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INSIDE: Christian Music Festival • John Wesley • CSB gaining ground

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by Fazal Karim, Jr. First the really good news: This edition of Christian Herald is the first in a quite a while where inside our Community Calendar, the in-person events outnumber the online events. Hallelujah! As this issue went into production, we began to witness one of those very special moments when the Holy Spirit just steps in and brings things together. We had planned to promote the Global Outreach campaign in advance, but then a lot of the other content and advertising started to come in. Suddenly we ended up with a focus on Evangelism from almost beginning to end, which was amazing to watch. Elsewhere in this month’s edition, we have a special feature on Emergency Preparedness, to get our readers thinking about the issue, for both our households and our congregations. It’s not a lack of faith to prepare for disasters in advance. The Lord installed Joseph in Egypt to do just that, and his wisdom and preparations saved much of the world. Every Christian home should be ready for an emergency (you can find a guide at www. getprepared.gc.ca) and after your household is ready, you can begin to plan how your congregation will reach out to your community in the event of a disaster. Samaritan’s Purse travels to communities across the country helping churches to launch recovery efforts after fire, floods and other disasters. With our provincial election right around the corner, make sure to check out

the PrayOntario prayer campaign, praying for everyone involved in the Ontario election and for the Lord’s will to be done in all things. Also on the political front, we talk to Conservative Leadership Candidate Leslyn Lewis on page 18. We also take a brief look at the Christian Standard Bible translation as it turns five years old. The CSB is one of the newest English bibles, and is seeing increased use in the U.S., but doesn’t yet have much of a following in Canada. (If only we could get one Bible translation to use Canadian spelling!) As previously mentioned, events are starting to return, with the Downtown Toronto Christian Music Festival taking place on the Saturday of the Victoria Day Weekend. Various worship teams will be featured on the stage at Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall. As always, we love to hear what you think about Christian Herald. If you feel led to do so, you can now support our work with a donation (see page 12) to help us get back on track after the pandemic shutdown.

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DEPARTMENTS NEWS • Global Outreach Month, Ministry News updates BIBLES • The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) turns five. FEATURES • Churches & Emergency Preparedness Week EVANGELISM • How to Start Gospel Conversations EVENTS • Christian Music Festival; Ignite Events & more HISTORY • Heroes of the Faith: John Wesley COMMUNITY CALENDAR INTERVIEW • Seven Questions with....Leslyn Lewis 4 / Christian Herald

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Volume 29, No. 1 • May 2022 Founded in 1994, Christian Herald proudly serves the Christian community in Southern Ontario, and is published ten times a year. Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Fazal Karim, Jr. Contributing Writers Diana Chandler, Canon J. John, Rev. John B. Sorensen Volunteer Distributors (Print Edition) Cassita Bailey-Hart, John Campbell, Edgar Daniels, Rochan Goonoo, Aaron Hilsden, Clare Hilsden, John Howes, Dorai Isaac, Mona Lancaster, Les McPhedran, Rick Pacholko, Angie Papas, Penny Renouf, Terence Roberts. To inquire about becoming a volunteer distributor in your city or town, contact us at info@christianherald.ca Advertising Advertising is available to those wishing to reach the Christian community based in Southern Ontario. While we do try our best to screen our advertisers, no endorsements by Christian Herald are implied, except where clearly stated. To advertise, email us at info@christianherald.ca or call us at 905-874-1731 Contributions Christian Herald welcomes submissions and feedback from the Christian Community or other interested parties, in the form of Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Calendar of Events listings etc. Viewpoints expressed in articles are not necessarily those of the publishers. The Management of Christian Herald reserves the right to refuse or edit submissions and advertisements on the basis of legal, space or taste considerations. Circulation Christian Herald’s general circulation (print edition) presently stands at 20,000 copies per issue. [May 2022] Distribution Personal copies are available free of charge in over 600 Christian churches, retail stores, colleges and businesses across Southern Ontario. To request delivery to your church or business location, send your name, address and estimated number of copies needed by email (see below.) Subscriptions To receive a 10-issue personal print subscription sent by mail, send $28.25 (13% Ontario HST included.) by cheque or money order to the address below. Christian Herald is a member of the Christian Newspaper Association.

Reconciliation Ministries, led by Harry and Jenani Paul, is doing face-to-face evangelism on the streets of Southern Ontario. The group has teams of evangelists that have ventured into parks throughout the pandemic to engage with residents who have been feeling the ill-effects of the Covid-19 restrictions and share the Good News of Jesus with them. To find out more about the ministry or join an evangelistic team, visit their website at www.reconciliationministries.ca

How to personally know God Realize that you are a sinner. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one” (Romans 3:10 NLT). This is because we can not become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you. The Bible tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it. Repent of your sin.

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The Bible tells us to “repent and be converted” (Acts 3:19 NKJV). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him. Receive Christ into your life. Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ

Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . . .” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV). If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart. Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen. If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NKJV). To put your faith in action, be sure to spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, getting involved in a Bible-preaching church, and telling others about Christ. Christian Herald / 5


NEWS

May: A month to GO Forth Churches and ministries engage in month-long Season of Global Witness & Disciple-Making around the world

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ay 2022 marks the very first Season of Global Witness & Disciple-Making, as the World Evangelical Alliance together with the GO Movement, the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, the International Prayer Council and a growing number of partners, are mobilizing churches to open the Bible, pray, share the Gospel with others and plant churches during the month. “As the global Church celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are made aware afresh of how desperately the world needs to embrace the Gospel. As we announced in February, an unprecedented collaboration for Gospel witness and disciple-making has developed within the WEA alongside partnering networks. Together, we are celebrating the month of May as a ‘Season of Global Witness and Disciple-making’: an annual recommended focus for the global Church,” said Dr Jay Mātenga, WEA Director of Global Witness. “I am excited to see the Season of Global Witness and Disciple-making finally come to fruition. Gospel transformation is at the very core of WEA’s vision, and our Global Witness Department’s focus on missions and evangelism is central to that vision,” said WEA Secretary General Bishop Dr Thomas Schirrmacher. “As the month of May draws near, please encourage your networks and churches to familiarize yourselves with the resources available and creatively participate in this season of special outreach emphasis.” “Prayer, Scripture reading, sharing our faith with others, blessing our neighborhoods and nations, and establishing new fellowships where the gospel is least known, are all part of our mission in the world. So we now celebrate this Season every year during May as an opportunity to equip disciples to witness and make disciples for God’s glory,” he added. Samuel Chiang, Executive Director of WEA’s recently launched Global Evangelism Network, noted that “We are witnesses and are joyful to express the message of the gospel to a world in turmoil. In our collaborative partnerships, we desire to see

