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09 – Tim Coles: Professional Athletes, Chaplaincy, and the Humbolt Bus Tragedy

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
What are the unique challenges of ministering to professional athletes? What does it mean to be an OHL hockey chaplain? And how do we guide people through tragedy? With Tim Coles!  

CONTACT:
Email me: podcast@strombomb.com
Find out more: http://www.strombomb.com/podcast
Support the Pod: http://www.strombomb.com/donate

SHOW NOTES:
Hockey Ministries International: http://www.hockeyministries.org 
Youth For Christ Canada: http://www.yfccanada.org 

New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Amazon’s Alexa.

08 – Roy Verbeek & Graffiti Ministry

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
What does graffit ministry look like? How do I share my journey with teenagers? What helps connect community youth into a local church? With Roy Verbeek! 

CONTACT:
Email me: podcast@strombomb.com
Find out more: http://www.strombomb.com/podcast
Support the Pod: http://www.strombomb.com/donate

SHOW NOTES:
Paint With Purpose:
http://www.facebook.com/paintwithpurposePWP

New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Amazon’s Alexa.

What Others Have Said

It has been my privilege to have Mark in my class to instruct students on issues related to depression, self-injury and suicide. I have appreciated his knowledge, vulnerability and clear manner of speaking. Mark shares his own story with an appropriate use of vulnerability and genuine compassion for others. He is knowledgeable on the topics he addresses, current in his understanding of culture, and sensitive to how he presents the difficulties children and teenagers are encountering. Mark’s visual materials show fresh creativity and truly help to enhance his words. I appreciated the conviction and clarity that Mark communicated with, and came away having learned more about children, depression and how to make a difference in the life of a young person. I highly recommend Mark to you as one who has walked a difficult path, experienced healing, and shares thoughtfully from his experiences!

Dr. Brett Andrews, Professor, Emmanuel Bible College

Mark spoke to a group of our parents and we were so grateful for his clear-eyed presentation regarding anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark has the tremendous ability to handle these weighty topics with the seriousness they deserve but also with humour and vulnerability. Our parents left feeling hopeful because of Mark’s admonishment and inspired by Mark’s own story. As a pastor serving in Family Ministry for over 18 years, this is one of the best presentations I’ve heard on the topics of anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark if a gifted communicator. He is highly knowledgeable and, perhaps even more importantly, highly vulnerable. I strongly recommend inviting Mark to speak with your leaders, your parents, and your youth.

Chris Heise, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries, Compass Point Bible Church

Mark was open, honest, blunt, and down to earth with the students. He kept the students engages & provided them with meaningful help & information dealing with difficult topics. Great addition to a mental health unit.

Rodney Evans, Teacher, John F. Ross CVI

Mark led a breakout at our youth event, Change Conference. His room was packed and the students were completely engaged throughout his entire presentation. Mark was a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with him again in the future.

Olivia Bronson, Change Conference, Canadian Youth Network

Mark is a down to earth speaker who uses his personal experiences to bring attention to the issues of mental illness. His use of video and power point presentations, complement his message in a way that appeals to students. Creating awareness about the stigmas attached to mental illness, and providing some strategies for dealing with depression and suicide are his main objectives.

Laurie Baulcomb, Teacher, Preston High School