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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem recently held their first in-person Feast of Tabernacles celebration in three years. Over 2,000 Christians from 70 nations came up to Jerusalem for the Feast, marking the return of Christian tourism to Israel post-corona, while several thousand more from at least 30 nations streamed the events live.
Heart Lake Community Presbyterian Church in Brampton recently held their Fall Round Up BBQ and Garage Sale. The event provided a way to connect with the community and raised $605.00 for the Church.
ShareWord Global (formerly the Gideons) held its annual Global Impact Conference near Pearson Airport in August. The return to in-person went extremely well, and the ministry is already gearing up for next year’s event, to be held at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre from Aug 18-19, 2023.
The 2022 Life Chain took place on Sunday, October 2. For one hour, participants held signs telling the truth about abortion at intersections across North America. [Pictured: The Life Chain group at Yonge & Dundas in Toronto]. 2 / Christian Herald
Catch The Fire Toronto recently concluded a summer of outreach to local communities in West Toronto. Volunteers from the church were out weekly in area mall parking lots, building relationships and sharing food and faith with residents.
The 2022 Jesus in the City Parade returned in-person to downtown Toronto on September 10. Paraders from a diverse array of congregations gathered at Queen’s Park, marched through the city, returning to Queen’s Park for a closing rally.
Redeemer College celebrated its 40th anniversary in October [see story on page 6] with a weekend of special events for alumni, supporters, parents, students and faculty. The weekend included the inauguration of Dr. David Zietsma, the university’s fifth president.
THE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE N ear the Arbel cliffs, on the shores of
thethe Sea of Galilee, one of the most important archeological finds of the last 50 years was discovered among the ruins of a small fishing village. Magdala was a major first-century port, a center of trade and commerce, and an exporter of salted fish.
Excavations of the site began in 2009 with Chief Archaeologist of the Magdala Archeological Project, Marcela Zapata-Meza. It was the first time the Israel Antiquities Authority gave an archaeology license to a Mexican dig team, as well as the first Mexican woman to lead a dig abroad. In 2014, a new church opened on the site of this important archeological find. Simple in design the church is rich in mosaics and murals, focusing especially on women in the Bible. It is named Duc in Altum (Latin for “Put out into the deep”). Duc In Altum exalts the presence of women in the Gospel.
It is in this church, the Women’s Atrium sits. The atrium features eight pillars, seven of which represent women in the Bible who followed Jesus. Mary Magdalene – follower of Jesus and present at his crucifixion (Luke 8:2) Susana and Joanna, the wife of Chuza – followers of Jesus (Luke 8:3) Mary and her sister Martha – followers of Jesus (Luke 10:38) Salome, the mother of James and John – supporter of Jesus and wife of Zebedee (Matthew 20:20) Simon Peter’s mother-in-law – healed by Jesus, then supporter of Jesus (Matthew 8:15) Mary, wife of Cleopas – follower of Jesus and present at his crucifixion (John 19:25) Many other women – the many women who followed and supported Jesus (Mark 15:41) Unmarked Pillar – for women of all time who love God and live by faith
How fitting, a woman lead the archeological team at a site focusing on the women of the Bible.
It is the eighth pillar that holds meaning to the women of faith today and all time. It represents the women who live by faith and show their devotion to the Word in their daily lives.
Since Biblical times, women have played an important role in the story of Christian faith. They have contributed to God’s powerful work in the world and the advancement of His kingdom.
As we seek ways to be messengers of Christ in our faithfulness, we are reminded of the women who came before us and lived their life, humbled by their sacrifices.
As I have stood in the atrium, I am humbled. Humbled to be among among these women. Seeing a pillar that represents my faith walk. It is our duty in this world to be a transmission of our faith, all of us, men, and women. To stand with action in our fidelity to Christ’s sacrifice to us. Within the church there are places of quiet, chapels with beautiful mosaics telling the stories of the Gospels. Perhaps one of the most impactful is the Encounter Chapel. It is a beautiful mural denoting one of Jesus’s miracles (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43-48) Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. (Mathew 9:20-22, NIV)
It was because of her belief she was healed. She believed with a touch of His cloak she would be healed. As we are once again beginning to travel, I look forward to the newness it brings. The opportunities to connect with new cultures, new places. To visit Israel, visit the places Jesus lived, breathed and taught. Jill Daly Director (Midwestern U.S.A.)
