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Giving thanks in 2019 – what for? For some, Thanksgiving is just another day off, a long weekend to go hunting, to finish up urgent tasks before the rainy season sets in for the long haul, or just to recoup for the next round of life in the fast lane. For others, it is a time to gather and truly give thanks. Sadly, many have either forgotten or never really considered where their thanks should be directed. Their thanks is sent floating into an empty void. For the Christian, giving thanks must be more than a sentimental tradition spent with family and friends, gathering around a food-laden table. Yes, we have an abundance of resources for which to thank God, the giver of all good gifts. Yes, we still live in a country where religious freedom is valued and reading the Bible is not forbidden. Yes, we are still free to express our thoughts, although Christian values are increasingly mocked and denigrated. Uh-oh! Here I go. We have … but. Have you ever given a gift to someone who opened it and said, “Thanks. That’s nice, but…”? Thanksgiving is being thankful for God’s provision of good gifts. Period. You may, like me, often find yourself looking at both local and global issues, adding caveats to your thanks and wondering what, indeed, we really still have to give thanks for, besides the obvious that the kids around the table mention…food, shelter, Jesus. And aren’t those kids right? Isn’t that enough? Yes. Still, we find ourselves looking anxiously outside our own four walls and wondering. To counter our anxiety about where the world in going in a hand basket, I’ve asked a few people how they see God at work in the world. Here are their stories, for which we, too, give thanks. Refugee settlement: “On the days when the global refugee crisis feels most overwhelming, God is showing me that it is sometimes the smallest acts of hope, and moments of joy in which Christ’s light shines the brightest. I see this light in the Syrian-Canadian teenager who still can’t believe she gets to go to school every day. ‘I can’t express how excited I am,’ she says, while putting on a cap and gown for her high school graduation photos; ‘I’ve

been dreaming of this day for years!’ And then she tells me again of her hope to continue her schooling and become a nurse. I see it in the Mexican-Canadian woman who can, after many terrifying and difficult years, stand in front of a crowd and reflect on her difficult journey and say, ‘I’m finally feeling more like myself again – like who God made me to be.’ I see it when this same woman later sits with me as we hold the hands of a woman from Guatemala as she weeps and we pray together for comfort and healing. And I see it in the Iranian-Canadian woman who feels God’s presence and promise for her in each word of Scripture she reads. Those who have seen the greatest darkness are often the ones calling us most hopefully into God’s light, and I learn from them every day.” (Dena Nicolai, Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer, Christian Reformed Church in North America) Addiction recovery: “Addictions usually control someone’s life, in that it takes and consumes all that someone thinks about. For someone who is homeless and dealing with addiction, their whole life can sometimes be about maintaining that addiction. Often, in their pursuit of addiction, a person will wreck their relationships with family and friends. Here at UGM, God works within us and within those with addictions [whom] we are serving, for everyone’s betterment. When we are serving God through someone with addiction, we can understand that it isn’t their desire to be in their situation, but addictions and other things get in the way. For our guests with addiction, God is often the catalyst for change and the cross is what can re-ignite their own self-worth. It’s the story of hope that Christ brings that has an impact on the guests we serve and on ourselves. One of our guests, who’s been working with us closely, has come to find this building a place of safety and hope. When he experiences this he comes to hear the things we talk about, such as love and forgiveness, which starts to make sense. He experiences hope and that is what we believe God is bringing to UGM; hope.” (Demetrius, Case Manager, UGM)

Government policy: “Federal government policies related to immigrants and refugees remain relatively open and welcoming. All Christians can support such openness. In the Old Testament alone, God’s people are enjoined thirty-six times to welcome, respect and love ‘the strangers and sojourners among you’. Jesus breaks down all divisions. This Thanksgiving let us celebrate Canada’s hospitality as a practical manifestation of God’s boundless grace.” (Nick Loenen, former politician).

Christians and churches who, throughout history, have opted to stand alongside the poor and oppressed to change not only individual lives, but systems, whether through refugee sponsorship, reconciliation efforts with Indigenous people, or supporting policies that shrink the gap between those who have, and those who have not. We can give thanks for the opportunities each of us has to bring about God’s vision of justice and peace for all.” (Natalie Appleyard, Socioeconomic Policy Analyst for Citizens for Public Justice)

Social justice: “Sometimes Thanksgiving can serve up some unsettling contrasts between the abundance and poverty that coexist in our families, churches, and neighbourhoods. This Thanksgiving, we can thank God for

We live in a country of abundant resources, including food and shelter, which we can share with neighbours, local and global. We are able to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). We are richly blessed!

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Catharine Parr Traill: Pioneer author on fire by Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird Like many other English citizens, following the 18031815 Napoleonic wars, Catharine Strickland and her sisters were left destitute. Catharine married Thomas Traill, a poor Scottish soldier with a peace-time halfsalary who was offered a land grant in Canada. She wrote a farewell letter to a good friend, saying that “she (was) willing to lose all for the sake of one dear valued friend and husband to share all the changes and chances of a settler’s life.” Catharine was one of Canada’s most important early writers. The Encyclopedia Britannica speaks of Catharine, who, with richly detailed descriptions of frontier life, was one of the first to praise the beauties of the Canadian landscape. She was particularly famous for her books: The Backwoods of Canada (1836) and Canadian Crusoes (1852). She also wrote The Female Emigrant’s Guide, The Tell Tale, The Young Emigrants, and Hints on Canadian Housekeeping. Canada was seen as the land of milk and honey. Between 1831 and 1841, 655,747 people sailed away from British shores. Catharine Parr Traill’s books brought many of our ancestors to Canada. Of the six Strickland daughters including Catharine, five of them became published authors. Catharine’s older sister, Agnes, in England was the leading royal biographer of the 19th century. Catharine Parr Traill had a remarkable ability to rise above adversity and make the best of every situation. It is hard for us, 200 years later, to fully envision the miseries of hunger, disease, cold, and disappointment faced by our early Canadian pioneers. Catharine family came down with malaria, a widespread problem in Canada in Ontario, as pioneers were struggling to drain mosquito-infested swamps. Catharine’s motto

