Tonia grew up in the church but had fallen away from the Lord. She followed a dangerous path, finding herself serving time at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. When she heard a volunteer team from Connecting Streams was going to run a weekly bible study at the prison, the Lord stirred her heart and she was very excited.
“Connecting Streams I think was exactly what I needed. I needed someone to love on me again,” said Tonia. “To show me that God’s love is real and that’s exactly what I got to see.”
Upon her release from prison, Tonia was empowered by this ministry. She was restored by grace, built up by the women who poured into her life, and after learning what her gifts were started volunteering with Connecting Streams herself.
“I needed to go out there and spread God’s love and I have done that ever since.”
As a Connecting Streams volunteer, Tonia was able to reach out to people who desperately needed to experience God’s love. One afternoon she was spending time with a woman who shared her heart breaking story. As she listened, Tonia recognized her brokenness. She shared the gospel and love of Christ with this woman. They prayed together and she came to the Lord!
“This is the residual effects of Connecting Streams.” Tonia continued, “I just learned that same woman… she is going to Africa to be a full time missionary!”
One team of volunteers entered a women’s prison and shared Jesus with them. From there a woman, revived by His grace, took that same love of Christ and shared it with another broken person. That person, completely transformed, carries that love across the world to share it with the broken and marginalized there.
That is the ripple effect of Connecting Streams.