September/October 2016 testimony

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 STORIES

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VIKASH'S STORYThe life-changing possibilities of everyday faith

Take one desperate, homeless man willing to ask God for help, combine with one faithful Christ follower willing to obey the voice of the Spirit, stir in one small church willing to welcome and embrace a stranger, leaven it all with the crazy love of God, and you have a recipe for a changed life. It’s how everyday faith stories are written. [Full content available to subscribers.]

 

SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR: KAREN BURKEA glimpse into the woman, the music and the message

There is something timeless about a gospel choir. The soul-stirring power of human voices blended in song and fuelled by conviction is a phenomenon that transcends the transitions of style. For over 30 years, Karen Burke has given her energy to presenting and promoting gospel choir music. Lisa Hall-Wilson caught up with her recently and asked her this issue’s seven questions. [Full content available to subscribers.]

 

JOIN THE SLEEP REVOLUTIONIt’s time to wake up to the benefits of sleep

“Late to bed and early to rise” could be touted as the new mantra for success. Working on as few hours of sleep as possible may not be an explicit expectation in many workplaces, but it is often an unspoken one. Pressure to perform can push people to forgo the very thing they need to live and work well. Ron Powell knows what it’s like to function on too little sleep—and he’s tired of it. [Full content available to subscribers.]

 

WHERE HAVE ALL THE MILLENIALS GONE?And what it might take to get them back

Calum Smith sees something missing in the church—his own generation. The disengagement of teens and young adults from the church is something he understands. And he wants to do something about it. His solution is a little messy, but it may be the only way to truly win his generation back. Read more.

 

SOME OF JIM'S FINEST LIVINGA memorable afternoon with a dying man

When the bulk of your working life is spent in the world of the dying, issues like the right to die and physician-assisted suicide are never clinical. They get all tangled up with names and stories—inseparably tangled. Here is one such story and the names of those who lived it. Read more.

 

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAMEA dream surrendered gets restored

Kris Baker thought he’d sacrificed his dream to coach football when he responded to God’s call into ministry. What he didn’t know then was that God’s calling and his dream were on a collision course. Here’s the story of how, 25 years later, God wove together Kris’ heart for ministry and his love of the game of football. [Full content available to subscribers.]

Our Stories

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: LESSONS IN MISSIONS—What We Learned After Serving for a Decade
In the fall of 2004, Sandra and Peter McIntosh had been serving as pastors at Kennedy Road Tabernacle in Brampton, Ontario and began to sense that the Lord was calling them to the mission field. They answered the call, arriving in Thailand in August 2005. Over more than 10 years of serving in missions, they learned innumerable things about themselves and others. Read more.

 

ERDO: THE RIPPLE EFFECT—How One Child Sponsorship Can Impact Multiple Communities
Learn from Akililu Hunqe, the director of international programs for ERDO,  who was a sponsored child himself, how the ripple effects of sponsorship make a difference in not only the life of a child, but also the people around them. Read more.

 

MISSION CANADA: TRUE WEALTH—Tried and True Practices for Gathering Eternal Treasures
Fortune, in our secular world, is rated by the amount of money in one’s bank account and the value of any accumulated worldly possessions. However, Jesus teaches another definition when it comes to wealth. Through His lessons, Kevin Rogers, the Mission Canada urban ministries co-ordinator and pastor of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario, has personally come to a new conclusion of how to be truly rich as He follows Jesus. Read more.

 

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