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April 2010 -May 2010

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Serving and Sharing at the Heart of Life

The STA Mission Program (STAMP) is reving up for their trip to Monte Christi in the Dominican Republic, to help at the school and orphanage. The 26 students and 6 leaders include teacher Mark Duffy (on the left in the checked shirt), St. George’s youth pastor Marjorie Braatz (in the scarf) and students Bryanna Nyhof and Jordan Campbell (front and centre). In its second year,

this St. Thomas Aquinas outreach program also helps locally, including at the London Food Bank, Ark Aid and the Men’s Mission. Says Mark Duffy: “We’re putting our faith into action, serving others, and planting the seeds for continued efforts.” ldcsb.on.ca/schools/sta Continued on page 2 orphanage-outreach.org

Helping Bring Water to Haiti The recent earthquake in Haiti showed how quickly people’s lives can change and how eagerly help can be provided on a global scale. The images of destruction and struggles touched the hearts of people here in London – all determined to provide comfort, humanitarian aid and support to those in need. One of the churches reaching out with prayer and assistance is Village Green Community Church (vgchurch.org), under the leadership of pastor Jon Korkidakis. Ernest Yanful, an elder at Village Green and an Engineering professor at UWO, has expertise and a spe- Ernest Yanful, Susan Gowan and pastor Jon Korkidakis are among the helpers participating in the water project at cial interest in providing drinkable water. Along with Susan Gowan and the Village Green Community Church (vgchurch.org). leadership team at Village Green, a commuscles beyond the focus on our own needs and mitment was made to raise money to buy water propels us into a better understanding of the purification equipment from Trojan Technologies broader world perspective – of God’s bigger (trojanuv.com), a London firm specializing in picture. Our focus is to be part of projects that this essential area of human well-being. permit the people in their own country to have Says Ernest: “Helping in developing counnot only clean water but opportunities for job tries and at-need communities in Canada gives skills, ownership and dignity. We are committed us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of to improving the lives of other people, whenJesus – building capacity and developing techever we can, however we can.” nologies to improve livelihoods. Humanitarian work moves the attention from ourselves to others. In helping and participating in such projRob Hueniken is the ects, we demonstrate God's love.” Managing Editor of Adds Susan Gowan: “We are genuinely exChristian Life in London. cited that we can help. It stretches our servant

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London District Christian Secondary School (ldcss.ca) is sending four students and two teachers to Nairobi, Kenya, to visit the Sud Academy (sudacademy.org) The school has 300 students, mostly Sudanese refugees who fled from the war in Sudan. With the refugee camps in northern Kenya offering little security or food, many refugees head to Nairobi looking for a better life. But because these refugees are foreigners, they cannot attend the Kenyan schools or get a job. The principal of Sud Academy, Ojok Bosco says: “The school is providing a lot of help to its students by allowing them to get an education while at the same time maintaining their distinct culture. Being able to study at Sud Academy also gives these orphans something more than an education and a hope – it gives them a sense of belonging.” LDCSS has been a supporting, financial partner of Sud Academy since 2005, gathering monthly collections from the students. It was suggested that

we make a trip to visit the school and deepen our relationship, so the theme of our trip is “Let’s Get to Know Each Other”. By making this trip we hope to encourage and support the staff and students at Sud, and establish a strong relationship with them. We also hope to learn and become more Mrs. Christine Boer, Avery Kelly, Wil Schmor, Marijke Visser, Esther culturally aware of the Schuurman and Mr. Peter Minnesma will be helping Sudanese refugees at the Sud Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. story in Africa. By going on this trip, we “Despite their poverty, the Sudan students are so hope to become more globally aware of God’s people and to love as Jesus loved. very determined to become educated. They want Says Peter Minnesma: “Jesus came from to return to Sudan to help develop their communities. It is both a great privilege and an awesome heaven to be with us. He is relational. Jesus tells us to ‘go’, in person – to meet responsibility working with others here in London to raise the funds to keep the doors open for them, to get to know them and to love them. We are going on this trip, following them.” ~ Trisa Haak, Volunteer Co-ordinator for Sud Academy. sudacademy.org Jesus’ example.”

