At WOLBI we do ministry together.
Learning to share your faith during Open Air in the fall semester, helping to run Recharge (snow camp) weekends in the winter, or serving together on teams ministering to youth, kids, churches, we are striving to see revival in Canada spread around the world.
Check out some of the different ministries you can get involved in:
Matt – Open Air Evangelism
Open Air Evangelism is 4 days in Hamilton, Brantford and Waterloo, where we share the gospel with random strangers on the street. There are paint boards and rope tricks and lots of talking to people one-on-one. Evangelism classes are scheduled before we go, to teach us how to share our faith clearly and effectively. During the evangelism training, I learned how to share the gospel in one sentence, which was really useful when talking to someone who was in a hurry to ride the bus.
Throughout those 4 days, our whole class learned a lot – For me, I realized how sick the world really is, and how much they need to hear the message of Jesus. It was amazing to see God work through us, and all we needed to do was step out of our comfort zone and talk to people about Him. After we did a paint board presentation, I recognized a guy who I had seen listening to the presentation. I started talking to him, sharing the gospel with him. Through talking to me and another student, and then to one of our teachers he got saved that day. It was so cool! I learned how easy it is to share my faith, and how much the world really needs to hear it.
Carolyn – Open Air Evangelism
“We’re not sharing the gospel because it’s worth it. We’re sharing the gospel because He’s worthy.”
That´s the message that really stuck with me during Open Air. On the first day, I was terrified, and I felt like I didn’t have the answers to all the questions I would face. But, I knew that saying something, despite how small, was better than saying nothing at all. At the end of each day I was over my fear of talking to people, realizing that they were all the same in at least one aspect – they all needed Jesus.
Since then, God has helped me to take opportunities outside of Open Air to talk about Him. I’ve made friends with a Chinese lady who doesn’t know Jesus, showing Christ’s love to her, and praying that someday she will accept Him as her personal Saviour. I used to think that God wouldn’t use me to evangelize because I’m so shy, but He says in His Word that He uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise. I’m living proof. Wherever you are, God can use you, and if we really believe in the power of the gospel, we’ll want to spread it.
Chris – Praise Team
The Praise Team is a ministry team that leads the students in worship on campus. I wanted to be on the Praise Team because I am passionate about using music in ministry, and I wanted to grow in my ability to lead worship. The experience has helped me be a better worship leader at my home church, and I’ve learned that worship is not just a time of music, but a life style. Having so many hours of hands-on ministry outside of the classroom has helped our student body become a family, and the relationships that I’ve built has changed the way I lead worship. I’m not just singing to a crowd and leading worship with people I don’t know. I am worshipping the Lord with my classmates, together as a body of believers, living in community.
Leah - Praise Team
Praise team is a bundle of fun and learning! I used to play at my home church for worship, and once I came to WOLBI, I was eager to get on a team again. I was chosen to play piano, which was great, but also a little stretching because I was used to playing guitar at church. Praise team is a team effort, and every time we practice I learn more and more about how to work as a team to bring Glory to God. My favourite part about praise team is that I have learned how to praise God while playing. It brings joy to my heart that I can help others worship our great God.
Kristel – AWANA
I go to AWANA every Tuesday night at a local church. I’m involved with the kids, helping them memorize and recite verses, play games, do activities, and just interact with them. It really helps me grow in my relationship with God because He laid a desire on my heart to work with kids and I love the opportunity I have to grow in this area each week. I also have a chance to get outside the classroom and put what I learned in class into practice! Seeing kids grow in their relationship with God is awesome, especially when you are growing at the same time.
Mitch - Edify
I loved being on the EDIFY team. It pushed me because children’s ministry was a totally new experience for me. It showed me that I am capable of doing a ministry even if at first I was out of my comfort zone. As a team we were really close and my relationships with the other team members was stronger because of our bond of doing ministry together. EDIFY travels around to churches in Ontario and runs a kids program in the church, sharing the gospel and promoting camp, and it was awesome seeing kids get saved through the program. It was a really good experience for me and it’s something that now I can take home and continue using in my local church.
Emily - Youth Leader
I’m a Jr leader at a local youth group. I hang out with the teens and have fun with them, play games, and talk to them about what they’re learning and basically just show love to them. I work with the other leaders and have been able to learn from how they are investing in the teens lives. I chose to get involved in a youth group because I can really connect with the teens because I am close to their age. It also really challenges me and stretches me to get out of my comfort zone since I am a quiet person normally. I’m learning that if God calls you to a ministry He will equip you to do it and help you do it. Living out your faith is moment by moment. It’s not whenever trials come but every moment you need to be walking faithful to God, trying to defeat sin. Every moment I’m in my ministry could have an impact and God is using it. Every moment I have to make sure I am faithful to Him and not being selfish but let Him use me.
Mary - Drop-In Centre
During my year at WOLBI, I had the privilege of being involved in the Cornerstone Youth Centre. The centre is a Christian organization provided for teens to have a safe place to hang out, talk, and be in an atmosphere where Christ and His unfailing love is shown. Typically, the teens that connect with Cornerstone come from non-Christian homes, and broken families that are struggling.
I fell in love with this ministry because I know how hard it is being a teenager, and I personally have gone through some of the same struggles that these teens have gone through and now I have an opportunity to use my struggles for good. When I think about some of the hard situations these youth have been through, it completely crushes me. I have seen God’s mighty hand and powerful love unfold in the lives of the teens that come out and I am overwhelmed to see real change and growth in the lives of the teens. After I graduated from WOLBI I continue to volunteer at the youth centre a couple times a week and am so thankful for the growing relationships that I am able to have. I cannot put in words how greatly this ministry has impacted me and my desire to share Gods love with others.