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Municipal election engagement Last month’s municipal elections saw low voter turnouts. While churches aren’t usually called to intervene directly in elections, it’s important for Christians to be involved in the political process. Municipal elections are usually a proving ground for higher office. Pastors can identify members with leadership gifts and encourage them to be a part of the political process. Many congregations have social issues committees where those called to politics can begin to explore their mission. With new school board and municipal elections four years away, now is the perfect time to map out a plan to cultivate the next generation of leaders in your city or town. Blessings, Fazal.
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. 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 4 / Christian Herald
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Multiple calls for action against MAiD expansion
Even Canada’s secular media is waking up to the fact that the Trudeau government’s Euthanasia policy is taking a dangerously dark turn.
he Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is encouraging Canadian Christians to interact with their Members of Parliament to share their concerns and grave misgivings about the planned expansion of medical assistance in dying in Canada. As of March 2023, people with mental illness alone will become eligible for assisted dying in Canada. Along with many others who have spoken out, the EFC is gravely concerned about the impact of this change on vulnerable Canadians. As an organization that speaks regularly in the public square, we have consistently communicated our deep disagreement with this expansion, and concern over how it will impact people with mental health concerns and those who love them. “We know two things to be true: many Canadians will experience a mental health crisis in their lifetime and many Canadians struggle to access timely, affordable care in times of crisis. Canadians living with mental health challenges need more supports and treatment options,” says Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the EFC. “It’s especially concerning that this
“MAiD is the last thing people struggling with mental illness need. They need care, compassion and practical treatment.”
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Concern about Liberals’ MAiD policy is snowballing “The number of MAID deaths has grown from just over 1,000 in 2016, when assisted dying in Canada was formally legalized, to 31,644 in 2021” - Sharon Kirkey, National Post [Oct 27, 2022] Medically assisted death is slipping down a dreadful slope - John Ivison, National Post [Oct 25, 2022] Canada is going too far with medical assistance in dying. The danger of
significant expansion of MAiD is being introduced into a health care system that is already under extreme stress and underserving the populations that need it the most. MAiD is the last thing people struggling with mental illness need. They need care, compassion and practical treatment.” This expansion of MAiD will greatly increase the risk that Canadians will end their lives via MAiD because they feel they have no other options. The EFC asks Canadian Christians to engage actively in this issue in the coming days and weeks. “There is time now for one final push to reach our Members of Parliament with our concerns,” says Beazley. “If nothing happens, this change will take effect. We need to ask our MPs to stop the expansion of MAiD to Canadians with mental illness alone.”
abuse is becoming ever more apparent - Andrew Phillips, Toronto Star [Oct 14, 2022] Quebec College of Physicians slammed for suggesting MAID for severely ill newborns - National Post [Oct 11, 2022] How poverty, not pain, is driving Canadians with disabilities to consider medically-assisted death - Global News [Oct 8, 2022]
The EFC encourages Christians and any Canadian concerned with this expansion to: • Contact your MP and express your concerns. Ask your MP to stop this harmful expansion. Find your MP’s contact information at ourcommons.ca/members/en • Download the EFC’s Action Kit on MAiD for Mental Illness for tips on interacting even more effectively. Share your concerns and the action kit with a friend or family member so they can contact their MP, too. Find the kit at www.TheEFC.ca/MAIDActionKit • Pray for our fellow Canadians who are vulnerable to MAiD, that they would know they are not alone and that they would have better options for living.
Thousands protest abortion in 2022 Life Chain
Motivated by the recent overturning of Roe in the United States, thousands of Canadians took to the streets of towns and cities across Canada on October 2 to peacefully protest against the killing of pre-born human children by abortion. The annual Life Chain event, coordinated by Campaign Life Coalition and local right-to-life groups, sees men, women, and children of every age standing at intersections while silently praying for one hour for an end to abortion. They hold signs with messages such as: “Abortion kills children,” “Abortion hurts women,” “Adoption, the loving option,” and “Life, the first inalienable right.” This year, there were almost 300 Life Chain locations across Canada, in all ten provinces and one territory.
