Nicholas Chang

Nicholas Chang

My call came when I was deciding on what to study after highschool. I wanted to be an
environmental scientist or veterinarian because I liked caring for the earth and its creatures. However, I read a Social Work program description and thought, “Wow this sounds amazing; it feels right with me.” I became torn, unsure of where to go. I ended up talking to God a bunch through prayer. Eventually, one conversation with Him struck me hard and caused me to choose Social Work. I remember Him saying to me that, “Taking care of the earth is an important thing to do, but saving people’s souls is more important. And for you, it will be.” I remember asking back in inquiry, “but isn’t prolonging the earth’s life also giving people more time to come to You?” He responded, saying, “For you saving people’s souls will be more important.” Being young, I didn’t have the concepts at the time to understand it as a “missionary calling”, but once decided I knew this was the road God directed me in and in faith I started rejecting the other paths.

Light Patrol is an outreach program of Toronto Youth for Christ (Youth Unlimited) and we serve Toronto’s homeless youth. I’ve been a part of this team for five years as their Youth Social Worker. Our ministry belief is that the best context for providing meaningful support to homeless youth is through authentic relationships and community. We seek to provide material needs within that context and as our relationship deepens, we provide more tangible support as we journey with them towards their full life wholeness. In my week I might share a meal with a youth, accompany them to the hospital, play board games, discuss a book, talk about relationships, or discuss spiritual matters. 

For more information:
lhttp://www.yugta.ca/teams/light-patrol

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