was ‘Hope! Resolution! And Perseverance!’ She would assure her relatives back home that Canada is the ‘land of hope.’ Nature, for Catharine, was saturated with divine meaning – its splendour and concord displayed the authority and goodness of its Creator. That is why Catharine wrote many books that reflected a sheer love of nature’s bounty and admiration in God’s handiwork. The flowers of the field, for her, were good reminders of the teachings of Christ. Catharine often illustrated her dried specimens with biblical quotes, particularly from the Psalms or the Book of Revelation. In the midst of her very busy writing and pioneering, Catharine never neglected her family. As author, Charlotte Grey put it, “Motherhood came as naturally to Catharine as breathing. It was the most meaningful activity in her life.“ Despite her prolific book writing, Catharine faced dire poverty in the early pioneering days: “On examining the state of my purse, I find just $4.30. This is all the funds I have to begin the year with. It is true that I have half a barrel of flour, and some meat and I have often been without meat and money. God will provide as heretofore.” She wrote in 1852 to her sister Susanna: “I feel it is a miserable state to be like a vessel without a pilot drifting before an overwhelming storm on every side rocks and shoals and no friendly port in sight, no beacon light to guide us on our perilous way. Do not think, dear sister, that I lose my faith in God’s gracious providence. I believe that he can in his good time bring all things to an From the

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end of these our troubles…” Catharine’s husband, Thomas, was often downcast by the financial challenges they faced. Catharine wrote: “I wish that he could look beyond the present and remember that the brightest of earthly prospects endure but for a season – and it is the same with the trials and sorrows of life –they too come to an end.” As Charlotte Gray notes, “Catherine at ninety-five was left virtually penniless…Without Catharine’s knowledge, an urgent plea was sent to the British Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street, for help…” Over $1,000 was raised. Along with the money was sent a letter to Catharine saying: “We cannot forget the courage with which you endured the privations and trials of the backwoods in the early settlement of Ontario, and we rejoice to know that your useful life has been prolonged in health and vigor until you are now the oldest living author in her Majesty’s dominion.” Catharine responded by saying: “I can only adopt the hearty simple phrase used by the Indian women of Hiawatha village–‘I bless you in my heart.’" Catharine noted at the end of her life, “Strength was always given to me when it was needed. In great troubles and losses, God is very good.” May Catharine Parr Traill’s pioneering set on fire a new generation of Canadian authors. Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird are Co-authors of For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship.

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Fruit of the Spirit

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by Marion Van Driel But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22,23) The final characteristic on this familiar list stands out rather negatively in relation to the others. Self-control is an attribute that has become increasingly out of vogue in our North American culture over the past 50 years. From a once moral-based society, we’ve polarized towards narcissism, abandoning the very idea of self-control. But then, this is the nature of sin itself – a focus on individual desire, often leading to excesses. We resent being reigned in, resisting accountability for our bad habits. As followers of Christ, one proof of the Holy Spirit’s work is recognizing harmful self-indulgent patterns in our own lives and quelling them. Just before this list in Galatians, Paul reveals an opposing list, naming obvious acts of the flesh: “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, drunkenness, orgies and the like.” (Gal 5:19-21). Sexual temptation Paul introduces the list of sins with ‘sexual immorality’, and ends with ‘orgies and the like’. Sadly, sexual sins have caused irreparable damage within many a ministry and shamed the church. Scores of men (and women), in a moment of unguarded neglect have stepped over boundaries into ever-darkening depths of captivity. Lest this sound dramatic, let’s consider the fact that as soon as the boundary is crossed, we justify our actions. Just this once; I won’t do it again. Just one more time; really, this time I’ll stop. I’m tired of fighting; I can’t do it anymore. And so it goes. Being true to

ourselves involves knowing our weakest points, taking great care to defend ourselves against attack and stepping back before submitting to our harmful obsessions. In his book, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Christopher J. H. Wright explains that having powerful passions is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as that power is controlled. Think of the fury idling beneath the hood of a race car; it’s fast and it’s fun. It can also maim, paralyze or kill unless the driver controls the power at his disposal. Our own intense passions can likewise be channelled in the direction of good or evil, towards life or death. Wright draws a contrast between Joseph and David in the Old Testament. Joseph, an attractive, young, virile male, actually ran from Potiphar’s seductive wife, who ended up holding an empty cloak in her hands. Joseph valued his employer’s trust in him with everything; to break that trust was unthinkable. Joseph also realized that giving in to Mrs. Potiphar would be “a great sin against God” (Gen 39:9 NLT). Joseph models integrity, unlike David, who initiates his affair with Bathsheba. His sin launches a downward spiral of manipulation ending in dire consequences. While we are assured that there is forgiveness for the most horrific sin, someone inevitably bears sin’s natural repercussions. Wright admits that both men and women experience sexual temptation but asserts that it is more prevalent in men. He says that “we need to recognize what a dan-

gerous enemy it is, whether in actual practice, or in the world of our thought and imagination, through pornography and other sources.” He adds, “The stupendous scale of human suffering caused by uncontrolled male lust and sexual anarchy is beyond imagination. Unaccountable numbers of women and little girls and boys all over the world suffer at the hands of rapists, pimps sex-traffickers, pedophiles, abusers, violent husbands, and plain, ordinary adulterers.” Paul tells us, for good reason, that Christians must have nothing to do with these practices, and that is only possible through Spiritcontrolled living. Deceiving ourselves If we think one sin greater than another, we deceive ourselves. In his book, Respectable Sins, Seminary professor and author Jerry Bridges writes about our tendency to tolerate the sins we consider less scandalous, citing examples like impatience, pride, resentment, frustration and self-pity. Since God is holy, His standard is perfection. Anything less than that constitutes sin; it