Thiago – Drama Team
I was part of the Drama Ministry Team during my year at WOLBI. Being part of the Drama Team was a really incredible experience because there was so much unity within the team as we worked together to prepare the audience for one message, the Gospel. My favourite part of being on the Drama team was the chemistry we had between each other and the fun that we had as we practiced. I also enjoyed seeing the impact that the dramas had on the lives of the people who watched it. I saw teenagers get emotionally connected to the drama and relate to what it was about. I also saw the importance of prayer. We prayed before, during, and after, practice and even during the actual play (backstage). We knew how much this meant and how it could impact the audience so we did our best rely on God for support and guidance. It’s so easy to make acting a routine thing where you just memorize lines and say them, but I had to remember the meaning of story and message and know that this was the first time the audience was seeing it. No matter how repetitive something may be, we must always share the gospel as fresh as it is. Drama team was fun, challenging, refreshing, and spiritually growing, and I would definitely do it all over again.
Katie – Assistant Director
As assistant director for the drama team, I was in charge of props and costumes, making sure that the backdrops and items onstage went along with the location of each scene. My role was important because I needed to make sure that no small details were missed. I took care of all the details so the actors could focus on their parts. I really liked being part of the drama ministry in this behind the scenes way because it was a great opportunity to work with others and be part of an awesome ministry where I can use my talents! It was a great way of ministering to others from off the stage.
Recharge (Snow Camp) Ministry
Shayna - Recharge
As part of your Bible Institute year, all students get to be involved in weekends of snow camp, called Recharge, where you get to meet and influence teens from different youth groups. I got to be involved in a bunch of different things on the weekends, out on the highropes course, working in the snack shack, and sharing my testimony as part of a session. At first I didn’t want to share my testimony and speak in front of everyone, but the staff really encouraged me to. Because I did, it opened the door for girls to come and talk to me who wouldn’t have opened up if I hadn’t shared that I had gone through the same things they were struggling with. Recharge really teaches you that you need to choose to be selfless and have a Christ-like attitude and be willing to help even if it’s not your “job”. One weekend we had just been studying the book of Matthew and the story where Jesus had just found out that John the Baptist had been killed, and he wanted to be alone. But when He saw the people He had compassion and He took time to minister to them. That was so real to me because that weekend I was tired and overwhelmed and a camper came up to me and wanted to talk. I wanted to say no, but I knew I needed to follow Christ’s example and choose compassion. It was so cool to see a situation where I could apply what I had learned in class and make it real in my life.
Leah – Recharge
My role at Recharge was helping run the coffee house and working at Cardiac Grill. I also was part of the drama. Being part of Recharge opened my eyes to the need in Canada’s youth. I was so burdened for these kids who were coming from youth groups because so many of them didn’t have personal relationships with Christ. That really surprised me because I assumed that church kids were good and they would have a relationship with Christ. But seeing the amount of teens who came forward to talk about salvation and assurance of their salvation really opened my eyes. I was able to talk one-on-one with teen girls who came forward after the sessions who wanted to give their lives to Christ and it had a huge impact on me because I realized how great of a need there is for evangelism in Canada. Even though it was hard at first having school throughout the week and then being involved in ministry all weekend, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I learned how to use my time wisely and develop skills to prioritize ministry, school work, and taking care of myself. Honestly, it was tough, but I learned so many valuable skills about balancing ministry and life.
Peter – Recharge
I was on the program team,which meant hyping the kids up, doing skits, running games, wearing stupid costumes, and just getting people excited. We do it because it breaks down walls and lets the teens be themselves. When they see people excited about what is going on, they are excited about being part of it. The program team kind of takes everything and pulls it all together. I loved hosting and being that crazy guy that got everyone excited! Even though it was hard having personal interaction with the teens who came because I was always busy doing something, there were so many opportunities where I saw teens later on in the year at different events and they would come up to me and say “hey, you’re that guy from Recharge!” It required a lot of energy, and you had to go all in every single time. The biggest challenge for me was having the energy and being excited even though I was doing the exact same things every weekend. I had to remember kids are coming to hear the gospel and get saved. I know it sounds cliché but that is the focus of the weekend and when I kept it as my focus, whatever challenge I had that weekend I could get over because of that. Being part of Recharge helped me see that I was capable of doing a lot more than I thought I could. We got so much accomplished and we all survived! It’s not impossible. I wanted to be able to say at the end of the day that I put it all out there and I gave it everything I could. God isn’t going to ask you to do something you can’t handle. It might be difficult, but with His help you can do it.
Summer Camp Ministry
Jeremy – Summer Camp Counsellor
I was a counsellor at Word of Life Youth Camp and it was so awesome to be personally involved in the lives of campers, hanging out with them 24 hours a day, playing games, going to meals, and doing devos and personal discipleship with them. It was an extremely intense summer – we had a red team vs. blue team competition going on all week with crazy games, plus cabin of the week competitions with cabin hype and dress up. God taught me so much throughout the summer, especially to be patient with the kids and my co-counsellors and understand that it is not about me! Even when I was tired I did it for God and to make sure my campers had the best experience possible and heard the gospel. The impact that camp counsellors can have on their campers is huge. Even when I didn’t realize it, I was being an example to my kids. I met one a few months later at a youth event and he was so excited to see me and talk to me because of the bond we had at camp! Summer was an awesome time to apply everything I had learned throughout the year and direct my campers to the Word of God for answers.