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Efforts Old and New

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By Mike Wilkins In this part of the world, at this time of the year, the approach of Spring commands our attention. By now, we refer to the passing season as Old Man Winter – and a cold, unappealing old man he now seems to almost all of us. But it doesn’t really matter now. Spring is in the air and so we focus our attention on what’s ahead and what’s new and what new things are about to begin. For this reason, many of the articles and features in this issue of Christian Life in London highlight efforts of Christian groups and individuals addressing urgent new needs in the name of Jesus. On the other hand, in this part of the world and elsewhere, now and at all other times, there are ongoing needs that always deserve attention. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” Plainly, this sad fact is as true now as ever. For this reason, you’ll

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The STA Mission Program encourages the students to step out from their comfort zone and to connect with others. Says Mark Duffy: “We don’t have to go across the world to help others.” Marjorie Braatz, the youth pastor at St. George’s Parish, says: “It’s about giving back, and recognizing God’s call for us to help others. Many of us live a privileged life and have more than most. It’s important to recognize the opportunities we have to serve others. It can start with a smile.” Student Bryanna Nyhof agrees: “This program builds a sense of community and brings together students with the common interest of helping people less fortunate then ourselves.” The students and leaders meet regularly, and attendence is always excellent. “These are mature, responsible people,” says Mark Duffy. “We are a team, and together we are looking for activities where we can inter-relate with others. We want to do more than serve, we want to share life. That is at the heart of our personal growth.” Student Jordan Campbell was encouraged to join STAMP by his friend. “Graham participated last year and said it was a great experience – and it is. It’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to our trip to help in the Dominican Republic.” Orphanage Outreach has been operating since 1994, and benefited from the participation of 7000 volunteers(orphanage-outreach.org). Teams help provide opportunities to orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children. The students will be teaching English in a local grade school and interacting with the children of Hope of a Child Orphange in Monte Christi. As many high school students have experienced, the time spent on a mission trip can really impact their life. These are young people with a heart to help, and it shows. Said Bryanna Nyhof: “I have been so blessed and rewarded from the volunteer work I have been doing. Being a part of this has not only helped me, but everyone in the program, to live with an open mind and a generous heart.”

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Children’s Aid Society By Rob Hueniken Caring for children is one of life’s most important activities. Unfortunately, not every child has the care and environment that we know they need. The Children’s Aid Society of London (caslondon.on.ca) protects and cares for children at risk and promotes the healthy development of children, families and communities. With the help of Patti Forrington, the Resource Supervisor for Recruitment, Training and Home Study, I was introduced to two Christian families who take care of children. “I am impressed and inspired by these wonderful families,” says Patti. Darlene and Chris have been helping CAS for five years, and focus on newborn care. During that time they have helped five babies, usually right from the hospital, and usually only until the baby is about three months old. After that, the children have usually been returned to their family or birth mother. Sometimes the child becomes available for adoption. “It is very rewarding,” says Darlene, “knowing we are helping families in times of crisis. We see ourselves as a resource, to help the birth families – to empower them, and encourage them.” While not every birth family is open to contact with the foster parents, such contact can be part of the positive changes that allow the birth mother to take on the parenting role. One of the young moms Darlene has helped said to Darlene: “I want to be a mom like you.” “I could see how love had helped her,” says Darlene. “This young woman had missed something growing up, and we had helped her gain it.” The Samson Christian Slo-Pitch League holds its 2010 Pre-season Event at Calvary Pentecostal in Strathroy, on Saturday May 1st 7:00 to 10:00 pm. 301 Pannell Lane, Strathroy. $10 at the door. Tommy John, former Yankee great, is the special guest speaker. Come and hear John’s inspirational story.

Darlene’s husband, Chris, plays a vital and active role: helping with the babies at night and taking time off from work to help. “We are a real team,” says Darlene, “and we’ve experienced real appreciation from the families.” Marie and Sam Vanderwyngaard are caring for their second foster child, a little girl with special needs who has been with them for 8 1/2 years. As for how they got started, Marie said: “Sam had fostered children before I met him, and he suggested that since I was home, perhaps I would enjoy fostering. I turned and looked behind me to see who he was talking to. In all honestly I laughed out loud and thought he was joking. When I realized he was serious, it gave me pause. I told him I'd need to pray about it. Well, you know the answer we recieved to that prayer, so we signed up for the training and application process, and the rest is history.” “We feel led by the Lord,” says Marie. “There have been many challenges in this journey, yet the blessings have been countless.” Struggling with a learning difficulty? We can offer a solution. Check out www.arrowsmithschool.org to learn about an amazing program that deals with the root causes of the learning disability rather than managing its symtoms. Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is an elementary school that is trying to start this program. Call 519-773-8476.