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The Christian calendar year: the story of stories by Steve Bell It may seem unlikely that someone like myself, brought up in pragmatic prairie evangelicalism, would be writing about the spiritual tradition of the Church calendar year. Truth be told, it is a tradition that has profoundly shaped my Christian self, and deeply informed my work as a troubadour for Christ. Most Christians, knowingly or not, follow the liturgical calendar in some form or another. When I was young, my family set time aside to observe Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter and Pentecost Sunday. It gave a certain shape to our year that had us devotionally recalling significant moments in history where God revealed God’s self in profound ways. It never occurred to me, however, that our observances were a truncated version of a much richer tradition. In the coming months, I’ll highlight certain aspects of the Christian calendar tradition that have been particularly meaningful to me, which I have written about in a seven-volume series called Pilgrim Year. The entire collection includes books on the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Ordinary Time. Together, these recurring seasons, with their remembrances, fasts and feasts, retell the living story of God and God’s good creation – a story which has been entrusted to the Church; a story that often runs as a counter-narrative to stories broadly told in the wider culture. We must not be naïve about such things, for stories really do matter. They fashion a rich bed of receptive imagination from which all manner of possibilities are either opened up or closed down. Indeed, if one wants to know the cause of the inspiring and/or bewildering behaviours of any given individual or culture, one need only investigate the foundational stories they tell. Certainly, stories that tell of a random and meaningless

universe will produce a different culture than stories of an enchanted, meaning-drenched cosmos. The radical capitalist story of human relationships necessarily playing out as a blood-sport of self-interested individuals in a zero-sum game produces a different result than the story of a supra-abundant universe created in the image of the Triune God, whose very being is one of dynamic relational and self-donating love. Consider the stories behind popular reality shows such as The Apprentice and Survivor where there is only one winner and many losers, and in which every relationship is eventually sacrificed on the altar of self-interest. Compare them with the gospel stories, which tell of the God of creation emptying himself for the flourishing of all. One begins to grasp that such stories are so much more than pleasing fancies to while away our leisure hours. Some stories enrich and enliven. Some, quite frankly, are dangerous. The Church tells and retells her sacred stories year after year, much as a mother to her children who ask for the same stories night after night. And like any good child’s tale, they continue to reward well into adulthood. Each time we rehearse these stories, we unearth something new, precisely because there is so much more to receive, but also because our capacity to receive has deepened. We Christians are many things, but for sure we are keepers of The Story. We tend it like a fire in the darkest of nights, and we live by its blaze and glory during the day. We should not be scandalized if it sometimes harmonizes with stories from other cultures or faiths, because if indeed the world is “charged with the grandeur of God” which will “flame out like shining from shook foil” (as Gerard Manley Hopkins, one of our finer poets, has said), then we should be rather surprised if it didn’t. I have pilgrimaged through these stories my entire life, and I feel like I am only starting to know them. But to the degree that I have absorbed them as a living tradition, they have fashioned in me a unified mind, body and soul capable of loving God and loving all that God loves. Let me take a stab at summarizing the tale of which each

Steve Bell individual story of the Pilgrim Year is an illuminating piece. This is the best I can do right now, halfway through my 58th year. I would hope that in five years it will develop and deepen some… and five years after that…and after that… God is love. We have come from God and we are returning to God. All that is, is God’s good idea, bears God’s imprint and character, and radiates God’s life. God sustains all. We have been made for union with God and with each other. Humans in particular have been given the charge to steward creation and serve as its priest, gathering all creation in one voice in praise to the glory of our Maker. Though it is dimly perceived because of sinful self-will and self-orientation, we yet live in a meaning-drenched universe. Because we come from God and are returning to God, the Christian life is essentially a pilgrimage after the One who has both made a way and by whose light we can see the way. Steve Bell is a storyteller through and through. For 30 years he has offered encouragement to audiences throughout North America through concerts, song-writing and teaching. With a vocational calling to “refresh Christian faith and spiritual tradition for the weary and the wary,” Steve is known as much for his award-winning musical career as he is for his social commentary and theological insights. He has written numerous articles for online and print publications and has penned books on Scripture and the Liturgical Year. He lives with his wife Nanci in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory and homeland of the Métis Nation. Steve’s Pilgrim Year series (Novalis Press) is a 7-volume collection of reflections based on the Christian calendar year. It is available for purchase at www.pilgrimyear.com.

Review: Steve Bell, Pilgrim Year Series by Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh Growing up in Winnipeg, I knew of Steve Bell long before his solo career, back when he was a prominent part of the local music scene as a member of the group, Elias, Shritt and Bell. We later worked together for the non-profit organization, Youth for Christ, when Bell was leading young people in worship in juvenile detention centres. (Jailhouse Rock, literally.) I remember being more than a little surprised, though, by the sort of reading he was doing. It is not every singer–songwriter or youth worker you meet who reads John of the Cross or Hans Urs von Balthasar on the side. I quickly became aware that there were real depths to this Steve Bell.