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MAY EVANGELISM MILESTONES May 1 (Sunday) – GO Pray May 9 (Monday) – Day of the Bible May 22 (Sunday) – Global Day of Prayer & Witnessing [May 26 (Thursday) – Ascension] May 28 (Saturday) – Global Outreach Day May 29 (Sunday) – Global Celebration & Church Planting Day a Bible for all languages; a strategy to share the Good News with every person; and a church for every 1,000 people worldwide. With the GO Movement we invite every follower of Jesus to pray at the beginning of May for three people from their place of work, community, and family, and share the Good News to one of them on GO Day during the month of May.” As part of WEA's global partnership with the International Prayer Council (IPC), a

prayer guide for the campaign is available for download at www.pray.worldea.org. Other Campaign Partners Christian Vision: www.cvglobal.co FTT: www.finishingthetask.com GO Movement: www.gomovement.world Indigitous: www.indigitous.org Int’l Prayer Council: www.ipcprayer.org

Canadian Christian News Service relaunches with new ownership

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anadian Christian News Service (CCNS) has relaunched after its acquisition by leading non-profit public relations and communications agency Graf-Martin Communications. CCNS is Canada’s only news release distribution network designed specifically for the needs of faith-based, not-for-profit, and media organizations. “The organizations we serve are doing such good work, and have so much newsworthy content - but nowhere to share it. Pairing this excellent content, with the deep experience and media relationships of our public relations team, made it a natural fit to invest in CCNS, to strengthen both media outlets and journalists and those who have good news that deserves a wide audience, ” says Ellen Graf-Martin, President of Graf-Martin Communications. Under the new ownership, CCNS will continue to steward the original vision for the service co-founded and led by Karen Stiller, Patricia Paddey, and Shelley McLagan from 2014 to 2018. “We are so pleased to learn that CCNS has found a new home, one that we trust will continue and expand the original vision we had—and that journalist Robert White furthered for CCNS—of delivering ‘good news to good places.’ We wish Graf-Martin much success now and into the future as they partner with Christian organizations to continue the CCNS legacy of faithfully sharing news widely and well to members of both Christian and mainstream media.” Led by veteran journalist Robert White from 2018 until his passing in 2021, his widow Pamela White shares, “I’m so glad for Graf-Martin to acquire CCNS, this work that Robert also saw as a ministry. May God bless you in this venture.” Adds Graf-Martin, “we are grateful to be entrusted with carrying forward the CCNS vision and work of such respected Canadian journalists as Robert White, Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller and communicators like Shelley McLagan.” www.canadianchristiannewsservice.com

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NEWS

The Canadian church “is not fragile,” says WayBase Executive Director WayBase releases 2022 National Church Survey Results with strong reasons for hope

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ayBase has released The Next Normal, its 2022 National Church Survey Results, with better-than-expected findings. The research reveals a call to church and ministry leaders to leverage a pivotal “moment of uncertainty into one of possibility,” shares Tim Day, Executive Director for Way Base. Based on the responses of over 2,000 Canadian Christian leaders from coast to coast, the survey provides insight into the current state of Canadian churches and ministries, how they have adapted to shifting challenges, and future implications. Despite the incredible difficulties of the last two years, the findings reveal unexpected stability, commitment to technological innovation, and an opportunity for future investment. “Division, drifting engagement, declining income, and struggling leaders were some of the challenges that seemed to exacerbate over 2021. Yet, there are strong reasons for hope. The Church is poised to turn a moment of uncertainty into one of possibility. It has shown that it can be resilient, that it is not fragile,” states Day. Some key findings reveal significant opportunities, for example: • The ‘Great Resignation’ has not impacted the church. 90% of church and

ministry leaders intend to stay in their current role for the foreseeable future. While this commitment is commendable, the energy levels of most leaders are either moderate or low. This is a time for leaders to re-energize. • Older leaders want to stay with their organizations. 79% of senior leaders over 60 yrs old are not planning to retire in the near future. While this presents stability, older leaders must be mindful that this provides fewer opportunities for younger leaders ready for senior positions. This requires investment in the leadership pipeline. • The number of churches providing online services has quadrupled since 2020. However, more than half of churches do not plan to have an online service going forward, primarily because they don’t feel they’ve found the right digital tools for engagement and evangelism. This presents an opportunity to build on the momentum of online services and explore new technology to engage people. “As our world continues to navigate the challenges of the pandemic and our rapidly changing world, it’s clear that the church

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will need to adapt in order to flourish,” adds Stephen Mulder, WayBase’s Director of National Engagement. “With much change on the horizon and the increasing complexity of our world, it is essential that we strengthen the church to remain strong, vibrant and bring renewed hope to a hurting world.” Both the summary and the full report are available at www.waybase.com. POLITICS

PrayOntario Prayer Campaign launched

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eading Influence has launched the 2022 PrayOntario Prayer Campaign, (May 1 to June 3) to rally believers to pray for the Ontario provincial election. For over 15 years, Leading Influence has been providing chaplaincy care for elected leaders in Canada. The ministry believes that prayer for leaders is biblical and part of providing effective spiritual care. Since 2016, LI chaplains have been onsite at Queen’s Park offering Ontario’s 124 MPPs and their staff non-partisan pastoral and spiritual care. This has positioned LI to facilitate this 5-week non-partisan, nonissue prayer campaign. To join the PrayOntario campaign, visit www.prayontario.ca.