BGEA hosts Evangelism Summit
On October 20, more than 400 church leaders and laypeople spent the day at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Evangelism Summit in Toronto. The last of three Summits (the others were in Calgary and Halifax), the Summit was held at Church on the Queensway, taking in worship from Canadian singer/ songwriter Brooke Nicholls and messages from David Macfarlane, Amy Orr-Ewing, David Bruce, Charles Price, Jason Ballard, and Hugh Osgood. During her Evangelism Summit message, U.K. author, speaker and evangelist Amy Orr-Ewing noted “it often comes as a surprise to people to learn that the Christian faith deals with our trauma. The Bible is trauma-informed and Christ crucified speaks uniquely to a traumatized generation.” [www.billygraham.ca]
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The Canadian Centre for Christian Charities (CCCC), together with its 3,200 members Canada-wide, celebrated fifty years of service to the Christian charitable sector on October 12. CCCC was launched out of a desire to care for the needs of Christian ministry employees and to equip churches and Christian organizations with information about running a charity well. It became a provider of pensions and health benefits for missionaries and ministry staff and then made its mark as a trusted guide for staff and volunteers serving as administrators, treasurers, board members, and leaders of Christian churches and other charities. Today, CCCC has grown into a comprehensive support ministry, helping members in areas like financial receipting, governance, and human resources. [www.cccc.org]
Canadians invited to bless children with shoebox Christmas gifts National Collection Week —when boxes are to be at drop-off locations—is Nov. 14-20
anada’s 2022 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection season is underway. Individuals, families, churches, businesses, sports teams, and community groups are now packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and photos, to be delivered to children in need around the world. Operation Christmas Child is an annual initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization that works in more than 100 countries. Last year, Canadians filled more than 413,000 shoeboxes with gifts that shared God’s love and hope with struggling children in West Africa and Central America. As the world struggles to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19, children need joy more than ever. Thanks to all the items that Canadians lovingly put in their shoeboxes, and the $10-per-box they donate to cover shipping and other program costs, Samaritan’s Purse is able to deliver the boxes to children
around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war, and natural disaster. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed almost 200 million shoebox gifts in more than 100 countries. “It seems the world’s greatest need over the past few years has been hope,” said Randy Crosson, director of Operation Christmas Child. “This is the essence of Operation Christmas Child. Every shoebox gift is an opportunity for a child to learn that he or she matters to Canadians and most importantly, matters to God. That’s why I urge everyone to help as many children in need as possible by packing shoeboxes.” National Shoebox Collection Week is Nov. 14-20: Each gift-filled shoebox packed, donated, and delivered to one of hundreds of drop-off locations throughout Canada by Nov. 20 will make a long journey into the arms of a child in need. Canadians can also pack boxes online at PackABox.ca.
Redeemer University marks 40 Years
Redeemer University welcomed hundreds of alumni, supporters, parents, students, faculty and staff to campus last month for a weekend of events celebrating 40 years of developing future leaders. The weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon with the official launch of the Albert M. Wolters Centre for Christian Scholarship. The launch honoured the legacy and foundational work of Dr. Al Wolters and featured a keynote by Dr. Gayle Doornbos, professor of theology at Dordt University, titled “Capacious, Conditioned Curiosity: A Neo-Calvinist Vision for Christian Scholarship.” A celebration service started off Saturday’s events, which featured the inauguration of Dr. David Zietsma as Redeemer’s fifth president. “The name Redeemer reflects the very purpose of this university. We exist to make the hope and love of Jesus Christ known in the world - the redeeming power of the Redeemer. We exist to begin now that work of reconciliation. We do that in research and creative work, in scholarship and in practice and significantly in preparing students to bear the name of the Redeemer wherever they are called,” Zietsma said in his inaugural address titled, ‘Making Visible the Invisible’.
Multi-National Children’s and Family Ministry Report released
Do church structures enable children’s and family ministry to grow? Scripture Union Canada has released a new report featuring new research by an international team of academic researchers and ministry practitioners from Brazil, Canada, the UK, and the USA. The report reveals the tenuous involvement of pastors/ministers/priests in children’s/family ministry and the profound implications this has for the health and growth of local churches. Download the free report: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ su/0Z0Q5Mj/multinationalreport2022.
