Fall 2019 NEWSLETTER
This summer was a whirlwind in The Home! Our new House Parents, Francis and Georgia, have been loving it. Since they began in August, they’ve shared dinner with the Boundless youth, taken a Whistler trip with residents, and enjoyed the fruits of a volunteer group from City Life Church cleaning the back garden and deck.
A highlight for Francis and Georgia was having family visit. One of the residents had his two brothers visit and another’s mother stayed with them for a few days. She was even able to come to Whistler with them! She had a blast with her son which was beautiful to witness.
Another highlight is the resilience that they can see in one of the residents who struggles with anxiety. Recently, they’ve been able to see him visibly calm himself when he’s upset. This is such an encouragement to them!
Nicole, our Housing Support Worker, says when she thinks of The Home she thinks “community.” The young men in The Home have bonded so well that while it used to be difficult to get them together, now it’s hard to get them apart. God is doing wonders and it’s awesome to see.
We are thrilled that John and Jenn Johnstone are beginning their role as cultural mentors. With this role we hope to enhance cultural engagement at Inner Hope - especially in The Home. John and Jenn will be having monthly meals with the residents in The Home and will be facilitating First Nations cultural activities.
John brings experience as a 60's scoop survivor, President of the Lower Mainland Aboriginal Society, and Indigenous liaison with Multiply (the MB church-planting network). Jenn (also with Multiply) has years of experience navigating cross-cultural relationships.
We are excited to see how God will use John and Jenn to help our youth embrace who God created them to be.