Hello Friends of Inter-Varsity, One of the delightful aspects of being part of the Inter-Varsity family in
with enabling them to keep their marriage intact through rocky years.
in BC, so once a year we want to pull back the camera to offer a wide-
British Columbia is the experience of hearing IV stories everywhere I go. Of
I am so grateful that God has created and called Inter-Varsity for the pur-
angle perspective of the whole BC picture. On behalf of the BC Ministry
course I hear tales at camp and on campus, at churches and special events,
pose of transforming youth, students, and graduates into fully committed
Directors, Christopher Wickham, Steve Colby, and myself, I have the
but stories lurk in unexpected places too. A neighbour recently shared with
followers of Jesus Christ. Stories shared remind us as staff that we are
privilege of editing this collage put together by the whole BC staff team.
me the role Pioneer Camp has played in her familyʼs life for three genera-
part of a much bigger picture than the pieces we see each day. As you
Just as your stories of the impact of Inter-Varsity over many years and
tions – most recently in building her sonʼs conﬁdence and sense of belong-
share your stories with us, pray with and for us, and give to support the
through many relationships inspire me to work for the Kingdom and to
ing. At our childrenʼs school a teacher told us about the role IVCF played in
ministry of IVCF, you are partners with us in the Gospel and part of this
worship Jesus the King, I pray that our stories will inspire you to
her life as a student when she was considering her calling and trying to live
bigger picture to which God has invited us all.
thanksgiving and praise
by faith on campus. And other friends credit IVCF bonds and friendships
Each of us is most familiar with one or several aspects of the IVCF mission
- Susie Colby
4/24/07 1:10:44 AM
Daniel McDougall – ISM/GSFM at UVIC
Over 95% of the international students, post-doctoral
few short months (or even weeks) to several years, weʼre
scholars and visiting professors I meet have never heard
learning to be especially sensitive to the Holy Spirit and
the name Jesus. Their encounter with God in Victoria is
his own individualized timing and conversations with them.
more than simply informational but instead truly trans-
Even among those in whom we are not privileged to
formational, and they discover that the God of the Bible
Julie Linden – Urban Coalition Urban Coalition has two major components. The ﬁrst is
The second component is to be involved in the lives of
to challenge students with scripture to help them catch
marginalized people and the life of the Downtown Eastside
a glimpse of Godʼs heart for the poor and His desire for
neighbourhood. To that end many hours a week are
justice. Most students donʼt know that in scripture we
poured into building relationships with those who are
observe sparks of spiritual life, many return to their home
are told over 2000 times to care for the poor and the
most rejected by society, loving them and walking with
is not a ʻwesternʼ God nor is he merely a ʻsupplementʼ to
contexts with a clear sense that there is a God who loves
marginalized. They donʼt know that Jesus talks more
them. We visit those who are addicted when they are in
their existing skill set and knowledge base. Rather, he re-
them and with a hunger to know him more. Our follow-p
about what we do with our money than he talks about
treatment facilities, we visit our friends in hospital, and we
veals himself to be a God who encounters and transforms
correspondence conﬁrms that the Holy Spirit does indeed
heaven and hell combined. Urban Coalition is commit-
spend a lot of time listening.
real people within their own cultural context. And since
continue his conversations with them!
ted to helping students discover that being a Christian
In 2006 students came from BC and Alberta. Additionally,
these international folksʼ tenure in Victoria ranges from a
requires more of us than a personal faith – it is following
Ontario students joined us for three weeks of intensive
Michael Han – VCF at ECIAD & SFU
Jesus and all of his commands including the ones that
teaching and living experiences.
Working with students at Emily Carr Institute of Art and
deep sense of shared mission.
Design (ECIAD) has been an incredible journey of learning
After Urbana, we brought the study back to ECIAD
to rely on Godʼs provision and also growing beyond what I
campus. During this time, as we studied through Genesis,
believe to be comfortable and normal.
