Here at Tyndale University College we love to work within the community, serving and reaching out to those around us. Getting involved in the community is an important aspect of your university experience, and it is a good way to put what you are learning in the classroom to practical use. As the Global Outreach Coordinator at Tyndale, I know from first-hand experience how amazing it is to give back to the community.
As Jeremy puts it:
“As a student of the Biblical Studies and Theology program at Tyndale, the majority of my time is involved with just that, deep theological discussion and topics. With so much theory learning I become restless if I can’t add some practical output to my learning. Volunteering even once a week for an hour or two makes my life fuller and much more enjoyable, even when it’s hard. It keeps my life from revolving around just me and my homework; keeps any ‘comfort bubbles’ from forming and adds another level to everyday life. I very much enjoy any time helping out the people God has called us to love.”
~ Jeremy Hennessey [BA Biblical Studies and Theology 2016]
Two great ways you can be a part of this outreach program are:
- Local Outreach: The Local Outreach team is here to help you serve in an area of ministry that you desire, alongside other students who share similar passions and interests. Whether that’s working with youth or the homeless, you can find something that fits you best. Currently, the Local Outreach team is involved with organizations such as:
a) Sanctuary: Being part of Sanctuary allows you to join a team that goes out to neighbourhoods dealing with homelessness, drugs, prostitution and unemployment. Heading out every Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. you can help establish community within the Toronto area.
b) Toronto City Mission: Runs several outreach programs in local neighbourhoods such as after school programs, tutoring and youth programs.
c) Into the Cold: Runs on Wednesday evenings and gives you the opportunity to provide the homeless with warm hats, gloves, scarves and other items. This is a great way to spread the love of Christ and connect with those who live right in your city!
d) Habitat for Humanity: Tyndale students regularly get together to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help Habitat for Humanity build houses in the Toronto area.
- Global Outreach: If you are like me and love to experience new cultures, then you will want to get involved in our Global Outreach opportunities. Every year, Tyndale sends out mission teams all across the globe. This summer we have four teams heading out to Zambia, Peru, Japan and Ireland.
I have had the opportunity to spend the past two summers with a Tyndale mission team in Zambia. Having the opportunity to serve overseas has allowed me to gain hands-on experience as well, build long-lasting relationships and connections while sharing the gospel cross-culturally.
I would encourage everyone to get involved whether locally or globally. Volunteering allows for new experiences, teaches you to step out of those comfort zones, and gives you the opportunity grow deeper in community with others. If you have one or two hours a week, I encourage you to check out one of the amazing outreach opportunities Tyndale offers!
BA Biblical Studies & Theology – Intercultural Studies
Tyndale Global Outreach Coordinator & Senior Student Admissions Representative