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As Bell’s solo career has taken off, his spiritual and theological depth as a person has been reflected in his music. For example, more than twenty years ago, he recorded a version of John of the Cross’ Dark Night poem that I still often play for my students in class when we read this 16th-century Spanish mystic. It captures perfectly, in music and lyrics, the heartbreaking beauty of John’s call into “this happy night / That unites the lover and the loved.” And there is so much more. Bell has some twenty albums now, and there is a scarlet thread that runs throughout all the words and music, touching deep places with thoughtfulness, honesty, and compassion. There have

been awards and recognitions, of course, too many to count, and a documentary on his remarkable career, Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey. His skill as a musician has been recognized repeatedly by many of the greats. But, above all, it is this deep well of thoughtful devotion, fused as it is with exquisite artistry, that keeps me coming back to his music. There are some musicians who, when you hear them in concert and they stop to talk between songs, well... you just wish they wouldn’t. In contrast, Bell has often been described as a modern troubadour, whose

music, story-telling, and teaching is a whole experience. Attending a concert leaves you entertained, for sure, but also somehow enlarged as a human being and encouraged spiritually. I have been reading about the early Franciscans who would travel as

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Sex trafficking – part 2 What’s gone wrong? by Jack Taylor What allows sex-trafficking to proliferate in Canada? Canadian author, Paul Boge, lists several things: “The availability of it; the apparent anonymity of it, by meeting online and then in person; the under-staffed police force; the corruption in the justice system; the apathy towards victims and an unwillingness to jail perpetrators; the incredible money that traffickers make; the unbearable proliferation of sex online, in movies etc., throughout our culture. This creates a demand for illegal sex and the online world allows ‘Johns’ to live a double life. What do victims of sex trafficking think about their plight? How are girls recruited for such a lifestyle? Who are the men who use these girls? What kind of men fuel this industry, despite the politicians and organizations fighting to stop the industry? Author, Paul H. Boge reveals all in his 2019 book ,The True Story of Canadian Human Trafficking. In Boge’s book, he follows the experience of Ontario high school student, Abby Summers. Through social media, she builds a friendship with a newcomer named Jake. Dating follows, but turns sour when he convinces her to sell herself to men for a night and then more. On a trip across Canada, she finds herself trapped. Meanwhile, Joy Smith, a real-life MP from Ottawa, tries to pass a bill targeting minimum sentencing for human trafficking and Abby’s mother works with police to rescue her daughter. Casandra Diamond, founder and executive director of BridgeNorth knows this scenario from 10 years of personal experience in the sex industry. She advocates with churches to do all they can to protect their youth. Once a young girl gets caught up in a Romeo relationship, she becomes willing to do anything to keep the relationship. “The rules keep changing and the girl ends up walking on eggshells – always thinking of pleasing her boyfriend.” Diamond sees the biblical story in 2 Kings 4:1-7 as a template for how vulnerable individuals in desperation are drawn into a life of prostitution. The widow’s pots were empty and her children were facing a life of slavery to pay off her debts. Diamond says “emptiness is the perfect time and place for God to show up and work in your life.” Even girls who get free from the trade, after being recruited young, find themselves with “no education, no job experience and no future.” They are vulnerable for reexploitation to the same life. The thing that saved Diamond at that moment was a Christian community where people were willing to take care of things like rent, food and basic needs for friendship. She went to Alpha and with her deep questions on where God was in the middle of it all. BridgeNorth started as a home cooked meal and a conversation offered to girls like her, and ended up as a mentorship and advocacy service morphed into a non-profit charity. Diamond says it is important to know that “prosti-

tution isn’t their choice. Circumstances have had their way.” Her message from sex-trafficked girls to men who want to take advantage of them – “stop buying sex from us, we don’t want you to feel as empty as we do.” Research from Boge suggests that Johns, the men who promote or buy sex, are generally between 30 and 60 years of age with good paying jobs.What should followers of Jesus do to wake up in their efforts to provide incarnational love to those who are victims of human trafficking? Boge says we need “to see them as victims. They were coerced or deceived into this.We need to see that it is happening all around us and that even men who attend church are paying for sex with underage girls. So, we need to educate our own people – our youth need to see that they are being targeted, and our men need to be made aware that this behaviour is sinful. We also need to educate men that the girls don’t want to be there. Too many Johns think it’s harmless fun.” Cathy Peters, community advocate against sex trafficking, shares that “While poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, vulnerable and unsafe foster care/ group homes have all been cited as factors, the problem has become so prolific that even girls (and some boys) from good families have been lured into the sex industry. It is very lucrative; criminals/pimps can make up to $280,000 per victim per year. Women/girls can be sold over and over and over again, while drugs and weapons can only be sold once. Hence, the sex industry, with little deterrence, is highly motivated to recruit and traffic women/youth/children with impunity.” Why don’t we notice the reality if it is so prevalent? What aren’t we seeing? Peters says, “In any community I always ask: Are there gangs, prostitution, drugs in your community? If so, then there is trafficking. We do not notice the reality because the sex trade operates online. Youth and children are lured easily online through chat rooms, video gaming, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. It is getting virtually impossible for parents to control what their children do online. Watch the Amanda Todd footage and then parents can see how insidious this crime has become. Children are no longer safe at home in their bedrooms if they have access to the internet there. “While there is street prostitution in many cities, most of it is now indoors and hidden; massage parlours, escort services, micro-brothels hidden behind AirBnb, VRBO, nail spas, adult entertainment centres, etc. What we are

not seeing are the warning signs and red flags. Victims will typically not talk; they have been conditioned to not speak up. It takes a great deal of empathy and sensitivity to see the signs and to respond appropriately. The two main pipelines to human sex trafficking is child abuse and pornography. Pornography, in particular, is fuel for the sex trade. Watch the Dr. Gail Dines TEDtalk on Pornography and adults will quickly learn how powerful and damaging internet pornography is on this young generation.

“The pornography industry is very lucrative and aggressively targets 11 year old boys with the intention to hook them for life.” “The pornography industry is very lucrative and aggressively targets 11 year old boys with the intention to hook them for life. What is also startling is the fact that Canada produces and distributes 90 percent of the pornography in the world out of Montreal, from one company called Mindgeek. This company moved from Europe to Canada. It is shocking to me that Canada would allow such a reprehensible company to exist on our soil. I would like to see families band together and file a civil suit against that company for the harm they have caused…this has been done by parents/children sex trafficking survivors in the USA against Backpage.com for example.” Boge says, “We can beat this. We can end human trafficking. But it starts on our knees. It is a massive spiritual battle because all slavery involves power, and power involves money.” Next month: part 3 – What can we do?