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A Big “Thank you” to Fred Hagglund We all know someone whose heart is big, and who not only cares about others, but who reaches out with determination to help life be better. Fred Hagglund is just such a person. So in this “Efforts Old and New” issue of Christian Life, I would like to send Fred a very big “Thank you” for helping as executive director of Mission Services of London.

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An Effort that is Old and New and Everlasting

Ark Aid a Refuge for Change

By Herman Goodden Meditating on this issue's theme of 'efforts old and new', I was reminded of one of my earliest encounters with the writings of the great Catholic man of letters, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), who was himself such a huge influence on the most widely read Christian apologist of the last century, C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). Then on the cusp of parenthood for the first time and suddenly unsatisfied with all of my easily assumed, liberal-agnostic assumptions about the way that life and the universe worked, I was casting about for a church and a tradition that I could belong to; something larger, deeper and more sustaining than that ever-shifting, up-to-the minute secular life that I had hitherto enjoyed well enough but which suddenly appeared to me as shallow and unmoored and utterly unworthy of handing on to the next generation. Reading Chesterton's Orthodoxy, first published in 1908, I was thrilled to happen upon this passage which articulated what this new search of mine seemed to be about. "Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death." I was beginning to understand that what cynics called, "the dead hand of history," was in fact a force that was profoundly alive and could be wonderfully consoling and instructive for those who paid it heed and learned what it had to tell us. In joining the Catholic Church in 1984 I had indeed found myself a Church and a tradition I could belong to but was this decision to align myself with this most tradition-bound of all earthly institutions simultaneously an act of contemporary defection that would serve to somehow take me out of the life that was mine to live here and now? 'One cannot live in the past,' we are always being told. And chronologically, historically, that is true enough. But I soon discovered that in the religious or spiritual realm we are not bound to an either/or choice. Pope Benedict XVI makes this abundantly clear in a 1997 interview that he gave when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

"The Church lives not only synchronically but diachronically as well. This means that it is always all - even the dead - who live and are the whole Church, that it is always all who must be considered in any majority in the Church . . . The Church lives her life precisely from the identity of all the generations, from their identity that overarches time, and her real majority is made up of the saints. Every generation tries to join the ranks of the saints, and each makes its contribution. But it can do that only by accepting this great continuity and entering into it in a living way." The theology of the Body of Christ is wasted on those who insist that Christ's passion, if it ever happened at all, only happened once and was finished with a long time ago. When Catholics and other Christians proclaim the mystery of faith each week - that 'Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again' - we refute any such historical limitations absolutely. Our faith is not pegged to a 2,000 year old event that is done with but to an act of redemption that continues to operate, to a supernatural effort that is both old and new and everlasting, and that all of us are invited to partake of regardless of when we were born. Herman Goodden is a columnist for the London Free Press, Christian Life in London, The Canada Post and Catholic Insight. He is a member of Saint Peter’s Basilica here in London.

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Just east of Adelaide at 696 Dundas is the Ark Aid Street Mission (arkaidmission.com). Headed up by Doug Whitelaw, Ark Aid is a refuge for those less fortunate – dedicated to helping people get back on their feet and starting more productive and more joyful lives. Founded in 1984, the Ark, as it is popularly known, is a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, supported by a wide variety of local people, churches and businesses. Says Doug: “We appreciate them all.” The motivating factor of the Board, staff, volunteers and donors is to practically express Christian faith and love where they are needed most. One of the groups helping at the Ark is the UWO Asian Christian Fellowship. Says Doug: “We are having a great time with the Asian Christian Fellowship. They are great kids! They help serve meals and in the fall, raised $1400 for us. We have been wanting to start a prayer ministry during the evenings, so that while one team

serves food another prays. The ACF has agreed to be that pioneering team, and they are excited about it. It’s great to have young people serving, praying and giving, as well as helping us launch our prayer ministry. Our dream would be to see the prayer ministry develop into a broad swath of the city's churches coming to pray in the heart of the city.” At Ark Aid, people are treated with dignity and compassion – they are given a sense of belonging and worth, and helped to have new levels of competence and hope. In addition to providing meals, the Ark provides clothing and computer skills training. There is also counselling, lifeskill coaching, and job placement support. The Ark a unique and wonderful London service group. It is the kind of place that can really use your help and your donations, particularly food, clothes and help to keep it running. There is Good work being done here. arkaidmission.com

