Open Doors on the Reserves
What is the most effective way of crossing cultures to serve and express hope to the First Nations people of Canada with the love of Jesus Christ? Many groups have tried, with varying levels of success. Yet, one of the most innovative, sustainable and effective models has been led by Pacific Islanders coming to Canada with Youth With A Mission.
Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM, is dedicated to knowing God and making him known with a mandate of innovative evangelism, training, and mercy ministries.
Island Breeze is one of many YWAM Ministries. With operations bases in 8 countries, Island Breeze is committed to redeeming cultures back to God, concentrating on indigenous people groups. Led by Pacific Islanders, they use cultural dance and ceremonial events from the Polynesian Islands to open doors typically closed to whites.
For over 25 years Island Breeze has had a consistent presence in Canada among our First Nations peoples. Typical Island Breeze teams are made of 5 to 20 people. Over the years, over 170 Samoans and another 50 Pacific Islanders have served alongside Aboriginals, Caucasians and international missionaries in Canada. Pacific Islanders have always served as the group’s leadership. They have been invited to serve on over 50 of Canada’s 650 reserves. Loved and appreciated, they receive invitations to return to over 40 reserves across western Canada, northern Ontario and Quebec annually.