Mission

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Just as God expressed His love by coming to live with us, we want to be a life-giving presence in our community and the wider world, living out Jesus’ values within our natural spheres of influence.

The Mission team is a group of people from Elevation who want to support local and global mission. Our mandate is to support mission initiatives of our people locally, nationally and internationally, and to connect the congregation with opportunities to learn, serve and give. We seek to inspire and empower active, generous involvement in the world around us. We encourage church members to get involved in existing service organizations and member initiatives, to share food and friendship with neighbours, and to explore Jesus’ life and message.

For more information or to get involved with the Mission team, please contact Melanie Martin.

See below to read about the people and organizations we partner with across our country and around the globe.

  • Serving South Sudan

    Serving South Sudan

  • Welcome Home

    Welcome Home

  • Crane-Lake-Discovery-Camp-Our-Roots

    Crane Lake Discovery Camp

  • mcrs

    Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support

INDIVIDUALS

skopniksGord and Sharon Skopnik are Elevation members with a heart for South Sudan. They are working with an organization called Avant, which establishes churches in this new African country, as well as working on leadership training, safe water, and social economic development.

avantteam.com/servingsouthsudan

head-shotMelissa is an Elevation member who serves as a campus minister with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Wilfrid Laurier University, discipling small groups of students and reaching post-secondary students with Christ.

www.ivcf.ca

unnamedTerry Martin is the Director of Operations for Rising Above Abuse Counselling, a Christian-based charity initiated and governed by First Nations people to offer hope and healing from a biblical perspective for people who have faced the effects of abuse. Terry and Brenda and their family are based in Niverville, Manitoba.

www.risingabove.ca

img_1854While Nikki Horne continues to champion community development and education projects in Onzole Ecuador, she is now living in Ghana with husband TK Azalgo where they are working with an organization called Future of Africa.

futureofafrica.org

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Jeremy Horne is an Elevation member and the executive director of Life Change Adventures, a project of The Navigators Canada which seeks to create sustained change by coaching and equipping individuals to become involved in life-changing initiatives. Elevation specifically support’s LCA’s works in the Sunnydale community of north Waterloo. LCA also partners with organizations and projects around the world.

lifechangeadventures.org

In partnership with local churches, International Teams serves the poor with practical programs that meet needs for shelter, food, clothing, clean water, education, medical care, sustainability, friendship, encouragement and hope.

iteams.ca

trevor-and-becky-gingerich-plus-westonAfter Trevor was deeply impacted by his time at Embassy in Waterloo, he and his wife Becky began a student church at Humber College (north campus) to help its 15,000 students discover hope, purpose and life to its fullest through the message, mission and person of Jesus Christ.

www.embassyhumber.com

2016-08-family-photoCraig and Leilani Bauman are members of the Elevation community who are serving as missionaries with New Tribes Missions.

craigandleilanibauman.wordpress.com

ORGANIZATIONS

Crane Lake Discovery Camp (Muskoka) offers therapeutic wilderness camping for at-risk boys and young men. Campers learn fundamental life skills that help them address challenges in their home, school and work environments. Staff stay involved with campers throughout the year as support in any challenges that arise.

www.cranelakediscoverycamp.org

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-12-20-57-pmThe Bolivian Children Foundation meets the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of children in need, empowering them to move beyond their circumstances, realize their full potential, and pass on the values and skills learned to others. Their work includes a residential home for girls and teens; a residential home for boys and daycare for children affected by HIV/AIDS, and a program to help prepare teens for independence.

www.bolivianchildren.ca

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-12-24-22-pmSanctuary Health Clinic is a Kitchener-based health centre for refugees with the goal of providing health with dignity to vulnerable newcomers to the Kitchener-Waterloo region. A volunteer-driven organization, Sanctuary receives very limited government funding.

www.sanctuaryrefugee.ca

Multicultural Community Gardens is part of a local urban agricultural initiative that is creating inclusive community gardening spaces that value newcomers, youth and all community members in the Waterloo Region. They also value and promote food security and food sovereignty and an increase in the cultural diversity of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

www.multiculturalgardenskw.org

imageedit_3_80667889003Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support welcomes all refugee claimants to our K-W community by providing assistance with the refugee claim process, accessing a network of settlement support, building communities of mutual support, and advocating for a fair and just environment for refugees in Canada.  www.mcrs.ca

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-1-38-31-pmBelieving that housing is fundamental right, SHOW provides programs, services, and supports to help individuals with homelessness, addiction, mental health, and hoarding issues transform their lives. Their vision is to create a community where affordable housing and supports are available to all.

www.showaterloo.org

whfaviconWelcome Home is a refugee housing community, helping newcomers transition well to life in Canada. Welcome Home provides short-term housing to refugee new arrivals from every ethnic and religious background.  Emotional and spiritual support is offered to newcomers and Welcome Home assists with settlement and seek to advocate on behalf of refugees by engaging the community, especially the local churches.

Their goal is to provide the support and skills that will enable refugees to lead healthy and productive lives, whether they remain in Canada or are forced to return to their home country.

welcomehomekw.ca

Journey is a group of people from Elevation who are interested and engaged in walking with refugees—sometimes literally and sometimes figuratively. We build relationships with people who have been forced to leave their country and have either come to Canada or are hoping to find a new home here.

www.elevationwaterloo.org/journey