God Of the Small Things

– Janelle Zacharias The heat and humidity rolled over me like a wave when I stepped out of the airport into Bangkok, Thailand. I didn’t realize that the moment I exited the airplane, my neck would be sticky with sweat. I was not prepared. I wasn’t prepared for any of it really. I’d never been to Asia before. Everything was … Read More

My First Adventure

Can I be honest for a second? I want to quit SBS. Not because the work is too much, or I feel overwhelmed (although I do feel that way sometimes). It’s because I’m getting restless. I am restless hearing God’s bleeding heart for the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized in society, and having to sit inside charting for 8 hours … Read More

Discovering God In The Pentateuch – SBS 2017/18 – Week 4

Studying the Bible in an intensive course has been amazing. I think the best part about SBS for me has been being in community while I study. God speaks so individually to each of us. The intimacy of people’s relationships with God has never been clearer than when discussing what God is teaching us through His Word. While I’m over … Read More

Change Of Perspective – DTS September 2017/18 – Week 4

– Damaris Barrios How do you see God? Is He a cosmic vending machine who will give you anything you want? Is He a dictator who will take away all your fun? Is He good and gentle, but kind of distant? What do you actually believe about God? Who do you really think He is? This week we learned about … Read More

Instagram vs. Leviticus – SBS 2017/18 – Week 3

– Emily Day Of all the verses that are quoted by Christians on their perfectly filtered Instagram posts, Leviticus has got to be one of the least quoted books. And I think it gets a bad rap. In fact, I think Christians are missing out on a serious goldmine of captions! So before I get into what I thought about … Read More

I Get To… – DTS September 2017/18 – Week 3

– Damaris Barrios There’s always a different perspective that one takes whenever you are dealing with certain life issues. This week during our DTS we joined together with Mission Adventures and my perspective on life and how I view it has changed from being focused on myself to becoming focused on others. Mission Adventures is a week-long program for teens … Read More

Miracles Don’t Change Hearts – SBS 2017/18 – Week 2

– Emily Day Being an SBS student is one thing. Inductively studying the entire Bible in nine months is a challenge, to be sure. But staffing one… well that is just an entirely different game. As one of my staff said, “SBS as a student is intense. SBS as a staff is stressful.” She went on to talk about how … Read More

Serving the Forgotten – DTS September 2017/18 – Week 2

– Damaris Barrios This week in DTS, we learned about missions and God’s heart for reaching all the nations. It was a very interesting topic to learn about, mostly because I do have a heart for missions and just thinking about how to best express that passion is something that I struggle with. Mark Baxter taught us about people who … Read More

In The Beginning… – SBS 2017/18 – Week 1

– Emily Day What have we gotten ourselves into? This is frequently asked question around my room this week, as my three roommates and I find ourselves surrounded by charts, Bible dictionaries, colouring pencils, coffee, and the Word itself. The hardworking silence is often broken by failed attempts to pronounce names in Genesis, terrible Bible puns, and random outbursts of … Read More

When God Humbles The Proud – DTS Fall 2017/18 – Week 1

– Damaris Barrios This week in Discipleship Training School, Joanna Pallister, taught us about recognizing the voice of God. There were a lot of moments in which it was obvious that God was speaking to us according to the way that he communicates with us. One has stood out among the rest. On Monday, Joanna was trying to light a … Read More

DTS 2016/17 – Outreach Week 6

Outreach Week 6 Last week had a pastoral visit from our senior staff, Flavia and Betty Ann! Every DTS team has a pastoral visit mid-way through outreach. It was refreshing to see faces from “home base” (Vancouver) and also to know that the visit was part of caring and checking to see how the team was doing. For the first … Read More