Archive for the ‘Missions’ Category

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Monday, March 31st, 2014

My latest Power to Change ministry newsletter, which includes an important family update, is now available for download here! Look inside for:

Family Update - Introducing Fiona Eleni Joy Brink, born March 20th! We are 11 days in, and trying to adapt to our “new normal” as a family of five.

Introduction to WHEN - In the ministry portion of my newsletter, I share a conversation with Florence from the Women’s Heart Engaging Network, one of the 12 ministries of Power to Change I get to support that many of you may not know about.

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New Baby Fiona

 

Fall 2012 Newsletter

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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!

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

Monday, June 4th, 2012

In this newsletter:

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.

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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest installment in our family / ministry newsletter. This time, the main focus is on our trip this summer down to Fort Collins, CO to take some biblical courses.

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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:

  • FamilyLife Weekend to Remember: I’ve been able to help work on some web sites for this ministry, and am encouraged by quotes from recent conference attendees
  • Biblical Studies: We have the chance to take some biblical studies in Colorado for 4 weeks this summer
  • On the Home Front: Our church, dreams, health, and son

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

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:

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Staff Conference 2010

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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.

Summer 2010 Newsletter

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Every few months, Jason writes up a newsletter to send to people who are interested in his ministry at Power to Change. This newsletter includes ministry stories from Athletes in Action and TruthMedia, as well as some personal updates about what we’ve been up to this summer, and how life as parents is going. View the PDF here.

Fall Update on work with Power to Change

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

We’ve been back from Africa for about 3 1/2 months now, and I (Jason) have gotten fully back into my work in the IT department at Power to Change. I try to send out an update about what’s going on in the ministry and how I’m involved with it (along with some personal updates) every few months. For family and friends who are interested, here’s the latest fall update.

Fall PTC Update

Final Week in Burkina Faso

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Wow, how quickly this time has gone! Shannon and I are now in our final week here in Burkina Faso. The last couple of weeks have been busy wrapping up, so I thought I’d post a quick overview.

On Friday, April 10th, the Center for the Advancement of the Handicapped (where I work full time and Shannon has worked a day a week) had a little goodbye party, since that was my last work day. Everyone was incredibly kind, and Shannon and I felt very privileged to have been able to serve this group.

On Saturday, April 11th, we hosted a big goodbye party at our house for all the friends we made in Mahadaga. We gave invites to the medical clinic and the Center, our two places of work, as well as to our church friends. We expected maybe a 50% turnout rate, like a party back home, but people warned us that when a white person has a party, EVERYONE shows up! It turned out they were right, with about 80 people coming to our house between 11 am and 5 pm. Several of the locals and Florence, one of the other missionaries, cooked up tons of rice and sauce for us to feed everyone, and Shannon baked MANY dozens of cookies and cut up lots of mangos. We managed to go through the whole party without running out of food, and it was a wonderful way to say goodbye to everyone.

We waved goodbye to Mahadaga for the last time on Monday, April 13th, as we drove off to Fada for a short visit. There is another mission station there, and we wanted to spend a bit of time with the missionaries we had gotten to know there before leaving the country.

A few days later, we continued up to the capital, connected with 5 other short-term SIM missionaries, and headed off on a 4-day visit to Djibo which we had been planning for several months. Djibo is a large town/small city in northern Burkina Faso, close to the southern frontier of the desert. It’s known for being hot, isolated, and a difficult place to minister. We went to visit the missionaries there, and to learn about the church planting that is being done among the Fulani people. This people group, we learned, is actually the LARGEST unreached people group in the world! (By unreached, I mean they don’t have a growing, self-sufficient Christian church in their own culture.) They are a stoic people, who think it’s weak to show any kind of emotion. They are spread across western Africa, and are almost entirely followers of Islam (although they often mix Islam with their traditional animistic practices). We had the opportunity to visit a Fulani pastor who has just moved to Djibo, visit a traditional Fulani village and have a meal in their home, and visit the small Fulani church that the missionaries are working with. It was quite fascinating, and helped open our eyes to the needs. Please pray with us that God would open the hearts of the Fulani to know Him! Pray as well for the Fulani pastor we met – it’s quite tough for him when Christians often become social outcasts from the rest of the Fulanis.

While in Djibo, we also got introduced to the Tuareg people. The Tuaregs are nomads, who typically live in Mali. However, the Tuaregs have been engaged in a struggle with the Mali government for quite some time now, and many Tuaregs have left Mali as refugees from the fighting. We had the privilege to visit a Tuareg camp, have a meal with them, and even take a short camel ride! Here’s a picture of Shannon and I with the camel in the background.

Shannon has also posted several other pictures from our last few weeks here on Facebook. To check them out, click here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=74893&id=502659080&l=62892af52e

Our last week here will be planning and preparing for our time in Europe and our time in Ontario.  We will be taking a 3.5 week trip through Italy, France, Spain, and Morocco and are excited to get the chance to see Europe for the first time!  We are scrambling trying to book everything even now and also hoping to prepare some presentations for when we return to Canada.  We are also getting the chance to visit with missionaries here on the field for one last time and are getting the chance to see some ministries here in Ouaga.

Please pray for our continued protection and that we make all our connections in Europe!  Please pray also that we finish well here and have opportunity to bless the different missionaries here.  We look forward to connecting again with everyone back at home!