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Pray for the Persecuted ASIA NORTH AMERICA
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Persecuted Regions In these areas, Christians encounter varying degrees of repetitive, persistent and systematic suffering, and deprival of basic human
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rights, because of their faith in Jesus Christ – a belief their persecutors will not tolerate. www.vomcanada.com
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November events include Adoption Awareness, Civic Prayer Breakfasts and more
ovember is usually a busy month, and this year is no exception. Pro-family groups and ministries are commemorating and raising awareness of Adoption Awareness Month all through November. We are all children of adoption in the Lord, and adoption is one way Christian families can show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need of a loving home. Canada has two agencies that are specifically run by the Evangelical community, one of which is JFJ Hope Centre in Mississauga. Praying for the Persecuted Congregations will also mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, November 6. Globally, as many as one in seven Christians live in places where they face a high level of persecution for their faith. IDOP is meant to encourage believers to remember to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters around the world throughout the year, and assist them as the Lord leads. As part of IDOP, The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has published a map of the persecuted church around the world in this month’s Christian Herald, to assist believers in prayer [see page 8]. Breakfast, with a side of Prayer Several municipal prayer breakfasts will return in-person this fall, starting with the
Brampton Prayer Breakfast. with speaker Brian Prill on Nov. 8 [www.tinyurl.com/ bramptonprays2022], the Markham Prayer Breakfast on November 25 with speaker Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling [markhamprayerbreakfast.ca], and the Oakville Prayer Breakfast on Dec. 7 with speaker Lisa Raitt [www.oakvilleprayerbreakfast.com]. Municipal prayer breakfasts bring the Church together to pray for their cities leaders in unity and fellowship, and this year’s Breakfasts will be the first since new municipal leaders were elected in October.
approaching their city councils to have the month of December proclaimed as Christian Heritage Month. The Christian Heritage Month proclaimations began in the City of Brampton several years ago and are meant as a catalyst for unity within the Church during the Advent season. Typically, local congregations will work together to distribute Bibles, jointly advertise their Christmas programming to the wider community and otherwise celebrate how the birth of Christ and His Church have impacted their city or town.
Celebrating Christ together In Brampton and other GTA jurisdictions, church leadership ministerials will also be
Christmas Tour announced World Vision Canada has announced A Colorful Christmas Tour, a Christmas Worship event featuring The Color together with Brooke Nicholls. The tour will visit five cities in Ontario, with the Hamilton event held at Peoples Church Hamilton on Friday, December 16. [www.thecoloronline/shows]
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Dove Award winners include CeCe Winans, Phil Wickham, Anne Wilson NASHVILLE (BP) – Winners at the 53rd annual GMA Dove Awards included firsttime winner Anne Wilson, worship leader Phil Wickham and legendary Gospel artist CeCe Winans. Wilson was awarded New Artist of the Year, while Wickham won Songwriter of the Year and Winans was honored as Artist of the Year. Winans has now won 25Dove Awards, including the very first New Artist of the Year award in 1988 alongside her brother BeBe Winans. In addition to her win for Artist of the Year, Winans won Song of the Year for her song “Believe for It.” She told the sold-out audience about how God has used the song to affect her life as well as the lives of many others. “It’s amazing when we come together and we love each other and we stand for righteousness, it’s amazing what God will do,” Winans said. The ceremony, which aired Friday (Oct. 21) on TBN, was held at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipsomb University in Nashville and was hosted by artists Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin. Tomlin was also among the wide variety of artists who performed during the ceremony, including Crowder, Social Club Misfits, TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman and Anne Wilson. The 2022 Dove Awards can be seen on demand on YouTube or on the Trinity Broadcasting Network [TBN]. www.doveawards.com.
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‘The Chosen’ Season 3 debuts Nov. 18 in 2000+ theatres Internet TV series and global phenomenon goes to the movies
he Chosen – the global phenomenon, multi-episode television drama based on the life of Jesus – will launch the first two episodes of its highly anticipated third season in more than 2000 movie theatres globally, including theatres across Canada. With more than 420 million episode views from around the world, The Chosen is a fan-supported, seven-season television series that creates an authentic and intimate picture of Jesus’ life and ministry, seen through the eyes of the people who knew him. “The theme of Season 3 is ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,’” said series Creator Dallas Jenkins. “The honeymoon phase is over, now the characters all have to deal with the costs and occasional confusions of following the Messiah.” Distributed through Fathom Events and beginning Nov. 18, The Chosen will show at least 10 times per theatre over five days with extended runs possible. Tickets are on
sale now via Cineplex, Landmark Cinemas and Fathom Events. For a complete list of Canadian theatres visit www.faithfilms.ca. “Having partnered with The Chosen
team last year on a record-setting event for Fathom - ‘Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers’ - we're thrilled to be working with them again," said Ray Nutt, CEO of
Fathom Events. "Fathom is excited to be bringing the Season 3 premiere to the big screen for their legions of eager fans via 2000+ theatres worldwide.” Over the course of its first two seasons, the series has garnered praise from critics and fans alike for its historical and biblical accuracy, playful spirit, stirring drama, genuine humour and disruptive impact. It has been translated into 62 languages (and counting) and is consistently one of the topsearched shows on streaming platforms. The Season 3 trailer premiered last Monday and was the No. 1 trending item on YouTube for two days. The Chosen is completely free to watch on mobile or smart TV apps with no fee or subscription necessary. “The stakes are way up for Angel's first original scripted series,” said Angel Studios Chief Content Officer, Jeffrey Harmon. “The Chosen has moved from an experimental project to a worldwide phenomenon and fans have high expectations for the next chapter.”
