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|Outreach||Transformation||Community||Equipping||50 Anniversary||What's Next?||Financial Support||Quebec Report|
YOU ARE HELPING STUDENTS KNOW AND EXPERIENCE JESUS.
This was a special year for Power to Change - Students as we celebrated 50 years of student ministry in Canada. When I consider all that God has done among us over the last five decades, it leaves me with a great sense of awe. God is faithful, and we have much to be thankful for.
From our beginnings at the University of British Columbia in the 1960’s to today, where we minister to students in every province of Canada as well as internationally, we’ve always been about one thing: helping them know Jesus and equipping them to walk with Him for a lifetime.
To accomplish this, I believe we must always be innovative. A posture of learning and listening to what’s happening in our culture is critical if we are to be effective at helping each generation of students know and experience how Jesus changes everything. Our nation is becoming increasingly irreligious. There is a significant need to give students the opportunity to clearly understand and experience the transformative power of Jesus’ message before they graduate. The gospel has relevance to every area of their lives.
In a nation where 59 percent of young adults who grow up with a Christian background disengage from their faith by the time they graduate, I am thankful for every student with whom we have the privilege of journeying spiritually. We are able to show them that they are deeply loved by God and that He wants to use them to impact the world for Him.
Your generous giving and faithful prayer make all of this possible. Thank you for linking arms with us as together we engage this generation with the gospel—because knowing Jesus changes everything!
National Director of Power to Change - Students
"WE LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN NO STUDENT GRADUATES WITHOUT ENGAGING WITH THE LIFE-CHANGING MESSAGE OF JESUS."
SCHOOL YEAR IMPACT
students were given an opportunity to explore the gospel
students engaged in ongoing conversations about Jesus
ADDRESSING LIFE’S DEEPEST QUESTIONS
“I have more money than I know what to do with. My life is going fine. But there’s something that I can’t seem to wrap my mind around…” Through tears, James*, a University of Alberta student, continued, “…that God would actually love me.”
Full of questions and looking for God, James had come the previous day to hear a talk titled “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?” It was part of ReThink, a week-long series of 12 events at the UofA designed to help students consider answers to some of life’s deep questions from a gospelcentered perspective.
Co-hosted by Power to Change – Students and partner ministries, including Intervarsity and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, talks on topics like “Where is God in suffering?; Identity: Who Am I?; Sex: Does God care?; and Why Would God Die for Me?” resonated with students and became common topics of discussion on campus as over 1500 students participated throughout the week.
Often, Christian students are looking for ways to invite their friends into conversations about Jesus. ReThink provided a compelling opportunity for them to do just that. Bria, a 2nd year student, shared, “Not only has ReThink strengthened my understanding, but also I feel it has equipped me so that I can better explain what I believe and the conclusions I’ve come to when talking with my friends.”
Fourth year student, Amy, shared, “It became very clear to me that there are so many people open to hearing about Jesus; it just encouraged me in evangelism and being bold in sharing my faith and being courageous.”
In many P2C communities across Canada, other similar events were held to help engage students with Jesus’ life-changing message. We long for the day when no student graduates without engaging with the lifechanging message of Jesus. By serving in partnership with other ministries and creating opportunities for students to explore how the gospel is relevant to every area of their lives, we are taking vital steps towards that day.
*name has been changed
MORE OUTREACH INITIATIVES ACROSS CANADA
SCHOOL YEAR IMPACT
students made decisions to follow Jesus
students went on mission trips helping students around the world know Jesus.
A JOURNEY OF SURRENDER
Patrick stepped onto the University of Victoria campus looking forward to exploring life’s fundamental truths, being challenged by talented classmates, and developing deep relationships with new friends.
Much to his surprise, he encountered the most important of those truths, challenges, and relationships his first day on campus when he met Justin, a staff member with Power to Change – Students.
“During our first meeting, we spoke a bit about faith,” says Patrick. “I casually explained to him that I believed in God, citing my mother’s faith as a professing Catholic and my own upbringing in the Church as proof of my spiritual life.”
However, Justin’s response surprised Patrick.
“He said that if I had not personally accepted Christ as my Saviour, I was actually not saved,” Patrick explains. “That dissolved two false paradigms that I held about God. First, it dismantled the idea that one can inherit faith and salvation. Second, it suggested that God is not an ‘out there’ God. Rather, that He is a relational Being who desires a personal relationship with me.”
Patrick had many doubts and reservations about faith, but his curiosity was piqued. He and Justin began meeting every week.
“Justin presented me with evidence and questions to mull over. He didn’t force me into a ‘gotcha’ moment that exposed either my hypocrisy or intellectual inadequacy. He focused everything on Jesus, and whatever doubts I expressed would frame our discussions.”
