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Faith in the Motocross Pit

A young Canadian covers new ground with a unique ministry.

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Christian Groups Jazz It Up in Montreal

Jazz Festival serves as the backdrop for a joint venture

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Canadian Ministries Use Sports to Raise Funds

Putting feet to a cause has become a tried and true way of raising awareness...

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Faith Matters to Canadian Singing Sensation

Micallef credits his upbringing in the Church, his family and his faith...

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A House Is Not the Only Home for Toronto Ministry

The Dale Ministries works in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood.

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Military Christian Fellowship Provides Ministry Opportunity

A loose affiliation of Christians through the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada (MCF) continues to provide community and an opportunity for churches to connect with soldiers.

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Christian Theatre Troupe Uses Plays to Make the World a Better Place

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Calgary Church Opens Centre for New Immigrants

Assisting immigrants through the struggles of a new life in Canada is what the New Canadian Friendship Centre is all about.

 

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September/October Issue

Faith in the Motocross Pit

A young Canadian covers new ground with a unique ministry

From Exclusion to Welcome for Those with Disabilities

It’s time for churches to be intentional in inclusion

Inspiring Ideas from Canadian Churches
Gideons International in Canada Strikes New Path

THE NAME MAY be the same, but just about everything else is different for The Gideons International in Canada (www.gideons.ca). The 103-year-old organization has undergone significant, fundamental change in the past three years.

Evangelical Anglican Seminary Reaches Out to Canadian Churches

WYCLIFFE SERVES! is a new initiative from Wycliffe College, an evangelical Anglican seminary on the University of Toronto campus. Officially launched in May the initiative offers resources, conferences, courses and more to churches across the country to strengthen the Church for mission, says John Bowen, the Wycliffe professor and author who leads the endeavour. Wycliffe Serves! is meant to be a bridge between academia and the Church.

A House Is Not the Only Home for Toronto Ministry

WHEN DALE MINISTRIES was threatened by closing doors in 2012, director Erinn Oxford opted to tear down the walls rather than break up the close knit family in her care. The ministry, an outreach to a hundred or more significantly marginalized people in downtown Toronto, she explains, is more a circle of friends who look out for each other than just another social organization.

Kelowna Studio Brings Faith to Dance

A DANCE STUDIO in Kelowna fuses a passion for dance with a love for God. The results are a studio that is unique, nurturing and thriving. Laura Elliott is the artistic director of Creator’s Arts Centre. “Naomi [Bothe, the founder] thought she could put this new meaning she found in dance and Christianity together, and go out there and change the world,” says Elliott. The studio’s vision is “created to create and called to impact the world through the arts.”

Jul/August Issue

Military Christian Fellowship Provides Ministry Opportunity

A loose affiliation of Christians through the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada (MCF) continues to provide community and an opportunity for churches to connect with soldiers.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

Science Conference Bridges the Gap

An upcoming conference organized by the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA), American iScientific Association, and Christians in Science will attempt to demonstrate the compatibility between science and religion.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

Canadian Christian Charities Prepare for Anti-spam Legislation

On July 1 one of the broadest anti-spam laws in the world will come into effect in Canada. While its primary targets are businesses that seek to exploit online communication for ill-gotten gains, Canadian charitable organizations also face challenges when it comes to complying with the new legislation.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

Christian Groups Jazz It Up in Montreal

Montreal is one of Canada’s most culturally vibrant cities, and this summer its renowned International Jazz Festival serves as the backdrop for a joint venture between Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations (YWAM), Wycliffe Bible Translators and Christian Direction. Arts, Faith and the City is a five-week seminar, running until July 21, focused on the intersection of art, culture and the Christian worldview. Co-ordinator Noémie Jean-Bourgeault says it “will give students essential tools to understand the history and the roots of the culture they live in.”
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

Bible for Missions Thrift Stores Celebrate Anniversary and Fruitful Ministry

Casey Langbroek didn’t think Bible for Missions (BFM) thrift stores (www.bfmthriftstores.ca) would survive five years. “I thought, ‘This is kind of a fleeting thing.’” But the executive director of Bible League Canada (BLC) – and a founder of the BFM thrift store movement was proven wrong. Happily.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

New Association Equips Church and Scholars in Quebec

A new academic association in Quebec is bringing Evangelicals together to serve the local church. Association Axiome (www.associationaxiome.ca) is the brainchild of David Haines, a PhD student in philosophy at Laval University.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

Hemorrhaging Faith Continues Impact at Briercrest

Engage 2014, a conference hosted in March by Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Sask., continued to examine the conclusions of Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning to Church, the 2012 study commissioned by the EFC Youth and Young Adult Ministry Roundtable. Dubbed a Christ-centred, intergeneration-al, experiential conference retreat, Engage 2014 welcomed participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, who were asked to attend in pairs – one a millennial, or younger than 34 years old, and the other older, or 34 plus.
     (Jul/Aug 2014)

