Mission: Connecting Streams equips and mobilizes the Church to help society’s vulnerable populations know Jesus and experience His power to change the world.
Through partnerships and teams, we build trusting relationships that foster faith and hope.
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CS101 provides an overview of Connecting Streams' Ministry , as well as ministry essentials training in three focus areas: posture, the importance of prayer, and how to share the gospel.
If you’re a new volunteer, or would like to learn more about the heart behind this ministry, come join!
Don't forget! Our CS 101 virtual training is TOMORROW. It's for anyone interested in learning more about volunteering with Connecting Streams, as well as current volunteers.
Click the link for all the details and to register: https://www.connectingstreams.com/event/western-canada-cs101/
Save the date for our next CS 101 training (online) on November 24th!
Through Him, we can do more than we ever thought possible.
"You know the story. He came to his own, but they didn’t receive him. He was despised and rejected, and we hid our faces from him and held him in low esteem."
But God is a God of second chances. Read this powerful devotional here: https://thelife.com/devotionals/the-god-of-second-chances
thelife.com “Beginning at Jerusalem.” These three amazing words tell us much about the love and grace of our great Savior. You know the story. He came to his own, but they didn’t receive him. He was despised and rejected, and we hid our faces from him and held him in low esteem (Isaiah 53:3. For three...
We first need God and also need community with others, and as we carry this out we are following in step with the likeness and purpose that we have been created with.
Tara, a previous Edmonton staff member, gives a reminder and picture of the beauty of community. We need each other - both for giving and receiving. Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/257982380
Source: Recorded for TAKE2 for Training Trainer: Tara Penner, staff EDM Posted: 2018 03
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."
This is a wonderful way to embrace the hope and peace that comes with the Christmas season, as we reflect on the greatest gift ever received! Check it out!
"Even in a time of challenge and uncertainty, the celebration of our Lord and Saviour’s birth remains a source of peace. We can take comfort knowing Jesus’ birth holds the promise of everlasting life.
"To help prepare your heart for Christmas, I’m excited to offer you our 2020 digital Advent Calendar, available to you for free!" Click through to read more from Focus on the Family Canada president Terence Rolston and get started with your free Advent calendar.
What are you hoping for?
Read the Blessings of Unanswered Prayers here: http://ow.ly/DZdl50CfH6e
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
- MARK 10:27
"In our rich culture, there are a lot of young (and old!) men and women who do not want to give up everything to follow Jesus. Persuading them to be Christians often seems impossible. Jesus acknowledged that it is hard for those who are rich to enter the Kingdom of God; in fact he said that it was easier for a camel to go through the “eye of a needle” than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." Read the devotional here: http://ow.ly/X46o50CfGEA
thelife.com This statement from Jesus follows a question asked by his disciples, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus had challenged a rich man to sell all of his worldly possessions and become a disciple, but the young man went away, sorry that he could not do as Jesus asked. In our rich culture, there are a lot...
Are you interested in volunteering with Connecting Streams? Though we have to do things a bit differently, there are some options, all fall within COVID-19 public health guidelines.
The first step is to learn more about volunteering with Connecting Streams here: https://www.connectingstreams.com/volunteer/
If you have questions, please connect with us!
connectingstreams.com "Anything you did for one of the least important of these... you did for me." - Matthew 25:40 (NIRV) Join a Volunteer Team Move the cursor over the provinces to flip and see locations where
This weekend we held a nation-wide online volunteer gathering! We normally hold volunteer training events in person and locally, so it was a beautiful thing to see volunteers and staff connecting across the country. The relationship building and unity were incredibly valuable to everyone who attended.
"How incredible it was to see so many faces on the call, each one a part of the whole that carries the gospel to others!" - CS Volunteer
Read more feedback here: https://www.connectingstreams.com/2020/11/09/feedback-from-nation-wide-online-gathering/
connectingstreams.com On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, Connecting Streams held it's first Canada-wide online volunteer gathering. The purpose of the gathering was to come together, learn what is happening with Connecting Streams, and thank the Lord for the great things that are happening, even through these challenging t...
It's happening TOMORROW and you're invited! Join us on Saturday, November 7 at 8am PDT/9amMDT/11am EST for Connecting Streams’ first National gathering for all of the CS family (all staff and volunteers) and those who are interested in CS! To learn more and register, click here: http://ow.ly/sW5l50CbuA6
Though it may seem that we have been on a "break" from ministry for a while, there is much still happening in and around CS. Resting is something that is difficult to do when there is so much to get done, and we encourage you to take 2 minutes today to hear from Emily Lecerf (Operations Manager) about what an actual "break" or a time of "rest" may look like in your own life.
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/276335625
Source: Recorded for TAKE2 for Training Trainer: Emily Lecerf, staff EDM Posted: 2018 06
What's happening with Connecting Streams? Watch this update from our National Director, Theresa Quann.
Our nation-wide volunteer gathering event is happening this Saturday! Click the link for details and to register if you haven't already. We can wait for this time of renewal, restoration, and recommissioning. http://ow.ly/Z39r50CafU4
Thoughtful and encouraging post from Power to Change Ministries.
“When the political landscape looks dark and foreboding, where is our hope? Can we trust political leadership to provide a better way forward? What if leaders in the government sphere are far from God and pursuit of His precepts?
It can be difficult to feel hopeful in this time when our political future is uncertain and small actions don’t seem to make a difference. However, from my perspective of observing and experiencing realities up close in Ottawa with the Christian Embassy, I believe there are many reasons for optimism for the future of Canada!”
