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Pray for Ambrose
We in the Ambrose community believe in prayer and value your prayers. Please join us in praying for our campus:
Flourishing Congregations Institute
From Joel Thiessen, Ambrose Professor of Sociology and Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
We are thankful for two significant research grants this past year, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Stronger Philanthropy. These grants position us well for our research activities in the next 3 years, including our national congregations survey this year. We also give thanks for the way that our Partnership Council has come together and has laid a strong foundation for our collective work moving forward. As we look ahead we ask for prayer in the following ways:
- In April 2018 we launched our national congregations survey. We pray for willing congregations to participate in this survey … and we encourage anyone reading this to click on the survey link to learn more about our survey, to include their congregation, and to share this link so that others will include their congregations.
- Wisdom and open-mindedness as we design the components to be included in a national event for church leaders at Ambrose on November 26, 2018.
- Continued clarity and healthy conversation as our Partnership Council lays strong tracks in these early days of the Institute.
You can discover more about the Flourishing Congregations Institute by clicking here.
Canadian Poverty Institute
From Derek Cook, Director, Canadian Poverty Institute
The Canadian Poverty Institute (CPI) is an interdisciplinary institute at Ambrose University dedicated to healing poverty through teaching, research and public education. The CPI offers undergraduate and graduate poverty studies courses as well as opportunities for research.
This June, we are launching our second Poverty Studies Summer Institute, bringing together a community of learners who want to gain a deeper knowledge of poverty and how to heal it. Please pray for guidance for the instructors and participants as they travel here and spend time together in learning and reflection.
An additional prayer request is for all those who struggle with material, social or spiritual poverty, that they may experience God’s peace, healing and justice.
Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives
From Lauren Goldbeck, Research & Program Coordinator
The Jaffray Centre is a collaborative training, project development, and research hub that examines the way Canadians engage in global missions.
We have a few events taking place over the summer. Please pray that God will work in the lives of the participants through these events.
- May 28-June 1, 2018: Jaffray will be hosting a weeklong intensive Kairos Course.
- June 20-23, 2018: The Kairos Head Facilitator Training will be held at Ambrose.
- August 4-11, 2018: Jaffray will host the 5th annual ReBoot Camp, a program for Third Culture Kids transitioning to life in Canada.
We also appreciate prayers for wisdom as we start to plan new initiatives and make preparations for the 2018-2019 year at the Jaffray Centre.
Legacy Youth Conference Report
From Matt Wilks, Director
Just over 450 students and leaders came from 31 different churches for LYC weekend.
Our speaker Lane Moss, from Christ in Youth in Joplin, Missouri, was incredible and students were challenged in their walk. One of the incredibly cool aspects was an off-stage bell. During worship or even when Lane was speaking, students were encouraged to ring the bell as an outward sign of their inward response to God. The bell rang 30 times!
Here is what the students and leaders wrestled through and are continuing to walk through:
Friday PM - Awaken My Life - We were meant to live and enjoy a full life spent with the Father, but sin ruined everything. Because of sin, we are dead, buried and far from God. The good news is that Jesus came to destroy sin. Because of His resurrection, death has become a nap. The grave that couldn’t hold Him now has no hold on us.
Saturday AM - Awaken My Heart - The most important thing Jesus would tell someone awakened to new life is to love God. Jesus echoes the Shema when he tells us that this is the central focus of our lives. Loving others is an overflow of the loving God.
Saturday PM - Awaken My Purpose - God has put us where we are for a reason, calling us to use our gifts, abilities and sphere of influence for His kingdom, not for our own purposes.
Sunday AM - Awaken Your Church - Awakened to our purpose, we reflect the light of Jesus. But we were never meant to shine on our own. The light becomes brighter as we shine together; we are the light of the world. The church as the Bride of Christ is flawed, but she is beautiful, and she is at the center of God’s plan for redeeming His world.
Here are excerpts from the personal story of one of the delegates:
This year has been one of the toughest years I have been through. I ended up second-guessing my faith.
When I attended Legacy Youth Conference in Calgary, I had a strong encounter with God. I had neck problems at the beginning of the weekend: they took a toll on me and distracted me from God. On Saturday night, my youth leaders laid their hands on me and prayed for healing. When they were finished, my youth pastor asked if I could turn my neck. The pain was completely gone! I was overwhelmed and I realized that God is watching me and answers prayers. I am still in shock that God performed a physical miracle in me.
For the rest of the weekend, I enjoyed worshiping and having fun without any pain in my neck. While driving home, I prayed for forgiveness and told God that I was ready for the path He has chosen for me. I am ready to live a Christian lifestyle full-on at school, work, and playing sports. GOD IS GOOD!