ATHLETES IN ACTION
LOWER MAINLAND, CANADA
Cody, originally from Calgary, serves with Athletes in Action (AIA) on campus at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. His passion for sport was kindled at a young age, and he pursued football up to the highest collegiate level in Canada: NCAA Division II with Simon Fraser.
It was through AIA, as a student, that Cody realized he could bring together his love of sport and people and see both of these things uniquely through the Christian lens. Since 2012, Cody has been part of a team seeking to build movements of athletes who love Jesus and use the platform of sport to invite others to discover a new identity—one not bound by their performance or what culture says about them.
Westside’s ongoing support enables Athletes in Action to have a continued presence on two of the most influential universities in Canada. In addition, the church provides opportunities for student athletes to serve the greater Vancouver community and bring teammates out to events, like Dinner of Love, that challenge the stereotype of what doing “church” looks like.
To find out more info on what Cody is doing, or to give to this ministry visit www.theclinds.com.
ATHLETES IN ACTION
Dave is originally from Abbotsford and studied business while attending Trinity Western University. God took him on a long journey after graduation of discerning where God was leading him. He felt called to full-time ministry in 2012 after coming back home from living in Australia for a year, but needed to go through a season of pruning and sanctification before stepping into his work with Athletes in Action. Dave is responsible for leading a national team of directors in the Sport Specific division that seeks to impact Canada and beyond through movements of evangelism and discipleship. His team does this through offering opportunities (camps, overseas tours, service projects, partnerships, etc.) for high performance athletes in volleyball, basketball, hockey, wrestling, soccer, and triathlons to encounter Christ personally and take
steps of faith.
Westside’s ongoing support helps Dave and AIA equip their staff to meet, build relationships with, and encourage athletes to use their sport as an opportunity to glorify God. Dave serves the staff in a pastoral capacity and spends most of his time investing in those who are directly evangelizing and discipling athletes.
For more information, to help support, or to receive monthly newsletters please email Dave at email@example.com. He would love to connect with you and hear your heart for making Jesus known in the world.
NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
Averee was born and raised in North Vancouver and is now working as a local missionary with Youth Unlimited (Youth for Christ) in the place she grew up. Averee walks alongside hurting and vulnerable young people, aged 10-24. She runs programs in partnership with local high schools, churches, and government agencies, and regularly meets one-on-one with youth. Whether it’s helping a young person craft their first resume, or praying together at the end of a weekly mental health discussion group, or being a loving presence at their after-school RV Outreach, Averee meets kids where they’re at and helps them see their potential. Youth Unlimited believes in the transformative power of the Gospel, and in holistic care for the needs of young people: social, emotional, physical, mental,
Averee raises 100% of her support, and Westside is a key financial partner. Averee is always looking for people who are passionate about supporting youth to join her partner team.
For more info, to sign up to give monthly, or to receive her bi-monthly newsletter, go to youthunlimited.com/staff/averee-creighton, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Walraven joined Outreach Canada in 2009 after serving as the Executive Director of the Centre for World Mission BC. She now serves as the National Director for Perspectives Canada, which specializes in offering the Perspectives on the World Missions Movement course. This course is designed to help churches increase their engagement in God’s mission both locally and around the world, focused on the remaining least reached peoples. As the National Director, Sharon is responsible for all of the study programs that are facilitated in Canada and she works with the Regional Coordinators and Class Coordinators, to keep a current roster of presenters and up-to-date course material. In addition to this responsibility, Sharon also manages Outreach Canada’s online resource store and curates their library of missions books and resources.
To help support Sharon or to receive her newsletter, email email@example.com.
Gord is originally from the Ottawa Valley and began to feel God call him toward mission in the last semester of his undergrad degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. After seminary training, he entered the adventure of campus ministry with its intense apologetics challenges. This started in Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario and then at University of British Columbia. Westside’s ongoing support helps he and his wife Ute (and their faculty partners) to bring God’s presence and the Christian voice and values to the secular university, while mentoring graduate students from around the globe for future leadership. Gord also builds a vision for discovering how our faith can engage late modern culture through blogging and his new 2016 book: The Great Escape from Nihilism: rediscovering our passion in late modernity.
For more information on how to support Gord and Ute and receive their newsletter, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org, check out his thought-provoking blog at https://ubcgcu.org or visit the Outreach Canada gift site: http://en.outreach.ca/donate.aspx
Heather Kraft (hkraft @outreach.ca) is the Development Secretary in Donor Services.
Holly Bishu was born in Vancouver, but raised in Surrey, and eventually moved back to Vancouver to go to UBC. At a young age Holly believed that she had been called to missions in some capacity. Through various short-term missions trips and serving in the local church, she discovered that God had placed in her a love for discipling teenagers. After she graduated from UBC, she thought she was going to use her political science degree to work in some Vancouver start-up or for some publication or another. God had other plans! He led her to Young Life, a Christian youth non-profit that believes that every teenager was made to know Christ and be known by Him. She always thought that she would be doing missions in a faraway country, but the Lord kept her in Vancouver and that’s where she’s been since she graduated: loving on the teenagers of Vancouver and doing life alongside them in hopes that they would come to know the true giver of life and life abundant.
She has been attending Westside since 2013 and has been deeply encouraged by Sunday services, community group, and serving in the church. This has filled her up to go out and do the work she does with Young Life, and because of the financial support, she is able to have little concern about meeting her fundraising goals. In her own words, “God is a good God and He continually uses Westside to support and encourage me.”
To hear what Holly is up to, or to support her financially and through prayer, you can subscribe to her monthly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bBjPn1. Find out more about the Young Life ministry at www.younglife.ca.