ASHLEY | Year 14
Ashley is currently in the role of Backstage Drop-In Director at YFC Steinbach, MB.
“Lifeteams is one of the only places that combines solid Biblical teaching and equips you for working with community youth. During my year at Lifeteams I received practical hands on training that allowed me to learn and fail, with real youth, but in a safe environment. I learned about assessing the risks, the importance of debriefing after an event, and how to love youth simply because Jesus loves them. I can feel confident in my role at the drop-in because of everything I experienced through Lifeteams.”
AUGUST | Year 8
August graduated from Lifeteams in 2008, then went on to finish her bachelor’s degree in science at UBC. Currently, she is married with one child while studying at UBC as a medical student.
“Lifeteams helped shape in me a better sense about who God is and who he made me to be. Learning about how to listen to people and care for them was a skill we developed in the program that has helped equip me as I learn how to help people as a future physician.”
DAKOTA | Year 16
Since graduating from Lifeteams, Dakota has completed an internship at Muskoka Woods and is currently continuing in school for a bachelor’s in Youth Work.
“Lifeteams was one of the greatest years of my life. I learned so much about living well in community as well as about myself. I was challenged by those I lived with and was shaped by the Holy Spirit in many different ways. Lifeteams was a great journey for me and I would not change a thing about my experience.”
JASON | Year 11
Since graduating from Lifeteams in 2011, Jason has been employed with YU/YFC in, first in Edmonton and now in Vancouver. He is currently the “Street Life Outreach Program Coordinator” in East Vancouver. In addition, for the past three years, Jason has served as the chairman of YFC Canada’s “Young Leadership Advisory Board” (primarily serving to advise/be a think tank for the national director) on the national board of directors of YFC Canada.
“Lifeteams provided me with a foundation of training that enabled me to do ministry well. I learned a high standard for what it meant to be a youth worker. Without Lifeteams, I would not be able to do my job. The practical lessons of how to share the gospel, how to respond to crisis, and how to work collaboratively within the community are skills that I use week after week. Lifeteams refined my skills and character. I am a better man because of Lifeteams, and that too greatly impacts my ministry and life as whole. I’m thankful for how Lifeteams not only teaches great skills, but simultaneously invests in the student’s character .”
RACHEL | Year 15
Lifeteams taught me what it looks like to be the same person everywhere I go. Whether I’m hanging out with youth, meeting with my mentor, doing homework or just being goofy – I’ve learned to know and be myself and to honour God in everything. Our teachers modelled this very well and a good chunk of what I took away from Lifeteams was just from watching how our teachers lived their lives. Lifeteams helped shape the person I am today. And I like this person!!
SARAH | Year 14
“The greatest impact that Lifeteams had on me was showing me how to meet with Jesus in ways that I never have before, and giving me the desire and the tools to bring others into his life-giving presence.”
CASSIA | Year 14
“Lifeteams was the most inspirational, faith shaping year of my entire life. I learned about God’s heart and love for his children and deepened my passion (and skills!) to work with youth.”
ZACH | Year 12
“Lifeteams has changed my life. It has changed me through the classroom, through my placement at Cyrus Centre, through living in the house with my roommates, who I call family now, but most of all it has changed my heart towards people. I get asked a lot what the number one thing I had learned at Lifeteams was. It wasn’t learning how to write an A+ academic paper – it was how to be the hands and feet of Jesus, in my actions, my words, and in my heart. My number one advice for going into Lifeteams is do not miss out! Be like tofu and soak up all the flavours that Lifeteams has to offer.”
Amanda – Lifeteams 2008-2009
A bunch of years ago I took off to BC for a few months – and haven’t ever been the same since. This place and these people helped dramatically and radically change my life. I can’t sum up the amazing blessing Lifeteams has been in my life or how thankful I am to have found some of my closest friends at this beautiful place. Not only does Lifeteams train and equip youth workers to impact our cities, they help young adults deepen their relationship with Jesus and build a solid foundation on God.
SERGIO – Lifeteams 10/11
” 600+ hours of time spent actually working with kids! Sounds terrifying – but it was AWESOME. Yet…
Lifeteams extends beyond just the 9 months of you living with a group of people learning about youth outreach. Read the name again. It’s Lifeteams… The environment in my year, and my willingness to open up and press in to the experience opened a door for me to form relationships with my fellow students–and the staff–that are long lasting and deep. That’s Lifeteams.”
LIZ – Lifeteams 10/11
“I can definitely say that going to Lifeteams was the best decision I have ever made. I loved living in close community and am still like family with all those I was with that year. I have grown in so many different ways in my own personal life, and in my walk with God. I am a different person then I was before Lifeteams, and I love it!”
DORIANA – Lifeteams 09/10
“Lifeteams is not like any other Youth Worker program out there. I got to experience both God and Youth Ministry in a way that had much more impact than just reading text books. The staff are more than just teachers; they became mentors and my housemates are now lifelong friends.”
“There were many great things that Lifeteams taught me, but I think among those many great things there is one journey that was part of it all. It’s the journey of becoming vulnerable to those around us which invites those around us to do the same, and by doing so they Continue reading What I learned at Lifeteams …
Lifeteams Student – 07/08
“Lifeteams is where I met myself; the good, the bad, and the wig-wearing fruitcake with fishlips. When you live in community you can’t hide from anyone, especially yourself. I also grew to love the strangers God placed in my path. I learned to not just be a ‘good’ roommate, but a genuine one; and most importantly I learned that teamwork is so much more than being tolerant of differences, it’s embracing them. Continue reading Grew to love strangers…