Radio pastor answers challenging Bible questions on new Q&A Website

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n order to provide clear explanations about confusing, controversial and often misunderstood New Testament passages, verses and topics, Dr. Andrew Farley, lead pastor of The Grace Church and a bestselling author of nine books, created the growing online library of questions and answers found on BibleQuestions.com. On the website, Farley addresses some of the questions he receives frequently on his live, daily radio show “The Grace Message with Dr. Andrew Farley.” With a wide array of topics such as salvation, forgiveness and tithing, Farley aims to share concise responses that result in biblical and theological understanding and encourage further study and discourse. “The goal of BibleQuestions.com is to offer explanations that allow individuals to discover God’s grace like never before,” said Farley. “This new resource addresses not-so-clear topics and passages in a direct manner based on God’s Word. We answer all questions from a grace perspective, a thread that runs through every aspect of our ministry.” BibleQuestions.com features primarily written content, with articles that highlight a “quick answer” and then dive deeper utilizing relevant Scriptures and contexts. For even further discovery, Farley provides questions to prompt solo reflection and study or discussions within small group settings. wwwBibleQuestions.com

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major, extending the music program from mainly performance to a program that can take graduates into a wide array of musicrelated careers. Music ministry students will find many opportunities to apply their degree in churches and other forms of ministry, such as camps, youth groups or senior facilities; leading choirs, praise teams or bands. Graduates could also pursue further training and accreditation in music therapy. Along with these changes comes a new minor in Law and Public Policy. The Music in Worship program will also be offered as a minor. www.redeemer.ca

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FEATURES hundreds, probably thousands of other changes as we worked on the translation. It wasn’t just a light revision. “It was a very thorough revision. But that doesn’t mean we’re not thankful for the HCSB. We’re very thankful for the work that was done on the HCSB.” The CSB’s fifth-place ECPA sales ranking puts it just below the top-selling New International Version, New Living Translation, English Standard Version and King James Version.

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Gaining Ground

The Christian Standard Bible translation marks its 5th anniversary with 10% of all U.S. Bible Sales by Diana Chandler T he award-winning Christian Standard Bible translation reached its fifth anniversary in March, a milestone marked by a 10 percent market share of Bible sales, according to top industry tracking data. Andy McLean, Lifeway’s director of Bibles and reference, said the sales milestone is rare for new translations. Lifeway Christian Resources’ publishing arm, B&H Publishing, released the CSB in March 2017 as a significant revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). “Back in the HCSB days, I think some of those prime market share numbers were around 6 percent market share,” McLean told Baptist Press. “As part of the five-year celebration, … we’re also celebrating the fact that the CSB has surpassed 10 percent market share, which is something that we’re certainly celebrating and proud of, given the fact that the translation’s only five years old.” The sales ranking is based on 2021 New 8 / Christian Herald

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Product Release (NPD) data, which in March garnered the CSB fifth place on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) sales ranking. Thomas Schreiner, a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) associate dean who co-chaired the Translation Oversight Committee, said translators appreciated the HCSB, but made significant changes in rendering the CSB. “In many ways the HCSB was a very good translation. We revised the translation we thought had a number of strengths, but we also think that it had some weaknesses that could be remedied by a revision,” said Schreiner, SBTS James Buchanan Harrison professor of New Testament interpretation, professor of biblical theology and associate dean of the SBTS school of theology.

“Furthermore, every translation including the CSB needs periodic revisions, and we’ve seen that in the history of translations throughout the years,” Schreiner said. “Every translation that is done needs to be revised as the English language changes, as our knowledge of the original text changes as well, to reflect changes in scholarship.” Among the most significant changes, Schreiner said, is the observance of the standard English practice of translating LORD (in all capital letters) as LORD, as compared to its rendering as Yahweh in the HCSB. In a number of passages in the CSB, he said, the Greek and Hebrew words that were translated as slave in the HCSB – dulos and ebed, respectively – are rendered instead as “servant,” while retaining “slave” in other passages. “Now we did make some significant changes,” Schreiner said. “And then we made

Among accolades, the CSB She Reads Truth Bible won the ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award for surpassing 500,000 in sales in 2021; the CSB Tony Evans Study Bible received the ECPA 2021 Bronze Award for sales of more than 100,000; and the CSB Ancient Faith Study Bible tied with Tyndale House Publishers’ NLT Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition, for the 2020 ECPA Christian Book Award for Bibles. “We’re very pleased with the reception for the CSB. It’s always hard for a new translation to make an impact on the market as there are many fine translations out there,” Schreiner said. “But we feel that the CSB has done very well, and we’ve been pleased with the individuals and churches, to see many people reading it, churches adopting it as their church Bible. So, we’re encouraged.” Joining Schreiner as co-chair of the translation committee was David Allen, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of preaching, George W. Truett chair of Ministry and director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching. The two were joined by a global team of biblical scholars encompassing several traditions, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran and non-denominational. “Our attempt was to render the Bible faithfully and accurately, but in an idiom that contemporary people can understand,” Schreiner said. “We hope that even unbelievers and new Christians could pick up the CSB and understand it when they read it, and at the same time, that pastors could feel that the CSB is accurate so that they could use it as a church Bible as they preach God’s Word.” The CSB was last updated in 2020, according to its website. “The improvements to the CSB total less than 1 percent change of the text,” the website reads. “The adjustments within the CSB Text Edition: 2020 are neither radical nor extensive because the translation committee is happy with the work previously carried out. Further, they do not intend to regularly update the text with minor changes such as this.” Diana Chandler is a senior writer for Baptist Press.

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TECH GLORIOUS APPS

New app helps people combine evangelism with apologetics N orm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM) has released a smartphone app designed to equip people with tools that combine evangelism with apologetics. The Conversational Evangelism app was developed by one of Dr. David Geisler’s doctoral students, Matthew Dodd, who says the app is different from others in the marketplace in one important aspect. “I studied several other evangelistic apps while we were developing the one for NGIM,” says Dodd. “While the apps we evaluated informed users about defending or sharing the Christian faith, none of them provided users with the means to master the content so that it becomes ingrained in their spiritual DNA. If mobile app technology is to be an effective tool for equipping the saints, then the content and the manner in which it is presented must invite the learner to transition from the posture of a passive consumer to the posture of an active participant. “ The Conversational Evangelism app contains numerous sections including teaching people what questions to ask unbelievers, how to listen and have conversations about faith, as well as specific sections that assist Christians with knowing how to approach atheists or people of other faiths such as Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus. Dr. David Geisler says the app combines what his father Dr. Norm Geisler taught with an evangelism model for the current generation. “We have learned that leading people to the Gospel starts with relational pre-evangelism by learning how to

