The first Methodist missionaries to the Canadian West came directly from Great Britain. A mission was a group of Christians sent to another country (in this case Canada) to set up churches and do religious work. These people were known as Missionaries. They taught people to live in settled communities and to grow and farm their own food.
In England, Methodist ministers journeyed from town to town, preaching in fields and village squares. Methodist missionaries in Canada also travelled, not really having one place to call home. Often the mission buildings were left empty as the missionaries travelled with bands of Aboriginal people.