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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. IN-PERSON
ELO Forum Toronto 2022 Wednesday, November 30, 2022; 1:00-7:00pm ELO’s annual business conference that brings together Christian marketplace and entrepreneurial leaders to connect, learn, and be inspired. Speakers include Diane Craig, President and Founder of Corporate Class Inc., and Chris Spanjaard, Senior Vice President and COO of Purolator’s Operations. www.entrepreneurialleaders.com.
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Gospel Music Industry Hub Mondays; 7:00pm GMI Hub Online is a weekly meeting and webcast of panel meetings with successful gospel music industry leaders discussing the state of the gospel arts industry and sharing their experiences and knowledge. www.gmihub.ca. IN-PERSON
The River - Season 3 Tuesdays @ 7:00pm 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! www.theriverworship.ca. IN-PERSON
Whitby Christian Coffeehouse Saturdays; 7:30-9:30pm The Coffee House is an outreach ministry of Durham Full Gospel Church focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was established over thirty-eight years ago and is still going strong. Halfway through the evening there is a 15-minute break for refreshments and fellowship. Each night there is a different Christian group ministering through songs and testimonies of what the Lord has done in their lives. Held at 419 Brock St North, Whitby. For the current schedule of performing artists, visit www.durhamfullgospelchurch.org. IN-PERSON
“Harvest Worship” Concert Friday, November 11, 2022; 7:00pm 90 minutes of worship in praising the God of the harvest presented by Operation Village Harvest (Sri Lanka). Held at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough. Admission Free. For information call 416-726-0490. IN-PERSON
A Colorful Christmas Tour Friday, December 16, 2022; 7:00pm An evening of Christmas Worship featuring The Color together with Brooke Nicholls. Presented by World Vision. At Peoples Church in Hamilton. Tickets $15-$40. https://thecoloronline.com/shows.
Transformative Times Conference November 4-5, 2022 A free missions conference unifying believers
from every tribe and nation. Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. At Peoples Christian Academy, 245 Renfrew Drive, Markham. With speakers Rod Hembree, Scott Kennedy, Greg Musselman and Floyd Brobbel. Special ticketed performances by Martine Kelsey and Rachel Teo. www.transformativetimes.ca. IN-PERSON
2022 Brampton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, November 8, 2022; 6:45-8:45am The 2022 Brampton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will include a great breakfast with good friends, guest speaker Brian Prill, enjoyable music, and, of course, prayer. It is going to be a great morning! We will be at the Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Avenue, Brampton. Tickets for the event are $20.00 and can be purchased online at: www.tinyurl.com/ BramptonPrays2022. Hosted by the Brampton & District Ministerial Association. IN-PERSON
FaithTech Online Gathering Tuesday, November 8, 2022; 7:00pm 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. FaithTech Toronto meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. For details and to register for our next meeting, visit www.faithtech.com/toronto. ONLINE
2022 Carters Fall Charity & NFP Law Webinar Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022; 9:00 am–12:45 pm The Carters Fall Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Webinar is designed to assist charities and notfor-profits in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce exposure to legal liability. The webinar continues its tradition of serving the broader faith community, inclusive of churches and other religious organizations, as it has every year since 1994. Special speakers include Sharmila Khare, Director General, Charities Directorate, CRA
and Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada This webinar is eligible for 3.5 substantive hours towards the annual Law Society of Ontario (LSO) CPD and CPA Professional Development requirements. Cost: Registration fee is $25.00 per person (plus HST.) For more information, contact us at 1-877-9420001 x230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. IN-PERSON
Home Free Global Crusade Tour Canada 2022 Sunday, November 13, 2022; 5pm Featuring Bishop Jonathan S. Ferriol, Global Evangelist and musical guests SELAH. At the Brighton Convention Centre, 2155 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto. Free Admission. For information call 1-888-976-2249 or visit www.pmcc4w.ca/HomeFree. IN-PERSON
The Gospel Coalition Canada 2022 Conference November 17-18, 2022 Even if we feel strong, we must still “strive to enter that rest” as Hebrews tell us. Whether we feel weak or strong, we all must rest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So join us for a twoday conference on as we come as pilgrims to hear God’s message of rest in the Gospel. The conference will be held at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. Registration $89-$149 https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/tgcc22 IN-PERSON