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ask questions, listen attentively, and understand what someone believes,” says Geisler. “This app will help people learn to identify the real barriers to belief so that they can build a bridge of truth to unbelievers.” NGIM recently released a new documentary film entitled “Norm Geisler: Not Qualified” which includes vintage clips of Dr. Geisler along with interviews with over 50 apologists, pastors, and ministry leaders. David serves as narrator for the project and says the movie reveals some things about his father’s life that may surprise people. “People may not realize my dad’s humble beginnings,” says Geisler. “He was a poor boy from Michigan who was practically illiterate until he was seventeen. The turning point in my dad’s life came during a witnessing experience, serving with the Billy Graham Youth for Christ. A drunk opened the Bible and pointed to the verse in Matthew 8:4 where Jesus healed the man of leprosy and then said, ‘Go and tell no man.’ Then the man said to my dad, ‘Now get out

of here…you are not supposed to be doing this.’ After that experience, dad decided he needed to either get answers or stop witnessing. That sent him on a 20-year quest, and he says in the movie that it was only after those 20 years of study that he felt he was ready to witness. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy and became the ‘Grandfather of Classical Apologetics.’” The movie is being made available for churches to screen for their staffs and members. Along with every screening, churches will receive marketing materials, printable workbook and booklets, movie Q&A panel recording, four 45-minute shareable core messages to build a digital conference, as well as three self-paced memberships in the Norm Geisler Institute. Geisler says it is the goal of their ministry to extend his father’s legacy. “My father used to say, ‘God wants to reach the heart, but he does not bypass the head on the way to the heart,’” says Geisler. “The Christian faith is a reasonable faith, but we also need to exhibit compassion and understanding to truly lead people to salvation. We believe that adding apologetics and discipleship to our evangelistic efforts is the way forward to impact our culture today.” www.normgeislerthemovie.com

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FEATURES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK

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Emergency Prepareness Week offers churches an opportunity to plan ahead and be ready, should their community experience a disaster. by Samaritan’s Purse Canada Called and Prepared When disaster strikes, the Church has a unique opportunity to share the love of Christ with the suffering. In fact, it’s in times of crisis that the Church can shine its brightest and demonstrate what a relevant, rich resource it is to communities. The concept of community is at the heart of Christianity, and the Church has a specific mandate to cultivate, preserve, and restore it. We are called to establish the Kingdom of God on earth—modelling God’s goodness including a passion for justice, compassion for the needy, and kindness toward all. ----------------------------------------------------“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27, ESV ----------------------------------------------------Naturally, believers are spread out amongst many neighbourhoods within a community. And like a teaspoon of yeast makes a whole batch of bread dough rise, so the local church—distributed in such a way—is positioned to ‘be there’ for its neighbours in times of need. 10 / Christian Herald

Tools are lined up for cleaning, during the post-Abbotsford flooding effort in 2021. ----------------------------------------------------“[ Jesus] told them another parable. ‘The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.’” Matthew 13:33, ESV ----------------------------------------------------Every congregation is a treasure trove of resources. Members have various skills, gifts, and networks that can benefit those in need, finances can be pooled, church spaces can be provided, affiliations with a denomination or diocese can offer even more supports,

including volunteers. Prepared Ahead of Time When it comes to disasters, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. Every household should have a disaster preparedness plan, and there are many templates you can find online. But what might a disaster preparedness plan for your church look like? How might your church play a role in longterm community recovery? A community’s needs are obvious immediately after a disaster happens: homes

and yards need cleaning and repairing, volunteers need organizing and hosting. But when it comes to the less glamorous, years-long process of community recovery, the local church is a built-in help that isn’t leaving town once the obvious needs are met. Whether helping neighbours through the emotional stress of the disaster, providing answers to their spiritual questions, or assisting them with insurance claims, churches can plan to be a light in many ways. Practical needs that might go unaddressed for some—like childcare, safe spaces for teenagers, and assistance for senior citizens—can be met too. The first step in creating a disaster preparedness plan is simple: take an inventory of the resources God has given your church, then imagine how those resources could be used to help your community recover from a crisis. ----------------------------------------------------“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5, ESV ----------------------------------------------------MAY 2022


FEATURES Samaritan’s Purse Lighthouse Church Network One special resource that God has given your church is a relationship with Samaritan’s Purse—and vice versa. Your church might know us best for Operation Christmas Child, but we also run a robust Canadian Disaster Relief program among many other international relief and development projects. When disaster strikes on Canadian soil, we deploy trained staff and volunteers alongside specially-equipped tractor trailer units to help clean up. We have specialized staff that come alongside churches after the dust from a disaster settles, helping them navigate how to be a light during long-term community recovery. Better yet, this staff can help your church prepare ahead of time for a community recovery role in the event of a crisis or disaster. We’d love to provide you with the tools and training to do so, as well as empower your church to create its own disaster preparedness plan. Simply email lighthousechurches@samaritan.ca to learn more, or call 1-800-663-6500 and ask about our Lighthouse Church Network. ----------------------------------------------------“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3, ESV -----------------------------------------------------

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Breaking the Ice: Starting Gospel Conversations

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et’s face it. Beginning conversations in general can be difficult. They may even feel awkward or forced. We often don’t know how to begin and fear being rejected. Some of us may avoid starting conversations altogether – especially when it comes to starting conversations about faith. The truth is, I get nervous every time I start to talk to someone about spiritual matters. But God did not call us to remain silent. He commissioned us to share the hope that we have in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 3:15). To do that, we must be willing to start a conversation. But how do we break the ice and start those spiritual conversations with the people around us? Pray. First, begin praying for the people in your life and for those in your community who don’t know Jesus. Praying for others not only opens the door for God to move, it breaks our hearts for the lost. Then ask God to give you the confidence to speak when the time is right. Pay attention. When our hearts are broken for the lost, we begin to notice opportunities all around us – people who are hurting, broken, and looking for hope. As you engage

by Rev. John B. Sorensen with the people you already know and those in your community on a daily basis, a simple question like How are you really doing today? can spark a conversation. Listen as they share about what they are dealing with. Often what they say will provide an open door for us to share the Gospel. Dig deeper. Ask questions. Let people know that you care and are truly concerned with the situation they are facing. Don’t worry about what you will say next. Focus on the other person and their needs. You can begin to naturally shift the conversation to spiritual matters by asking questions like: How is your spiritual life? Or, if God were in your life more, do you think it would improve? Share a story. Most people are willing to listen to you if you have shown the curtesy of listening to them. However, I still suggest asking permission first before sharing spiritual thoughts. Their agreement leaves the door wide open for you to share what God has done in your life. Keep it short. Don’t share your entire life’s story. Choose

one story that is relevant to their situation, where you have personally seen God move. Not only does it open the door for a deeper conversation about faith, it often strengthens your connection with the person you are speaking to. Not every conversation will lead to a full presentation of the Gospel, but many will.

