God is at work in the lives of students, and we are incredibly thankful!

 

This semester, God has been moving on campuses all across the country and transforming students’ lives. Watch this video to hear stories of the Lord working in the lives of those who don’t know him yet and those who already do. You’ll hear about the research study that Power to Change conducted in partnership with other organizations on how we can support students in a season of major life change. You’ll learn about the exciting initiatives we have planned for the new year such as Relevant Series outreaches in partnership with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and other local partners. 

Thank you for linking arms with us. Whether you’re a donor, a parent, a student, a staff member, or you serve with one of our partner ministries, we are thankful for you.

May you have a Merry Christmas! And may Jesus be your joy.

 

Video Transcript: 

God is at work in the lives of students, and we are incredibly thankful.

Knowing Jesus changes everything, and we praise God that many students are being given opportunity to encounter His life-transforming message and take steps closer to Jesus.

I’m continually hearing encouraging stories from our staff. It puts me in awe of God’s faithfulness.

In September, we greeted thousands of students who were arriving on campus for the first time and were able to help many of them get connected with a community of faith. Recently I met a first year student who shared with me about her fears as she entered university and how beneficial it’s been to find a place where she can grow in her faith and learn to help others know and experience Jesus too.

I’ve met international students who are making connections with community as they integrate into life in Canada. They are becoming curious about Jesus and many are taking steps towards him. A number of the students we’ve befriended are now following Him and experiencing new life in Him.

The power of relationship as someone explores the reality of Jesus is significant. One of our staff shared with me about a student she met in September who initially seemed hostile to the Christian faith. This student self-identifies as an agnostic, but as our staff and students have expressed care for her, she has opened up and begun asking questions. She keeps coming to Power to Change events and has expressed that she feels loved and valued. She’s asking lots of questions about Jesus and we pray that she will come to know and love Him deeply. This is just one example of thousands where we see evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in students’ hearts.

Each day we’re reminded that we serve a generation in the midst of identity crisis. They are longing to know that someone loves them for who they are and are seeking safety in community. They are anxious about the future and are yearning for a sense of hope. At the same time, there’s a growing distrust for the Christian faith. Our challenge is to show students that in Jesus they are loved and valued while cutting through that narrative of distrust and misunderstanding.

We’re in a season of continued learning as we experiment with new ways to connect the power of the gospel to the issues of our day. We’ve been learning a lot from the Canadian research study called Renegotiating Faith. You may have heard me or one of our staff talk about this in recent months. We conducted the study among Christian young adults in Canada with a few partner ministries. It brings clarity and a greater depth of understanding to many of the things we’ve been observing in recent years. We’ve put together a summary of the report that you can find online.

The next number of months will be full of more ministry opportunities. We’re preparing right now for our annual P2C PLUS Conference in Toronto where we’re expecting around 1000 young adults to join us. Pray with us that it would once again be a foundation time as they learn to love Jesus more deeply and allow God to reorient their lives around loving others.

In January we have many outreach events coming up. Our staff and students will invite non-Christian friends to come explore how the gospel relates to the issues and questions they experience every day. Notably this year, we’ll be hosting what we call Relevant Series in 4 major cities. These week-long series of outreach events create space for students to explore some of life’s toughest questions. We’re hosting Relevant Series in partnership with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and a few local partners. I’m eager to see how God will show up during those weeks.

Thank you for linking arms with us. Whether you’re a donor, a parent, a student, a staff member, or you serve with one of our partner ministries, we are thankful for you.

I know that many of you faithfully support and pray for one or more of our staff. You care deeply about our young people and this is one of the ways that you demonstrate that care. Thank you! You are a blessing and you’re making a difference in so many lives. At this time of year many choose to give additional gifts to bless our staff and their families, further accelerating their ministry as they prepare for the new year. If you desire to bless our staff with an extra gift this Christmas season, I’d encourage you to do so. It makes such a difference.

We long for the day when no student graduates without engaging with the life-changing message of Jesus.

May you have a Merry Christmas! And may Jesus be your joy.

 

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