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Briercrest Connections - Issue #4

Briercrest Connections
Welcome to the (late) August edition of our newsletter. We are gearing up to welcome our students back. Read more below!

The “stand here” stickers are on their way and we can’t wait to stick them down because it will mean that we are ready for our students to return! In less than 2 weeks, we will be welcoming hundreds of students back to our high school and college and we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity.
Although the preparations have been intense (amidst the ever changing guidelines that we need adhere to), we are finally in the last phase of planning as we sort out our check-in day process. If you are curious and want to know more about our Return to Campus plan, head here! Browse the e-books, read the FAQs, and above all, pray for our campus and our students as we enter a new school year as safely as possible.
Caleb and Jori Willems have been serving our high school students at Briercrest Christian Academy since 2016. Caleb is the Director of Discipleship at BCA, while Jori works as Assistant Director of Recruitment & Marketing for Briercrest and also volunteers in the high school.⁠⠀
Along with coordinating chapel every week, Caleb’s role has involved planning retreats and out-trips, serving with student worship and tech teams, advising the Student Leadership Council and hopping on the ice with Prairie Hockey Academy for the occasional practice! Jori has served as a small group leader for the past four years and built strong relationships with many students during retreats and ski trips.⁠⠀
Caleb said,
“What I love most about my job is building relationships with our students and encouraging them forward in their faith journey. As well, it has been so cool to work with a bunch of amazing volunteers from the community and College who also desire to help students mature as disciples. We have volunteers leading 17 small groups, leading our worship teams and coordinating our small group leaders. Jesus is at work in the lives of our students and I am so grateful for the opportunity He has given me and my team to come alongside them and help them see Him work.”⁠⠀
Jori said,
“Serving as a small group leader wasn’t a formal part of my work at Briercrest, but it has been, by far, my favourite part. This role allowed me to develop deeper relationships with some of the girls, all of whom have a very special spot in my heart. Over these four years, I have witnessed them grow and mature together as a group and individually in their faith. Hearts that were hard have softened, topics that were once reason to debate have become opportunities to listen and hear each other out, and leaders have developed. We have prayed together, served together, and just had fun together.”⁠
Joe’s Place and their mission was deeply affected by the implications of COVID-19 but they turned their reality into a quest for creative new ways to care for the youth of Moose Jaw.
When COVID-19 hit, Moose Jaw’s Riverside Mission needed to shift their practices in order to respect the social distancing measures set in place. That’s when local churches St. Aidan Anglican Church and the Salvation Army joined with Riverside, offering the facility space and people needed to help serve meals to those in need in downtown Moose Jaw. ⁠⠀
⁠Since then, the group, which includes many Briercrest alumni and staff, has prepared and provided 25–40 bag lunches every Saturday and Sunday to neighbours in need. ⁠⠀
⁠One representative said,
“This is one small way God’s abundant grace has spilled over. The group that lines up to receive from that grace has expressed deep gratitude for both the food and the homemade masks made by parishioners—some have written cards of thanks. Members of the broader community have been generous in donating funds and bottled water to the initiative to keep those experiencing homelessness and hard times fed when resources around the city are limited. God’s provision is truly humbling."⁠
Debut aviation historian Joel From, PhD, was raised in Caronport, Saskatchewan where he spent his youth living, playing, and working on the former RAF airbase at Caron. During the past decade, he developed an avid interest in the former airbase and its intriguing history. This book is the result and we are glad to point you to it!
Available through the website or on Amazon
Available through the website or on Amazon
Why Living in Dorm Makes a Difference
A Student's Guide to Brewing Budget-Friendly Coffee in Dorm
Making Friends with Social Media
What Are We Asking of Technology?
Firstly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who filled out the Alumni Form and told us some incredible stories from near and far! If you are an alum of one of our schools, we would love a life update! Fill in our Alumni Update Form below to let us know where you’ve been and where you are now. We love hearing from our network.
Have a story about what God has been doing in your ministry, life, or hometown? We want to hear about it! Use the form below to update us. A few times a month, we feature Alumni stories and updates on our social media feeds and some become blog features. With your permission, maybe we can tell your story too!
We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness. He continues to use Briercrest to help young adults Keep the Faith. We are so humbled and blessed by this privilege to provide an education that disciples young people and gives them the things they need to mature in their faith as they enter adulthood.
It is our desire and prayer to make Christian education more affordable so that we can disciple more young adults and help them solidify their faith with daily discipleship, daily chapel, and godly instruction and mentorship in the classroom. And so, after prayerful consideration, we set a goal to raise $8.9 million dollars in two years for the Briercrest Education Fund. To date, we have raised $3.56 million dollars. Thanks be to God!
 The sobering statistic that 2/3 of Canadian young adults leave the Church after high school and 1/3 leave their faith entirely compels us to continue the fight for tomorrow’s Church. We believe God has called us to this critical mission but we continue to need your help.
Would you join us in praying for our young adults? And with God’s leading, please consider giving a gift to help students Keep the Faith through Christian higher education.
“The people are always what make the memories so special. Meeting so many amazing profs, staff, and students during my time is what I have loved so much about my years spent at Briercrest. ⁠"
Although I am not sure of my future, I do know that my time at Briercrest was about preparing me for lifelong ministry and I am confident that the people I met, the teaching and training I received, and the extra-curriculars I participated in have prepared me for whatever God has planned for me.” 
— Colin Bovingdon (College ‘20, Christian Ministry)
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