Church anniversary – Jesus Network
The Jesus Network began Apr. 21, 2007, as a collaboration between Leaside Bible Chapel, the Salvation Army and the Mennonite Brethren Board of Church Extension in Ontario. It is a church plant/outreach ministry in Thorncliffe Park, a dense high-rise community in Toronto heavily populated by immigrants from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. From its early friendship evangelism and Christmas basket distribution, the network has grown to include a ministry to Albanian immigrants, an Indonesian church, a Pakistani church, a staff apologist, an online ministry, and a ministry to Afghani immigrants launching in its 10th year. Volunteers and staff continue to distribute 500 baskets and 10,000–50,000 Bible story DVDs each Christmas. Other ministries including a food bank and Hope Community Church ran for a season. The Jesus Network marked their 10th anniversary with a celebration and fundraising dinner in May including a sermon/testimony by the newest staff team member. Another celebration event is slated to take place in fall.