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Conversion therapy, & Canadian freedoms at risk:

Bill M 218-2019 by Danielle Martell LGBTQ2+, SOGI 123, swift changes in law, and a rapidly shifting culture, are among some of the most controversial topics of our day. But did we expect the loss of many basic Canadian freedoms to partner alongside this list of controversies in our free land of Canada? ‘Bill M 218-2019: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act’ has been raising such concerns among many British Columbians. On May 27, 2019 the bill was put forward by Green Party MLA, Dr. Andrew Weaver. It successfully passed its first reading and currently awaits its second reading. In the meantime, many people have become concerned that a vast array of fundamental freedoms we previously enjoyed as Canadians in areas of free speech, public debate, child rearing, religion, and practicing the ordinary expertise of our jobs, are quickly becoming a luxury we can no longer assume. The reason for this is that the bill raises many controversial concerns, including the bill’s intent, stated in the explanatory note which reads: “This bill prohibits the provision of conversion therapy to minors by health professionals, as a hospital service or professional service, and by persons in a position of trust or authority.” According to Dr. Weaver’s website, people in “positions of trust or authority” also includes “faith leaders,

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youth organizations, and even so-called family support groups” (www.andrewweavermla.ca/?s=bill+m218). As for the bill, it defines ‘conversion therapy’ as: “counselling, behaviour modification techniques or the administration or prescription of medication or any other practice, treatment or service provided with the purported objective of changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, but does not include: (a) services that provide acceptance, support or understanding of a person or that facilitate a person’s coping, social support or identity exploration or development, or (b) a gender-confirming surgery or any related service. A serious critique of the bill is being proposed by a group of “concerned citizens of BC” who have set out to identify the many troubling aspects of the bill. A worthwhile read of their content can be found on their website: www.concerned.ca. The scholarship is well documented and credible. Interestingly however, you will notice that the people behind it do not identify who they are. This is highly concerning because it is indicative that we are living in very troubling times. Though I was able to interview one of the leaders involved, the people wish to remain anonymous due to the concern that it could be even dangerous to have a different perspective than the government on this matter. The concern is that one could be in danger of losing not just their job and reputation, but also face the courts. When people are afraid of holding different convictions than the government, you know that the freedom of speech and public debate in British Columbia, and Canada at large, are no longer what they once were. Though the original intention of the bill was perhaps to benevolently protect a minority, at the same time, it has left many others feeling extremely vulnerable. Why the vulnerability? A variety of concerned citizens, including medical professionals, professors, parents, counselors, child care workers, religious leaders, and others have found the proposed bill to be both troubling

and disturbing for a whole host of reasons, but particularly, because it carries a very vague definition of “conversion therapy.” If that means you can’t kidnap minors, physically assault them, and force your way on them, that’s not the problem. Everyone agrees that should be outlawed and it already is. Therefore, there is no need for a new bill. However, this bill takes extra measure to prohibit even the ‘counselling’ of minors. Does this then mean that a doctor is not permitted to counsel a child on the medical concerns surrounding puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, irreversible genital surgeries and the psychological effects, even where the science is unknown or not precise, unless that doctor recommends and affirms only LGBTQ2+ ideologies? Do children have access to only one-sided counselling? Do parents, who know their children best, still have freedom to guide

Many people are concerned that this bill infringes upon Canadian freedoms including the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of religion, and the freedom to practice our professions according to our expertise them? Will people wi.th valuable expertise stop working with children out of fear of losing their jobs, facing court-enforced fines, or going to jail? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Many people are concerned that this bill infringes upon Canadian freedoms including the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, the freedom of religion, and the freedom to practice our professions according to our expertise. The problems identified in this bill are causing some to question if we’re living in a country that is free in name but not in practice. If you find yourself these days frequenting the prayer, “God keep our land, glorious and free,” you’re not alone. To become more informed about making amendments to this bill, visit www.concerned.ca. Today is the day to speak.

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November 3 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

The high cost of following Jesus By Greg Musselman, Minister at Large for The Voice of the Martyrs Canada In spite of intense persecution of Christians in many parts of the world, the Gospel is advancing! For example ,record numbers of Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus through dreams and visions, the personal witness of Christ followers, literature, broadcast and other means, in some of the most hostile countries. Amir, who is in his twenties, is from a Muslim background in Northern Nigeria and is paying a huge price to follow Jesus. Amir was born and raised in a Muslim family, but says he had good Christians friends. “I often followed them to church, but I would stay outside and not enter the church. When the service was over, we would go back home together.” One day, Amir’s friends, whom he had grown up with and worked with at a mechanics shop, asked him if he wanted to come inside the church and see what their worship was like. Amir was curious and followed his friends; he told me what happened: “I started to enter the church with them, and I became convicted. The pastor prayed with me and I accepted Christ, and he discipled me. He told me the kind of challenges I would face as a Christian.” Amir has faced many challenges since leaving Islam to follow Jesus. He was now considered an infidel, an unbeliever. His parents had told him that Christians were not good people and didn’t like Muslims, but that wasn’t what Amir saw in the Christians he knew and decided to follow Jesus anyway. He admits, at first, he feared what might happen and fled to another state to live with a pastor and his family. When Amir’s family and others in his community

learned where he was now living, they came to confront him for leaving Islam and surrounded the house. Amir says he was sleeping at the time: “Someone told me my family and other Fulani people had surrounded the house and I shouldn’t go out. I looked out the window and they were sitting outside even though it was guarded by police. I stayed in the house all day.” Amir says he knew he needed to find a way to escape, or his life would probably be over. “At that point, if they were able to catch me and if I didn’t renounce my faith and return to Islam, they would kill me.” Amir was able to sneak out of the house and go to yet another state for safety and that’s where I met this young man. Less than a week before I sat down to interview Amir, he had gone home again for a wedding. Some of those men who came looking for him at the pastor’s house spotted him in the village and attacked him, “I started struggling with them. They got me on the ground and began beating me with sticks. One of them took out a knife and cut my arm. I thought I might die because they were trying to kill me.” Amir suffered a deep cut on his arm and while bleeding badly, he was still able to get free and escape. He admits that when he first became a follower of Jesus he was afraid of being persecuted, and even had thoughts of returning to Islam, but says the Lord and other Christians encouraged him.