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Feeding Hungry Children of by the Christian churches there. By Dave Snihur I am privileged, through Assists Projects Canada (AssistsProjects.org), to know and support the If I were given a thousand dollars I would use it work of Pastor Tim who has lived and worked in this to feed hungry children in northern India. In April of area of India for the past 40 years. He, along with oth2009 I had the opportunity to go to there and see for ers, have taken it upon themselves to feed these hunmyself what is happening. In the foothills of the Higry children and to help them get the education they malayas there are a number of huge tea plantations need to not only survive, but to also step out of covering thousands of acres. Those who are working poverty. Presently they help to feed and school over there are paid about a dollar a day which hardly 600 of these hungry children six days a week. In fact, enough to live on. Those who are not working are right behind Pastor Tim’s own house they give a hot starving to death. The people who live in that area are meal after school to over 250 children six days a indigenous native Indians. Outside of the caste sysweek. After the meal adult helpers sit down with tem which govern much of society and lower than groups of the children to help them with their homeeven the lowest ‘untouchable’ these people of northwork. This may be the only meal these children get ern India are literally the ‘out-castes.’ Because of that day. their low status the Indian government has done little Because of the extreme poverty of this area and to help them. Some of the plantation owners, faced the social isolation of the people who live in this area with workers who demand more income have rethere is little likelihood that either the Indian governsponded by simply closing and moving away. This ment will take action or that the Indians themselves has thrown many people out of work and put everywill have the resources to provide what these children one in the area in a precarious situation. They are need. This is why I appeal for money from Canadians trapped between a rock and a hard place. . Some have who have a heart and a desire to care. We can make a continued to pick the tea leaves at the closed plantahuge difference in the lives of these children. The tions even thought the plants are no longer sprayed or buying power of a thousand dollars there is like sevtrimmed. Instead of the tea being dried and sold to eral thousand dollars here. And the best part is, becommercial buyers it is picked by the individual cause the caring is being done by trusted Indian workers and sold raw to whoever will pay anything leaders all the money given is used for the purpose it for it. It is a very meagre existence and the money was intended. they earn doing this isn’t anywhere near enough to This amazing program is making a very practical live on. In a few cases both adults and children have difference in the lives of hundred’s of children. I instarved to death. The situation is so desperate that tend to go back to this area of India again (at my own some of the adults have moved away leaving their expense) in order to encourage the workers and once children behind. These children have been taken care again see for myself what can be done there to make a difference in the lives of hungry children.

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Love your Neighbour By Nancy McSloy "If you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well. [James 2:8]" Whenever I ponder on what I am going to write about I feel that God takes over and takes me to that “right” place. This issue is no exception. I was exploring ideas and possibilities, checking websites and coming up empty. I am not a television viewer however I turned the TV on to the local cable channel. Although it is the Easter issue I was writing my story in February. With February being Black History Month there was a program about the local events. One of the guests was Reverend Delta McNeish, the pastor at Beth Emmanuel British Methodist Episcopal Church on Grey Street in London. As I listened to Rev. McNeish speaking, I knew what I was going to write about. Later that week I had the opportunity to meet this amazing woman and to visit the beautiful little church that has a great deal of history. Although the church is small it has a very strong presence in the community, reaching out to help those in need. Originally the African Episcopal Methodist Church was located on Thames Street and was built in 1849. It was the first church of the black community in London, which at that time was still Upper Canada. In 1869 the congregation built a new church at 430 Grey Street, where it remains today. The name was then changed to Beth Emmanuel. Reverend McNeish has been the pastor since July 2008, living in the manse next door to the church. Reverend McNeish spoke about the state of disarray that the church was in when she arrived. She spoke fondly of how a wonderful group of people from Byron United Church arrived to help with renovating and restoring the church and manse. Today when you walk into the church hall the feeling of welcome, warmth and peace resonates. The feeling is the same in the sanctuary. Every Sunday after the service a hot meal is served in the church hall. This is open to anyone in the community. An open house is held on Thursday afternoon, open to everyone. This is a time for prayer and fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee. The third Sunday of every month there is an evening “hot dog” meal for the community. A food bank is available for those in need. Loving the neighbour is very evident here. Reverend McNeish is also planning a service for either Saturday or Sunday evening to help meet the needs of the

