The next edition of my Power to Change ministry newsletter is now available – download it now! Here’s what’s in it:
“What exactly do you do?” - find out a bit about the massive, year-long project that I’ve been working on, and why I enjoy working on this computer stuff!
Student Mission Trips - about 140 students are currently on Power to Change missions trips in countries around the world. I love hearing about what God is doing in and through these students.
Family Update - Silas is 3 and Toby is 1 1/2, and we love watching them grow and develop! Shannon had a fantastic learning experience teaching at BCIT this past semester, and we’ve both been able to serve in some rewarding ways at our church.
Here is what’s included in this edition of my Power to Change ministry newsletter (download now):
Building Families in Haiti - The Global Aid Network has been helping re-build after the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, but recently, some staff from FamilyLife went to equip Christian leaders in ministry to marriages and families.
Ministry Through Sport - At our Power to Change staff conference a few months ago, I got to sit in on a planning session with staff from our Athletes in Action ministry. I was inspired by their passion and creativity, and got some great ideas for how our Information Technology department could better support these front-line missionaries in our organization.
Family Update - The last few months have included a lot of fun activities and trips, but also a not-so-fun, unplanned home renovation!
DRIME – Learn more about this amazing ministry within Power to Change that uses choreographed street drama to share the gospel with those on the city streets around the world in a creative, non-threatening, and engaging way.
Family update – updates on Shannon and I, our boys (Toby is 6 months old already!), our trip to Ontario, and more.
Every few months, Jason writes up a newsletter to send to people who are interested in his ministry at Power to Change. In this edition, you can read about:
New Resource Centre Website: My big project the last few months at Power to Change has been developing a new website for our Resource Centre (check it out at store.powertochange.org)
Crave: The Documentary: Produced by pastor and author Erwin McManus in partnership with Power to Change, this film was shot in Vancouver and reveals some surprising things about people’s openness to spiritual things (watch it online at powertochange.com/itv/spirituality/crave-the-documentary/)
On the Home Front: We’re finding exciting new ways to get involved with our church, and are enjoying the changes we see in our son almost every day (get more updates from Shannon’s blog at inmeta4s.blogspot.com)
Every year, Power to Change puts on a 4-day conference for all our staff near the end of July. It was in Whistler, BC again this year, which is a beautiful location. Shannon and I always look forward to the conference, because we know it will be a great time to reconnect with some of the staff friends we have that we don’t get to see very often (especially old university friends who are now campus staff across the country). We also look forward to relaxing in a hotel, wandering around Whistler village, taking in the spectacular scenery on the drive in, and being blessed and challenged by the conference sessions.
We knew this year would be a little different, though, because it was our first year coming with a child! Fortunately, it worked out quite well. Silas slept in his stroller at the back of the room for some sessions, so Shannon and I could both participate. Other times, one of us would hang out with Silas in the lobby, watching the session on the live feed out there. Only a few times did one of us need to miss out entirely on something, and since we had expected that ahead of time, we were pretty relaxed about it. And, having Silas there allowed Shannon to win the photo contest for one day. The theme was “relaxation”, and here’s the winning picture Shannon submitted:
Here are a few thoughts that came out of the conference for me:
I was reminded again how much I love the vision of Power to Change. The people here love God deeply, and are passionate about people in our communities and across our nation. They are dreaming big dreams of how God could use us to introduce people across our land to the one they were created for.
People in Canada ARE interested in spiritual things, and want to talk about the deep issues of life. However, we have to stop approaching people around us as a “project”, but as someone we truly care about and are interested in. Erwin McManus was one of our speakers, and he especially challenged us in this area. He showed us a short documentary he had put together, where he interviewed a number of prominent, secular people from the Vancouver area, and it showed clearly how open people were to talking about spiritual things!
Another important aspect of engaging our culture in spiritual conversation is being real about how Jesus has impacted our own lives. And, I’m not just talking about a conversion story from 20 years ago, but how has God been making a real difference in my life in the past week? To share naturally about Christ, we need to be walking closely with Him, making Him a part of every aspect of our lives, all the time.
Shannon and I were really challenged to be taking greater faith steps in our own life. Sometimes it feels like we are just living a “maintenance” life – maintaining the house, maintaining the car, maintaining our friendships, etc. We both want to go beyond that, to be agents of God’s kingdom, following His leading to do things that are beyond our own ability and comfort level, that require complete dependance on Him.
May God give us strength and wisdom to put these thoughts into action.