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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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.

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