CESLM Spring Training Day Report

What a great opportunity for inspiration and networking at our Spring Training Day on Saturday, April 13th where 42 people attended with at least 18 congregations represented. In our opening session, Noral Woodburn, Cross-Cultural Pastor with BP Church and Director of Agape Language Centre, spoke about “Every Neighbour, Every Nation.” He pointed out that Statistics Canada projects, by 2036, 25 to 30 percent of the population will be foreign-born and 30 to 35 percent will belong to a visible minority group. Noral added, “I think the church can do something that nobody else can do. And that shows the love of Jesus by providing accompaniment, a sense of community, and friendship—which community agencies have a very difficult time doing.”

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Attendees enjoyed the following breakout sessions:

  • “The Sounds
    of English” with Pat Dyck
  • “English Language: Empowerment for Mission” with Amber Wylie-Moerman
  • “Spiritual Foundations for Intercultural Ministry” with Allan Pole
  • “It Just Makes Sense: Using the Neurolinguistics Approach and Literacy Loop to Empower and Fast Track Beginner ELLs” with Roswita Dressler and Anja Dressler
  • “I-AM ESL Curriculum Sampler” with Jade Parayil
  • “Growing an ESL Ministry: Learning from Experience” with Katherine Milum
  • “Screen Time in the ELL Classroom” with Nada Ramsden
  • “Developing Pathways to Jesus for Immigrants in Your Neighbourhood” with Rick and Patti Love
  • “Understanding and Celebrating Cultural Identity” with Warsha Stephen and Anshu Stephen

Thanks to all who participated in making this day come together: Hawkwood Baptist Church for hosting; all the amazing presenters; North Hill Auto Service for sponsoring; and many volunteers who served behind the scenes with set-up, registration, serving good food and drinks, and clean-up. And to CESLM board and staff. Also, special thanks to our Events Coordinator, Roxy Meyers, who pulled together an excellent team! Our biggest thank you goes to our Lord for speaking to us, and through us, as we help His Church reach out to new Canadians!


Thank you for partnering with us as we train and equip churches and volunteers to better reach newcomers in their communities. Your investment equips volunteers to invite immigrants out of isolation, serve them in a tangible way, and welcome them to connect with a Christ-centered community.