People are hungry. They are looking for answers, but most simply won’t ask. These opportunities are all around us. We just need to start the conversation. Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO of Evangelism Explosion Int’l, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for nearly 60 years. For more free tips and resources, visit evangelismexplosion.org

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Christian Music Festival returns to Nathan Phillips Square Victoria Day Weekend

Wycliffe College series investigates “What It Means to be Human” Wycliffe College will host a series of scientific, theological and moral discussions on“What it means to be human?” from June 8-10 in Toronto. This series opens the possibility of new horizons of understanding the engagement of theology, philosophy, and ethics ay and Molly Banerjei, organizers of with the natural, social, and life sciences to the Christian Music Festival to be held better equip professionals, academics and in downtown Toronto on May 21, say the church leaders. Feature speakers including Carl Truman (theology), Joseph Graves one-day music event is a celebration of faith, (genetics), Farr Curlin (medicine), Chrisfreedom and diversity. tina Lamb (ethics). Their aim is to build an annual multiculThe series includes an interdisciplintural celebration that draws people from all ary conference from June 8-9, featuring ethnicities and cultures from right here and papers from Christian academics in the around the world. Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities; a public lecture on the limits of scientific The festival, which has not been held advancements, professional responsibility since 2019 due to pandemic restrictions, and society’s evolving conception of the will feature worship teams from congregahuman person;and a focused workshop tions across the city at Toronto’s iconic for pastors and healthcare professionals Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall. on contemporary challenges in care for the The multi-genre event will be held from human person across their lifetime. 1:00pm through 8:00pm at the Square. Organizations also involved in shaping the event include the Canadian Scientific While the Banerjeis are encouraging and Christian Affiliation, Christian Medeveryone to “put on their dancing shoes and ical and Dental Association, Apologetics become a part of this incredible move of The Christian Music Festival will be held Saturday, May 21 at Nathan Phillips Square. Canada, Christ Church Toronto, and God in our great city”, it’s not all about the Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash Physicians for Life. music. www.wycliffecollege.ca During the fest, there will also be prayers can be made online) and a select number largest city. “Invite your youth group, Bible for peace in both Ukraine and Russia, and of display booths are available for ministries study group, your neighbours, your friends, GLN Canada explores The Church’s and your whole family”, says Jay. “Help us Way Forward in Mississauga prayers for reconciliation with the Aborig- and businesses. The Banerjeis are asking the Church to spread the word and let’s worship our King, The Global Leadership Network Canada inal community. show up and make a joyful noise in Canada’s together!” (hosts of the popular annual Global The event is absolutely free (donations www.christianmusicfestival.org Leadership Summit) will host a gathering for local church leaders called Finding the Church’s Way Forward, to explore church life after the Covid-19 pandemic. The event’s Presenter and Facilitator will be Jeff Lockyer, Pastor & author of Finding our Way. Jeff has led the church he grew up in for nearly a quarter century. In that time Southridge Community Church hareWord Global (formerly the Gideons International in the beginning of a lifetime of sharing Jesus with the people around has grown to become an innovative multiCanada) is bringing a free, full-day event to Barrie and Toronto you. site church across the Niagara Region designed to ignite joy and passion for the Gospel and help build ShareWord Global has been sharing the Good News of Jesus of Ontario, Canada where each location confidence to share the faith with Scripture. Christ with millions of people around the world for over a century. is defined by its own missional “Anchor Attendees will gather in the morning for four seminar sessions Originally known as The Gideons International In Canada, Share- Cause,” serving the homeless, migrant farm workers, and low-income families. on different aspects of evangelism. After lunch, the group will have Word Global works to partner with churches and denominations He is the Chair of the Board of the Global an opportunity to put their learning into practice, as the team ven- to mobilize Christians of every nationality to share the gospel and Leadership Network Canada. tures out into the local community. Scripture in the context of personal evangelistic encounters. Tickets for the event are $30/person, The ministry expects that attendees will come to appreciate what The Ignite events are scheduled for June 18 in Barrie and June or $150 for a table of 6 (before May 24.) they learned many times over; that as they bring the life-changing 25 in Toronto. For more information or to register yourself or your Part of a national tour, the Ontario event will be held in Mississauga on June 9. hope of the Gospel to others, they will be changed as well. 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Heroes of the Faith: John Wesley J

ohn Wesley was one of the most influential Christian preachers in history and a man who had an enormous and lasting impact on his nation and the world. Wesley was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1703. His father was an Anglican minister and his mother a profoundly spiritual woman who instructed her children in a deep Christian faith. Wesley went to Oxford where he was ordained into the Anglican ministry. Along with his younger brother Charles and others, he became part of the ‘Holy Club’, a group who sought God through a disciplined life of praying, fasting and study. Sadly, as Wesley was to later admit, all this failed to give him a relationship with God. In 1735, after 15 years in Oxford as student, teacher and priest, John, accompanied by his brother Charles, sailed to the American colonies to be a church minister and a missionary to the Native Americans. On the outward voyage, Wesley met a group of Moravians – Christians who, following the teaching of Count Zinzendorf, had the warm personal experience of knowing Jesus Christ, which he did not have. Wesley’s months in America were unhappy as his moralistic ministry alienated many. Perturbed by the gulf between what he preached and who he was, he returned to England in 1737. Slowly, he began to realize that a right relationship in God could not come through his own efforts but, rather, only through accepting what God had done for him in Christ. The next step in Wesley’s troubled spiritual journey came in 1738 when he went to a Moravian church meeting in London. Wesley later wrote that, as Martin Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans was read, ‘I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.’ Wesley’s relationship to God was transformed: he felt himself no longer a fearful servant but a loved son. Wesley now began fifty remarkable years of evangelistic ministry. It was a pivotal time in British history. While the complacent and formal national Anglican Church had largely neglected those at the bottom of society, remarkable spiritual revivals that had originated in America were now spreading across England and Wales, and often amongst the poor. George Whitefield, a former member of the Holy Club who had also since come to a living faith in Christ, was preaching to receptive crowds inside and outside churches. He invited Wesley to come and help. After being initially troubled by the disorderly crowds and the novelty of open-air preaching, Wesley also became a MAY 2022

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ments, multiplied through his transformation of the evangelized into evangelists, reshaped social life in Britain. Methodist societies, chapels, orphanages and schools were increasingly found and often in the most deprived areas. The fact that Britain stayed remarkably stable at a time when most European nations suffered revolutions has been widely attributed to the influence of Methodism. Wesley died in 1791 at the remarkable age of 87. He left behind a church organization of 135,000 members, over 500 preachers and a transformed nation. John Wesley was a dynamic and gifted man

