• Prepared to Make a Defence

    As a first-year biology student at Queen’s University, Gordon found himself surrounded by fellow science majors who had no respect for God and challenged his faith at every opportunity with an almost anti-theistic sentiment. It was then that he was provoked to start thinking and reading, so that he could be “prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks” (1 Pt 3:15).
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  • Meeting Teens Where They’re At

    Working with the minds of tomorrow means developing a creative and loving approach; but also, as Holly simply puts it, “It means just being there and always showing up”. Holly’s measured effervescence gives her the appeal of combined youth and wisdom, which explains why she so easily fits in with teens; yet why they also lovingly refer to her as “Mom”.
    Categories: Community,Culture,Local Missions,Written
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  • You Yourselves Were Foreigners

    When we talk about overseas missions, Western cities are not typically the first ones that spring to mind. Certainly not Paris—with its shimmering lights, art museums and iconic Eiffel Tower. And yet, that’s exactly where God has called one of Westside’s missionaries, AK.
    Categories: Community,Culture,Global Missions,Written
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  • ANSWERING THE CALL

    Harold and Coni are people like you and I. The world might call them unqualified on paper. They may even call themselves unqualified. But they are qualified because they have faithfully followed the Lord’s call. And having emptied themselves, He has equipped them for every good work and appointed them disciple makers.
    Categories: Africa,Culture,Global Missions,Written
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  • A Constant in the Trial

    The proclamation of the gospel as good news has been a real wrestle for Averee the past year. She grew up in a Christian home, with a fairly simplistic understanding of the good news of Jesus; He loves us and died for us. However, Averee admits that working with youth whose lives are often in shambles, and where brokenness and hurt abound, has shaken her idea of God and has forced her to ask the question, “How is the gospel good news?"
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  • Football, Athletes in Action, and Changing Culture on Campus

    Cody knows that to be a part of culture-change on campus you need to first be a part of the culture. One of Cody’s roles as AIA staff is serving as SFU football’s chaplain. Being the chaplain and also having such a long history with the team means he’s a part of the makeup of SFU football and a large part of SFU athletics. “I know the coaches, I know the physio staff who are aware of what we do,” Cody says, “I love the fact that God is using my story to bring redemption to the campus.” People know him and know his story and God’s using this to bring change to the culture of SFU.
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  • Tilling the Good Soil of the Land, and the Hearts of the Haitian People

    “Why did this happen?!” We ask questions like this when unexpected and ostensibly senseless events occur in our lives…and this is the question Jen cried out to God when year after year she received news of death—the suicide of her graduation classmate, another classmate suicide, and finally the shocking murder of her stepfather. Frustration and depression accompanied Jen as she searched to understand why these events had taken place, and why her church failed to live out the community it preached Sunday after Sunday when she needed it the most.
    Categories: Culture,Global Missions,Written
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  • A Call to Action for Christ

    I shift around in my seat, look down at my notebook, and hear a cheerful and upbeat voice. “Kirsten?” I look up and standing before me is a man with happy eyes, a toque pulled down tightly over his head and a bearded smile: Dave Olson.
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  • I Hugged an Abuser

    There is something about the demonstration of compassion and love toward those who are known to have committed heinous acts of abuse, that evokes within some of us a cry of “Unjust! Undeserved!” or perhaps, ”Beware! Don’t be fooled!” or even “You are being weak! Stand strong!”. I get this. I’ve been on the other end of stories like these many times, and my initial response is often fueled by a desire for justice and protection of the individual who has been hurt. But there is more going on in these stories, in yours and in mine… there is a depth and breadth of pain that must be considered, and stepped into. And there is hope on the other side.
    Categories: Culture,Suffering,Written
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  • Life as Worship with Diane Martin

    Diane says that her understanding of worship and glorifying God were particularly challenged when she neared retirement. Diane worked as an elementary school teacher for 37 years, most of which were spent teaching kindergarten. Over the course of almost four decades she built many deep relationships with fellow teachers as she worked diligently to help young children embark on their school careers. As the right time came for her to transition out of her career, she found many people were asking her, “What are you going to do?” “Where are you going to go?” However, these were not the questions Diane was asking herself.
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  • Serving as Worship with Tracy Wong

    “I wasn’t sure what leading would mean. At that time, I didn’t have internet. And leading would mean that I’d need to communicate with 40 plus people on a regular basis. This really meant that I would have to engage and that was a little bit scary. I felt the responsibility to be stewarding 40 people with the right heart for serving. I’ve led a lot of things before—children’s camps, work things, leadership roles—but never with the kingdom in mind.”
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  • Music as Worship with Adam Cormier

    The music fades, the lights go dark, and the room goes that strange relative quiet of a thousand people waiting for the next song to start. A purple light shines on the stage, and as the lead singer begins the first verse, the audience sings along - though not everyone knows every word. But all know the chorus, and when it comes, the crowd's thunderous participation threatens to drown out the music coming from the stage. Hands fly into the air, propelled by lights and sound and the happy rush of being part of something bigger than yourself, and we hear that old familiar tune: “I know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing.”
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  • Nature as worship with dave olson

    Longtime Westsider Dave Olson has been meeting with God in nature since he was very young. “I grew up going on nature walks with my family” he says. “One of my earliest memories is a trip up to Mount Cheam with my dad. I remember being so afraid of heights that I had to crawl on my hands and knees the last few metres up the mountain and I wouldn’t go anywhere near the edge.”
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  • Community as worship with Shelley Horsfield

    “I guess you could say that I became a Christian because of community.” It was nearly a year after Shelley and her husband had moved to Los Angeles and she still didn’t have a close friend. One day a woman came to the cafe she was working at and asked if she’d like to go see a movie. Over time they became a good friends and she eventually explained grace and the gospel. “Her relationship with Jesus was so vibrant and I wanted that,” Shelley explains, “I found out later that God had prompted her to start a friendship with me.”
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