Financial Management God’s Way: Dealing with Inflation and Higher Interest Rates Saturday, November 19, 2022; 9:00am-2:00pm Currently inflation and higher interest rates is a major problem in our country and around the world. Many people have seen their mortgage and other debt payments increase substantially and course everyone is paying more for essentials like food, gas at the pump etc. One of the simplest solutions, is to reduce your debt and long-term to eliminate your debt completely. Held at Lighthouse Gospel Church, 59 Victoria St, Port Burwell, Ontario. For details, go to
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25th Annual Markham Prayer Breakfast Friday, November 25, 2022; 7:00-9:00am The Markham Prayer Breakfast is a gathering of more than 600 people. We gather to support and encourage each other in faith. We gather to pray for our leaders and the people of Markham. We gather to honour God in our community. There will be special music by Quisha Wint, a challenging message from Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling, and prayers offered. The program promises to be inspiring and faith building. Join us for a wonderful hot buffet breakfast! Dress is casual to business attire. Tickets $40. www.markhamprayerbreakfast.ca. IN-PERSON
The 2022 Oakville Prayer Breakfast Wednesday December 7th, 2022; 7:00am The Oakville Prayer Breakfast is back live and in person with special guest speaker, The Honourable Lisa Raitt, former Member of Parliament for Halton 2008-2019 and Alzheimer’s awareness advocate. Please join us for breakfast, prayer, inspirational worship and fellowship as we enter the advent season! Tickets: $30. For more information visit: www.oakvilleprayerbreakfast.com.
The Chosen - Season 3 Theatre Premiere Friday, November 18, 2022 Jesus gives a sermon that turns the world upside down, and all 12 disciples are ready to follow him to the ends of the earth. Episodes 1 & 2 of Season 3 pick up where we left off, and in this unique theatrical experience, launch the most emotional and consequential season of The Chosen to date. www.thechosen.tv
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Alpha Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about life, faith and Jesus. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of faith. Over 1 million people in Canada have experienced Alpha, and millions more have taken Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the globe. Find a local Alpha course at www.alphacanada.org. IN-PERSON
DivorceCare 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 chilNOVEMBER 2022
dren ages 5-12. Find a local group at www.dc4k. org. IN-PERSON
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
Parents of Human Trafficking Victims: Online Support Group First and third Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm (EST) Family members suffer greatly when a loved one becomes entangled in the sex trade. If you are a parent or family member of a young person exploited in this way, we offer a safe space for you to be understood. Zoom in or meet with us in person to process your feelings without fear of judgment. We also work with families, individually, to bring an end to the exploitation. Parents Hope is part of the Christian ministry of Lifeworthy - SIM Canada. For more info, please email Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.lifeworthy.ca. IN-PERSON
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) 416-2371794 or email email@example.com. www.praisemoves.com. IN-PERSON
Moms in the Making Christian Infertility Support Group First and third Mondays; 7:00pm Moms in the Making exists to support and encourage women on their journey to becoming a mom by sharing the hope and truth of God’s Word. One way we accomplish this mission is by hosting in-person groups, which meet twice
a month. Moms in the Making groups are for married women who, in partnership with their husband, are looking to expand their family. Whether you are taking a natural approach or pursuing treatments, adoption, foster care or a different route, you are welcome. The Newmarket, Ontario group which meets at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. www.momsinthemaking.com/ontario IN-PERSON
Joy - Thrive Women’s Conference Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm How’s your Joy meter? Are you feeling low? Join us for a day of JOY! We have great Candace Payne will be joining us, bringing us to tears of laughter with a realization of how faithful God is. We will also be joined by Tania Meikle, Sue Kiteley, Kerri Persaud, Alexa Brown and Harriet Ansah. Hosted by Jill Neilson. Registration is $30 and this will include lunch. http://bcfchurch.net/joy
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.