A statue of evangelist John Wesley's stands outside Methodist headquarters, in London, England. Courtesy: Jwslubbock

preacher to the crowds. It was soon apparent that Wesley had the gift to bring people to faith in Christ through his preaching. But he was not only an evangelist. Anxious to see converts grow into mature disciples, Wesley developed, in a ‘methodist’ way, networks of small groups – ‘societies’ – which encouraged teaching, discipleship and accountability. Although Wesley’s emphasis was on the need to find a new life in Christ, he also emphasized the need for the converted to use money wisely, and to take a stand against corruption and slavery. As the revival spread, two tensions emerged. The first was how the Methodists fitted within the Church of England that Wesley and Whitfield belonged to. Many in the Anglican hierarchy were alarmed by the new ‘enthusiasm’ with its demands for conversion, its public preaching and how it encouraged ordinary men and women to preach and lead. A second tension involved a divergence with Whitefield on theology. Whereas Wesley held to the Arminian view that men and women had free will and could choose to come to faith, Whitefield took a Calvinist view that emphasized God’s sovereignty above all. Ultimately the two leaders agreed to disagree. As an itinerant evangelist and church organiser, Wesley adopted a gruelling lifestyle in which, rejecting any kind of leisure, he criss-crossed England almost continuously on horseback, stopping only to preach. Wesley got married in 1751 but it was a rare failure of judgement; a combination of his workaholic and wandering life and an unsympathetic wife sadly led to the failure of the marriage. As the years passed, Wesley’s achieve-

It was soon apparent that Wesley had the gift to bring people to faith in Christ through his preaching.

who became one of the most significant figures in British history. Let me highlight three aspects that I find particularly striking. First, Wesley showed vision. The converted Wesley saw the necessity of the conversion of the nation with remarkable clarity. Men and women didn’t need religion; they needed a relationship with Christ. Second, Wesley showed organization. Wesley was not just a gifted preacher but a strategist. He saw that it was essential not just for people to be converted to the faith, but for them to be discipled in it. Finally, Wesley showed action. He seems to have thought nothing about a day which involved a hundred-mile horse ride and several preaching events. It has been estimated that in his life he rode around 280,000 miles and preached 54,000 sermons! A picture of John Wesley hangs in my study. It humbles me and inspires me to follow his example and courage. Evangelist, minister, speaker, social activist and writer, J.John (Revd Canon) lives in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire in England. www.canonjjohn.com

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Canadian Christian Business Federation Monthly Morning Meetings Local chapters of The Canadian Christian Business Federation host monthly morning breakfast meetings for Christian business and professional leaders, men and women, in select Southern Ontario cities. For more information, or to inquire about starting a CCBF chapter in your community, visit www.ccbf.org.

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The River - Season 3 Tuesdays @ 7:00pm [Resumes May 24, 2022] Midweek worship has arrived in the Durham Region! You’ll find us at the Canada Christian College auditorium, 300 Water Street, Whitby. The River exists so you can come before God in the middle of the week, leave everything else at the door, and encounter Him in a personal and meaningful way. Expect to hear your favourite current worship songs and get ready to worship. Things might get a little loud! If you’re a first time guest, let us know! Invite your friends and family! The River is open to the public. No registration is necessary. www.theriverworship.ca. IN-PERSON

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Gospel Music Industry Hub Monday, May 23, 2022; 7:00pm Gospel Music Industry Hub (GMI Hub) is an information, networking, referral and connecting resource for the gospel music industry, encouraging unity, community, mentorship and talent growth in the music & arts industry​. Those working in the Gospel Music industry are invited to join us for our monthly gathering in-person at Mississauga City Baptist Church, 3434 Cawthra Road, Mississauga. www.gmihub.ca. IN-PERSON

Toronto Christian Music Festival Saturday, May 21, 2022; 1:00-8:00pm The Christian Music Festival is a celebration of freedom and faith. It is led by diverse and multiethnic groups of Christian musicians from

a variety of churches and cultures expressed in music, drama and the arts. This annual celebration is a platform for the Christians in Canada to celebrate their faith freely and publicly without any fear or reservations. Sadly, there are almost 100 million people in the world today who are denied this precious freedom. Become a part of this incredible move of God in our great city. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, Free admission. For information visit www.christianmusicfestival.org. IN-PERSON

The Kingdom Tour with Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds Tuesday, June 14, 2022; 6:45pm At Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.ca. IN-PERSON

Kingdom Bound Festival 2022 July 24-27, 2022 After a two-year hiatus, the popular New York State Christian Music Festival returns will a blockbuster lineup including Skillet, Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Colton Dixon, Ledger, Verses, John Cooper, Reggie Dabbs and many more. www.kingdombound.org. IN-PERSON

2022 Jesus In The City Parade Saturday, September 10, 2022; Noon-4pm The annual Jesus In the City Parade returns to the streets of Toronto this year!. The parade starts in front of the Ontario Parliament at Queen’s Park and winds through the busiest downtown intersections of our city proclaiming the love of Jesus. Grab your comfortable shoes (it’s a 3km walk) and prep your voice for praise. To register your church or ministry to participate in the parade, visit www.jesusinthecity.com.

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2022 National March for Life [Ottawa] May 8-13, 2022 The National March for Life, typically the largest annual protest on Parliament Hill, takes place in May to mark the Day of Infamy, when the 1969 omnibus bill passed under Prime Minister

Pierre Elliott Trudeau, decriminalizing abortion. Pro-lifers rally in front of our Parliament building and march through downtown Ottawa, demanding that our elected representatives fight for the right to life of every human being. www.marchforlife.ca. IN-PERSON

WayBase City Impact Tour Peel - Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Hamilton - Thursday, May 12, 2022 Toronto - Thursday, May 19, 2022 Halton - Thursday, May 26, 2022 Durham - Tuesday, June 14, 2022 A 3-hour event for Christian leaders and pastors, designed to foster a fresh sense of mission and working together for good in Toronto. Connect with local Christian leaders and share ideas. Gain insights from the WayBase 2022 national survey about opportunities to revitalize churches and ministries. Learn about the current needs in our city and ways to respond to these needs. New resources and tools to help engage your people and better serve your city. www.cityimpacttour.ca. IN-PERSON

