So, I had just sat down to do my usual morning prayer.
I started to write in my journal; I did the next day in my devotional; I opened my bible to read the scriptures; and I started to pray intercessions. 
Then I heard God’s voice interrupt me and say so beautifully  “Evronia, how are you?”

While travelling across Canada on a retreat team we do not always get the opportunity to see how the lives of the youth we meet are changed from the one day that we get to spend with them, though there are times that we are blessed to see that a few of the youth’s hearts were touched by God. There was one day in mid-October, however, at the end of a retreat that we did in Garcon, a community just outside of Sudbury, when we were blessed to see some of the fruits of our ministry, partly from our efforts, but also partly from the efforts of the NET team that had put on a retreat for those youth last year.

December. Oh, beautiful December. Do you know why December is so beautiful? Because it is when we celebrate Jesus’ birth! It’s also the month of waiting for the NEW YEAR. Speaking of NEW YEAR, NET Canada CELEBRATES 25 YEARS of ministry! In honour of this celebration, I decided to make a list of 25 things I’ve learned on my two years of serving with NET! I hope you enjoy and learn a few things too.

As a Discipleship team working in a parish, one of our primary sources of ministry happens every Thursday night from 6:30-8:30 pm. These “Youth Nights,” as they are called, are open to young people in grades 7-12. They provide a space for youth to open up, hang out and get to know each other and to encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way. 

Travelling in a vehicle with 5 other young adults across Canada over 5 days.  Most people never travel long distances with people they only met weeks beforehand.  Yet, as a NET team we get into a vehicle that is not our own and the next thing we know we are travelling 8+ hours a day just to get to our destination. 

It was one evening around the dinner table at training when I was sitting with some of the mission staff and  I was asking them how NET had changed their lives. They all told me about their crazy adventures on the road and how God had worked in their lives, then one of them turned to me and asked, “How do you want NET to change your life?” I paused, and then said, “I want to learn to evangelize in the little ways, in the day to day conversations.”

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14a)

School ministry so far has in a way reminded me of what Christ’s ministry would’ve been like.

I went to a public high school and it was there that I came to know Jesus at a more personal level. I remember after going to one of my first retreats I was in such a spiritual high to share the gospel and I wanted to tell all my teachers and friends, but simply didn’t know how to put what I had experienced into words, let alone what God has done for us. 

I think we’ve all been there, getting to the top of the roller coaster ride where your relationship with Jesus is at its highest and you just want to explain to the rest of the world what you’ve been through but you just don’t have the words! It is a tough place to be in, and it can get frustrating. 

This blog was written by 2019-2020 NET Missionary Libby Kautz's father, original article can be found here.

Today I dropped off my eldest child at the airport. She's bound for Ottawa, where she'll begin training to be a missionary for NET Canada, and we won't have her back until May of 2020 (excepting a short break at Christmas).

This has been a dream of hers for years.

For those of us in the Church, the past few weeks have been a journey of sorrow and joy, defeat and triumph. We finally completed our 40 days in the desert- prayer, fasting and almsgiving, culminating with the Cross- to come to the glory and Victory of the Resurrection. After a week of celebrating this great Victory (the Easter Octave), we ended with the feast of the Divine Mercy: the open offer made to all, regardless of our sin and weakness, that God’s mercy wants to embrace and renew us as beloved children.

What a ride…Or not.