Months later, after much discussion and self-reflection, Patrick got down on his knees in his dorm room. “My prayer for salvation was the first honest prayer of my life,” he says.
Soon afterwards, Justin walked Patrick through what his new life in Christ would mean. “He explained the importance of finding a church community to be grounded in. I bought my first Bible and I started praying regularly. And at the end of the school year, I got baptized. It was an amazing time of growth in my new-found faith.”
However, over the summer and into his second year of university, Patrick’s faith journey ground to a halt, compounded by a season of clinical depression and anxiety. He struggled with mental illness, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.
“My doctor prescribed two different medications to treat my illness. I also tried to cure myself with drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy relationships,” he says.
Patrick ignored Justin during this time. But, after two years, Patrick was exhausted trying to fix himself. He began to read Scripture again and returned to church.
“My pastor suggested that spiritual breakthrough only comes when one surrenders to God as Lord over their life. I hadn’t fully appreciated that the price paid on the cross—and the resurrection three days later—is not simply about my salvation, but also about my very existence,” he says.
The first person Patrick reached out to was Justin. During Patrick’s fourth year of studies, Justin continued to be a trusted friend, encouraging him to surrender to God each day and to take new steps of faith in sharing the gospel with others.
“I knew that without God as my foundation, nothing else would work.” he says.
Patrick completed his first year of law school in 2017 and continues to be an active participant in the Power to Change – Students’ community on his campus. He is experiencing how knowing Jesus truly changes everything.
SCHOOL YEAR IMPACT
students involved with P2C campus communities
Most have begun studying the Bible through the Equipped series. Together they are growing to know and love Jesus more.
Canadian campuses have a P2C campus community
These gospel-centered communities exist on campuses in all 10 Canadian provinces.
A NEW SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE
How can Christian students thrive in their faith at college or university? They need community. Relationships matter. It’s in community that they grow closer to Jesus and learn to engage their peers with the gospel.
As part of an ongoing commitment to discipleship in thriving community, P2C–Students has been writing and publishing Equipped, a new set of foundational small group resources. Managing Editor for Equipped, Charlotte Martin, shares more:
Charlotte, what was the motivation behind the development of Equipped?
Charlotte Martin: P2C staff and students were experiencing the need for updated materials. The gospel never changes, but how we connect and teach spiritual concepts in society and culture does change with time. Since small groups form the foundation of our campus communities, we want to ensure that our groups are focused on the most important things that a student needs to learn, internalize and put into practice during this season of life.
What long-term vision grounds your team as you create Equipped?
CM: When we started the project, we asked ourselves, “What does a student need during their years of study in order to be equipped for a lifetime of walking with Jesus and help their friends know Him?” We aimed to answer that question by outlining 40 learning objectives which have since been incorporated into the breadth of our resources. We’ve sought to combine the best tools and accumulated learning from our 50 years of student ministry into a format that effectively ministers to today’s students.
How many books are available in the series so far?
CM: By Fall 2018, we will have eight studies published on topics ranging from the foundations of our faith, to prayer, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, helping others know Jesus through your story, and contextualizing the gospel message. So far, three of the workbooks have also been translated into French.
What impact would you most like to see as students use the Equipped resources?
CM: Our prayer is that these resources will speak to both the students’ heart and mind, and that they will have a solid foundation for their faith as they graduate. We want them to experience first-hand the relevance of the gospel to every area of their life so that they are ready for a lifetime of following Him.
What do you like best about the Equipped resources?
CM: One of my favourite aspects of the resources is how they’re designed. I love the questions that invite students to interact with the material. We also have side-bars and addon materials that really speak to everyday life.
Is there an opportunity to incorporate these resources into a local church ministry?
CM: Yes! We recommend these resources for any ministry with youth or young adults. Some churches in Canada have already begun to incorporate Equipped as part of their ministry and we’re really encouraged about that.
Learn more about Equipped at p2c.sh/equipped
Workbooks are available for purchase at p2c.sh/amazon
SCHOOL YEAR IMPACT
participants at P2C PLUS Conference 2017
students equipped through fall retreats
French-speaking students learn about “living on mission” at the first offering of Convergence Conference in Montreal.
KNOWING JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
For four days in December 2017, young people from across Canada gathered in Toronto, Ontario for P2C–Students’ annual P2C PLUS Conference. Inspired by main session speakers and workshop presenters, students considered how God is inviting them to live a life on mission for His glory.
The 2017 conference was the best attended P2C PLUS to date. Forty-four partner ministries participated as exhibitors, presenting students with a breadth of ministry opportunities. Workshops spanned a broad range of topics including apologetics, leadership development, and ministry skills.
