September 29, 2023
Not everyone works in a “ministry” job, but that doesn’t mean a job can’t be a ministry.
How does your faith shape your life and work?
That’s a question Avigail asks herself everyday—and a question she explored this summer through the Urban Lab, a program of your Resonate Global Mission partner ministry Mission Montréal.
Mission Montréal is an initiative you support through Resonate. It was formed through a collaborative partnership among Resonate, Classis Eastern Canada, Diaconal Ministries Canada, First Christian Reformed Church of Montréal, and on-the-ground local ministry Christian Direction.
Not everyone works in a “ministry” job, but that doesn’t mean a job can’t be a ministry. Through Mission Montréal’s Urban Lab cohort, you're equipping young adults who want to learn how their faith in Christ makes a difference—no matter where they’re working or what they’re doing.
“My hope is that they will be able to understand that the mission life doesn't need to happen only in a ministry setting but they can be the hands and hearts of Jesus in their everyday life,” said Jacynthe Vaillancourt, your Resonate ministry partner who leads the Urban Lab cohort.
The mission life doesn't need to happen only in a ministry setting but they can be the hands and hearts of Jesus in their everyday life.
Avigail is a third-year student at Reedemer University. She’s studying English Literature and History and hopes to teach at the college or university level some day. During the past two summers in between school years, she has worked in the children’s library at Innovation Youth, a ministry of Christian Direction.
“I’m passionate about people and stories … that kind of informs the way I see everything I do,” said Avigail.
The Innovation Youth Children’s Library primarily serves children from families who live with limited resources. Many are children of newcomers to Canada. As part of Avigail’s work in the library, she not only helped children find books to read, but she also ran a weekly camp for kids who do not speak French at home but who have to attend French school.
At French school, teachers teach in French, students read in French, and students must complete homework in French—and students who are newcomers, or whose parents are newcomers, might not speak French well.
“They can practice French during the summer so they don’t fall behind kids who have French-fluent parents,” said Avigail.
As part of training for her summer work, Avigail also participated in the Urban Lab cohort. While she was learning what to do at her job, through Urban Lab, you supported her as she explored how to best do her job.
She met weekly with colleagues also working with Christian Direction for the summer. Every week, they met together and your ministry leader Jacynthe mentored them as they explored three frameworks for mission: scarcity to abundance, theory to practice, and rivalry to peacemaking.
Every other week, the cohort explored a framework by reading the Bible together and discussing what they could learn from each passage. The other weeks, they went on a prayer walk together through a neighborhood of Montreal. They also visited all of Christian Direction’s ministries in the city so they could learn about the ministry and its context.
I think my faith inspires me to be present for others and to see the beauty of God’s world and want to share it with others in everything that I do.
For Avigail, a big takeaway from Urban Lab was being able to see the “big picture” of work in the city and the role she played, and that building relationships in these communities takes intentionality.
“I liked the idea that we were not just going to do our tasks but see how they are a piece of the puzzle … of everything going on in the city. It really helps you see how you are one part of all these things that are happening,” she said.
“It’s helped me to see how different organizations can work together,” she added. “Community building doesn’t just happen by living close to one another. You can live in the same space but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re engaging in the same space.”
Thank you for investing in young adults by supporting this important ministry through Resonate! Avigail’s participation in the Urban Lab cohort and summer work with Christian Direction are experiences that she believes she will draw on throughout her life as she seeks to share her faith.
“I think my faith inspires me to be present for others and to see the beauty of God’s world and want to share it with others in everything that I do,” she said