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Too Busy to Hear Him? Too Busy to Help? By Paul Hogendoorn Our careers and businesses are a huge blessing to us, but sometimes they may get in the way of hearing the voice of our Lord. Several times a year, I cross the bridge from Juarez Mexico to El Paso. It’s an interesting hourand-a-half experience, crawling along one car length at a time, passing numerous pan-handlers, beggars and peddlers. Some of them are society’s forgotten: men in wheelchairs (or simply on skateboards) missing limbs or obviously crippled; women with their small children in tow walking precariously between the cars; others clearly weathered by years of living without a decent home. Many seem to have chosen to be there; others, it seems, have no other choice. Having crossed that bridge many times, I know I have become somewhat calloused to the sights and situations I see there. One reason for that may be that they are always there, and some seem no worse off from one trip to the next. For many of them, it looks to be a vocation-like means to a living. From time to time, however, I get ambushed by a situation that I have not yet developed a conscience-saving defense for. Such was the case on one trip when I saw the desperate face of a woman that I estimate to be around 30 years old - and fully nine months pregnant. Her pleas were all in Spanish, and although I understand a bit of the language, I could only understand one word of what she said because of her desperate sobbing – the word “amigo”. I quickly checked my pockets for small bills, but had none. I then checked my wallet, hoping to find something small – but found only a couple of twenties. The car was about to move up a length in the line, so I asked my colleagues in the car if they had any money. The guy driving found some change in the ashtray and dumped it in my hand. I gave it to the woman just before we pulled ahead. The whole event took less than 30 seconds,

but it stuck with me for days. Later, when my trip was over, I went through my wallet to pull out all my receipts and noticed I still had one of the two twenties. Turned out, I had more money in my wallet that day than I needed, and wouldn’t have missed a twenty if I had given it away…. Our businesses and our jobs give us all sorts of opportunities to be a blessing every day. We can ease someone’s pain with a simple, no-questionsasked gift. We can be the coworker that picks up the slack for a burdened colleague. We can make some-one’s day just by stopping long enough to listen. Yes, “the poor will always be with us”, but Jesus also said that “as you have done for the least of these, you have done to me.” As I scurry from one business trip to the next, or from one important task to the next one on a very long list, I sometimes wonder, are we too preoccupied with our success to hear when “He” is calling to us? We get a chance to use a little bit of our bountiful blessings each day to be a big blessing to others. And what a blessing that is! May God bless your business and career this season - and remember, every day you can be a blessing to someone you may not even know.

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On the GO Team with Harvest Bible Chapel The Cross Current (TCC) is a Londonbased local missions ministry and outreach broadcast that helps pastors equip Christians to “go” – to share Christ with the community, while serving the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and material needs. After enjoying several fruitful ministry missions together, TCC and the GO Team of Harvest Bible Chapel London (harvestlondon.ca) partnered together to reach out to the disadvantaged in our community with the Good News, a cup of hot chocolate, and a warm winter coat. GO Team missions leader, Chris Wood, says: "There is something amazing and eternal about stepping into the community and serving, praying and preaching the Gospel. It makes me think: this is the Church the way it should be.” “Since serving with the GO Team, my focus has totally changed! It is now more of Him and less of me”, says Donna Feica, a GO Team member serving in the area of prayer and follow-up ministry. “The teaching and example the GO Team provides continues to encourage me and give me the confidence to actually look for opportunities to share God's love!” Norm Millar, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel London, candidly shares, “Evangelism tends to leak out of the ministry life of any

