing Satan who has hand in presenting false messiah or saviors to the world. Money is also on the cross. Many think money is their savior.

I then see people oblivious to what is going on. Focusing on their cell phones, or taking pictures and yet blind to the spiritual reality. Nature seems more important than salvation. What us the end result of this? A person in the background did running and harassed by death. You also seem to have an impotent Jesus, hipster though he may be. He is also powerless to draw the attention of the people away from their cell phones.

The people are disconnected from nature and spiritual life. The sky is overcast with no sun, Revealing. That they are living in darkness. One has a nice purse and there are billboards and electronics. Lots of materialism. But no spiritual substance or understanding. As a result,… lostness.

Lostness and a whole lot of people who are harassed by the power of death, desperately in need of the true savior Jesus who died on cross and rose from the dead.

I would like to add some more about the hipster Christ. He is confident in his relevance and Bible study to crush the power of death. His foot on the chest of the skeleton appears as a victory, but not a complete victory. The power of death is active in another location, harassing the pilgrim in the background. We may think that our relevance and Bible study has power to overcome the power of death. There is some good done through it. But it can never procure a complete victory over the power of death. Only the Gospel, with the Lamb of God, Jesus can do that.

The man being attacked by “death” with a sword, looks like an old testament prophet, being attacked. This is what happens when a society abandons the one and only true Savior for lesser saviors, that are no saviors at all. They are in spiritual darkness, they worship false gods, they are harassed by death and they kill the prophets that are sent by God, Acts 7:25 reads, “Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him–” (NIV)

There are other false saviors that people trust instead of Jesus. Technology, money, false religious, nature, human society, big business, friends on social networks, traveling and experiences (Like taking pictures), one humanity, the sacred cow.

The title, “Mammon” is meaningful too. Mammon is what the Israelites in Moses time were crying out for. It is not what God wanted to give them. It is what they wanted. They wanted to go back to slavery in Egypt to eat mammon. Mammon is bad spiritual food. When we eat it, it suffer for it. We need to eat the bread of heaven, Jesus, and not mammon, even if we are convinced that is what we need. Trust God and what he provides. Numbers 11:13, “Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!'”

I also see that when people are blind to the spiritual reality, Christianity is a photo op. The lady is taking a picture of Jesus. She is curious. Maybe she will post it on facebook. But she does not appear to be drawn into worship. She just wants to take a picture. For many Christian things, like old churches and historical sites are nothing more than photo ops. They are tourists. The sites do not draw them into worship of the One the sites were meant to glorify.