Serving, Training, Energizing Partnerships (STEP)
STEP is a Global Discipleship program that provides our church with the opportunity to engage significantly in global mission. This is accomplished through Laurier’s three-way partnership with CBM (Canadian Baptist Ministries) and one of its global partners in Bolivia. Being a STEP church is more than just participating in a cross-cultural experience or financially supporting mission. It means being open to where God is at work in our world and becoming active participants in that work through the ministries of CBM and our partner. Foundational to the STEP partnership is the principle of mutual learning; a commitment which has deeply impacted the lives of people within our church and our global partner.
At the heart of STEP is a commitment to forming deeper relationships with believers from another part of the world – sharing life, learning from each other, giving, and receiving.
We are partnered with two ministries in Cochabamba, Bolivia:
Casa de la Amistad
Translates from Spanish to “House of Friendship”.
This project, located in the heart of downtown, is situated across from two prisons and focuses on assisting and encouraging children who either currently live, or previously lived, in prison with their incarcerated parent(s).
The Casa program supports the kids by providing hot meals, before/after school care, as well as dental, medical, educational, and spiritual support.
Jireh is a project that mentors and supports kids, and teens, who are frequently working on the street in order to help support the rest of their family.
Our STEP commitment involves the following:
• Contribute $10,000 per year for 3 years
• Send one short-term missions (STM) team to visit our Bolivian partner at least once every three years
• Provide prayer support for the ministries of CBM and our global, Bolivian partner
• Be open to opportunities to serve and be served, train and be trained. This is often accomplished by maintaining ongoing dialogue between CBM and our partner around global issues and their appropriate responses.
David & Suzannah Nacho
David and Suzannah serve with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) in Costa Rica (a recent change) and have three children; Sofía, Andrés, and Anna Laura.
Watch here for more details and read the latest newsletter from the Nachos by clicking on the button below.
The Gull Lake Centre
The Gull Lake Centre is year-round campground and retreat facility located in Central Alberta just west of Lacombe and situated directly on Gull Lake. They offer Christian-based summer camp opportunities for all ages, retreats, winter and spring break camps, as well as a 3-year Leadership Training Development (LTD) program.
We support the ministry of the Gull Lake Centre in several ways:
• Promote camps and send kids from our congregation
• Hold church-wide retreats in the fall at the centre
• Provide financial and prayer support
Young Life Canada
Young Life is non-profit Christian organization that seeks to develop relationships with teenagers in their world while supporting them through the challenges of adolescence. Young Life communicates that kids are loved and valued by their adult leaders and also by God. Club is a place where kids can be themselves, have fun and learn values from the Christian faith.
Young Life West Edmonton currently has two clubs with students coming from four schools in West Edmonton. Their high school club has students mostly coming from Jasper Place St. Francis Xavier, and Ross Sheppard. Their Jr high club has students mostly coming from Westminster and St. Rose. Students from all over West Edmonton are welcome. Leaders enter the world of the students by going to sporting games, tutoring, spending time at lunch, weekend trips, and creating memories.
After spending the year together with students, Young Life leaders have the privilege of taking many of them to summer camp at Rockridge Canyon, a beautiful Young Life property in the mountains of Princeton BC. Rockridge models the value of Young Life through how students are counseled. There are no councilors out at camp waiting for kids to arrive, the leaders who have been earning the right to be in their world all year take a bus out with them, counsel them for the week, and come home with them. This relational model is at the core of Young Life.
Our church partners with Doug Potter, Staff Associate at Young Life in West Edmonton, and we do so through prayer and financial support. Doug is working with the Staff Associate program to reach more students in West Edmonton. He is achieving this by working towards starting up a new club out of Hillcrest Jr. High. Partnering with the school, and community, he is building the foundation for leaders to enter in to the world of these students and earn the right to be a part of their lives.
The Mustard Seed (The Seed)
Following Jesus Christ and partnering with the community, The Mustard Seed combats the root causes of poverty in Alberta and works to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those they serve.
The Seed provides basic core services (shelter, food and clothing), support services (including employment, health and wellness and spiritual care), and they also work to provide housing to those in need.
Our congregation partners with this ministry prayerfully, financially, and practically through hands-on volunteer opportunities. Serving meals, collecting household and personal items, and helping out in the clothing bank are just a few ways we can make a difference.
Main Church Building
10635 96 Street
Community Support Centre & Personal Assistance Centre (PAC)
10568 114 Street