God began bringing new students to the fellowship, some
In the fall we met weekly at a studentʼs apartment, which
of them with very little exposure to Scripture or Christian
was within walking distance of ECIAD. As we shared a
community. The ECIAD Christian Community also strove
potluck dinner, stories and laughter, we started to build
to acquire recognized status as a legitimate group on
a sense of rhythm and community into the lives of art
make us uncomfortable.
Janet Somes – ISM at UBC
Itʼs been a full winter within the International Student Min-
2: Picture about ﬁfteen of us, some Canadian, many East
istry at UBC. Iʼd like to give you a few snapshots among
Asian, one or two from Europe and Latin America. Weʼre
the many things that are happening.
sitting in a comfortable living room, eating from plates
1: Picture Sarah and Karen, two volunteers, in a kitchen
piled high with a wide variety of food. We meet every
downtown. There are others there: several people of low
Friday for a potluck dinner and Bible study. Itʼs been excit-
campus. After many meetings and the prayers and perse-
income, and a couple of UBC students from Europe. The
ing to have many enquirers come, avidly seeking to learn
students who are normally locked away in studios or labs.
verance of one student in particular, the school agreed to
UBC students are attracted to a Christianity that inspires
about God and the Bible.
We journeyed through the Gospel of Mark together and
review their policy and it looks like we will see this happen
good actions, and have joined Sarah and Karen each
3: Picture a small group of very sleepy people sitting in a
wrestled with new understanding, new challenges and a
by next year.
Tuesday to teach basic cooking skills to people who canʼt
circle, singing, praying, talking. The centre of the ministry
afford restaurant food.
remains our Tuesday morning prayer meeting.
Susie Colby – VCF at UVIC
Students at the University of Victoria have been build-
community was invited to share the meal World Vision
ing a porch. We have been imagining our life of faith
serves to malnourished AIDS victims in Africa, a weekly
together as if it occurs in a house; to be a witnessing
Group Investigating God, and a lavish Christmas party.
community we need a wide porch around the house where
Students know that while these events gather people and
people can peek into faith, get to know us personally, and
raise the subject of faith in Jesus, itʼs in our friendships
ask questions about Jesus in a comfortable setting.
with the people we gather that we are able to share faith
“Porch” events this year have included a ﬁrst rate one-
Steve Colby – VCF at UBC
This year we are grateful for the new students who have
used as a complete dayʼs nutrition by AIDS victims in
literally plunged right in. They have led the worship team,
Africa. The students hope that through experiences like
assisted in Tuesday night dinners, and joined the Gospel
this meal our fellowship and the wider campus popula-
of Mark manuscript study. Six UBC students attended the
tion will grow in compassion for those who suffer. The
most meaningfully and accessibly. As we begin planning
Urbana Student Missions conference this past December
UBC Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship meets alternate
woman theatre performance depicting Jesusʼ encounters
and praying for the fall, we are longing to see these
in St. Louis, Missouri. Urbana has inspired the UBC leaders
Tuesdays in the SUB.
with women, a joint pot-luck with the Gay Pride club on
friends come to faith. I sense the beginning of a fruitful
to prepare a “Broken Bread Meal,” a corn-soy porridge
campus, a Broken Bread meal to which the whole campus
season of ministry and mission at U Vic.
4/24/07 1:10:46 AM
James Yu – ISM at SFU
A few months ago, Susie, my supervisor gave me a small
to coordinate, and to lead. Itʼs a huge challenge for me,
book The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Cole-
but I would like to step forward in faith and experience
man. Although it was written decades ago, I found it very
Godʼs faithfulness again. Please pray for the team.
enlightening and decided to follow the guidance of it. Several students from our group graduated in December and left the campus. Besides meeting with a few students one-to-one, I spend a lot of time with Jo Chen, who came to Christ last year through another Christian organization on campus but also attends IV events. She is quite teachable, and shows leadership potential, and I hope she can become a “reliable person who will also be qualiﬁed to teach others.” Please pray for Jo.
