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When Church Gets Messy

Scissors, construction paper and glue, parents and children, community and celebration. They are all key parts of the Messy Church experience.

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Creative Arts Conference Grows

A 100% increase in attendance from last year’s Create Conference, an Ontario event encouraging excellence in video, design and communication, has co-ordinator Adam Fry “really excited about where this is going.”

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Christian Grocers Bring Food North

“I think that because we’re men of faith, this isn’t just a business. We want to serve people. And we want to serve God with this business,” says David Stezenko, co-owner – along with his brother Dan Stezenko – of Quality Market, an award-winning independent grocery store in Thunder Bay, Ont. So when David, a member of Redwood Park Alliance Church, learned of the nutrition-related health problems in remote northern communities, he wanted to do something.

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Eleven Kids, Five Bucks and One Great Choir

Denise Gillard says she founded the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) in 2001 with “Eleven kids and five bucks.” Eleven years later the choir has grown from 11 performers to 50 members. The African-Canadian youth, ages 7-18, perform spirituals, jazz, hip hop, drums, drama and dance.

 

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November/December Issue

Canadian Author Sheds Light on Canada’s North

Write what you know. That’s the advice aspiring writers are often given. And it’s an approach proven very successful for award-winning Canadian Christian author Dorene Meyer, who writes about the lives of First Nations people in the fictional community of Rabbit Lake in Northern Manitoba. Meyer is the author of eight novels, two children’s books and a reference guide to Manitoba’s authors.

When Church Gets Messy

Messy Church is “a multigenerational, multisensory form of learning focused on a story from the Bible or key Christian teaching,” says pastor Judy Paulsen.

Hakka and Inuktitut Added to List of Bible Translations

Readers of Inuktitut and Hakka can now read the Bible in their own language thanks to the efforts of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).

Canadian Doctor Sends Medical Equipment to Cuba

A Canadian doctor is supplying Cuban hospitals with recycled medical equipment from Canadian hospitals. Dr. Jerome Harvey served 43 years in medical practice, four in Africa developing a village health program.

How 59 Cents Can Change Canada

“A whirlwind experience” is how Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Matthew Dueck describes his involvement in the 59 Cents Campaign for Refugee Healthcare. This student-led movement challenged the Federal Government’s decision to begin denying supplemental health care coverage to refugees as of June 30, 2012. It invited Canadians to mail 59 cents to the prime minister as an indication of their support for refugee health care. That amount represents the estimated cost, per Canadian, of the $20 million Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

Bible Study Friends Have Adoption Reunion

Recently, Dee Smith,* a foster mother in eastern Canada, received a wonderful surprise. Smith had been fostering Baby K, and the baby’s chosen mom and dad were scheduled to come meet Baby K for the first time. When they arrived, Dee was startled to see her old friend Ann Young and her husband standing there.

September/October Issue

Climbers Raise Funds to Reduce Human Trafficking

How do you tackle a mountain of a problem? One step at a time. Human trafficking represents an enormous ongoing injustice in our world. According to the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, traffickers in 2008 made $31 billion buying and selling other human beings (the majority women and children). Only about half of one percent of that dollar figure was spent by the global community the same year to combat the problem.

Consortium Prepares Students for Cross-Cultural Ministry

Lee Goodman of Calgary believed he pretty much understood missions when he signed up for cross-cultural training with Cross Training Global. But now he admits, “I came into it with a little too much confidence.”

Congregational Histories Document “Warts and Foibles” in Newfoundland

Newfoundland writer, editor and journalist Burton K. Janes believes people can learn much from the past. So he helps church congregations preserve theirs by documenting their congregational histories in written form.

Creative Arts Conference Grows

A100 per cent increase in attendance from last year’s Create Conference, an Ontario event encouraging excellence in video, design and communication, has co-ordinator Adam Fry “really excited about where this is going.”

Website Matches Retirees With Mission Opportunities

Seniors and retirees can now match their skills with long- and short-term mission opportunities more easily than ever through a new program on the Finishers Project website (finishersproject.ca).

New Evangelism Outreach Coming to Canada

My Hope, initially launched 10 years ago by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has been successful in helping lead people to Christian faith in the developing world. According to BGEA, more than 2.7 million people made faith commitments in India in 2006, more than 340,000 in Brazil in 2008, and at least 168,000 in Malawi in 2010.

July/August Issue

Choral Group Sings for Justice

Social media has ushered in a new phase of Back to God Ministries’ media ministry. Since its first radio broadcast from Chicago in 1939, Back to God Ministries International (www.backtogod.net) has been using media to share the gospel. That is the ministry’s mission – “To share the gospel in communities worldwide using radio, the Internet and other technology.”

Christian Grocers Bring Food North

“I think that because we’re men of faith, this isn’t just a business. We want to serve people. And we want to serve God with this business,” says David Stezenko, co-owner – along with his brother Dan Stezenko – of Quality Market, an award-winning independent grocery store in Thunder Bay, Ont. So when David, a member of Redwood Park Alliance Church, learned of the nutrition-related health problems in remote northern communities, he wanted to do something.

Satellite Spreads the Gospel in the Middle East

While visions of satellite dishes may have negative connotations for some of us, the sight of them throughout the Middle East is cause for rejoicing for the satellite TV station SAT-7. Launched in 1996 by British-born Terry Ascot, SAT-7 began with just two hours of broadcasting and a minimal budget of $1.6 million.

