A Time To Learn, To Serve, To Lead

Diane Down (’88, '15) knew that God had wired her with very specific gifts, talents, and skills, but was never quite sure how they would come together in her life or what her future career would be. Down chose to volunteer where she could and spent time investing in new projects. Now President of the TWU Alumni Association and stepping into a new managerial position in Kamloops, she knows and joyfully proclaims that God has been with her every step of the way.

Overcoming Obstacles to Embracing Authorship

Todd Foley (’09) has always been a veracious reader and lover of movies. One of the things he loves most about fiction is the way it encourages people to have conversations and explore perspectives they might not have otherwise. This realization gave him an idea. He wanted to tell stories that would inspire conversations. Foley discussed this with his wife, and she encouraged him to try his hand at writing a novel.

Bringing Hope to the Least, the Lost, and the Lonely

Alpha Kirabira grew up in an orphanage in war-torn Uganda, where his mother worked and cared for children. She taught him many lessons, like the value of every human life and the need for communities to care for one another. When Alpha was sponsored by a Canadian family at the age of twelve and moved to Surrey, BC, Canada, he determined to treasure these concepts and apply the principles he leaned in this new country.

Receiving From One and Giving To Another

After graduating in 2005, Zeeshan “Shani” LaalDin (’05) returned to his home in Pakistan, where he used his education to start a business dedicated to providing aid and relief for the marginalized in the community he loves. Despite walking through one uncertainty after another, LaalDin says with confidence that God has been very real and present in his travels, and there’s no where he’d rather be.

Alumna Creates Peace Curriculum That Transforms Palestinian/Israeli Schools

In partnership with a Palestinian School in East Jerusalem, TWU Alumna Elie Pritz (’03, ’12) has developed Peace Heroes Curriculum, a platform of education focused on teaching history through the lens of peace rather than war. Since its implementation in 2013, Peace Heroes Curriculum has spread from Israel and Palestine to schools in Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, and two refugee camps in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan. It has had an incredible impact on helping children overcome trauma and strive toward making the world a better place.

How Crushing Defeat Developed Olympian’s Faith

From childhood, Adam Froese ('14) longed to play field hockey at the Olympics. But after he and the rest of Team Canada suffered a devastating loss and were denied their hopes of playing at the 2016 Olympic Games, Froese wondered if it would ever be possible. But as it turned out, this loss was exactly the wake-up call he needed regarding the state of his heart and his relationship with God.