Darlene McLean, Executive Director of the Christian Embassy, offers wisdom and encouragement from years of experience serving in the political sphere. Read the full blog:
"Has God been telling you that it’s time to “break camp” and get on with the challenge ahead? Perhaps you’ve grown comfortable in your life, but God has something new for you to do. His presence is lifting up from where you are, and it’s time to move on."
Read the devotional here: http://ow.ly/z3u750C5neO
thelife.com We were on a camping trip when we came to the perfect spot. Our campsite was near a beautiful lake. A grocery store was nearby. It even had showers with hot water! Sadly, three days was the limit per stay, so we had to pack up and drove on. The Israelites were camping on the way to the promised land...
This week's TAKE2 is an inside peek into a recent prison visit by an Edmonton team. We hope you are encouraged by the reminder that God's Spirit is powerfully at work in people's hearts and minds.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/301022165
TAKE2.088 TAKE2 for TRAINING Source: Donna Mitchell (Nat'l Director)
For whoever needed the reminder today.
Join us for an online gathering on November 7th, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. It's a nation-wide event and an opportunity to come together, learn what is happening with Connecting Streams, and thank the Lord for the great things that are happening, even through these challenging times.
Learn more and register here: https://www.connectingstreams.com/event/youre-invited-to-be-renewed-connecting-streams-national-gathering/
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24
"Many people have the misconception that being “called” by God is something only missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other church leaders experience. But the Bible says everyone is called to serve God by serving others."
Read more: https://thelife.com/we-serve-god-by-serving-others
thelife.com We are not saved by serving, but we are saved for serving. The Apostle Paul gives three insights related to this: the basis for serving others; the barrier to serving others; and the motive for serving others. Learning how to serve others for God may have more to do with your heart than you think.
Save the date for our next CS 101 training (online) on November 24th!
"If you believe there is more to this life than whatever image we create for ourselves, you can look beyond this finite existence and peer into eternity — into some eternal identity. If you have an infinite existence — an after-life — surely your identity is fastened to something beyond this world and your natural life."
Read this powerful read about defining identity and purpose: https://thelife.com/defining-identity-and-purpose
thelife.com What is our true identity? How do we find our true purpose? Does a particular job, image, ethnicity, sexual orientation, temperament, or social status determine identity? If we define identity as a simple list of personal characteristics, we ignore the issue of why we are here on this earth. There i...
"Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago."
IMG Source: DailyVerses.net
In this week's T2 (also from the Panel at the Edmonton Volunteer Training), Mary Lou Ng offers us some savvy help for coming alongside those who are grieving. https://vimeo.com/299084880
TAKE2 for TRAINING Trainer: Mary Lou Ng (staff-Edmonton) Source: excerpt from Volunteer Training Panel-EDM (2018 10)
We hope your having a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. What are you thankful for?
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind" - James 1:2-4
In this conversation, Corey shares his journey with mental illness — how he tried to ignore it at first until he couldn’t any longer, and how that potent realization changed how he sees himself and God.
“The same God who gives you the power to conquer gives you the power to endure. I think that’s been my story — one of enduring, of hardship.”
In this conversation, Corey shares his journey with mental illness — how he tried to ignore it at first, until he couldn’t any longer, and how that potent realization changed how he sees himself and God.
“It really made me rediscover that my identity is in Christ, and Christ alone. When I stand before him, it’s not what I’ve done that’s granting me worthiness. I’m on a journey to discover that, but I’m much more aware of it than I used to be.”
What's new with Connecting Streams? Watch this update from our National Director, Theresa Quann!
Do you subscribe to our newsletter? In this month's newsletter, National Director Theresa Quann shares her experience at a silent retreat last year - she heard and felt Jesus' promise "You can count on me."
Read more here:
connectingstreams.com I think there are few words that hold as much assurance, confidence, and comfort as these words uttered from a valued friend, especially when life is full of challenges and disappointment. While on my silent retreat in the summer of 2019, Jesus revealed Himself to me in a profound, personal, and int...
Follow Power to Change Ministries this week as they share resources and stories to help us reflect, learn, and help others during Mental Health Week.
Does Jesus really care about our mental health? How does knowing Him make a difference to the challenges we face in this area of our lives?
We invite you to consider these questions during this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week.
We’ll be sharing stories and resources from staff and guests to help you reflect and engage further in this conversation.
If you know anyone who would be interested in learning more about faith and mental health, we invite you to share this post with them. 💙
We hope this week's TAKE2 will better equip you when an attack comes against your team, or in your personal life. Let's not give the enemy a foothold. Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/325925558
Thank you for your desire to continue to grow and serve.
TAKE2 for TRAINING Trainer: L Falk (CS Staff, Edmonton) Source: prepared for TAKE2 Posted: Mar 2019
Encouragement for the weekend!
"But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
"It does not matter when you accepted him, you are now part of the family and you are a new creation. Once you accept him as your Lord and Savior, the fun part begins. You get to see all the exciting ways you can become a new creation. Your old self is gone. The temptation to sin is still there, but you have the Creator of all life in you to help you overcome it."
Read more: https://thelife.com/devotionals/always-under-construction
thelife.com I live in North Texas, specifically the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. There is a famous (to us anyway) interstate that runs through here called I-35. It is famous because it seems there has been a section of major construction going on since it began in the 1960’s. They are always improving it. We have a...
They live all around you, in correctional institutions, long-term care facilities, the inner city or maybe even on your street—people that mainstream society tends to disregard, such as widows and newcomers to Canada.
Jesus asks His followers to go and be a physical presence demonstrating His love for each one.
Connecting Streams equips and mobilizes the Church to help society’s marginalized know Jesus and experience His power to change the world
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