It’s Like Facebook for Preachers

Kenton Anderson wrote the book on preaching – literally. Actually, three of them. His latest is titled Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures (Zondervan, 2006). Now the professor of homiletics and president of Northwest Baptist Seminary in Langley, B.C., has brought his preaching insights to a website he describes as “Facebook for preachers.”

Apologetics Training Takes Off

Andy Steiger making up for lost time now as director of Apologetics Canada, a group that trains young adults to think carefully about their faith and be ready to respond to skeptical questions.

Kaitlin’s Wish Has Come True

Nobody would have faulted her for keeping her wish for herself, but in December 2010 Alberta teenager Kaitlin Boyda donated the funds that would have been used for her Children’s Wish Foundation wish to help provide safe drinking water for kids in Africa.

May/June Issue

Horses Help Kids Heal Near Edmonton

For eight-year-old Billy, an Edmonton boy from a fractured home, the difference was like night and day. Billy attended the Horses of Hope program at Brightwood Ranch, a ministry of Edmonton’s Hope Mission. Horses of Hope, launched last September, uses an established summer camp environment to create a safe place for youth and adults from single-parent, foster or group homes to find much-needed hope – with the help of a horse. “It’s a way to let them know there’s a God who loves them,” says Brent Ankrom, program director for Horses of Hope.

Ghanaian University College Runs With Canadian Leadership

It’s a remarkable success story. All Nations University College in Ghana (allnationsuniversity.org) opened its doors in November 2002 with an enrollment of 37 students. Not quite a decade later, they have close to 3,000 hailing from 15 different nations. And all this growth is largely being managed from right here in Canada.

Planting the Seed of Environmental Awareness

Shortly after celebrating the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection, churches across the country celebrated Good Seed Sunday. An initiative of the Surrey, B.C.-based A Rocha, Good Seed Sunday (goodseedsunday.com) was created to send a simple message: If you’re a follower of Jesus, part of that means caring for His creation.

Crossroads Christian Communications Turns 50

In 1962 John Diefenbaker was prime minister of Canada, the Trans-Canada Highway opened, Saskatchewan introduced this country’s first public health care program – and David Mainse launched Crossroads Christian Communications.  Over the past 50 years, while other scandal-plagued televangelists have often distracted viewers and supporters from the gospel message, Mainse has been a notable exception.

Finding a New Way to Fund Missions Work

A missions support agency and a firm that’s developed “giving solutions” have teamed up to make it easier for missionaries to raise money. LoveGlobal.com began as a way for the “outliers – effective and passionate missionaries working outside of large organizations or denominations,” to spread their stories and raise funds, says the LoveGlobal.com website. (See “Canadian Initiates Housing in Haiti.”)

Canadian Initiates Housing in Haiti

Canadian Steph Forster has launched a one-year fundraising initiative to house, feed and educate Haitian children. “The kids we are helping are living on the streets, being exploited, abused and trafficked,” says Forster, who works with her Haitian husband David Limage. Forster, 28, met Limage in an outreach to Haiti after the earthquake of January 2010.

March/April Issue

Eleven Kids, Five Bucks and One Great Choir

Denise Gillard says she founded the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) in 2001 with “Eleven kids and five bucks.” Eleven years later the choir has grown from 11 performers to 50 members. The African-Canadian youth, ages 7-18, perform spirituals, jazz, hip hop, drums, drama and dance.

Faith Changes Everything for Courageous Stunt Co-ordinator

I understand now how important fatherhood is,” says Canadian Jimmy Broyden, father to seven and the stunt coordinator for 2011’s cinematic tribute to dads, Courageous. “Good or bad, fathers have an impact on their kids’ lives.”

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies Launches

Conrad Grebel University College hopes to equip more “catalysts for peace.” The school, located at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, is launching a master of peace and conflict studies (MPACS) program. Beginning in the fall of 2012 there will be openings for 12 full-time and part-time students.

New Books Help Children With Parents in Jail

Two books by Prison Fellowship Canada (PFC) will help children with parents in jail learn how to relate to their parents and explain the situation to their friends. The books, Should I Be Sad? and What Should I Say?, were written by psychologist and author Sandra Keller, whose first book, Should I Be Sad Without a Dad?, examined the psychological effects of divorce on a six-year-old boy.

David Festival Celebrates Artistic Worship

Christian musicians and writers will attend a festival in Port Perry, Ont., this spring to develop their writing, vocal and instrumental techniques. Organized by volunteers from a number of area churches, the David Festival offers workshops to enable and equip local church- goers – of all abilities – to glorify God with skill through various art forms.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada Helps Build It Forward on Television Show

Build It Forward, a documentary series that aired on CMT Canada (Country Music Television) in the fall, chronicled how seven struggling Canadian families were transformed when they "Build it forward."

January/February Issue

Technology Brings Overseas Missions Closer

Thanks to technology, the isolation of overseas missionaries is being cut down.

Books Boosts Leprosy Mission

Debroh Ellis wrote a book for Leprosy Mission Canada.

New Group Resource on Poverty

Citizens for Public Justice have put together a booklet on poverty.

Calgary's HymnTyme Winds Down

After ten years, this hymn even event moving down to three times a year.

Bible Society Launches New App

The new app provides the KJV or ESV in both text and audio versions.

Urban Covenant Aims to be "Christian United Way"

This charity provides an alternative to the United Way.

Children Learn True Worth Through Recycled Art
Peace Officers Find Fellowship