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The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You by John Ortberg Pastor and best-selling author John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to the question of why spiritual growth often seems so difficult. He has organized his thoughts and God’s words into a straightforward and timely guide for living in his new release. Ortberg urges readers to recognize their brokenness, understand that God is the project manager and follow His directions. He also helps readers gauge their spiritual health and measure the gap between where they are now and where God intends them to be. Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies’ Table by Ted Dekker & Carl Medearis In 2006 Ted and his friend Carl discussed what it meant to ‘love your enemy’ and how that translates in our day, in our societies. The dialogue changed from a mere discussion into reality when they boarded a plane for the Middle East to meet with muftis, sheikhs, ayatollahs and Osama bin Laden’s brothers. They asked simple questions – what’s your favorite joke, what makes you laugh, what makes you cry and ultimately, what do you think of Jesus’ commandment to love our enemies? What they discovered were real people, struggling with their beliefs in the same way we do. The Hezbollah and Hamas leaders were frank, honest and open about how they

feel about Americans, about Christians and about Jesus. Along the way, Dekker and Medearis discovered surprising answers and even more surprising questions that they could not have anticipated, questions that lead straight to the heart of Middle Eastern conflict. So Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore Today’s women become insecure as they deal with unrealistic expectations in all areas of life: from their looks, to their status, to their relationships. Beth Moore, an admired and trusted Christian women’s writer, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap. As Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers they will confront their innermost fears, rediscover their dignity, and develop a new perspective – a whole sense of self. Women of all ages and backgrounds will embrace this message and will discover the truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually for a better life as they walk with God. The Life of Jesus: a Chronological Account from God’s Word Now you can read the Biblical account of Jesus’ life and teachings in one complete, cohesive narrative. Using God’s Word translation, the four gospels are arranged in chronological order. Sidebars illuminate important background information to ground the story within the context of first-century Palestine. Also included are lists of the parables of Jesus, the radical ideas of Jesus, the promises of Jesus, and encounters with Jesus during his ministry. Biographies of each Gospel writer, a map of the main places of Jesus’ life and ministry, and a timeline of Jesus’ life make this book ideal for studying the life of Jesus.

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Take Two By Dean Crawford and Mike H A large part of what I do at Teen Challenge is media and video-related. The following is a true story – Mike’s story. Lights, camera, action - Scene one. The setting: Teen Challenge Graduation, Royal View Church, Feb 26/2010. Center stage is Nick on electric guitar. He will be graduating tonight along with two other young men who have persevered through 12 months of spiritual training and have come to the other side strong, disciplined and ready to face giants. Pan out to the crowd, and focus there, on that man in the second row with his wife and small child. There are tears in his eyes, but they are tears of joy. Mike gazes lovingly into the eyes of his beautiful wife Sarika; his hand on his son’s head. Holding his little boy, he watches the grad ceremony, so happy to be here in this place watching these close friends – brothers – as they complete this step in their journey with God. Now, a wide angle view - Back up, in time - all the way to this time last year. The Title card reads: February 18/2009. In this scene 4 men are seated in the Intake office at Teen Challenge Farm, anxious, nervous and about to embark on a year-long obstacle course. As often happens, 2 of these men will not last the first week. Now, only Nick and Mike remain. For being so very different, they get along very well. Nick is young, impossibly energetic and has had barely any exposure to the Christian faith. Mike is older, has a family and has been saved since 1999. Mike and his wife have been married almost ten years. They have been ministry leaders and have taught Bible studies for many years. Mike fell, and became heavily dependent on prescription narcotics. That is why he is here. To get it back together, for his family. Sarika is standing by her man, faithfully, believing that God will restore her marriage. Mike seems to be doing great in the program. As expected, he follows the rules, does great in his Bible studies and performs well. But as Mike enters his third month, he suddenly leaves the program. He thinks he can do it on his own. He just wants to be with his family. He continues to go to church and even gets involved in a men’s group and mid-week bible study. But there is trouble brewing beneath the surface. Mike is starting to lie, to do things his way and to fall away again. The camera washes over Mike until the image spirals down and away – and fades to black. Fast forward a few months. We find Mike on a dark lonely street. He is worse off than the first time. He is 40 pounds lighter and sick from withdrawal, facing certain homelessness or worse. As

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A Place to Belong By Lora Lee Wood It’s 7:00 p.m. on a Tuesday night at North Park Community Church (northpark.ca). 40 to 50 younger and older adults are gathered in a large room around tables. A leader at the front begins with some announcements and introduces a few new people. Then it’s time to interview Joe. Joe works as a volunteer in a laundry. He likes spaghetti and meatballs, rock ‘n’ roll music, and bowling. His favorite song is “Let the Son Shine In.� But best

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