Hi, I’m Laurie-Ann Copple, an Ottawa – based media person. I have attended various art schools, University of Toronto (Religious Studies) and Tyndale Seminary (Counselling Major). After I was secretary of Anglican Renewal Ministries for ten years, I attended Algonquin College to turn a community radio hobby into something more through the two year radio broadcasting programme.
While I will always love radio, part of me will always hold true to my Christian faith. This is a faith I’ve had since April 1988, and has grown especially on the ‘mission fields’ of Northern Ireland, Kenya, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. I love to minister to Christians of all sorts and deepen their walk with God. I feel called to return to this vocation and am in the discernment process of finding a long term mission field (or a long term mission organization that is right for me). Meanwhile I am working as a volunteer at Kingdom Culture Ministries in admin/reception/pastoral care and in media. It’s a good place to work as I wait for what is next.
Why “Ways?” Why this specific call? I was told on my first mission in Kenya that Christianity in Africa is a mile wide and an inch deep. Therefore good solid teaching and devotional practice is essential. I was asked to work on a talk called Christian Maturity for a SOMA Canada-led trip to Marsabit, Kenya in 2003. That talk was expanded into a longer series for Pakistan, Sierra Leone and other areas of Kenya. It was even further expanded when I turned the series into a series of articles for a church newsletter called “Cornerstone” (for St Paul’s Kanata). Now the series is expanding far beyond what I originally expected. I have lots more Ways to Grow articles to write.
I also have been adding some of my talks from my mission trips. Some people are quite interested in what I share when I’m overseas. I have also shared here in Canada, and am excited about various opportunities to share in places closer to where I live. Drop me a line on the “See L-A in person” page – I’d be happy to share at your venue. I have shared throughout the Ottawa valley, Montreal, in Toronto, and in southern BC. Please note that from November 2017-November 2020, we live in Worcester, South Africa as Iris missionaries, so sharing in Canada won’t be possible except during a brief home visit in June 2019.
I trust you will find this site beneficial as it grows. I will intentionally keep the design simple and content rich. Occasionally I may have a video, but only if it fits the theme or is helpful to you. I have at least 45 more ways to grow in mind, and the list keeps growing. For example, I intended to write one article on thankfulness, and it may grow to four on that one topic! There is so much depth to our Christian faith!
Thanks for reading, and may God bless you as you journey along with me in faith.