The Persecuted Church Prayer for the persecuted - IDOP November 3 is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Christians are persecuted in more than 50 countries, including North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Iran, India, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, China, Mexico, Russia, etc. 200 million Christians daily face the possibility of persecution (imprisonment, torture and death). 400 million Christians live in countries which have legislation specifically discriminating against Christians. But then scripture says: “In fact, everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12. Persecuted Christians are on the cutting edge of Christianity - they are out there on the front lines;

Amir is grateful for all he has learned at the Bible College including about the cost of following Jesus. “They were telling me that when you become a Christian, you are going to face a lot of challenges. They told me that Christ suffered, and I would also face persecution. I learned how to read the Bible and that encouraged me a lot.” Things have gotten a little better for Amir with his family and has had some contact with them, for which he says he is thankful. “When they learned I was at Bible school, and when I would call they wouldn’t answer or call me back, but when my mother got sick and went to the hospital, she called me and asked me to pray for her and I did. Since then, we communicate from time to time.” Amir is also learning job skills at the Bible College, so he can support himself. His goal, he says, is to become an evangelist. “The reason I want to become an evangelist is to give my Fulani Muslim brethren the same light of Jesus I received. I want to go back and share the light of the Gospel with them. I’m not afraid to back.” www.vomcanada.com

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where the rubber meets the road; where good confronts evil; where light confronts darkness; where Christianity confronts Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Communism, etc. If we believe we are part of the Body of Christ, then we must support the parts of the Body that are hurting. They are the ones who are suffering for us. Their sufferings are a continuation of Christ’s sufferings. Are we going to ignore Christ’s sufferings? They pray for us (Christians in the West)! Let us pray for them! “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3. A Lutheran pastor who was once tortured hor-

rifically for his faith said, “A church which does not pray for its persecuted brethren, is no church at all.” Ask your pastor or minister if your church will be observing I.D.O.P. on Sunday Nov.3. If not, encourage him or her to do so. Of course, we should really be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the whole year, but this one day is a good day for the church to corporately focus on them. More information can be found at www.persecution.net (VOM), www.persecution.org (ICC) and www.opendoorsca.org.

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Election 2019:

Top 3 things religiously-minded Canadians need to watch for by Lorna Dueck Attention religiously-minded voters: You matter to Canada’s 43rd general election. You have a role to play in shaping the future of this fantastic country over the next 40 days of campaigning. Embrace the reminder that ‘40 days’ is a call to prayer. Our governments were designed to facilitate that we live in peace, godliness, and dignity (I Timothy 2:1-3). All candidates running are engaged in a great deal of selfsacrifice. They and the electoral process deserve and need our prayerful support.

tions like this. Anger blurted out online over irksome content while hiding behind our social media personas, only increases our despondency — leaving us fearing the worst. Discern disinformation. In a Canadian election first, there are teams at The Globe and Mail, CBC, the Privy Council, and other outlets all helping to sniff out fake news created by shady marketing hacks. So before getting stirred up, discern the credibility of the sources producing the emotions that arise when reading election issues.

A few things to watch out for in the days ahead: Discern: This is the first election campaign in Canada where agencies are policing our personal Facebook pages and ensuring Google algorithms do not deceive us. I was fooled the other day when someone sent me a WhatsApp on ‘pumpkin spice’ communion wafers. I was sure the church had gone to hell for their marketing and reposted my outrage only to find out it was fake…cleverly fake. Fake news (a.k.a. Disinformation in Canada) preys on fast-acting emo-

Divide: Don’t let a few hot-button issues determine your vote. Abortion, end-of-life laws, conversion therapy, and taxfunded dramas of drag kids are important issues for Christians but are minor to election outcomes. If Christian voices and campaigns only circle around the moral ethics of personal choices, we miss out on supporting good candidates who navigate the complexity of public life and governance. It’s unwise to get tangled up in culture wars over individual choices if that means dividing ourselves from helping elect

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good candidates on the issues that shape our nation. Determine: The faith identity we hold as individuals is a Charter right and freedom in Canada, and intrinsic to who we are – let’s live it loud. According to Pew Research, a whopping 69 percent of Canadian voters embrace a religious identity to some degree. Candidates running for office, and voters across the country, all have the right to express their faith views and should not shy away from expressing them in media, or public office. We shape our views on national issues like ethics, environment, economy, immigration and health care through the lens of our personal religious beliefs – stand proud for it. Don’t let the faith that calls us to unselfish care for our neighbours become watered-down in this upcoming election. Lorna Dueck is host of Context Beyond the Headlines and CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. This article was originally posted on www.contextbeyondtheheadlines.com.

by Frank King

Balancing our faith with our election duty The National Post headline shouted, “On the R-Word and the Campaign: how religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election”. The article referenced how federal party leaders approach faith issues, made a point of stating that Green Party leader Elizabeth May said her “personal hero” is Jesus Christ and mentioned how, on a

national scale, “religion drowns as a political issue”. In other words, the writer was assigned the topic, then tossed every little thing into the story in order to fill out the required word count. As far as I can see, religion is absolutely not an election issue. Certain subjects that can be tied to religion sometimes

For Better, For Worse

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by Reverend Dr. Ed & Janice Hird “I suspect that most of us in a marriage simply need encouragement, stories and insights that help us see how it can work. Yes, more detailed understanding of when to do what and the whys are helpful. Although we always knew that “12 Easy Lessons” was never a book for marriage. That’s why Ed and Janice Hird’s use of “Keys” is critical. Indeed, there are important keys each of us have that unlock moments and relationships that bring vitality and loving presence into our walk together. This wonderful manuscript flows with joy, humor and candor, opening our minds to unused passage ways of our own lives. Lily and I have been married for over 55 years, yet this practical and insightful journey so helpfully described, brings encouragement, regardless if this is your first or fiftieth year of marriage. And as you do, you will learn so much more about yourself, your partner and this joyful creation into which God calls us.

