Support to local initiatives highlight renewed mission emphasis in the region
A new hiring and recent support to several outreach initiatives are evidence of increased Adventist efforts to reach the Native population of northern Canada.
Seventh-day Adventists leaders in the province of Ontario recently hired a native pastor, the first in many years. Randy Elliott was appointed to lead the thriving Adventist congregation in Sioux Lookout, a small town located some 1,100 miles (1,760 kilometers) northwest of Toronto.
Elliott, who was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, in Western Canada, lived his early years on a Native Reserve. Trained as a drug, abuse and trauma counselor, he worked in mental health for nine years and is well equipped to serve in Native communities.
It was not, however, until Elliott’s mother invited him and his girlfriend, Cheryl, to a prophecy seminar that his life took on new meaning.
Randy Elliott, a Native Adventist who pastored a congregation in British Columbia, in Western Canada, and now will keep working with Native people in northern Ontario. [Photo: British Columbia Conference]
José and Ghadihela Quezada, Adventist missionaries in the Canadian Arctic. Lately they have been working in the Arctic hamlet of Igloolik. [Photo: Canadian Adventist Messenger]
“We fell in love with the Lord,” Elliott shared in an interview. “We were married and baptized.” He served his local church as an elder for over nine years before being called into pastoral ministry to serve the Gwa’sala -‘Nakwaxda’xw Adventist Church in Port Hardy, British Columbia. With his wife working beside him, Elliott spent seven years working with his fellow Native people.
Elliott is happy for the new opportunity to work in the province of Ontario. “Our desire is…