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CALVIN & PEARL LAU
In 2016, Calvin and Pearl moved to Nepal to serve with a mission hospital through a partnership with Samaritan's Purse Post-Residency Program.
At United Mission Hospital Tansen, Calvin has been involved with supporting the pastoral care/social services department. This team cares for patients’ financial, emotional, and spiritual needs. Calvin has also been supporting and sitting on the advisory committee for a children’s home and mental health rehabilitation centre for patients who have no safe home to return to after being admitted to the hospital.
Pearl, a family physician with a specialization in hospital medicine, has been working in the inpatient medical wards and in the outpatient department, taking overnight call once a week. As one of eight senior medical staff, she is involved with supervising Nepali medical interns and residents as well as teaching some of the weekly academic tutorials for the trainees.
Engineering Ministries INTernationaL
In 2010, Matt moved to Toronto to begin his career as a structural engineer. He grew up in a rural community and mentions that he would not have moved to Toronto except for work. Matt recalls, "Work became the focal point of my life. It was getting busier and more stressful all the time. After a lengthy period of busyness came to an end and I had some time to reflect back, I realized that I was not satisfied with where my life was heading. I enjoyed work most of the time, but I did not want it to be the focal point of my life. I began praying for God to show me where my life should be going. After another wave a busyness, I was beginning to contemplate different options."
At that point, Matt had just heard about EMI (Engineering Ministries International) at an event hosted at Grace Toronto Church. He was excited about the work of EMI and was ready to get involved. Although he did not plan for this to be a long term commitment, God had other plans.
After a four month internship with EMI UK in 2013, Matt returned to Toronto for only three months and then continued with EMI in Uganda for one year. Instead of returning to Toronto, Matt decided to join EMI full time in Uganda, where he met his wife in Uganda and got married in 2015. Matt and his wife Ashley have settled into life in Uganda and are raising their family there until God directs them somewhere else.
Athletes In Action
Morgan has been serving with Athletes in Action since May 2006. In the last 12 years, she has served as Campus Staff, Campus Hub Director, Campus Leadership Team, Director of Operations, Director of Advancement, and National Leadership Team. She currently works in the area of Fundraising and Donor Development.
Morgan describes the work God has been doing on the field: "I have seen God draw hearts to him on campus, at soccer camps, at orphanages in Brazil, Paraguay and Moldova and have witnessed how the language of sport can be used by God to proclaim the gospel and bring love, hope, and freedom to those who receive it."
Morgan serves alongside the National Director in this current season, and she is excited to see how their focus on major gifts and enhancing their donor development systems will generate more funds for Kingdom work.
Power to Change
P2C-Students is a campus ministry focused on engaging students with the gospel and equipping them for a lifetime of ministry. Patrick works on the Creative Communications team, a branch of the ministry that creates and develops resources for students across Canada. Patrick is currently the editor-in-chief of all the editorial content on the P2C website. He also produces other digital media including documentaries, podcasts, and web series' that are designed to help students meaningfully engage with relevant questions about faith and spirituality.
Patrick is currently producing a podcast called "Undiscussed", a show that talks about issues Christian communities often ignore. Through this podcast, he hopes to challenge Christians to begin conversations that will heal broken relationships with people who have been hurt by the church, and create a space where people are humble, empathetic, and willing to learn, regardless of their faith.
Patrick continues to guide the editorial direction of P2C-Students' written, audio, and video content with the hope and prayer that thousands more students would come to know Jesus because of the trust they have rebuilt through their content.
INTER-VARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Preston is on staff with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship serving as a campus minister at the University of Toronto. Being shaped by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit, InterVarsity’s purpose is the transformation of youth, students, and graduates, in all their ethnic diversity, into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. InterVarsity longs to raise up extraordinary kingdom leaders on campus and camps across the country and then send them out into the world after graduation.
University is a pivotal time in one’s journey into adulthood. Recent studies have shown that the majority of students who enter university as Christians no longer consider themselves followers of Jesus by the time they graduate. InterVarsity builds witnessing communities on campus where students can engage the Gospel through scripture, prayer, worship, and evangelism.
Preston currently works with the Korean Christian Fellowship - one of InterVarsity’s ethnic specific ministries. There he is responsible for the nurturing and growth of the fellowship as they seek to pour out the love of Christ onto campus.