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Urban Edge – Fall 2018

Read the Full Urban Edge here: Urban Edge – Fall 2018   The Art of Play I am a workaholic. Therefore I am completely unqualifed to talk about play, but perhaps this will be a cathartic first step in the precontemplation mode for me. Perhaps writing about it will make me want to actually do it. Seriously, it’s not that bad. For me, work is play. Kids are by nature serious about playing. They take it every bit as seriously as many of us take our work. In play life is acted out and rehearsed so that kids can grow up to be healthy. All of our programs have that element built in for a reason. We use games and dramas and even worship for kids to tinker with ideas that will someday be serious business. I see staff at camp acting out skits about life and the challenges that come up in the lives of our kids. There is one character, named Billy, who is sort of eternal. He is a kid (played by one of our wonderful staff) who is used in the dramas at camp and always gets into trouble. He has a naughty kind of charm. He does bad things in the skits, but in a way that you end up loving him. The kids that come to camp year after year all know “Billy.” Actually Billy opens up hard topics in an amusing way. There is always laughter, but the goal is to use the playfulness of drama to talk about the real issues in the kids’ lives. So at ICYA play is a way of getting to serious issues and then bringing the healing love of Jesus into the picture. In the Drop-in kids play games, do crafts and generally horse around. Play is important here as well. So many of our kids are forced to grow up too soon. I have seen kids saddled with responsibilities at home that are adult responsibilities. There is always a history why this happens, but my point is that often kids don’t get to be kids. In...

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Urban Edge: Summer Edition

Urban Edge: Summer 2018 Click here to read: Urban Edge Summer 2018 Articles: Change by Kent Dueck Ma’wa’chi’hi’to’tan: Journey in a Good Way Conference Save the Date – Calling to Connect Gala – October 19, 2018 Introducing Story Studio The Prodigral Son in MYC by Jeremy Zehr Pray for the North End Join our Gem Lake Wilderness Camp team   ICYA Urban Edge Summer...

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2017 Annual Report

As a ministry partner you have joined us in giving, praying, and volunteering! This report is a snap shot of the impact of your support as we work together to bring hope to the core.  From all of us, thank you! Click here to read: 2017 ICYA Annual...

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Urban Edge: Spring Edition

Read here: ICYA Urban Edge Spring 2018 Articles: Seeing is Believing by Kent Dueck Ma’wa’chi’hi’to’tan: Journey in a Good Way Conference details (April 20 – 21, 2018) Introducing the Bridge Team Indigenous Leadership Initiative Update Pray for the North End Join our Gem Lake Wilderness Camp...

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Urban Edge: Winter Edition

Read here: Urban Edge – Winter Edition Articles: Old Things & New Things – Kent Dueck Year-End Fundraising Drive Meet Our Community Ministry Team Calling to Connect Gala Capital Project Snapshot Indigenous Leadership Update Community Christmas Party Volunteer Information Pray for the North End Staff...

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Urban Edge: Fall Edition

Read here: Urban Edge Fall 2017 Articles: Gaining Access – Kent Dueck First Impressions of Winnipeg’s North End – Rachel Friesen Summer Snapshots – a quick glimpse of our fun-filled summer Indigenous Leadership Initiative – Ronald Traverse A Volunteer’s Story – Merril Pauls Calling to Connect Gala Staff updates Prayer...

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