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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. 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
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Brother Andrew ministered to thousands of persecuted Christians around the globe
Open Doors founder and famed Bible smuggler goes home to Glory at age 94
od’s Smuggler has died at age 94. Anne Van der Bijl, better known around the world as Brother Andrew, died on Sept. 27 at his home in the Netherlands. Brother Andrew was the founder of Open Doors – the oldest worldwide ministry to persecuted Christians. The Scriptural basis was Revelation 3:2, “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die.” and Revelation 3:8, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” Open Doors celebrated 60 years of ministry in 2015. “Brother Andrew, a servant of the Lord, father, grandfather, our brother in Christ and the much loved founder of Open Doors has left us today for his eternal home in heaven. He is now with Corry, his dear wife,” said Open Doors CEO Dan Ole Shani. “He lived for Christ and has died in Christ. We remember his family at this moment and extend our deepest condolences to them all. We pray for God to comfort and strengthen them with his love.” In 1955, Brother Andrew went with a Dutch delegation to the World Communist Youth Festival in Poland. There he discovered a Christian church behind the Iron Curtain desperately in need of Bibles. Brother Andrew distributed a suitcase full of Christian literature…marking the humble beginnings of Open Doors. Today the organization works in more than 70 countries through more than 1,400 employees with the purpose of supporting and strengthening persecuted Christians and churches. Brother Andrew often said: “Our very mission is called ‘Open Doors’ because we believe that all doors are open, anytime and anywhere. I literally believe that every door
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Anne van der Bijl, better known as “Brother Andrew” 1928-2022 is open to go in and proclaim Christ, as long as you are willing to go and are not worried about coming back.” His autobiography, God’s Smuggler, is an international bestseller. Since 1967, more than 10 million copies of the book have been sold in more than 35 languages. It details Brother Andrew’s courageous journey toward living radically for Jesus Christ. His story includes dangerous border crossings in his Volkswagen Beetle, KGB pursuits, and moving encounters with Christians desperate to obtain a copy of Scripture. An updated edition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Open Doors was printed in 2015. It includes a 20-page epilogue highlighting further adventures since the book was originally published. It is estimated that Brother Andrew
visited 125 countries and logged more than one million miles in his travels to preach the Gospel and befriend those in need. In the last several decades, Brother Andrew focused his attention on the Islamic World. He traveled mostly to the Middle East and South Asia. He felt passionately that the rapid spread of Islam could be a far greater challenge to the Christian church worldwide than Communism ever was. At the same time, his love for others prompted him to use ISLAM as an acronym for I Sincerely Love All Muslims. He said, “When we have an enemy image of any political or religious group or nation, the love of God cannot reach us to call us to do something about it.” His friendships and love of God took him into private meetings with the leaders
of several fundamentalist groups. He was among the few Western leaders to regularly go to these groups as an ambassador for Christ. His 2004 book Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire (Revell in U.S.; Hodder and Stoughton in UK), co-authored by Open Doors’ Al Janssen, details his outreach in the Middle East. A 2007 book, also co-authored with Janssen, was Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ. Brother Andrew received numerous honors for his work. In 1993 he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In 1997, he was the recipient of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Award, recognizing his lifetime of service to suffering Christians and his passion for spreading the Gospel. In 2003, he received the Heritage of Faithfulness Award from the Christian Association of Senior Adults in California. However, Brother Andrew says he was proudest of being named a “Blood Brother” of the Apache Indian tribe in 1980s. As part of the ceremony he was given an Apache name that means “He who breaks through the lines.” Through Open Doors Brother Andrew led the organization into places where most Christians do not go. His underground network of indigenous Christians has aided in the distribution of millions of Bibles each year worldwide as well as training for hundreds of thousands of church leaders. The ministry also assists in economic relief, literacy classes, and vocational training in the most dangerous countries in the world. Brother Andrew was married for 59 years to his wife, Corry, who passed away on January 23, 2018. They are survived by their five children and eleven grandchildren.
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