Jesus’ mission carries on in the life of a student beyond graduation. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we’re catching up with some of our alumni and celebrating how they are living lives on mission as they continue to follow Jesus.

A life transformed

Bekki stepped onto campus at Western University in first year eager to be independent from her family and get a fresh start. Little did she know that her life would dramatically change in her second year when she attended a “Does God Exist” debate hosted by Michael Horner, on staff with Power to Change (P2C). In the middle of struggling with intense anxiety and depression, Bekki was invited to the event by her Christian roommate who had been praying for her and gave her a Bible to read.

That same night after the debate, she read the Gospel of John and decided to surrender her life to Jesus.

Discovering Jesus while in university provided her with the perfect time to grow, serve, and learn. P2C was the perfect place to discover community, be equipped, and share her new faith with others. Bekki was in a Bible study and served on the worship team. She was also part of an evangelistic campaign called “Do You Agree With Them?” As part of the core team for the campaign, she was featured as a new Christian, trained in apologetics, and shared her faith with the campus through helping host an event for about 350 students.

Ministry in the local church

Bekki’s time with P2C as a student at Western set her up for a lifetime of ministry. The Bible studies and evangelism she participated in on campus prepared her to lead in musical and women’s ministry in her local church. For the past 5 years she has been able to co-lead a mom’s group through her church, reaching out to local moms (including the pregnancy resource center), building friendships, and sharing the gospel with them. The mission trip she went on as a student to Edmonton, prepared her to comfortably share her faith with her neighbours, friends, and family.

Family ties

For Bekki, being involved with P2C felt like being with family. The bonds that friends make in campus ministry go deeper than shared interests.

Unity through the Holy Spirit, being on mission together – and seeing God change lives – brings a closeness and connection that most people dream of when they imagine authentic friendship.

Bekki

It was in this community of campus ministry where Bekki met her husband Nick, and they married after graduating in 2006. Their love for ministry and mission has continued as they continue to invest at work (Nick is a high school Chemistry teacher), and in their community (Bekki is a stay-at-home mom) in Simcoe County, Ontario. When they first got married they felt open to however God wanted to grow and direct their family. Recognizing all they had been blessed with, they felt God impress upon their hearts to open their home to share their resources and their lives.

God’s call to adopt

After the birth of their second daughter, Bekki and Nick decided to begin opening their home to exchange students to see how their daughters would adjust. Then they began to desire to open their home through a more permanent basis through the process of adoption. God’s call became more evident in 2015 with the visit of a child sponsorship ministry to their local church. Bekki felt led to sponsor a child, but Nick suggested that they adopt instead. “Are we seriously going to do this?” Bekki asked. That day a phone call was made and the journey toward adoption began.

Bekki and Nick began with respite care for three months when they got a call that a newborn needed a foster home that day. After having children of her own, Bekki never anticipated going back to raising more babies, yet God provided just what they needed to love and care for this child in need. Sixteen months later they are still caring for that child, and now his older brother, with their dream being to always adopt siblings. They are now pursuing the adoption of these two boys, becoming a family of six in addition to their two birth daughters Calli (8) and Lizzi (6).

God’s call was affirmed through the support of their extensive family, whom God also had been preparing to welcome these new children into their lives.

Joy in the mission of motherhood and adoption

As a mom, Bekki can find it isolating when taking care of children all day. But in relying on Jesus to do household tasks, clean messes, and read storybooks, she experiences that same sustenance she received when doing ministry on campus. The value of daily disciplines in seeing God in everyday things and reading the Bible has brought Bekki a deeper hope, peace, and direction for her and her family.

God is using the mundane moments of motherhood to shape me with patience to be an example to the children. I’m praying and hoping that through Godly example, he’s shaping and molding the children.

Bekki

Jesus continues to transform her life in the opportunities she has as a mother to share her faith with other moms and neighbours, even through the simple acts of playing outside with neighbourhood kids. Following Jesus has led Bekki down a path she never would have imagined for herself, yet it’s a journey filled with the presence of God and in that she finds joy.

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About the Author

Erin Ford

Erin currently serves as our Editorial Manager for P2C-Students. She is passionate about helping people grow in their faith and discover God. When she’s not writing and editing you can find her cleaning her home, laughing with her husband, and walking her dog Robin. You can read more of her writing on her website at erinwrites.ca.

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