Ben Vine - Ontario Advocate for Team Support
My spiritual journey is a reflection of God’s goodness. I feel his constant help as I strive to develop Christ-like maturity in my attitudes, behaviours and character. As a child, I attended an Awana club from the age of four until I was seventeen. As I reflect on my experience with Awana I am encouraged by the many examples of Christian leaders who invested into my life. The scope and sequence of Awana curriculum was a great precursor to a four year online Biblical studies program through which I was challenged on the value of prayer and regular Bible reading.
I currently live just outside of Aylmer and I am a school bus driver. I might be the youngest school bus driver in history, but I love it. Through this job, I have a chance to influence a child’s day by smiling and listening to them as we drive. I think that for these kids I can reflect the love of Jesus in a very simple way. The community I live in is small and tight-knit and I appreciate the relationships that I have been able to develop here.
I became a part-time Awana Advocate in 2016. I am supported through the Advocate Program which allows me to do ministry work and gain valuable experience while raising support. In this position, I am able to use my God-given talents to administrate details and provide technical support as part of a team that is advancing discipleship ministry in Canada.
I am very excited that I have the opportunity to use my skills for God’s glory. I help with design and communication, do event administration and provide technical support. I really enjoy what I do and even as a child and then as a teen in I have done similar work for fun and experience. To have my enjoyment for administration, planning and communication tested and confirmed so that now I can feel confident in the work I have chosen, is a real blessing.
Fun Fact - I love nature, and in 2015-16 chose to sleep outdoors in a covered tent hammock for one full year.
If you want to know more about me and my heart for this ministry, please contact me anytime. Please consider supporting our Ontario team by clicking donate or by signing up for our quarterly newsletter to follow our activity updates and requests for prayer.