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Life on a Mountaintop

Re-acclimating to a place we never thought would be our home

We've been here before - living on the campus of Summit Pacific College atop Sumas Mountain. We never dreamed we would call this place home again, but we are learning how to live with open hands. It is amazing to be a part of the lives of students as they work out their faith and future steps. We don't pretend to be experts, yet it is encouraging to see how we are able to share our experiences and how God used them to shape us. Our ongoing story is one of God's goodness. He is a God of process and brings us through seasons with every intention of making us better.

Adjusting to life in Canada, first Ontario and now British Columbia, has been an often comical mix of completely natural and undeniably challenging. We are often asked if it's so good to be back in Canada, and the answer is both yes and no. It's work to maintain a world in many places and we are unwilling to let go of our worlds. So we invest ourselves both here and there and there and there. We are culturally out of touch, though some of that may be being in our 30's, floored by Canadian sticker prices, amazed at all the changes, and incredibly grateful that God has given us a season amongst friends and family. Even though we don't understand it all, we know God and we know He is good.
Amber cannot express enough how much she loves her role with the OMEGA program. Working with students and a great team is life-giving and stretching. Learning how to balance work, parenting, and campus life is a fluid process.
Matthew is working part-time as a support worker, part-time at a charity that focuses on child sponsorship, and occasionally at the bank. Of course he is continuing his Masters studies, though is thinking of shifting more towards HR as his focus.
Daxon turned 3 last month and has the stature of a 5 year old. He's fearless, though we do wish at times he would demonstrate just a little caution. With a healthy sense of curiosity and a developing sense of humour, he keeps us on our toes. Always.
Zala is adorable and she knows it. When we first moved to BC she could barely walk and now she is lightning fast on her feet and with her words. For an 18 month old, she can talk! Her kindness already shines through and her zeal for life is undeniable.

OMEGA and Brazil

A dynamic group of students are going to make an impact

As part of their spiritual and leadership growth, every year the OMEGA students travel to a part of the world to serve in a cross-cultural setting. It's an extension of the same heart they've been building all year through their classes and weekly involvement in both a church and para-church setting. This year OMEGA is headed to Brazil (April 25 - May 21).

This is part of Amber's job, but Matthew has been invited to serve as an Overseer; it's kind of like being the responsible adult but it is more of an opportunity to invest in students, propel them forward, challenge them, and love on them. You may recall when we served as Overseers when OMEGA was in Czech Republic in 2009. Read about our experiences there on our blog.

It is a huge honour and we've decided we're all in. You may be wondering how two working parents are going to pull this off, and we admit it is not without cost. For Matthew there's the cost of travel, food, accommodation, in addition to the lost revenue of not working. Our kids will be spending this time with family and so there is the cost of travel and setting them up for success. We worry about how the kids will respond to being apart from us for so long. The logistics of sorting life, work, school, so that we don't return to a hot mess is a sizable task. So why are we doing this:
  • we miss serving in a cross-cultural setting. A lot.
  • we believe in this program, but more so we believe in these students and value a chance to work alongside of them. Time moves differently on trips like these and you can fit in months-worth of bonding and sharing in just a few weeks.
  • as Canadians, we're blessed and we need to give back from that on a global scale.
  • we miss working together as a team. Though we will be Overseers for separate teams, we will collaborate on this trip. We're a team and we want to invest in that part of our relationship.
  • we love experiencing cultures and think that cultural diversity reflects God's creativity.
How you can be involved:
  • pray for us, for the teams, for our kids, our family, and the people we will meet in Brazil
  • give financially as we are responsible for covering Matthew's costs. We are only asking for help to cover the costs of Matthew's trip (travel, accommodation, food, contribution towards our work in Brazil). This totals $3,000 CAD. The personal costs are our investment into this.
  • if through your generosity we raise more than this, any excess would be invested in one of two ways:
    • 1) the cost our student leaders pay to go to Brazil. OMEGA has a truly amazing team of interns and intern assistants who invest into their students in addition to their own schoolwork. They are worth the investment.
    • 2) towards the work OMEGA will be doing in Brazil mainly in high schools and local churches.
    • even if you do not invest in Matthew's trip, consider investing in the OMEGA leaders and the work of OMEGA in Brazil.
Cheques can be made payable to Summit Pacific College with "Matthew Price OMEGA" in the memo line. All donations of $25 or more are tax receiptable. Please let us know if you do give so we can keep an eye out for it.

OMEGA Global, c/o Summit Pacific College, PO Box 1700, Abbotsford BC, V2S 7E7
We remain incredibly grateful for your love, encouragement, prayers, and support in this season. How we engage in missions right now looks different, but we continue to be humbled by God who chooses to involve us in His plans.
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