The Resurrection Goes On! By Harry Nigh

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 | Comments Off on The Resurrection Goes On! By Harry Nigh

Timothy BreakfastOn  Saturday April 19th my friend Timothy and folks from Nazareth Gospel Temple hosted a  first-ever breakfast for their community in the east end of Scarborough that includes the hotels along Kingston Road where some of our poorest neighbours live.

It was Timothy’s dream that his church should reach out to hurting people around them.

I ate breakfast beside Merna who left her grown sons and grandchildren in Bathurst, New Brunswick to pursue the good life in Toronto. She walked across the road after Timothy knocked on her door with an invitation to come for breakfast.

I’ve known Timothy in darker times just after he got out of prison for the second time. He’s known more than his share of abandonment and caused more than his share of pain. After a fellow prisoner at the Toronto East Detention Centre told him about Jesus, he has clung to his faith in Christ even in the darkest times.

Seeing him Saturday was like a pre-Easter resurrection … one of a long line of resurrections in his life…. from a boyhood filled with a desperate struggle to survive the streets of Detroit to this day… giving his neighbourhood a wonderful breakfast.

We have days when we sadly watch as friends return to the tomb of prison. But we also see resurrections too.

On May 23rd our Toronto Dismas Fellowship will celebrate men and women who have left prison behind and are rebuilding their life in freedom. Come if you can. Say hello to Timothy. It will be a great night!

We also ask you to pray for resurrection of our community chaplaincy ministry in the Toronto-Hamilton area. Correctional Services Canada has stopped funding community chaplaincy in this area for both the men and women’s work, except for the work of my friend, Imam Habeeb Alli with the Islamic chaplaincy.

But Mennonite Central Committee is committed to raising funds for the Women’s ministry and Friends of Dismas is supporting the community chaplaincy with men.

So we have brushed off a tin cup and you may find us outside your church someday asking for help so that this vibrant community of hope can continue to engage people of faith with those who have been touched by crime.

Even resurrections can’t be done alone!