Mission Project

Arctic Diocese

The Diocese of the Arctic is in northern Canada and stretches for 1.5 million square miles – one-third of the country’s land mass. Crosslinks mission partners were some of the first to take the gospel to the Arctic, beginning in 1923. Today around 55,000 people live in the region. 

Crosslinks’ ongoing support to the diocese includes prayer and financial provision for clergy and organising a bible training conference for local bible teachers. 

Ministry in such an inhospitable environment is tough but recent signs of God at work include a growth in youth ministries, a steady number of students at the newly re-opened bible college and new clergy serving some of the remote parishes.

Canadian Arctic

Population:

55,000

Recent Prayer Letters

Thank you for holding the Arctic people in prayer. Your outward demonstration of obedient love helped plant the Diocese of The Arctic so many decades ago. Let me report to you that though we are a small group of people, we are experiencing the favour of God even when most of our communities do not have a shepherd to lead the flock. You may ask why such a shortage is there? Well, we got behind in our recruiting and in the past 30 years, 52 clergy have retired or died. To remedy this lack of leadership, we prioritised the need to recruit and reopen our Arther Turner Training School. I am happy to report that we have recruited 10 clergy, trained 5 more and over 40 people across the Arctic are enrolled in our Deacons training program offered by the ATTS. They meet weekly via Zoom and twice a year they gather for face to face in person training. 
As the world busily considers transition, we in the Arctic are no different. We too face life’s modern pressures and the numerous opinions of those who want us to comply with their desire to steer the church off course.
Over 140 years ago, missionaries came north. They told us that we were created on purpose, for a purpose. Like Christians from other nations, we Arctic peoples heard Jesus calling us out of a life of self-centered independence, to turn to him as Lord, to submit to the Bible’s authority, and to accept his invitation to partner with him in ministry to seek and save the lost. After accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we carefully investigated and meditated upon the word of God. We translated the Holy Scriptures into our mother tongues and accepted his mission as our own.

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