Living the Name

Renewal Fellowship’s Living the Name prize has been awarded annually since 2010 to Knox College students who show interest and promise in evangelism and mission. Congrats to this year’s recipient, Sonia Brulé. We invited her to share her testimony as she begins her call to ministry.

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My name is Sonia Brulé and I am the Children and Family Ministries Coordinator at Oakridge Presbyterian Church (OPC) as well as a Volunteer Prison Chaplain at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, both in London, Ont., where I live with my husband Chris, and our children Connor (17) and Giuliana (14).

For over 13 years, I have had the privilege of being the Children and Family Ministries coordinator at OPC. Jesus spent His time on earth teaching others to follow God’s way. It was clear through His teachings that spiritual education was important, not only for His disciples but for people of all ages, in order to develop a deep desire for God. I believe when we equip people to encourage one another in the love of Christ, reaching out in service, just as we have been commanded to do, we are doing God’s will.

Prison Ministry has been extremely fulfilling for me as I get to go and share the Gospel to those who cannot enter a church. To see the inmates open their hearts to Christ at the lowest points of their lives is incredible. I truly believe that God can transform lives by touching even the most hardened heart renewing their spirit.

My vision for ministry has really been shaped by Matthew 25:35-40 — “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”

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