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Calvin Williams of MY House in British Columbia, was one of the participants, of MND 2017 and offered some encouraging feedback after the days’ workshops:
“I was very impressed with the quality of teaching and interaction that was presented at the Networking Day. I was impressed at the high regard that the CRC and ministries represented had for justice work and how it is integral in God’s mission. I felt encouraged that there is a large representation of believers from a mainline church that are as passionate about God’s justice for the “least of these” as I am.
The presenters offered clear scriptural support for justice work and brought our attention to passages of the Bible that traditionally have not been associated with justice work. We were lead through really appropriating Scripture to our calling and daily work. This was affirming.
I learned a lot about Appreciative Inquiry and how it can be used to connect with our participants and address problematic issues. I used it in the week I returned back to work with great results.
During the Networking Day, I also made some connections with other ministries who are involved in areas that I want our ministry to expand into. We look forward to connecting with the other ministries further as we continue to develop.
Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Networking Day!”
Ministry Networking Day 2017 was held on May 26th, 2017. For more information about Ministry Networking Day learning opportunities visit the DMC website.
My life, your life … our experience!The first blog post by Aydan Schat, Camp Leader at OM 2017 Partner Camp Shout.
My name is Aydan Schat. I’m the Head Counsellor at Camp Shout, an outreach ministry in the form of a day camp, run by Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. My job is to plan activities and recruit campers for 4 weeks of camp, ensuring that it’s a fun and safe place for the campers we’re entrusted with.
I first worked for Camp Shout 4 years ago. I worked as a counselor, helping to lead the activities each day. I absolutely loved it. I got to play with kids and lead activities and I got paid for it. It was the dream for 16-year-old me. So I came back all of the following years.
In those years, Camp Shout has undergone some huge changes. It has grown in attendance, in the amount of planning required, and has added new job positions. In those same years, I have also undergone some huge changes. I’ve gone to university. I’ve become more aware of the realities of the world. As a result, Camp Shout is no longer quite the same “play with kids and get paid” experience for me. It is something much greater. Camp Shout is a chance for me to impact the lives of children with all kinds of different stories, to get to know them and to care for them. There is so much good that can come out of it. And I still do get to play with them. It’s just way more than that.
I’m excited for this year at Camp Shout. I’m excited to see the impact that we can have on campers’ lives, as well as the impact they have on ours.
Aydan Schat is working this summer at Camp Shout, a 2017 OM Partner and Grant recipient.