China Global Partnership 2007 27 students and staff from Quebec and British Columbia trek to China to participate in Inter-Varsityʼs China Global Partnership, April 29 - June 7th. Each student will be paired with a Chinese university student. The pairs will be language partners, roommates and constant companions. When Chinese students have roommates as “24-7 partners”, not only does their language proﬁciency increase, but they become open to the things of God and
Another important part of the ministry Iʼm involved in is the preparation for the Global Partner China mission trip in May. Although I have last yearʼs experience, there is a big difference between just participating and becoming a
His Kingdom. God works through incarnational friendships. Last year one Chinese student became a Christian, 3 more
were discipled, and many began reading the Bible for the ﬁrst time.
director. There is a lot for me to learn, to pray, to think,
Christopher Wickham – Pioneer Paciﬁc I love summers at Pioneer Paciﬁc. They are packed with
host gatherings for camp folks in their communities and
adventure, learning, challenge and growth. Youth gain
churches; itʼs the campers who came originally as children
conﬁdence and new skills, explore faith and Creation, and
and who are now leaders; itʼs partnerships we have with
experience living and serving in community. Young lead-
people who support this mission and believe in the impact
ers spread their wings, and seasoned ones act as guides
and role of Christian camping in building the Kingdom.
and role models. Yet Pioneer Paciﬁc is not conﬁned to
So as we head into summer itʼs really a time to celebrate
just one week or session, nor is it limited to the summer
and live out what God is doing, and to serve and grow
months, nor even to our stunning location. Because this
together in community. I canʼt think of anywhere I would
ministry is essentially about building relationships as we
rather be. To ﬁnd out more about what is happening at Pioneer
continues throughout the year and through the years.
Paciﬁc and to meet the staff I am privileged to work
Itʼs the cabin leaders who begin Bible studies with their
alongside, visit our website at www.pioneerpaciﬁc.ca .
campers back home; itʼs the volunteers who organize or
Or better yet, come this summer and have a meal with us.
This is a strategic time when young Christian scholars and
edge campus witness and to supply resources to inspire
scientists are emerging at UBC. Many students move into
them to think and live with integrity as Christians, and to
signiﬁcant leadership in education, research, business,
encourage their prophetic role.
medicine, law, and government. I focus on empowering
Through the monthly Graduate and Faculty Christian
postgraduate students and faculty in a courageous explo-
Forum, I help sponsor presentations at UBC from top
ration of Christian hope and truth, where people conspire
scholars and scientists from around the world, engaging
together in a dynamic network. Through a variety of
the current debates and stimulating the Christian imagina-
resources, I invest in studentsʼ projects as well as in
tion. This involves leading thinkers such as Jennifer Wise-
their personal faith development. The wealth of Scripture
man from NASAʼs Hubble Telescope and Denis Alexander,
and Christian tradition empowers them on the journey
director of the Faraday Institute on Science & Religion at
towards cultural, historical, theological and philosophical
Cambridge University. The campus community is invited
literacy. I meet with faculty to share vision for cutting-
into a rich conversation and exploration towards veritas,
Troy & Sue Lee – UNBC
truth-seeking and truth-living.
With our ever-changing student population we are in a
- Two students came to Urbana this year.
constant state of re-building, but with changes come new
- A small group of graduate students meets weekly
ideas, perspectives, energy and life. Each year we fervent-
- In April ﬁve students will join me (Troy) at A Rochaʼs
ly pray for “servant leaders” to join IVCF; in serving one
Field Study Centre to participate in local conservation
another, the campus, and our community students will be
projects, live in community, and study Genesis.
transformed by God at work in and through them.
We began the year studying Acts together and we
- Five new students host a weekly Soup & Buns night in
are now ﬁnishing the semester with Ephesians. Our
residence. The response has been amazing as students
understanding of “the church” and our part in it as we
invite their friends, roommates, and study partners to eat,
are transformed by Godʼs Spirit and live in light of the
watch a short ﬁlm about faith issues, and discuss
kingdom of heaven has been so exciting!! Students are
coming to & growing in faith, working it out together, and stepping out of their comfort zones to serve others.
Christa (Manuel) Blanchette– VCF at SFU
live out the gospel in community, itʼs a ministry that
Full names of Universities and Institutes are listed on the back page.
