I am sure all of you would agree that Iqaluit is not the most desirable winter destination. Approximately 2100 kilometres north of Ottawa, and as the crow flies, in the winter, this community experiences highs of -28 and the temperature can drop as low as -50 or -70 with the wind chill. Always ready for an adventure, Margaret Johnston and I decided to jump at the opportunity to go for a visit – even in February!
This Inuit community is the home of a Connecting Streams Link Team. Tim Lawal and his wife Bola go into Baffin Correctional Centre, a minimum-security prison, Sunday afternoons and share the word of God with the inmates. Originally from Nigeria, they served with Connecting Streams prison ministry in Edmonton. Their work then brought them to Nunavut. Wanting to continue to minister, they were grateful that Link existed.
Link Teams provide an opportunity for volunteers to become involved in ministry work under the umbrella of Connecting Streams. This happens in locations where CS does not have a City Leader and formalized structure for ministry.
The volunteers are “linked” into our CS national network. They go through the same application process and receive online training and coaching as they navigate the implementation of their ministry. A CS Leader supports and walks alongside the team as they do ministry. Margaret Johnston has been walking with Tim & Bola both in Edmonton and now in the north.
As Connecting Streams looks at growing across Canada, we are grateful for our faithful volunteers & staff who embrace our vision to live out Jesus’ desire that none would be lost. Thank you for your support and help.
God Bless you,