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come up (especially when it comes to abortion), but that’s about it. Still, as Christ followers, what are we to do, think, and pray about as voting day (Oct. 21) approaches? Most of us know that God calls us to pray for our leaders (see 1 Timothy 2:12). Beyond that, Christians often avoid involvement in politics. Not a good idea; while the Lord reminds us that this broken world can warp us (Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15, James 4:4), that doesn’t mean we should withdraw. Indeed, it’s easy to see how our withdrawal from the political arena has given free reign to those who oppose God’s unchanging truth. The challenge is to participate with maturity and thoughtfulness, ever mindful that those who denigrate us or our beliefs are loved by God and are offered the same life-changing gift that we claim: salvation, starting here and now, through

faith in Christ. Have I stumbled on this path? Absolutely. But those stumbles should not stop me from participating in the process, no matter how much I might be disgusted by something a politician does or says. Yes, many of them display nauseating hypocrisy; but aren’t I guilty of the same thing? The only difference is my hypocrisy isn’t splashed on social media (phew!). So the real sleeper issue for us is balancing our beliefs, our allegiance to “the Word [who] became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) with our duties as Canadians. It’s time to get on our knees and pray for direction, for love, for humility and for wisdom. All the views expressed by Frank King are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.

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Abby Johnson: ‘Unplanned’ is my story and you can’t unsee it by Abby Johnson Advokate Life will be featuring Abby Johnson at a banquet at the Mirage Banquet Hall, 17767 64 Avenue in Surrey, on November 14 at 7 pm. For tickets and more information, eventbrite.ca or advokate.ca. I worked at Planned Parenthood for eight years, rising through the ranks from volunteer escort, to clinic counselor to clinic director. I was awarded the Employee of the Year prize in 2008 and was one of the youngest clinic directors in the country, setting an example of how to run a clinic to churn out as many abortions – the biggest money maker – as I could. Then it all changed when I was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. Some images stick with you forever, images that you can’t unsee. The photo of the first responder carrying the limp child in his arms after the Oklahoma City bombing. The photos of the Twin Towers falling. These images burn in your mind, causing you to replay them over and over again. They are impactful. That was what I saw on the ultrasound screen. The fetus was 13-weeks-old and I could easily see its head, arms, and legs. The abortion instrument – a suction tube – was on the screen as well. The baby jumped away from it but it was all for naught. The abortionist turned on the suction and I saw that baby get sucked apart right in front of me on the screen and inches from the probe I was holding. In mere seconds, that fetus’ life ended and the screen only showed a black, empty uterus. The life that was there just a couple of minutes ago was gone. In that mo-

ment, I saw for myself what I was supporting for the last eight years and it broke me. How do you deal with something so profound that completely turns your worldview upside down? Everything I knew to be true was flipped. The lies exposed. I cannot have just seen that. I’ve been told this isn’t a baby, that it’s just tissue. How could I not have known? My life was forever changed. I walked out of Planned Parenthood a week later, after failing to justify what I had seen. I couldn’t stop thinking about that baby I saw on the screen and what had happened. In the age of #MeToo, where women are encouraged to tell their stories and be heard, where liberals are demanding the public trust women, I implore the nation to hear me out, to trust me. There is such little tolerance for women on the national stage who don’t agree with the hosts of The View or celebrities who march with Planned Parenthood. No one wants to be silenced, especially women at this time in our history. Two directors - both men - in Hollywood approached me five years ago about turning my book, “Unplanned,” into a film. It tells the story of what I saw that day on the ultrasound screen, how I started working at Planned Parenthood, and what happened when I walked away. This is my story, my voice and I was surprised that some-

one in Hollywood wanted to tell it. It’s not a mainstream story but it’s my story. And it’s the story of many, many abortion workers, those who have already left the industry and those who are still in it. The movie came out this past March, smack in the middle of a raging national debate over abortion, in the middle of a presidency that has tackled the issue head on, and following on the heels of a women’s movement that has shunned this position and those of us who support it. You won’t be able to unsee what I saw if you go see the movie, which I implore you to do. But you also won’t be able to say you didn’t know what abortion is or what happens when a woman walks into Planned Parenthood. If you are pro-life or pro-choice, you will know exactly what you are supporting. Abby Johnson is the director of And Then There Were None, which helps abortion workers leave their jobs and find life-affirming ones. She’s also the author of “Unplanned”, which has been made into a feature film of the same name. This article is reprinted with permission from Fox News.

Christian Book and Music celebrating 80 years on Vancouver Island In the last decade or so, many Christian bookstores have closed. But Christian Book and Music on Vancouver Island is not only going strong, but celebrating 80 years serving the Island Christian community. This heritage was started by Miss Francis Davis, who opened the first store on Sept 10, 1939 at Douglas Christian Book Room and View Streets. Six years September 1939

later, she sold to Frank and Norah Hamilton, who moved to Fort Street, and then to Johnson at Broad Street. In 1974, the Christian Book Room (as it was then known) was bought by Don and Judy Easton, eventually being joined by son and daughter-in-law Mike and Melanie Easton. There have been seven locations in 80 years, with

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the current Victoria location at 3090 Nanaimo Street. There is also a Nanaimo location at 1200 Princess Royal Avenue, unit #2. The stores are a ministry as well as a business. The Eastons pray for their customers, and show the love of Jesus to all who enter. The Ahava Java Cafe of- Three generations of booksellers. L to R: Mike, Melanie, fers a quiet place to meet, Shaylyn, Rachelle, Judy, Don, Elya and Brendon eat, sip a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. As an extension prayer, bible studies, prayer meetings and of the cafe, the Ecclesia meeting room is special seminars. home to four churches, David’s house of www.christianbookandmusic.com

