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Operating as usual
“I used to believe that my worth and value only came from what I could prove to others and the world.
This led me to a dark place every time I didn’t ‘measure up’ to what I thought I should be or could be. It was also very crippling in my development as a person, and I struggled a lot with anxiety and low self-esteem.
But Jesus’ love transformed me.
His love does not come with ‘strings’, and it does not require me to prove myself to Him. Instead, Jesus invites me to accept His grace, His love, and His forgiveness and allow the work of the Holy Spirit to change and transform me through following Him.
Jesus’ love starts from a place of knowing you have inherent value and worth and experiencing that love as you open yourself up to a relationship with Him.
Discovering my true value and worth in Jesus, and rooting my identity firmly in Him and not in what I can prove to others and the world, has been a transformative way of life.
I have felt more free than ever before, experienced love and been able to love more abundantly, and been able to exercise my gifts and passions with purpose without being crippled by fear. Through Jesus' love, I am made new.” - Monica, P2C Staff with Digital Strategies
“True discipleship involves deep relationships. Jesus lived life with His disciples and taught through actions as well as words.” - Francis Chan
What else does ‘true discipleship’ involve? Here are some of our thoughts!
Which do you resonate with? Comment below👇
📸 : Matheus Ferrero
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Does resilience matter as a disciple of Jesus?
Scripture tells us that our sufferings produce perseverance, which produces character, and ultimately hope. Though we face difficulties, we can recover and become stronger through the power of Jesus. From this place of strength we have the ability to pour into the lives of others, from the deeply rooted trust and hope we’ve grown to know.
Take a moment to reflect — where have you seen evidence of this in your own journey with God?
Imagine a world where water poverty is eradicated through the power of the gospel and human flourishing is restored. A day when people no longer have to struggle to find safe water and instead experience the fullness of life that John 10:10 talks about.
This is the vision of GAiN’s Water for Life Initiative.
Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada was recently able to provide Woria, a village in Benin, with a deep-capped water well, right in front of the village health centre. Health professionals at the clinic witnessed how quickly access to clean water impacted the health of this community. They reported that cases of water-related disease drastically decreased and the health of the population greatly improved.
Not only is clean water improving health, but after receiving the well, 137 people in the community attended a hygiene and sanitation training to help stop the spread of diseases. GAiN’s partnership with the local church enabled 269 people to attend a showing of the JESUS film. Of those, 12 people made the decision to follow Jesus and seven attended a follow up!
No longer do the people of Woria have to struggle to find safe water. Women and children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health are flourishing and they are able to live up to their God-given purpose for them.
Learn more about our humanitarian partner, GAiN, and their Water for Life Initiative at their virtual event on Oct 14 and 15! You’ll hear stories of impact from their COVID response, celebrate the restarting of regular field activity, and learn about the future vision to eradicate water poverty through the power of the gospel and restore human flourishing.
Register via our link in bio.
“Tragically, there are many people in communities of faith who are suffering in silence, who are stigmatized. They feel because they have a mental diagnosis, mental illness, or mental health challenges, that they're failing as Christians, and nothing could be further from the truth.” - Dan Whitehead
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay and throughout this past week, we’ve been doing our part to listen, share, and engage in conversations around mental health. We recognize that one day, even one week, isn’t enough. We want to continue having healthy dialogues and coming alongside others who are struggling with mental health challenges.
We recently sat down with Dan, the CEO of our new partner Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. In our interview, he spoke about the importance of entering into the complexity of mental health conversations as a faith-based organization.
Click the link below to check out the full conversation with Dan:
FamilyLife Canada is partnering with Restored Ministries to offer a 10-week webinar series to help equip us to stand firm in a sexualized world and live a life of impact and purpose.
Their next webinar is this Saturday. Click below to learn more!
In this ten-week journey (Oct 3 – Dec 5), you’ll get one webinar each Saturday designed to help you walk in purity… cause your Heavenly Father wants what’s best for you and your marriage is worth it!
It's not too late to still join up. If you can't always join live, no problem. Just watch the replay afterwards.
“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.”
Conversations about mental health have come a long way. People are feeling more comfortable sharing about their mental health journey, and it’s becoming less of a stigma in today’s society. But we still have a long way to go.⠀
As we come alongside others who live with mental health challenges, are we equipped to have conversations from a faith perspective?⠀
At P2C, we’ve partnered with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and they’re helping us gain a better understanding of mental health and illness through their online course. A number of our staff have already gone through it and have found it helpful in their personal lives and ministry.⠀
Sanctuary provides this 8-week online course for FREE, so if you have questions about mental health, are walking alongside someone that has mental health challenges, or just want to become more comfortable talking about mental health, be sure to check out this course. Link in bio!⠀
“I am a new creation. That is something I’ve meditated on in these past few years. The fact of the matter is, even if I continue to deal with parts of [my mental health challenges], I am redeemed and I am loved and I am secure in Christ. And He reminds me of this truth regularly.”
Emily shares her experience living with anxiety and depression, and how that has impacted both her life and her ministry with Connecting Streams. She discusses her journey of healing, seeking help, admitting truths to herself, and being willing to vocalize her experience with others.
“For those who might be on a journey with people who are having mental health challenges, don’t be afraid to enter into those conversations and to support them. You don’t have to push or pry, but even just having someone there and knowing that you are there to support them or pray for them is helpful.”
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. 💙
“Have you been struggling to make meaningful connections online recently? It probably feels like you’ve had a thousand zoom calls by now, and it might feel exhausting to sign onto yet another one.
