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When Syrian children return to school this fall, many will carry a weight much heavier than a backpack. They will remember fleeing their homes while bombing, shelling, shooting, and raids happened around them. The loss of family members and neighbours who have died in the Syrian conflict weigh on them.
I woke up from a brief sleep Sunday night feeling nauseous and knew that my body was trying to deal with something uninvited. Soon, my stomach couldn’t handle it any longer, and I began an awful series of vomiting and diarrhea. By 3 a.m., my entire team was suffering from symptoms that were only getting worse. Something needed to be done.
Ramadan was in July this year, and Muslims around the world fasted during daylight hours to mark their holy month. Two Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) projects helped to make this time a little easier for families in need of relief, displaced by the conflict in Syria.
On July 28, a balcony collapsed at Camp Péniel in Wentworth-Nord, Que., resulting in minor injuries, including several sprains and one broken ankle, to 20 of the 58 people taking shelter on it at the time. A Montreal church was conducting an afternoon baptism at the camp when rain began, leading attendees to crowd onto the covered balcony of the lodge building.
CALGARY “It was extremely daunting, knowing it was only one small basement on one street,” says volunteer Nancy Thiessen. “All we could do was take one milk crate of debris…
July 22–26, the gym at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., was filled with hard work and excitement as athletes Grades 7–to 12 came to improve their basketball skills. It was Above the Rim Basketball Camp, the final week of sport camps at the college, attended by 35 campers.
South Hill Church, a six-year-old union between two Vancouver MB congregations at 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward, is closing. Coincidentally – or providentially – it’s the same area where a new C2C church plant, Christ City, is just forming.
The kingdom of heaven is like a dandelion seed that a gardener planted in the garden; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the most prolific of all flowers, spreading to cover many lawns, so that the grasshoppers in the neighbourhood can come and rest under the leaves.