Chateauguay Community Church

Hannah Shewchuk

Former youth leader at Chateauguay Community Church, Hannah is currently in her first of four years studying youth ministry at Vanguard College in Edmonton, Alberta.

Studies at Vanguard College

This past August, I moved to Edmonton to study at Vanguard College, and I have just finished my first year of the Youth Ministry program. I have been doing my ministry placement at Ignite Student Ministries at North Pointe Community Church there, and will continue there next year.

Thanks to the generosity and support of many different people, I have been able to pay for tuition, fees, and books for both the Fall and Winter Semesters this school year despite not being able to receive student loans. I have also been provided with places to stay for the year! Your prayers for financial provision have been so appreciated.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers! Although I have been able to pay for this year completely, I will soon be looking for work for during the Fall 2012 semester. Please pray that I will find a good job that will allow time for me to do my school work and continue volunteering at Ignite Youth, as well as that I will have enough to pay for school next year.

New York Missions Trip 2012

This February, along with twelve other first year Youth Ministry students, I went on a week-long missions trip to New York City. We flew from Edmonton on February 12th, and returned on the 19th. During our week there, we partnered with Center for Student Missions, slept in a church in Brooklyn and spent the days helping out with various ministries around the city that aim to address problems such as homelessness and poverty. You can read more about the need here.

Thank you for your prayer support leading up to as well as during this trip! We volunteered at several organizations around the different boroughs of New York City, including We Care Soup Kitchen, Father's Heart, God's Love We Deliver, the Relief Bus, and CAMBA. It was so cool to be able to talk to some of the people that we served and get their stories and their perspectives on life where they live, and I am so thankful to have had the chance to make a difference in the lives of those people. Not only did we get to help other people, but we were able to learn from the people that we talked to. Our eyes have been opened and we have been filled with compassion for those who are struggling, and I hope that I can use my experiences in New York City to make a difference in people's lives no matter where I am.