17 Days, 22 Hours 55 Minutes and 15 Seconds Until…?

The Olympics in Sochi!

Yes I have an Olympic counter, and yes I am an Olympics geek.  We loved loved the Olympics in Vancouver four years ago, and we will look forward to the Sochi games this year as well.

For me the best are the stories behind the athletes, stories of overcoming great hardships and loss, and the ways each has courageously gone forward to excel.

I think of Joannie Rochette, who lost her mom just days before she skated to a bronze medal; Carol Huynh, an Simon Fraser University student who won against all the odds a gold in wrestling; and so many other stories.

What keeps you moving forward?  What keeps you persevering through difficulty, running the race God has set before you?

The truth is that Jesus ran THE ULTIMATE RACE, persevered through the cross, and has captured the crown, sitting at the right hand of the Father.  Now he has put his jersey on us, and asks us to get into the race.  The baton is in our hands.  He is calling us into His mission.  He has so much to reveal to us as we go with Him into mission.

 Will we walk down from the stadium seats and onto the track?

 A cloud of witnesses is in the stadium cheering us on.

So, grab hold of His calling, fix your eyes on Jesus, and run with all the endurance you have.

There will be stories to tell, but not from sitting on the sidelines!

From Steve Colby, Director of Missions, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship

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Igniting Faith

What makes young people excited about faith?

The emerging generation of young adults love to serve and care for others around them. Their faith becomes tangible as they work for social justice.

According to the Hemorrhaging Faith report, seven out of 10 committed Christian young adults said their faith came alive because they participated in a mission trip. When young people take what they learn in Christian community and apply it to mission, they become partners with God in influencing the world.

Joanne and kids having fun at S.C.A. camp

Joanne and kids having fun at S.C.A. camp

Take a look at Joanne’s story. She explored God’s call to mission at the Urbana 12 Student Missions Conference and responded to his invitation to work with First Nations people in Central Manitoba.

“I decided I wanted to give the first fruits of my time and work after university to God by doing full-time missionary work,” she says.

 

As a high school student, Aidan used his photographic skills to raise funds for Africa

As a high school student, Aidan used his photographic skills to raise funds for Africa

Take a look at Aidan’s story. When he sought a concrete experience of God after high school, he packed up his photographic equipment and headed to Africa to capture the work of a Christian non-profit organization on film.

“Coming out of high school, I was questioning everything,” he says. “This experience affirmed my faith and was something I needed.”

 

Read the stories of Joanne and Aidan, who are partnering with God in mission to influence the world.

“Urbana Opens Door to Mission – University graduate sows seeds of faith in remote places” – Joanne Augustin

“From Alberta to Africa – A young photographer hones his skills at summer camp” – Aidan Ware