Gordon Carkner – GSFM at UBC
Taking ownership has been the theme of this semester at
The “large group” is getting a trial run this semester as
SFU. Student leaders had an extremely signiﬁcant experi-
a place for the different pockets of students to come
ence last year of studying the Gospel of Mark together. It
together and meet for teaching and discussion. We hope
transformed their lives and now they want to be a part of
it will also be a welcoming place for others.
a similar experience with their peers. This semester they
Four key student leaders prepare to graduate this month;
have stepped up to lead and own IVCF at SFU. Students
it is a key moment as some of our ﬁrst ʻgenerationʼ of
are leading Bible studies and taking initiative to care for
students move on and we look to younger students to
one another meeting weekly in twos or in small groups.
take the reigns.
4/24/07 1:10:49 AM
I feel deep gratitude to our God for the privilege of working for IV BC over these last 30 years.
ECIAD SFU UBC UVIC UNBC
Al McKay Did you know that in 1976 Rocky won an Oscar for best
Boys Camp as well as many other programs.
picture? Why is this signiﬁcant? I joined Inter-Varsity Staff
As he gained more experience, he contributed signiﬁ-
in 1976. Now in 2007, I am preparing to leave Inter-Varsi-
cantly to ministry and staff development. He was part
ty at the end of September. Please pray that the transition
of the National High School Leadership Team, developing
period will be full of life and that Godʼs hand will direct.
a series of brochures called Hand in Hand which helped
I am thankful to Geri Rodman, president of IVCF Canada,
students consider ways to grow in prayer, Bible study
and the leadership team for offering that the name Urban
and vocational calling. For close to 20 years he directed
Coalition go with me. As of October 1, 2007 Urban Coali-
National New Staff Orientation and twice he directed
tion will be under the umbrella of City in Focus, a local
National Staff Conference. It was in this latter role that
ministry whose president is Tom Cooper, a good friend
he brought his understanding of contemplative spirituality
its mission is to increase the real and visible presence of
to Inter-Varsityʼs staff team, helping them think through
Jesus within the city of Vancouver and the province of BC.
the importance of keeping Sabbath and of practicing the
If you want more information or just want
disciplines of solitude and silence.
to be in touch please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Universities and Institutes Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Simon Fraser University University of British Columbia University of Victoria University of Northern British Columbia
Scott Campbell – ISM at UBC This spring we say good-bye to Scott Campbell as he leaves Inter-Varsity. Scott has been volunteering or serving on staff with ISM at UBC since 2001. Weʼre cheering for Scott as he anticipates getting married May 12. Congratulations, Scott!
Appreciation of silence may seem a strange trait for a
Thank you to our many friends throughout BC whose lives
drummer such as Al, but it is one the paradoxes of Big Al
have enriched ours. I feel deep gratitude to our God for
McKay. He may like noise, but he also appreciates silence.
the privilege of working for IV BC over these last 30 years.
Through silence, he has honed the ability to observe the
Much grace and peace…… Al
details of peopleʼs lives.
This newsletter is brought to you by the ministry directors of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in British Columbia
“Al McKay is passionate and compassionate,” says InterAl began his work with Inter-Varsity on June 14, 1976.
Varsityʼs National President Geri Rodman. “He is a person
With three years of teaching and a degree from Simon
who listens deeply and can relate to a wide variety of
Fraser University behind him, he applied to become an ISCF
people. He is able to help people – including the marginal-
intern so he could more directly inﬂuence high school stu-
ized – feel special in the eyes of God.”
dents for the Kingdom of God. His goal, he wrote in his application, was to reach kids for Christ, to encourage them
Plan to join the party.
in the faith, and to walk alongside teachers in high schools.
A celebration of Alʼs 30 years with Inter-Varsity will be
Eventually Al became a full-time staffworker, a role which
held the evening of September 15. (time and location to
Inter-Varsityʼs BC News will be mailed annually. Should you prefer to
also connected him with Pioneer Paciﬁc, where he directed
be removed from this mailing list, please contact us at email@example.com
4/24/07 1:10:52 AM
Published on Mar 8, 2009