WINTER 2022 STORIES
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FROM THE EDITOR: Pandemics … Then and Now—Taking courage in the reality of “now” and “not yet”
by Stacey McKenzie
“The collective trauma we are experiencing can help us acknowledge our need for supernatural comfort; there is no shame in feeling we just cannot manage our situations ourselves. God reassures us of His impartial compassion for each of us. We have His promise that, regardless of where we live or what level of discomfort we are experiencing, He is close to the broken-hearted and rescues those whose spirits are crushed (Psalm 34:18).” Read more.
THE DAY JESUS CAME TO OAK STREET—Cancer, obedience, and the ride of a lifetime
by Brenda G. Roberts
Cancer, denial, and the ride of a lifetime—God went to great lengths to reach one lost soul, and Ted Holland’s illness was the instrument He used to accomplish it. Brenda Roberts of Clearview Community Church’s Nottawa Campus tells the story. [Full content available to subscribers.]
RECONCILIATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES—A road map for healing and restoration
by Jimmy and Andrew Thunder
Jimmy and Andrew Thunder can help answer the question that more and more Christians, pastors, and leaders are now asking: “How can we be reconciled with Indigenous Peoples?” Their contribution offers a road map for healing and restoration. Read more.
THE COLOUR OF FAITH—The role of the homogeneous Black church
by Duane Henry
Why are some churches exclusive by cultural background? What are the related strengths and pitfalls of that model? Duane Henry reflects on the Black church in Canada—its role, its challenges, and his perspective on its future. Read more.
GROWING. STRONG IN BROKEN PLACES—How God brought a good work to completion
by Betty Ryan (as told to Rose McCormick Brandon)
Betty Ryan suffered a painful childhood. But God not only healed her relationship with her mother and filled them with love for each other, He made her into a strong woman who was then able to assist others in their journey. [Full content available to subscribers.]
THE CHURCH: REFRESHING THE STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL TRUTHS
by William Sloos
The local church has always been key to Jesus’ mission of establishing His kingdom on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit working in surrendered, unified believers. William affirms the key principles of the church’s role. Read more.
BOOK REVIEW: A PROLOGUE TO STUDIES IN THE FOURTH GOSPEL
by Jonathan Kienzler
Jonathan Kienzler reviews A Prologue to Studies in the Fourth Gospel by Riku Tuppurainen. He recommends it as a good resource for anyone who wants to grow in their understanding and appreciation of the beauty of John’s Gospel. [Full content available to subscribers.]
FOLLOWING JESUS: A DISCIPLE’S WALK THROUGH THE BOOK OF MARK
by Hans Martens
When Hans Martens was ministering in a First Nations women’s prison, he was frequently asked, “You Christians abused our children in the residential schools, so why should we believe in your God?” That question led him to write Following Jesus: A Disciple’s Walk Through the Book of Mark. [Full content available to subscribers.]
IN MEMORY OF ROY E. UPTON
A tribute and the July 1974 editorial, “Pentecost on the Move”. [Full content available to subscribers.]
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS: PENTECOSTAL ENCOUNTERS, HEALING AND GENEROSITY—How God is moving among Muslims in North Africa
by Jeremy Feller
“Serving in the Africa and the Middle East region, we have seen God move in incredible ways as we concentrate our efforts on unreached people groups. Our mandate is to strategize and pursue inroads for outreach opportunities. We have concentrated our efforts strategically around three seasons considered holy on the Islamic calendar as we note that people are open and receptive to having spiritual conversations at these times. These initiatives take considerable resources and are no small task, but through prayer, networking, and God’s favour, He has provided in significant ways.” Read more.
ERDO: WE NEED TO TALK—Tackling the growing global hunger crisis
by Alicia Kolenda
“Today, several years later, the situation in Zimbabwe is even worse. Six in 10 people are suffering from ongoing acute hunger and need humanitarian assistance to survive.4 ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas) is responding with emergency food programs, getting immediate supplies to families in their time of desperate need, and conservation agriculture initiatives. Together, we’re helping families grow their own food to create long-lasting change.” Read more.
MISSION CANADA: BECAUSE WE MUST—Making Jesus known throughout Canada
by Natalie Rogge
“The tag line for Mission Canada, the PAOC’s national mission agency, was birthed in an informal stand-up meeting in an office doorway at the PAOC International Office over a decade ago. Just three words, “Because We Must,” became a strong, clear, affirmative, and bold response to why we needed a national mission agency. We knew as a team, the moment the words were uttered, that that was the clarifying statement, the tag line, the clarion call for mission as a Fellowship in our nation.” Read more.
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