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Jr High Kerr Street Compassion Trip

Gr 7 and 8! Join us for an awesome experience this summer as we serve at Kerr Street Ministries Day Camp!  We have two awesome weeks for you to choose from: July 14-19 or August 5-9.  This is a cross-regional opportunity for our Jr High’s at The Meeting House.  This is an incredible way for you to connect with other students from across our sites as you learn to lead and serve together!


You can download the application form by clicking the link below!  All of the information you might need for the week (and also about Kerr Street Ministries) is listed here as well!  Check it out!

Wilmington – We’re Still Alive!!!

So I’m sitting here in a church full of us, the other work group from Virginia Tech University (they’re pretty awesome) and a bunch of UrbanPromise staff and this – this is the Body of Christ at it’s best. 🙂

This is gonna be short and kind of incoherent because it’s 12:30AM – just a warning/apology in advance. 😉

In the mornings we’ve been helping out at UrbanPromise in whatever way possible – cleaning cars, stuffing/stamping/addressing envelopes, gardening… it’s fun.

Camp has been awesome. We’ve all been doing different things, but something common across all of the camps is that we’ve been helping the kids in Grade 4 & 5 with their speeches for next Thursday’s speech contest. We’re pretty sad that we’ll be missing it, but it’s been awesome/frustrating/rewarding/sweet to work with and encourage the kids.

We did some sightseeing and dinner in Philadelphia tonight, which was lots of fun bonding and sharing good times as a team.

Like I said, right now we’re just hanging out with the UP staff. These people as so. inspiring. Wish you could all meet them because they are too awesome.

We’ve been hearing lots of great testimonies about how awesome our God is, and we’ve definitely been seeing how awesome our God is.

Wish y’all (getting my Wilmington talk on) could hear ALL the hilarious, amazing and inspiring stories, but you’ll just have to ask us when we get home. 🙂

Please pray for a good last couple days, strength to say goodbye, safe travels home and continued strength and favour for everyone at UrbanPromise Wilmington!

Much love & thanks from the Wilmington Crew!

(by Alyssa Esparaz)


Hey everyone!

We’ve arrived safe and sound in Wilmington!

We’ve had an amazing day and a half here so far, meeting the UrbanPromise Staff and the kids at our camps, weeding gardens at the UP school and dealing with deflating air mattresses.

Yesterday morning, we met Salema, one of the staff at UrbanPromise, who led us in a devotional about surrendering our fears to God – which was a really awesome way to start the week. This will definitely be a week of surrendering any worries and fears to God.

We spent the rest of the morning hard at work weeding flowerbeds at the UrbanPromise office and school. After lunch and showers, it’s off to camp!

UrbanPromise hosts four different elementary school after-school programs throughout the city of Wilmington – Camp Victory, Freedom, Hope and Promise. All of us are at different camps for the week, hanging out with the kids, helping them with homework, and participating in whatever programs the staff has planned for the day.

Something really encouraging for me personally, was seeing kids who I met last year, and seeing so much growth. Definitely see God working through UrbanPromise here!

After camp, we had dinner at Mr. Rob’s house. Mr. Rob is the executive director at UrbanPromise Wilmington and he’s a pretty sweet guy. He really encouraged us and sent us off into this week with purpose and more knowledge and understanding about UrbanPromise.

It’s been a great day and a half, and we’re super excited for what God has in store for the rest of the week! Please be praying for good weather [it’s a little rainy here today. L], energy and health, and pray that we would really be the Body of Christ this week.

Thanks for loving us, praying for us and supporting us!


– Alyssa Esparaz for The Wilmington Crew

Spring Youth Retreat! Sign up now!

It’s time to start getting excited about the Spring Youth Retreat!  We are just over a month away from a weekend packed full of excitement, as we learn and spend time together!  You don’t want to miss this incredible cross-regional retreat at Muskoka Woods April 12-14! Spread the word and invite your friends!
Register online for theUNDERGROUND Jr and Sr High Spring Youth Retreat @
Retreat Cost:
  • $120 early bird rate until March 17
  • $130 until March 31
  • $140 after March 31
The last day to register is Sunday, April 7!
Check out for more information and to register!

Compassion Team | Silent Auction & Coffee House







Join the Sr High Compassion Teams, on Saturday February 9th at the Oakville Site (2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville), for their silent auction and coffee house.  It will be a night of talented musicians, meeting the compassion teams, great baked goods/desserts, and an incredible silent auction.  The event is from 7-9:30pm. You don’t want to miss this incredible time to support our team!

Some top silent auction items include:

2 Lower Level Maple Leafs tickets

2 Raptors Tickets

Gift Card to The Keg

Epson Multimedia Projector (perfect for your home theatre)

Team Canada Hockey jersey

Women’s Casio Watch

Canon Inkjet Photo Printer

Gourmet Gift Baskets (from Flower Creations)

Lemondrop Frozen Yogurt Gift Cards

Artwork, by Kendra Heil

…and so much more!


We would love to have your support! If you would like to donate to this event, please email See you February 9th!

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