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Instigating a Guerrilla Love Movement

Guest blog by Amy Croy – Youth / Young Adult Minister St. Paul’s, Edmonton

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

This scripture has been the inspiration for our youth mission cycle at St. Paul’s, Edmonton for the past ten years. Over the past decade my perspective has cycled as well. I used to think of our first year, local mission, as preparation for our cross-cultural mission in year two and our international mission in year three.

Now I see the away missions as preparation for our continuing mission at home. Taking people to a different country / culture pushes them to get out of their comfort zone and totally rely on God. However, if we totally rely on God, we can leave our comfort zone even when we are in our own neighbourhood.

This was the challenge to the group of 18 people who went on a mission trip to Brazil last summer, as well as the entire parish of St. Paul’s. I am convinced that we can make a more powerful and lasting impact for God’s Kingdom right in our own community. After all, we are the ones who will follow up.

Our strategy is to instigate a Guerrilla Love Movement. Our goal is to ambush people with love until they ask us why. 

Laura Walton

About Laura Walton

Laura Walton is part of the Youth Initiatives Team for the Anglican Church of Canada. She is the half time youth minister at All Saints', Collingwood and has a private counselling practice in the area as well. As the mom of 2 teenagers, a Preacher's Kid, and long time volunteer in the Diocese of Toronto Laura has worked in the field of youth and children's ministry on the ground floor level for many years. Laura has a love for sports, music and challenging the status quo which she brings to her work in youth and children's ministry.
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