JULY/AUGUST 2018 STORIES
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FOUNDATIONS MATTER—A story of revitalization and growth in Bonnyville, Alberta
You can’t ignore the importance of a solid foundation. Whether you’re talking houses, marriages, personal lives or churches—foundations matter. Here is a story of revitalization and growth in one local PAOC church that chose to repair the foundations of their declining congregation. [Full content available to subscribers.]
SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR: VINJELU MUYABA—Come to the Light, live in the light, and be the light
It’s a long distance from Zambia, Africa, to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, on a map. But Vinjelu Muyaba has discovered that if you look into the eyes of people, the distance disappears. Lighthouse Fellowship, our PAOC church in the city of Wetaskiwin, is experiencing revitalization. In our Seven Questions feature for this issue, Pastor Vinjelu tells us the story. Read more.
A GIFT NAMED MAURICE—The story of a life-changing, intergenerational friendship
You never know whom God will use to impact your life. Just ask Jon Stapley. His chance encounter with a man nearly 40 years his senior grew into a life-changing friendship. Here is the story of what happened when Jon listened to his heart and dropped in on Maurice. [Full content available to subscribers.]
IN NEED OF A GOOD SAMARITAN—Calling the church to care for victims of mental illness
Unlike the victim of a physical illness whose condition normally elicits sympathy and compassion, the person dealing with mental illness often suffers in silence or is painfully misunderstood and maligned. Sadly, this fact is magnified in the church. Here is a call for change, a call for the church to become a dispenser of hope and healing for victims of mental illness. Read more.
BEYOND ACCOMMODATION—Five ways the church can become a place of belonging
What do people with profound disabilities have to offer the church? Does it even matter if they go to church? Does God have a plan and a purpose for their lives? Andrea Foster has wrestled with these kinds of questions and has reached some compelling conclusions. Her perspective on disability ministry comes from first-hand experience—and it’s one the church needs to hear. [Full content available to subscribers.]
FREEDOM IN CHRIST—An unexpected gift in an unexpected place
Prison is a place where a person’s freedoms are stripped away. If you ask Mary Legge what that feels like, her answer might surprise you. Here is the story of her journey from bondage to freedom—the kind that can break into any prison cell we may find ourselves in. [Full content available to subscribers.]
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: THE JOY OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS—An interview with Sharon Morgan, an IM global service representative
Sharon Morgan is no stranger to PAOC International Missions. She was willing to share her journey to the world of short-term missions and show how God uses those available to serve to help strengthen and support the work of global workers making a difference to communities in need. Read more.
MISSION CANADA: SERVE CAMPUS NETWORK—Nurturing Christian communities across Canada
Join Paul Khosla, PAOC national co-ordinator for SERVE Campus Network, as he explores his new role, as it takes him across the nation, connecting with Mission Canada workers, churches and local Christians who have a heart to serve university students. Read more.
ERDO: CLEAN WATER FOR BUENA VISTA—Leveraging the wonder of the biosand filter
Water is something many of us take for granted. We turn on our taps and water comes out. For the most part, it is clean and drinkable straight from the tap. This is not the case for the community of Buena Vista, located on the mountainsides outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Learn from Kathy Mizen, director of Schools of Hope Honduras and PAOC global worker, what Schools of Hope, in partnership with ERDO, is doing to alleviate this crisis. Read more.
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