Canada Can Do Better

One of the many things I love about The Point is our desire to show Christ’s love to others.  One of the ways we are intentional about doing this is through our justice team.  I have gotten to be part of this team for almost 3 years now and am humbled by the ways the Lord has led this small team (usually 4-6 members each semester) in showing His love and justice to people in Vancouver and around the world.  When we began 3 years ago, we had no idea what a justice team would or should even look like.  None of us had ever been part of one before, but we were excited to have a pastor who was seeking God’s heart for justice and saw the church as playing a vital role.

Over the past few years, we’ve been involved in lots of projects and partnered with many organizations.  We have looked at many issues, but one we have focused most heavily on has been the issue of human trafficking.  Global reports show that an estimated 27 million people are held in modern day slavery.  27. million. people. today.  A high percentage of those people are women and children who are forced to work in the sex industry.  As we have researched and read, our hearts have been continually broken for what’s going on in our world.  We believe that this grieves our Savior as well.

Recently, we have partnered with a group of local churches to take part in a postcard campaign.  Laws surrounding prostitution and the sex trade in Canada, and specifically British Columbia, are being looked at and may be changing soon.  This is a crucial time and we believe that the local church must speak up for those who have no voice.

On Sunday, we showed a documentary called DEMAND, which addresses the demand for paid sex and other parts of the sex industry (pornography, etc.) and how it affects individuals involved in the industry.  We believe that if the demand were to be eradicated, the “supply” or women/children would no longer be needed.  You can watch the film here.

In addition to watching the film, we asked people to fill out postcards asking their MPs (Members of Parliament) to consider legislation that would prosecute those caught buying sex, rather than those selling (most often, the women selling sex see little to none of the profit and are controlled by pimps or organized crime leaders).  We were so excited to see at least 20 people stay after the service for the documentary and to have almost as many postcards to drop in the mail this week.

Join me in praying for positive change in BC, as well as in your own community.  Also, check out information about last week’s screening on The Point’s Blog.

For more information, please feel free to contact me or check out R.E.E.D. (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) for further resources.

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A very fuzzy picture of some of our Justice Team Members leading a discussion post-documentary screening.

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The Point’s New Home!

While I was away, The Point moved into a new venue on campus.  Until this spring, we had been meeting in a lecture hall in the morning and a student lounge/passageway in the evenings.  This meant setting and taking down everything TWICE each Sunday, as well as moving everything from place to place to place.  While the spaces we were in were wonderful and we had some really great times of worship in them, we were excited when the opportunity to move came about.

In our new venue, which is also a lecture hall, we are able to set up on Saturday nights and have Sunday morning and Sunday evening worship in the same location and then take down after the evening service.  Since we’re able to do this now (and since we’ve got access to a storage closet IN the room!) we are able to put more into the set up and really make the space ours.  Everything we do for set up is intended to help the room feel less like a lecture hall and help us to focus on worship.  After we set up on Saturday nights, we also spend time praying over the space and lifting up the next day’s services.

I’ve only been back a few weeks, but I have so loved the times of worship with The Point family in the new space.  God is at work this summer among students and the people of Vancouver and I am so blessed to be here.  Please pray with me that the Lord will continue to make Himself known and that, as we worship together on Sundays, we will draw nearer and nearer to Him.

Below are a few pictures of the new location:

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