God’s work in a refugee camp

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I have no nationality. I am just of Jesus Christ. My name is Safari and I have been a refugee for more than 20 years…because God wanted me…

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Come, Holy Spirit

Sunday, January 1, 2017

“Honey, let me hold your baby.” My husband Dave and I were happily sitting in a pew at Cariboo Bethel Church, Williams Lake, B.C., when this woman offered…

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A journey toward wholeness

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I am a Christ follower who has been a member of a MB church since my teens. I love the church, yet in my youth, its pastoral approach toward…

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God before, behind and right now

Monday, September 14, 2015

I grew up broken. Acknowledging I needed help wasn’t new. But the extraordinary thing cancer taught me is that in brokenness I can minister. And God shows up….

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Kalaam sees God smile

Monday, June 1, 2015

Kalaam grew up in a conservative Muslim family in Central Asia. “My father was a harsh man,” said Kalaam (not his real name). “Everyone in our community saw…

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The mustard seed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The mustard seed “You probably don’t know me but my Daddy started this church.” I looked up at the young woman standing in the door of my office…

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A former Communist lives for God

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Florence Mo Han Aw translated into English by Patrick May I grew up in the underground Communist Youth League of China and later became a member of the Communist party in…

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From BFFs to my dad’s brain cancer

Monday, April 1, 2013

I used to think everyone lived like my family. My parents loved me and taught me about Jesus. I knew Bible stories, both the familiar and the lesser-known. I went to church every Sunday. I knew that God is good and powerful. But, for a long time, all this was just words to me.

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Little glimpses along the way

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The power of longevity in youth ministry When Mike and Carly Nelson agreed to lead the Grade 6 students at Ross Road Community (MB) Church in Abbotsford, B.C.,…

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Listen! Listen!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A church planter experiences the trials of being a newcomer A year ago, my family and I moved to the eastern shore of Georgian Bay, home to several…

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The face of God in the unlovely

Monday, October 1, 2012

My summer walking alongside an ex-offender I’ve always enjoyed discussing issues faced by marginalized people, signing letters and petitions, and theorizing solutions to poverty and crime – but…

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Seeing medical misadventure as God’s adventure

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fourteen years ago, I had purpose in my life: I was a healthy, forty-something woman who loved jogging, gardening, and canoeing; I served in the church women’s group,…

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Finding the missing ingredient

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I enjoy dabbling in the culinary arts. Most afternoons, I can be found thumbing through pages of old recipe books, brainstorming which recipes might make a delightful meal…

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A journey through cancer in the cradle of community

Sunday, July 1, 2012

There are two parts to this story. It starts with Margie, a woman in her mid-30s; outgoing, mother of two, a worship leader in her church (Bakerview MB, Abbotsford, B.C.), and lover of Jesus who believes in reaching out to the unsaved, including people in her bellydancing class

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Forever grateful

Friday, June 1, 2012

Twenty-two years ago, I was born to two wonderful people, Eugene and Melina Cook. I am the middle child of their three girls. Dad was a traditional aboriginal man; he knew how to hunt, fish, prepare hides, was fluent in our native language. Mom, a lovely and compassionate person, is also fluent in Cree.

This month, the Canadian government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hold a national listening event in Saskatoon from June 21–24.

To find out more about how to engage with the issues, see MCC Saskatchewan, the Peacebuilding on the Prairies blog, Mythperceptions (a project of MCC’s Indigenous Work Program), and the EFC’s Aboriginal Ministires Council…

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