New Congregations Join MCEC

Hiyaw Amalak, Ottawa 

Hiyaw Amalak (Living God) is a congregation of Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrants who began meeting as a congregation more than eight years ago. The congregation has a vision to reach the Tigrinya-speaking population of Ottawa as well as a larger call of being the presence of Jesus for all the citizens of Ottawa. The Eritrean diaspora community in and around Ottawa is greater than 8,000. 

While the congregation worships in Tigrinya, they have intentionally moved their youth and children’s ministries into English. The congregation of about 50 is led by Pastors Fitsum Debesay and Habte Araya. 

Their connection with MCEC began through their relationship with MCEC Pastors Getachew Woldeyes (Church of the Living Word, Ottawa) and Jonathan Abrham (Shalom Worship & Healing Centre, Kitchener). 

Hiyaw Amalak has joined MCEC as a congregation with provisional membership.

Ma Destinée, Montréal

Ma Destinée is a congregation of new believers and recent Haitian immigrants who began renting space for worship at Hochma, Montréal in 2018. Led by the dynamic pastoral couple of Rheau Jean-Claude & Marjory Brutus, the congregation has a vision to be a beacon of hope for their wider community. 

A small congregation of approximately 25 individuals, they have seen an increase in attendance during the pandemic as community members reach out for connection online. 

The congregation has an active prayer and Bible study ministry, run children’s day camps in the summer, and assist a children’s ministry in Haiti. Marjory & Rheau run MMB Coaching, a Christocentric multidisciplinary teaching center, which they see as both business and ministry. Their coaching ministry focuses on couples, young adults and children.  Ma Destinée has joined MCEC as a congregation with provisional membership.