Nigel Paul is the founder of MoveIn, an international movement that encourages Christians to live amongst poor populations in urban neighborhoods. Though MoveIn has existed less than a decade, Paul’s organization has expanded to nearly 50 teams living in cities and countries around the world.
MoveIn began in January 2009 when God gave MoveIn founder and director Nigel Paul the vision to see teams of regular Christians move in and pray in high-needs neighbourhood “patches” in Toronto and beyond. May 2009 saw the first MoveIn conference with more than 700 in attendance. Teams formed quickly after that and have been increasing in number since.
On the story of MoveIn by Nigel Paul, he said: “Keep telling the stories” We tell the MoveIn story often because it is important to “remember” and praise God for all He has done. Like the Israelites in the wilderness, we are prone to forget what God has done in our lives individually, and together. Because of their—and our—forgetfulness, God reminded the Israelites over and over: “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” (Deut. 5:15).
Early on in MoveIn, a wise older man gave our movement a similar exhortation: “Keep telling the stories,” he said. And so, we have endeavoured to do that. Each instance of remembering what God has done has been an opportunity to thank Him for His faithfulness.
It’s been over five years since MoveIn began. It is a story for all of us. But MoveIn is about far more than us MoveIners. God raised up MoveIn for people who have never heard of.