What “ignites” your passion? Is it friends, family, Sydney Crosby or Pinterest?
It seems that everywhere I turn, there is bad news. Refugee crisis, ISIS attacks, oil downturns, uncertain global market conditions, starving children, and the list only goes on.
My human nature desires to help, but I end up grieving these tragedies, feeling helpless. Everything seems so far away and my ability to help doesn’t really seem to be a reality, and would I really make a difference?
A good friend of mine, Houston Cheung has been involved with an organization helping families in our backyard, Toronto. I had no idea of the extent of the very real needs within our own city that were being met. So, when Houston asked me to consider becoming a member of Toronto City Mission board of directors I was excited for the opportunity to serve God in a new and fresh way.
At the time, I couldn’t anticipate the impact that TCM would have on me in a such a short time. The very committed staff went to great lengths to not only make me feel welcome, but to explain in detail the needs of their communities in which they serve. In addition, our volunteers throughout the organization were equally enthusiastic and clearly indicated the need to back fill positions as we continue to grow. Their passion was a true inspiration for me to get involved and to invest in building relationships as they do, into the people that we serve.
As a Christian in the workplace it can be a challenge to put others first and serve my team members, however, just like our kids that come from struggling financial situations I must lean on others to help me through this process.
Here is what has ignited my passion for TCM:
Watching the smiling faces of kids and families impacted by poverty, who attend our programs like Kids in Community and Sonshine Day Camp. These programs are not only a gift to the kids, but is a way to communicate our love to the parents, most of who are struggling to make ends meet with 2 jobs, and a full family. As a recent parent, nothing speaks louder, than someone loving and taking extra care with my child. What a gift to be able to offer this joy to others.
Speaking of “ignite”, on April 19th, I would love for you to join me at IGNITE 2016: Sparking Hope in Our City. This event will showcase our programs and staff and the impact on the various communities we serve. There is no cost to attend, we look forward to seeing you on April 19th.
Kyle Peterson grew up in Thunder Bay, played Hockey at Michigan Tech and spent 2 years in the Edmonton Oilers organization. He works for Hewitt Equipment in Sales. He is an active member of The Meeting House Downtown, where he and his wife host a home church.