Power to Change - Students was worried about this problem as they considered ministry plans for the fall amidst the new pandemic restrictions. Though they’d run a successful Alpha Canada program before COVID-19, they weren’t sure if translating the course online for the summer would meet the needs of students or allow them to build real relationships. Would exploring Christianity online work?”
In this blog, university student Eleana shares her thoughts on the online program and how P2C-Students benefited from the new format. Click below to read more!
“I was separated from my mother at the age of 5.
The feeling of insecurity and abandonment overwhelmed me and hurt me very much. I always felt like I had no place anywhere.
When I was 9 years old, I wanted to end my life. The night before I attempted suicide, I prayed, and the Lord revealed Himself to me as my father in Heaven with the heart of a mother.
His presence was palpable. Instantly the insecurity and the feeling of abandonment disappeared.
Since then, He’s healed me and revealed to me many aspects of His character. He took away the lack of love from me and filled me so much that I cannot stop loving others in return. The love of Christ overflows so much in me that I want to share it with the whole world.”
- Carole, P2C Staff with Digital Strategies Quebec
We’re excited to announce that we’ve entered into a formal partnership with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries!
Click below to learn more about why we’re partnering with Sanctuary and how their free online training course is helping us expand our conversations around mental health.
p2c.com We’re excited to announce that Power to Change (P2C) has entered into a formal partnership with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries! The need to address mental health has become very clear since the start of the pandemic, particularly for students. “This is something we cannot ignore. All univers...
The love of Jesus changes us.
We’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. We know His love changes us, but how exactly? We asked our graphic designer, Daniel Giesbrecht, to reflect on this and to create a piece of art to help you ponder the same.
How has Jesus’ love changed you?
Share with a friend and continue the conversation! ❤️️
WAIT! ✋ Don’t scroll past this today without remembering that you are treasured and loved.
Wherever you are and whatever you have planned today, just know that you matter ❤️
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
“I sometimes feel like a bad parent.⠀
It happens when I’m watching a movie or a TV show and see this beautiful moment unfold between a child and a parent. The child is facing this huge challenge, and the parent knows exactly what to say and does it full of love.⠀
Then I think about times when I’m tired and react less than graciously with my words, or decide to work on something insignificant instead of asking my daughter about her day or playing with her. I feel guilt creeping in. ⠀
Maybe I’ll do better with my younger children. ⠀
Or maybe I can choose to believe that Jesus wants me to grow in my love for others and gives me the space to do so.⠀
Jesus chose to be unloved, set aside, and rejected by humanity so that I can be loved by the Father. He took the blame for being impatient, selfish, and passive so that I can grow in love and as a parent. His love even allows me to humble myself and ask for forgiveness of my own children when needed.⠀
Remembering this gives me patience towards my own parents from when I was younger and in my own parenting now. Knowing Jesus loves me that deeply helps me grow from a position of grace and not guilt.” - Jason, P2C staff with LeaderImpact Quebec⠀
Don’t give up on 2020. Despite all the uncertainty and exhaustion from what feels like ‘the worst year ever,’ nothing has taken our Father by surprise.
Chris, our new VP of Communications, knows what it feels like to walk through uncertain times. Visit this link for a bit of his story: https://p2c.com/blog/uncertainty-about-the-future/
“The day I said yes to the love of Jesus, I felt like I was washed white as snow — brand new squeaky clean! The struggle and burden I felt within my heart and mind were now so much lighter because I realized that I was no longer alone. I gained a Father and a friend. ⠀
Although things will never be perfect, I can rest in the assurance that I don’t have to look at life in the same way. I don’t have to travel alone or carry the guilt and shame of my past. ⠀
The love of Jesus is like a light illuminating a dark room. Once that light turns on, your view of everything changes. Jesus’ love gives hope beyond my current situation. It steadies me in times of uncertainty and disruption.” - Marisa Thomas, P2C Staff⠀
“If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?
The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.”
1 John 4:20-21
“I have made many plans in my life. ⠀
Plans to get a PhD, start various businesses, write tons of books, become an actress, renovate houses, and live all over the world. These plans were my safety net, my insurance policy to not have to spend too much time in the uncertainty of the present moment. ⠀
While my plans may partially stem from an imaginative mind and an entrepreneurial personality, they truly were rooted in fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of life just happening to me. I thought that if I didn’t look out for myself, no one would. ⠀
I didn’t trust that Jesus would really come through for me. It sounded too good to be true.⠀
But the love of Jesus is patient and kind. On the other side of every leap of fear I said yes to, of every uncertainty I faced and every disappointment I was willing to press into, I found more of Jesus. ⠀
Especially this summer, in this crazy season where everyone’s plans got completely dismantled, I was reminded that I don’t need my plans to keep me safe because Jesus is already doing that. ⠀
Jesus already has the perfect plan for my life. And whatever the future may hold, I know I won’t have to face it alone. He is with me.” - Paula Sintermann, P2C staff with WHEN - Women's Heart Engaging Network⠀
The gospel is a disruptive force meant to transform us.
We’re learning in deeper ways how Jesus’ love breaks into our cycles of brokenness to bring healing, freedom, and hope — changing everything.
We read examples of this all throughout scripture. We see it in the lives of the people we meet everyday through our ministries.
Do you believe that the gospel has the power to disrupt and transform your life?
Or even your nation?
If not, what do you think holds you back from believing this?
It’s hard to see others grieving! It hurts even more when that person is someone you really care about. ⠀
If you’re walking alongside someone that’s grieving today, know this…they need your support now more than ever. Don’t give up!⠀
We hope these tips help you as you walk alongside those experiencing loss right now. ⠀
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Shoutout to Anita from Connecting Streams' Ministry for sharing these tips with us!
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