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Lauryn Francisco

Upon moving in, I always ask the students, "What made you want to come to Act Five?", and with a mix of naivety and maturity, almost every student answers, "I want to grow."

"Community can exist within a multitude of places... it's not just within Act Five that I'll find true community."

"I think this is the kind of thing that gives you experience and preparedness that you'll take into the rest of your life... It's a lifelong lesson learned."

Differences in the Church are not just helpful, but essential. They are a necessary element of God’s Kingdom. His purpose is fulfilled through the different gifts of each “part” when we come together as a whole.

"God is... moving, he’s reconciling, he’s redeeming everywhere. To get to see that, all over the world as well as in our own home, gives us a bigger vision of who God is. I’m excited to share that vision with others in our community."

"Throughout the entire trip, I saw God in how alive everyone was for Christ. But it wasn’t just the ‘one-hour-after-worship’ kind of alive. They were living their lives for Jesus."

"I would invite someone to live in this home if they have an itch to experience a different vision of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our context."

We are free to be truly human and to experience the fullness of life in Christ when we choose submission, when we choose limitation, when we choose to die to ourselves and our own wishes.

Our role as stewards is not to know or understand better than non-humans could, not to use power as a way of ruling; but to let ourselves come back to children, to love because we have moved into our own neighbourhoods.

Our students are finding belonging here at Blake Street. They are learning how to love one another for who they are, and how to see each other and themselves as Christ does.

The moment you step through the doors of 75 Blake St, you become part of something larger than yourself: a community. Spaghetti Wednesday, then, is a way for us to extend that community beyond ourselves.

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