Answers in Genesis Conference May 13-14, 2022 This conference will equip you to boldly share your faith in our increasingly skeptical age. You’ll discover answers that present a clear, logical defense of the Christian faith that will strengthen your faith and embolden you to share the good news of Christ with others. Tickets: $20. With speaker Calvin Smith. Topics include: ‘Genesis: Missing Piece of the Puzzle’, ‘Biblical Biology’, ‘The Race of Man’, ‘Dinosaurs through a Biblical Lens’, ‘The Trojan Horse of “Deep Time”’, ‘Gospel Reset - Sharing the Gospel in Today’s Culture’. Held at Oxford Square, 184 Oxford Street, Ingersoll, ON. www.answersingenesis.ca. IN-PERSON

Ontario Christian Home Education Connection - Barrie Convention Saturday, May 14, 2022; 8:30am-5:30pm Held at Timothy Christian School, 750 Essa Rd. Barrie. Keynotes include ‘Developing a Robust Homeschool’, ‘Preventing Homeschool Burnout’, and ‘Call to Homeschool’ Registration: $25-$60. Goody Bag provided. For more information or

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FaithTech Online Gathering Wednesday, May 25, 2022; 8:00pm FaithTech is a global tech community for Christ. We exist to help people in the tech ecosystem find community and steward their skills to glorify God. We want to invite you to be part of our newly launched FaithTech Online community! We know that not everyone lives near one of our local communities, so we’ve created FaithTech Online as a place to meet others in the broader FaithTech community and build projects with real world impact. We’ll meet online to connect, learn, and steward our skills for the kingdom of God together! www.faithtech.com. IN-PERSON

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National Prayer Breakfast of Canada Tuesday, May 31, 2022; 7:30-8:30am The National Prayer Breakfast of Canada: Christ’s Compassion – Our Compassion. Since 1964, the National Prayer Breakfast has been an opportunity to gather at the heart of Canada’s democracy to lift up national leaders of all kinds, our brave men and women in uniform, and our fellow Canadians in need. Each year, the National Prayer Breakfast is held under the auspices of the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons. Once again, guests and participants will include Canadian and International Christian faith leaders, Ambassadors, fellow Members of Parliament, Senators, and Canadians tuning in from across our nation and abroad. www.nationalprayerbreakfast.ca. IN-PERSON

The Big Give Saturday, June 4, 2022 We are a group of volunteers who passionately believe that kindness and generosity are an integral part of our Christian faith. Every year, we mobilize churches across the country to bless their neighbourhoods through a unified day of giving extravagantly – Everything is free! www.thebiggive.ca.

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Ontario Christian Home Education Connection - Durham/Whitby Convention Saturday, June 4, 2022; 8:00am-5:30pm Held at Hebron Canadian Reformed Church 4240 Anderson St., Whitby. Keynotes include ‘Developing a Robust Homeschool’, ‘Starting on the Homeschool Journey, ‘Encouragement: Know Your Child’ and ‘Call to Homeschool’ Registration: $25-$60. For more information or to register visit: www.ochec.org. IN-PERSON

What Does it Mean to be Human? Scientific, Theological, and Moral Dimensions June 8-9 • Conference June 9 • Public Lecture June 10 • Workshop This series opens the possibility of new horizons of understanding the engagement of theology, philosophy, and ethics with the natural, social, and life sciences to better equip professionals, academics and church leaders. Our feature speakers including Carl Truman (theology), Joseph Graves (genetics), Farr Curlin (medicine), Christina Lamb (ethics). The series features: An interdisciplinary conference from Jun 8-9, featuring papers from Christian academics in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities; a public lecture on the limits of scientific advancements, professional responsibility and society’s evolving conception of the human person; a focused workshop for pastors and healthcare professionals on contemporary challenges in care for the human person across their lifetime. www.wycliffecollege.ca. IN-PERSON

Finding the Church’s Way Forward Thursday, June 9, 2022 The pandemic has both illuminated and accelerated the challenges of the church in Canada, and—as we emerge on the other side— we’re re-imagining what the church could and should be, as we reopen and relaunch. Jeff Lockyer, Pastor of Southridge Community Church, will lead and facilitate a conversation that challenges us to consider how we might reshape our local church ministries to actively foster lifestyles of full devotion to Jesus. Held at 1814 Barbertown Road, Mississauga. Registration: $30., or $25. with a table of six. www.globalleadershipnetwork.ca. IN-PERSON

ShareWord Global Barrie Ignite Evangelism Event Saturday, June 18, 2022; 9:00am-4:30pm This free, full-day event will ignite your joy and passion for the gospel and help build your confidence to share your faith with Scripture. Join us and discover how and why we share our stories as part of the bigger story. Then, put what you’ve learned into practice, as together, we reach out to the local community in the afternoon. Held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Barrie. What you’ll come to appreciate is what we’ve learned many times over; that as you bring the life-changing hope of the gospel to others, you will be changed as well. As such, this could be so much more than just a weekend event - it could be the beginning of a lifetime of sharing Jesus with the people around you. www.sharewordglobal.com. IN-PERSON

ShareWord Global Toronto Ignite Evangelism Event Saturday, June 25, 2022; 9:00am-4:30pm This free, full-day event will ignite your joy MAY 2022

and passion for the gospel and help build your confidence to share your faith with Scripture. Join us and discover how and why we share our stories as part of the bigger story. Then, put what you’ve learned into practice, as together, we reach out to the local community in the afternoon. Held at Destiny & Dominion Church in Toronto. What you’ll come to appreciate is what we’ve learned many times over; that as you bring the life-changing hope of the gospel to others, you will be changed as well. As such, this could be so much more than just a weekend event - it could be the beginning of a lifetime of sharing Jesus with the people around you. www.sharewordglobal.com. IN-PERSON

BGEA Toronto Evangelism Summit Thursday, October 20, 2022 • 10am-5:30pm Every pastor and the individual believer is commissioned by Jesus to tell others within their community and sphere of influence about the hope in Jesus. Circumstances, the burden of ministry, opposition to the Gospel and the challenges of life, at times, deflate our evangelistic zeal, and make the command of Jesus “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations … “ (Matthew 28: 19) less urgent. Attend the Evangelism Summit to see how and what you can do at this time in your own community-and come alongside other Christians doing the same. www.billygraham.ca/evangelism-summit.

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WAC Haliburton Charity Golf Classic Thursday, June 16, 2022 Returning for our 10th season, the WAC Haliburton Charity Golf Classic will start to tee off between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm on Thursday, June 16 at Pinestone Resort. Whether you’re interested in donating, signing up to play individually or as a foursome, or would rather sponsor part of the event, we have something for everyone looking to give back to the cause of clean water. Register, sponsor or donate at www.waterambassadorscanada.org. IN-PERSON

MMI Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 Medical Ministry International presents its 2022 Fundraising Golf Tournament at Heron Point Golf Links. Funds raised enable the ministry to continue delivering health care on project teams, sponsoring training, and supporting development initiatives led by in-country leaders in response to identified needs. For more information or to sponsor our event, please email giving@mmi.org.