I’ve been learning a lot about how faithful God is … and being open to opportunities that He has for me in the future. Knowing that if He’s calling me to something, He will equip me for it. He knows me better than I know myself, and I can trust that if I take a step of faith He will be faithful to me.
Aleshia, 4th Year
I’m excited to see where I go next after I graduate and utilizing what I’ve been taught through P2C to help navigate life outside of the university campus.
Obedience in actions is so much more than words that we say. Words are cheap. Faith without works is dead. We need to be people who live by our hands and feet; people who do what we say we’re going to do. I’ve been challenged to live this out and to model it to others.
Nathan, 4th year
P2C PLUS… helps me and others to get more focused on growing in Christ and I love to hear how God has worked in the lives of others as well. This year God has really been affirming me to continue to be steadfast in scripture reading; being careful to not go beyond what it’s actually saying and the importance of prayer.
Sahil, 1st Year
God has really been bringing up the themes of compassion for me at P2C PLUS this year. The morning session talked about us moving from judgment to compassion; when Jesus looked on the crowd and had compassion on them, not judging them. Where are the limits of my compassion and how can God stretch the limits of where my compassion reaches?
Mary Ann, 3rd Year
Today God has really shown me that I have a lot of Christian friends and I isolate myself with them all the time; I need to move out of isolation and engage with the people who are not Christians around me!
Celina, 2nd Year
Visit p2cplus.com to watch archived conference sessions online and to find information on future P2C PLUS Conferences.
P2C-Students Alumni: Where are they now?
Eunice’s love of film developed when she went on a short film mission trip with P2C–Students. After graduating and a few years in the workplace, Eunice became a student again to go to film school. Now entering the film industry, Eunice is passionate about using her gifts to communicate gospel themes and minister to people in an environment typically void of a Christian influence.
Alongside classmates, Eunice has already written and produced a film that is a unique rendition of the Easter story.
“How I represent Christ and treat people in this environment is more important than how amazing my visual story is or how it will cut. I want to be conducting myself in a manner worthy of the gospel.”
Deciding to work at his family’s nursery and carry on the family business came naturally as Alex reflected on the leadership of his father, something that had grounded him in his own faith and love for evangelism. Those roots, mixed with his involvement with his P2C community, widened Alex’s vision for the world. He started dreaming about how he could combine his love for trees with ministering to people.
Since then, Alex and his family have developed deep connections with the Karen people group - a refugee and immigrant community that settled near the family nursery. Partnering to work together at the nursery and investing in their spiritual lives, Alex has discovered the joy of intertwining faith, family, and mission.
“God keeps teaching me that plants and business, that’s temporal. People are eternal. Relationships are first and sometimes you can get so wrapped up in being production minded that it steals your focus from eternal opportunities that are in front of you. I’m realizing that God has me here for this reason.”
For Daniel and his family, the theme of God’s faithfulness mixed with their surrender to serve him has been their rock in challenges and uncertainty. When Daniel began studying at university, he had long term plans to become a doctor. But on a mission trip, he began considering whose plan he was following — God’s, or his own. It became a turning point for him.
After completing their undergraduate degrees, Daniel and his wife, Christina, headed to seminary. Later they moved from serving in a small church in Montreal to a megachurch in Korea, pursuing the plans that God had for them. Even in times of unexpected shifts and sudden transition, Daniel and his family have relied deeply on God and trusted in His plans.
Now living in Nashville, Daniel works with LifeWay as the Director of Church Multiplication, resourcing church leaders in church planting, multi-site and multiplication. He also serves as the teaching pastor at his local church.
“From when we were part of P2C to now, our life has always been about “Lord here we are, on our knees, send us.”
For more alumni stories, visit p2c.sh/alumni
Behind every story of a student’s life transformed by Jesus, there are dedicated partners who take steps of faith to give and pray.
As we celebrate, let’s praise God together for His provision so far this year.*
given to enable ministry programs to engage and equip students in Canada.
Total donations given towards P2C–Students ministry programs have been increasing year over year since 2015
In Spring 2018, $100,000 in matching funds was made available by friends of Power to Change and used to encourage monthly giving and first-time gifts
103 people began new monthly giving commitments at the annual Fellowship Dinners marking a notable increase in the amount of monthly donations available for the upcoming school year
$12,000 was given and pledged by students at the end of the school year because of their passion to help other students in their cities know Jesus
of P2C–Students staff members fully funded.
given to enable programs ministering to students internationally.
*Numbers for July 2017 to May 2018 (first 11 months of fiscal year 2018)
Power to Change Ministries received an 'A' rating in Fundraising Efficiency from MoneySense in their 2017 Charity Grades. More financial info is available online at p2c.com/financials
Power to Change Ministries is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.