SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 STORIES
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NO “DO NOTHING” OPTION—Our PAOC church in Slave Lake, Alta., experiences revitalization
Re·vi·tal·i·za·tion noun: the action of imbuing something with new life and vitality. A forest blackened by fire can experience new life and growth. A community destroyed by natural disaster can rebuild and become vibrant again. And a church that has lost its vitality can be revitalized. Just ask the people of Abundant Life Worship Centre in Slave Lake, Alta.—they are eyewitnesses on each account. Read more.
WORD ON WEDNESDAY—A travel tip for your journey through the blogosphere
There are more than one billion sites on the World Wide Web. Almost one-third of them are blogs. Imagine herding these 300 million blogs into one giant cyber corral. What you are looking at now is called the blogosphere. Navigating this colossal maze of words can be a daunting exercise. Our YOUR BLOG feature is meant to offer some helpful travel tips. In this issue we point you toward Basel, Switzerland, and David Fortune’s Word on Wednesday. [Full content available to subscribers.]
STOP APPLYING THE BLOOD OF JESUS … BECAUSE YOU CAN’T—A look at the way we pray
We believe God listens to us when we pray, right? But do we ever listen to ourselves when we pray? Andrew Gabriel thinks it’s time we did. Here is his take on a particular phrase some Christians use when they pray. Beware: the content of this article contains material that may prod some sacred cows. There is a high risk of thought provocation. [Full content available to subscribers.]
LOVE NEVER LETS GO—Phyllis Fisher’s unexpected and extraordinary life
Phyllis Fisher heard the cautious and curtailed predictions for her life—and then chose to pay them no mind. Challenges were never in short supply at any stage of Phyllis’s life. But neither was her conviction that God’s love would never let her go. Bob Jones shares this brief look into an unexpected and extraordinary life. Read more.
WRAPPING UP LIFE—A lesson on dying well from a dying woman
In Genesis 25:8 we read: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years....” That’s how most of us envision our journey—living into old age and dying when we are full of years. But David Kennedy sits with people of all ages who are facing their own untimely and unexpected death. On one of his visits, a conversation with a palliative client sparked this meditation on wrapping up life. [Full content available to subscribers.]
I WAS A STRANGER—What is our response to the global refugee crisis?
Ron Powell has experienced what it feels like to be a stranger—and what it feels like to be welcomed in. The current atmosphere of suspicion, mistrust and fear of immigrants and asylum seekers, especially among followers of Christ, prompted this look at what God has to say about our treatment of the strangers among us. [Full content available to subscribers.]
MISSION CANADA: PICTURE THIS: THE EMBASSY TURNS 10!—Reflecting on the Journey
Trevor Gingerich planted a campus ministry called The Embassy at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario in 2008 as the first appointed Mission Canada worker. Read what God has done over the past 10 years through this ministry at Humber. Read more.
ERDO: ROHINGYA RESPONSE—Inside the world's largest refugee camp
Since August, over 700,000 Rohingya abandoned their homes to seek safety in Bangladesh. Many walked for days, often under cover of darkness, to escape the attention of armed groups hunting them. Traumatized, hungry and exhausted, most used whatever means necessary to cross the narrow sea channel to reach safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. Join Ken Kim, the chair of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, as he explores the newest, fastest-growing, and largest refugee camp in the world. Read more.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: VILLAGE OF HOPE - MWANZA, TANZANIA—Bringing hope to children in need
Stacey McKenzie, the communications and publications manager at the PAOC, recently travelled to Tanzania and had the opportunity to ask Jade Kenyamanyara to share how she and her husband, Julius, are being used by God to impact the lives of vulnerable children at the Village of Hope in Mwanza. Read more.
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