NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 STORIES
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GET UP AND KEEP GOING—Recognition for an unsung Canadian hero
She doesn’t do what she does for recognition, but selfless service has a hard time going unnoticed. A year ago, Canada’s Walk of Fame chose Rev. Evelyn Wilson, PAOC credential holder, to be the first recipient of an award that recognizes an everyday Canadian for their outstanding community service. This is her story. [Full content available to subscribers.]
AUDIENCE OF ONE—An actor’s passion leads to community Christian theatre
What better place to hear about Jesus than in a barn? From that first stable stage in Bethlehem to a market barn theatre on the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario, the story of Jesus continues to play out in dramatic fashion. Meet Kim Pottruff, a gifted and passionate actor called to proclaim the gospel to her community through theatre and music. [Full content available to subscribers.]
IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME—A nurse finds her calling in medical missions
Joany McDougall is a nurse with a calling. Over the past six years, that calling has placed her in traumatic situations in countries like Haiti and Ecuador. The challenges of offering medical assistance in disaster situations are unimaginable. But when she is there, she knows she is right where God wants her to be. [Full content available to subscribers.]
THE FOCUS OF ADVENT—Starting a new year with a renewed perspective
We usually think of a new year beginning a week after Christmas. But for centuries, the season of Advent has signalled the beginning of a new year on the church calendar. Lindsey Gallant reminds us why we need to let the focus of Advent prepare us to step into another year. Read more.
TREATING THE WEALTHY POORLY—How does the church minister to the wealthy?
When Keith Knight asked a room full of very wealthy Christians what they needed, their response caught him off guard. What he heard made him reflect on how the church treats its well-to-do members. Read what they had to say to him that day—and how it changed his perspective. [Full content available to subscribers.]
CHRONIC SORROW—Navigating the uncharted waters of living loss
All of us must learn, at some point in our lives, how to carry on after experiencing a significant loss in life. Some people, though, live with ongoing loss—loss that touches every part of their everyday life. Andrea Foster never knows when it may crash into her, but she has learned to do some things that help her deal with the thing called chronic sorrow. Read more.
ERDO: BE LIKE A GPS THIS CHRISTMAS—Point Others Toward Christ
As people of Christ, we have an opportunity to reclaim Christmas. This holiday season, shift your focus and reconnect with the Christ child. Take the time to appreciate these moments and let Him be your guide so that, in turn, you can be a guide to others. David Adcock, ERDO's CEO explains what that may look like in our own lives and in the lives of others. Read more.
MISSION CANADA: TRANSCENDING PERSECUTION—Lessons for Canada from Abroad
Persecution is more than uncomfortable or inconvenient: it hurts. Emotionally and socially, it’s demoralizing. Physically, it’s painful; damaging, even to the point of death. Learn from Charles Hermelink, the co-ordinator for Mission Canada's Cultural Language Group, how to understand this important topic better and how to pray for its victims. Read more.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: ACHING BLISS—A Day in the Life of a Global Worker
Walk with Renatta Walton, a global worker at the Village of Hope in Malawi, through a typical day of everything she sees, hears, feels and experiences on a daily basis while serving the people of this great country. Read more.
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