May/June Issue

Christian Theatre Troupe Uses Plays to Make the World a Better Place

Johnny Wideman as “the Inmate” in This Prison or: He Came through the Floor, produced recently at the Bank Theatre in Leamington, Ont.
     (May/Jun 2014)

Vancouver Refugee Groups Combine Forces to Serve

Hitting the reset button. It’s what we do when things aren’t working, when we need to start over. For over 40 million displaced people around the world, starting over is a matter of basic human survival.
     (May/Jun 2014)

Canadian Churches Respond to Syrian Crisis

Churches and faith-based organizations in Canada are stepping up to help people caught in the crossfire of the ongoing crisis in Syria. The conflict has left more than 9 million people displaced over the past three years, with 2.5 million fleeing to neighbouring countries.
     (May/Jun 2014)

Canadian Ministry Leading 3-D Printing Prosthetic Initiative

CBM (Christian Blind Mission) Canada  hopes 3-D print technology will provide children in developing countries with prosthetics in less time than it currently takes. The technology allows a solid object to be created from a three-dimensional digital model that is then created in a solid form, layer by layer.
     (May/Jun 2014)

Canadian Cowboy Preacher Helps Fill the Gap

Of all the icons of North America, the cowboy has to be one of the most evocative and enduring. One of the strongest associations with the cowboy, apart from horses, is that of the lonely trail-wandering cattle driver who spends his days working on the range and his nights making do wherever he can find a place to rest his head.
     (May/Jun 2014)

Ontario Equestrian Fuelled by Faith

For 30-year-old Cannington, Ont., resident Jessica Phoenix (www.jessicaphoenix.ca), the next three years will be full as she competes against the world’s best in the equestrian sport of eventing. Phoenix was recently named to the 2014 Canadian National Eventing Team. She will participate in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, the 2015 Pan American Games on home turf in Toronto, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
     (May/Jun 2014)

March/April Issue

Canadian Woman Reaches Roma Children

After attending MissionFest Toronto in 1998, 18-year-old Jennifer Iacob from Uxbridge, Ont., set out for a one-month mission trip to Romania to help abandoned infants and children in hospitals and orphanages.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

Alpha Youth Film Series – 20,000 Teens and Counting!

In just 90 short days, Alpha’s new Youth Film Series reached over 20,000 teens across Canada – a number quickly multiplying, according to the organization. Launched in September 2013, the series is a fresh tool for a well-established ministry to engage Canada’s youth and encourage discussion about life’s big questions.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

Pastors (and Chicken Manure) Star in Unlikely Documentary

A new documentary offers a compelling look at Abbotsford, B.C.’s homeless population and challenges Christians to be more involved in lives of the homeless.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

Photography Exhibit Offers Hope of a Second Chance to Parolees

A new photography exhibit offers a glimpse inside the lives of several Canadian parolees as they adjust to life after prison.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

New Book Traces History of Canadian Christian Environmental Movement

Leah Kostamo describes her personal passion for the environment while giving a first-hand account of her work with A Rocha – an international Christian organization committed to environmental stewardship.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

Canadian Country Star Continues to Rise

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male country music artist in Canadian history. His success flies in the face of how experts instruct artists to be successful, and his latest offering Just As I Am sees Brandt return to his gospel roots.
     (Mar/Apr 2014)

January/February Issue

Ancient Document Inspires New Songs

Canadian singer/songwriter Jeremy Zeyl faced two new challenges with his latest project. First: Write a series of songs for corporate worship – something he hadn’t done before. Second: Base the songs on the Heidelberg Catechism. Zeyl met those challenges in Heidelberg: Songs from the Catechism – an 11-song CD celebrating both the beauty of the document and its 450th anniversary
     (Jan/Feb 2014)

New Ministry Helps Young Fathers

Twenty-five-year-old Alec Roberts spent five years in and out of prison – and is awaiting sentencing on a past crime to which he recently pled guilty. But being a father was “the biggest fear I ever had in my life.”
     (Jan/Feb 2014)

Canadian Ministries Use Sports to Raise Funds

Putting feet to a cause has become a tried and true way of raising awareness and funds, forging a physical link between a real-life need and people willing to compete in athletic competition to prove their conviction. Two Canadian ministries are now seeing the fruits of that labour, having raised funds for programs that will benefit the lives of women and children here and abroad.
     (Jan/Feb 2014)

Growing in the Art of Neighbouring

This year Karen Wilk of Edmonton joined a neighbourhood book club. This was not a Christian or religious book club, but somehow, through a series of casual conversations between neighbours, the book club began to incorporate spiritual practices into its weekly meetings.
     (Jan/Feb 2014)

Canadian Film Tours to Ignite Prostitution Discussion

The creators of the documentary film Red Light/Green Light hope it shows how the Nordic model of dealing with prostitution may prove beneficial if adapted for Canada. "Right now we're given two extreme options: full legalization or full criminalization," says Jay Brock, co-director/producer of the film with his wife Michelle. The couple founded Hope for the Sold - an awareness and advocacy organization to fight human trafficking -after producing their first documentary Enslaved and Exploited: the Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada in 2009.
     (Jan/Feb 2014)