Every year, Youth For Christ holds a fundraising banquet in order to connect with supporters and to help bring in necessary resources for YFC's day-to-day operations. The highlight is always hearing the stories of teens whose lives have been changed.
This year, attendees, will also get to hear from Todd Burpo, pastor and well-known author of bestselling book, “Heaven is for Real” and his wife Sonja as they share their behind-the-scenes story and deliver the simple Biblical message that Heaven is a REAL place.
Fresh I.E. (Rob Wilson), YFC'S Newest Ministry Director for "THA CITY" * will be telling about his life and leading a time of worship.
Note for those attending: doors open at 6:00 and the banquet begins at 6:30 at the RBC Convention Centre. Evening parking is available at the Carlton Street entrance or at parkades nearby for $8.00.The parkade accepts cash & credit cards for the payment of parking fees (no debit).
* "Tha City" is an opportunity to enjoy some great music, food, games and time with some amazing artists from Winnipeg. "Tha City" is held in our Atrium Youth Centre every Wednesday night 7-9:30pm. All youth ages 12-19 are welcome.
Tell us a bit about your childhood involvement in your art form. When did you know this was "your thing"?
I grew up in an environment that was very supportive of artistic endeavors. My mom is an artist, so there were always art and craft supplies around for me to play with. I received encouragement and affirmation from friends and family over the years and decided to pursue art and design as a career while in high school.
What do you love about your art form?
I love that, through art, I’m able to express things within me… my experiences and how I see the world, something about the story that God is writing in my life or in the lives of those around me; and that another person with their own experiences and worldview can view something on a canvas or on a page and connect with it in a completely unique way.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student’s face when a technique or concept that I’m teaching clicks for them. You can see it in their face, that “Ah-ha” moment, where they realize they can do it, and they take ownership of it. The confidence they have as they complete their work is a beautiful thing to see!
Why do you teach at Masterworks?
Teaching at Masterworks gives me a unique opportunity to combine all of my favorite things into one job. Working with children and youth, doing art with them, encouraging them to grow in their gifts and confidence, and sharing the truth of God’s love with them is an opportunity I never could have dreamed of.
What else do you do in life?
When I’m not doing art, I love spending time with my kids, going for walks and bike rides, exploring nature, taking photos, reading, and baking many many yummy treats for my friends and family to enjoy J
What is your favourite season and why?
My favorite season is Autumn, especially the bright, sunny days when walking through crunchy leaves under a pallet of brilliantly colored falling leaves. The beauty and the colors make me positively dizzy with happiness.
What is your favourite healthy snack? Veggies and hummus Your favourite dessert/treat? Lindt chocolate
What do you like to do to relax?
Spend a warm day in my hammock swing with a gentle breeze, an ice coffee and a good book.
What was your favourite book/movie as a kid?
Any book by Dr. Seuss was a favorite!
What is your favourite Christian musician/album right now?
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Jesus Culture and Hillsong (Oceans is one of my favorite songs!)
What are you famous for making?
Meat buns… and really crazy birthday cakes!
What kills your creativity? What feeds your creativity?
Being over-scheduled is a creativity killer for me. Being outside in nature is very inspiring.
How do you deal with discouragement and/or criticism?
I try to look at the situation from a different perspective.
What is a favourite Scripture verse for you?
Since I was in my early teens, my favorite verse has been Jeremiah 29:11. I love the promise in this verse which has always encouraged me. Back then, as a young person making plans for my future, and later as an adult searching for hope in what seemed like hopeless situations.
What piece of advice would you give to someone pursuing or wanting to pursue their creative dreams?
Never be afraid to take a risk, learn from your mistakes, and tell your story. God has placed gifts in you to share with the world that no one else can share. They are a part of the plan and purpose for your life, and a part of the story God is writing in you and the world around you.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Masterworks students have been involved in filming for TV! Two very different opportunities came up in the past six weeks. On August 25th, members from the Performance Team were involved in the recording of an episode for the new TV series, BUGirl (Beautiful Unique Girl), a local Christian show airing in 2015 by Square One World Media (formerly Family Life Network). TV is a new venture for BUGirl, which started spreading the message of Psalm 139 to girls--that they have been been created by a loving God who wants them to walk in freedom, discover their beauty and live a life of purpose--through special interactive events.
The girls shared three dances and gave testimonies that lined up with some of the topics that will be discussed in the TV series like: identity, self-expression, forgiveness, and friendship. Their episode will likely air in January of next year on the Hope TV Channel. It will be exciting to see how dance adds an extra dimension to show, and of course, to see our own dancers doing what they love and sharing their own experiences.
On September 20th, a number of our 9 - 12 year old ballet students were involved in filming a Public Service Announcement for the Canadian Soccer Association, right here at Masterworks. The message was to encourage parents to be sportsmanlike: you wouldn't yell at your kids in a ballet recital, so why would you do it on the soccer field?
It was neat to see it all come together, and to see other ballerinas and extras experience Masterworks and YFC (and what makes us different). They loved our space, had a good time and were excited to see all of the cool things going on in the atrium and The Edge.
The ad will be aired to all members of the CSA, so over a million people potentially could see this commercial, with credits going to Masterworks as the studio. They will let us know when it is ready.
Congrats to all the students and staff involved, and thanks, God for the opportunities!