The iEmergence Team
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Matt LeBlanc

Matt is Mi’kmaq and Acadian, his family is from the Listuguj reserve in Quebec and Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is the son of Terry and Bev LeBlanc and has two sisters - Jeanine, married to Dan Lowe, and Jennifer.

In his teen years Matt was a lifeguard and swim instructor working at Bible camps and local pools in Manitoba. Working with YFC for a summer, he also helped to lead teams of inner city youth on a weeklong canoe trip into the Whiteshell region of Ontario. He has worked with children and youth in various capacities throughout his life.

In 2000 Matt joined a YWAM base in Auckland, NZ and completed a DTS (Discipleship Training Program) with them, focused on Indigenous models of Christian living and understanding. Later in 2003 he returned to staff another DTS with Island Breeze and lead a team of over 20 young people from around the world on a short-term missions trip to Tahiti for 2 months. During his time with YWAM Matt also was involved in IWT (Impact World Tour). Here he worked as a sound and light technician, helping to set up and run the stage for the Evangelistic outreach.

During the years of 2006 and 2007 Matt started and managed a private company based out of Edmonton, AB. The business was focused on residential construction and renovation. He had one partner in the company and hired outside work from time to time.

Since the beginning of the WCGIP (World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People) Matt has attended and been involved in each of the gatherings in the various countries around the world. He has also been part of the Youth Leadership team with the Vision Keepers who oversee the movement. The experience in these gatherings has created a vision in Matt for the emerging generations of Indigenous youth around the world. In pursuit of that vision, Matt, together with young people from the WCGIP, created iEmergence in 2008.
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Kharla Acosta

Kharla is a mother to two expressive and lovely kids. She loves to cook, read, write, sing, and dance. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and forming meaningful and significant relationships with people. She desires to touch people’s hearts through her work, which she also considers a ministry. She wants to be part of finding solutions to common issues faced by different communities as well as sharing the lessons she has learned from her personal journey.

Kharla is a valuable addition to the iEmergence team in the Philippines. As program staff, she will be directly engaged with the projects being implemented in our partner communities.
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Faith Dima-ano

Faith and her family is originally from Davao City. She and her brothers, Jehiel and Isaac, grew up in the town of Anitapan in Compostela Valley, a province outside Davao City. Her parents, Gelacio and Jemima Dima-ano pioneered a vibrant ministry in Anitapan and spearheaded the establishment of five (5) churches in Compostela. Their passion inspired Faith to also serve within the same ministry. Her first building blocks for her passion for ministry began when she was still in her elementary years. Today, she still supports and contributes to the ministry of their church, Foursquare Gospel.

Growing up in Anitapan, she and her family spent a lot of time with the Mansaka tribe. This allowed her to experience a variety of things and grow in her understanding of her country especially its Indigenous peoples. Her personal and relational skills developed through these experiences and eventually led her to iEmergence.

The 2012 Tribal Christian Gathering that iEmergence co-hosted near Kidapawan City was the first time she had seen tribal peoples celebrating and sharing their own cultural expressions. It inspired her to continue working with iE in engaging with Indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

About Us

iEmergence, a division of Indigenous Pathways, is a non-profit/non-stock organization focusing on holistic community and leadership development in indigenous and tribal communities.
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