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DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Find a local group at www.divorcecare.org. DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) support group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K groups blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. Groups meet weekly and are designed for children ages 5-12. Find a local group at www.dc4k.org. IN-PERSON

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GriefShare GriefShare is a weekly support group for those facing the loss of a loved one through death. You will be most welcomed into a warm caring environment in which you can receive hope and encouragement by relating to others who are facing similar emotions. Find a local GriefShare group at www.griefshare.org. IN-PERSON

Parent/Family support group for Human Trafficking Victims Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00 to 9:00pm Two Toronto Locations: North and West Family members suffer greatly when a loved one becomes entangled in the sex industry. If you are a parent or family member of a young person who is being exploited in stripping or escorting, we offer a safe space for you to be understood. Here, you can process your feelings and fears without being judged. We also endeavour to work with family members individually to help to bring an end to the exploitation. Parents Hope meetings are peer-led support groups sponsored by SIM Canada. For more information, please Email: parentshope22@gmail.com or visit: www.johncassells.com. IN-PERSON

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Pure Desire Pure Desire Ministries International is a biblically-based and clinically-informed ministry committed to true revival in the church through the healing of the present day epidemic of sexual brokenness. Pure Desire groups offer a roadmap to recovery from sexual addiction, betrayal, and relationship issues by providing a safe, confidential place to process your life story: learning how family of origin, traumatic experiences, and wounding messages impact relationships. www.puredesire.org/join-a-group.

PraiseMoves Gold (for seniors and anyone with limited physical mobility) Monday mornings 10:00 - 11:00 am PraiseMoves Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 8:00 pm PraiseBarre (a fusion of PraiseMoves and Barre exercises to Power up your workout with low impact high intensity exercises) Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00 am MIRA! (dance as a celebration of Praise to the Lord - some say, an alternative to Zumba) Saturdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm • Once a month Classes are held at Richview Church, 1548 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke. All classes will continue on ZOOM, for those who are unable to attend in person. An exercise mat is recommended. Held at Richview Baptist Church, 1548 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke. Cost: Free. For more info contact: Inez Cann RN, CPI, CMI (Certified PraiseMoves and Mira Instructor) 416-237-1794 or email inezcann@hotmail.com. www.praisemoves.com.

YOUTH IN-PERSON

Outpour 2022 Young Adults Conference Saturday, June 4, 2022 Join 1500 young adults, live and in-person, from across Ontario as we explore The Book of Exodus, to discover how you’ve been Set Apart to be a part of God’s greater story. www.outpour.ca.

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Sharing The Burden There is Hope! Come and take life-healing steps. Addiction, anxiety, depression, co-dependency. Don’t be alone with it any longer. Group support, all welcome. email: scott@sharingtheburden.ca or visit www.sharingtheburdenradio.org.

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PraiseMoves PraiseMoves, called the Christian alternative to Yoga, is a series of stretching and strength-building postures, each linked to a verse of Scripture we focus upon while doing the posture. In this way, we are not only building strength, flexibility and balance in our bodies; we are also being “transformed by the renewing of (our) minds” on the Word of God (Rom. 12:2), nourishing our spirits and praising the Lord through His Word. Christian Herald / 17


INTERVIEW

Seven Questions with...

Leslyn Lewis

Leslyn Lewis is a Canadian lawyer and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk. Currently running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Lewis graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto, and holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University. She also holds a Juris Doctorate and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Tell us a bit about your faith journey. How did you come to faith in Christ?

to issues of life and family. I’ve seen all across the country that people are ready for a Conservative Party that isn’t afraid of discussing any issue, no matter how “difficult” it is.

LL: I grew up in a Christian home. I don’t remember ever not believing in God. As I grew up and went to university, especially as I studied philosophy, I began to ask a lot of questions. Even as I continued to attend church faithfully I struggled with a lot of doubts. But after I had children I began to realize how my faith had always been a rock in my life. I realized that so much of what was good about my upbringing was because of my faith and everything that goes with being a part of a strong Christian community. I realized that almost all of my good decisions in life were based on the beliefs I was raised with. I wanted to raise my children with that same foundation of faith, and as I pursued that for my children my own faith grew and strengthened.

How do you think Christians can improve the way they voice their concerns about the current direction of the country? LL: I think they need to get involved. Sometimes people are afraid that they’ll be made fun of or persecuted for raising their concerns. In my experience, there will always be people who oppose you, but if you speak with grace and conviction, most Canadians are more than willing to have a conversation. If you listen to someone and give them a fair shake, they will almost always return the favour. So I would say, get involved, don’t be afraid to have disagreements and you’ll find way more people are willing to work together than you would think.

What drew you to the world of politics? Did your faith play a role? LL: I’ve always believed in treating others with the intrinsic dignity and value they have. That’s an idea that was rooted in my faith. When I see injustice, I feel compelled to step in and do something about it. I saw what was happening in our country, especially in our politics and I had to step in and do something about it.

What are you looking to accomplish if you are elected Conservative Leader? LL: First I want to help heal and unite the country after the division and demonization of the last few years. We need to protect our freedoms. We need to change the way our government is spending money recklessly and start empowering Canadians to prosper and succeed without the government trying to interfere at every step.

What has been your favourite part of being in Ottawa so far? LL: It is an incredible honour to be entrusted to be a voice for others. Having my constituents share their concerns and ideas, tell me the struggles they are having and then getting to stand up and speak up on their behalf is a very fulfilling job. Pro-life Christians are currently no longer welcome to run for the Liberal and NDP parties. Conservative leaders since Stephen Harper have sought to pre-empt any discussion of abortion 18 / Christian Herald

Leslyn Lewis in particular by promising not to touch the issue in office. Do you feel that prolife and pro-family issues will be taken seriously by the Conservatives in the future?

LL: I think they will. I won the popular vote in the last leadership race and I was very clear about the kind of policies I thought we could put forward. There is so much common ground when it comes

Do you think your success might encourage more Christians to get involved in politics? LL: I hope so! I hope I encourage many people who might think they don’t fit the stereotypical mold of what a politician is that they do have a place in politics. - Interviewed by Fazal Karim, Jr. MAY 2022


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