New vision, new languages, new hope at Portage Avenue Church

Friday, September 8, 2017

In 2015, our pastor Jedidiah Carpentier asked Janice Penner to start a children’s church program. She laughed, as there were only two school-aged children attending our church at…

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Redeeming refugee stories

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Johann Matthies, MB Mission Europa director, told his story at the ICOMB consultation in Thailand, Mar. 7–11, 2017. I was born in the Soviet Union in an area…

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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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