With our Mission’s 60-year history, a myriad of missionary stories could be retold. However, we believe this 60th anniversary issue is the perfect occasion to do something else!
Anniversaries naturally prompt us to think about beginnings, and to recount what has happened in the meantime.
In NCEM we can’t properly celebrate our 60th year without recalling the faith, sacrifice and determination of our founding missionary leaders, Stan & Evelyn Collie and Art & Martha Tarry. They stepped out for the Lord to reach an isolated and overlooked nation at a time when “missions” meant going overseas. Risking misunderstanding and failure, they launched a new work.
By God’s grace the intervening years saw the ministry expand from northwestern Saskatchewan across to Native communities in virtually every province and territory in the world’s second largest country. The in between years have also seen the launch of media outreaches (most notably Tribal Trails television and the JESUS Movie in Native languages), and ongoing partnership with the developing Native Church.
Through difficulties, setbacks and victories, NCEM’s ministry has carried on now for six decades.