November/December 2014 testimony

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 STORIES

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AN INFECTIOUS JOY
The resilient life of Kristen Fersovitch

Have you met them? Those people who possess an infectious joy that defies the logic of their circumstances. In the midst of their own suffering, they make us feel better when we are around them. Robert Jones tells the story of one those people. Read more.
 
WHO PRAYS FOR THIS PERSON?A childhood gift offers a powerful truth
Some people hang gold records on their wall as a symbol of their success. On David Fortune’s office wall is an old vinyl record of African children singing in Swahili. It’s there to remind him of something far more important. [Full content available to subscribers.]

FROM PANIC TO PRAISETrusting God’s Word when life doesn’t make sense
As a mom of five kids, Sarah Ball lived happily on a diet of stress and chaos. As a ministry leader and writer, she constantly encouraged people to stay strong in their faith. So, when panic captured her life, she thought: “This is not supposed to happen to a strong woman like me.” [Full content available to subscribers.]

FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT!My daughter’s great at a sport I hate
Parenting would be so much easier if each child came with an owner’s manual and operating instructions. But they don’t. So when this “cheer mom” finds herself second-guessing her decisions, she is learning to trust the strength of love’s cords—and pray. [Full content available to subscribers.]

AT THE HEART OF CHRISTMASCelebrating the present reality of the Incarnation
Christmas happens once a year, but the implications of the Incarnation, both for us and for God, are ongoing and never-ending. Lindsey Gallant looks at the mystery of God’s choosing to take on flesh and what it means for us today. Read more. 

RAISING THEIR VOICESThe rising influence of Canadian female bloggers
Sarah Bessey lives on the west coast of Canada, but her words and thoughts hang out on the World Wide Web. She is one of a growing number of influential Canadian female bloggers writing about life, faith, and what it means to truly follow Jesus. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Departmental Stories

ERDO: KISS THE CAMEL GOOD NIGHT—The Christmas Gift That Changed Waru's Life
The financial support ERDO receives is enabling good things. Learn how one widow's life in Northern Kenya has changed dramatically because of a camel, given through ERDO's Christmas gift program. Also find out how you can "do good" through this year's ERDO Christmas gift catalogue. Read more.  

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT—An Awakening to the Fate of Persecuted Believers
Using a recent personal experience with persecution, Terry Bone, a PAOC global worker, examines why this is happening to Christians all over the world and offers some practical steps for everyone to be more involved in supporting and caring for those people who are being persecuted. Read more.  

MISSION CANADA: MILITARY CHAPLAINCY—Meeting the Spiritual Needs of our Armed Forces
Kevin Olive, an officer in the Canadian military, has served as a chaplain since 2008. He returned last March from Operation ATTENTION, serving as the last Canadian chaplain in Afghanistan. Read how God uses him to minister to the needs of soldiers in a multi-faith environment. Read more.  

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