Telecare - Celebrating 30 years of listening ministry On Friday, October 18, a celebration will be held to mark 30 years that the Telecare Crisis & Caring Line has been serving others through emphatically listening to anyone who calls their phone number. This milestone will be held at New Life Church on Delair Road in Abbotsford and features keynote speaker, Mark Eshleman, who will talk on the connection between our thoughts and our emotional wellbeing. Eshleman is a registered clinical counselor with Cedar Springs Counselling, based

in Langley and works with individuals, couples and families. Abbotsford’s own Ryan McAllister will share his musical talent. McAllister is a singer / songwriter and record producer. He has performed in thousands of concerts and is a gifted musician. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite or for $25 at the door. For more information call 604-852-4058, go to the Eventbrite site, or to www.telecarebc.com.

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The Kite & The Blender Approach extremes to stress and conflict by Dr. Dave Currie The kite and the blender. To be honest, I see a lot of this between couples. Often, these two extreme styles of stress interaction live in juxtaposition in many homes. Let me explain what I have come to call the Kite and the Blender personalities and how I define them. Understanding the Kite Early in my parenting, I used to fly kites with my children. They loved to see the bright colors dancing in the sun way up in the sky! They loved to hold the string and be in control. You know, “…all by myself, Daddy.” They thought the kite was really high when I’d spin the spool letting out 200-300 feet of line. Little did the kids know, the kite was connected to 1000 feet of string. On a few occasions, I would let out virtually the whole spool and to be honest, I had to work really hard to keep track of that little ‘dot’ in the sky. Like a ‘kite’, the spouse who has this withdrawing tendency, when under stress from their mate, creates distance, and the farther – the better! They take flight and flee emotionally so they are able to isolate and insulate themselves from an emotional spouse who they feel is over-reacting. Whether they are receiving their mate’s disappointment, hurt, criticism or harshness, as the kite, they will fly high and far. This is their attempt to escape pain – to soar away from pressure. Now, I am not saying, in any way, that a person should stay and take abuse of any kind. Harshness, rage, contempt, or any other form of emotional abuse, are not okay. Of course, anything that resembles any inappropriate physical threat or harm should not be tolerated. Leave. Be safe.

There are other fair reasons you might need to take a break from a discussion that is going negative. One may be that you may be a deliberate processor – in that, you may need time to think things through before you respond. That your immediate response may not be your best one. Ask for time to sort out your thoughts on the issue. Agree on a time to talk things through in the next 48 hours. Further, you may need to take a break when your spouse’s tone and aggression are causing too much hurt and you might be shutting down. It might be wise to agree to resume the discussion later. Finally, take responsibility for your own emotions and frustrations. If you need a time out before you react, say that. Try something like, “it might be better for both of us if we finished this discussion later – at least, I know it will be better for me as my frustration level is getting too high to be good for us. I don’t want to say anything that I will regret. I love you and I’m committed to us, but I need a break.” There are times when stepping back may be wise. Yet, I also see something else at work. The ‘kite’ will avoid discomfort, escape conflict and deny ownership of many issues that they would be wise to face. But instead, they withdraw – by flying off – by exiting the negative interaction. Sometimes they actually vacate without leaving the room by disconnecting from the moment, going silent or shutting out their spouse. Problem. It’s too easy to blame our spouse because of the way they are reacting. Kites feel this gives them the right to vacate the heat – to avoid the explosion. But the truth may be that they just don’t want to look at where they may be responsible – that their spouse may have a point that they need to address. Why not listen to the concerns of your spouse? Why not try to understand why they may be so hurt? Likely the most complicated side of the spouse who has the ‘Kite’ tendency is when they move past creating distance to feel safe to actually attempt to punish their

partner through isolation, rejection and silence. Cold wars, intentional avoidance and neglect is fully dysfunctional. Wind in the Kite. Pulling away isn’t the solution. Don’t withhold love and interaction to silently try to control them. Frankly, grow up. Are you the Kite in the relationship? Understanding the Blender I like my blenders. Yup, I have two! Whether it’s power shakes or smoothies, I love to push the button hearing the ice crush while seeing the layers mix! Boom! Such instant power. Now…don’t try this at home! You’ll regret it. I did… once. I had put in the contents for my drink and started the blender. A minute or so in, I realized that I had forgotten one ingredient. I stopped it. I added what was missing but then thoughtlessly hit the button on the blender with the lid still off. I know. Not good. It’s a lesson one never forgets – the mess was everywhere and in every direction. The power shake was all over the kitchen and all over me. If you have never made this mistake, you are forced to imagine what an engaged blender with the lid off looks like. But boy, does this picture ever describe the spouse with the ‘Blender’ tendency. Hit the button – and BAM – in just seconds, emotions are all over the place! I call it flooding emotionally. It’s like there’s no lid, no valve, no gauge! There are extremely heightened emotions going in every direction! They can literally lose it with anger, melt downs, name-calling and more. Usually, something triggers the blender spouse and wham – they hit the button and the emotions aren’t pretty. The blender personality – at this point – has little to

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Many people who attend Recovery Church on Sunday Nights are at ‘Christian Recovery Homes’ in the lower mainland, but many of them are not ‘born again’ like Jesus states we must be in John 3:3. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 ‘ says, ‘This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.’ God’s heart is that all people would be saved from their sins! His desire is that they come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour. That they would be ‘Born Again.’ At Recovery Church, by God’s grace, we are seeing people come to faith in Christ! It is so exciting! Every time someone raises their hand or comes forward for prayer after an invitation to accept the Lord, my heart skips a beat! This is why Jesus died and rose again! John 3:16 ‘ …. whosoever believes in Him will not die, but have everlasting life.’ People are deciding to believe in Jesus, many for the first time!! It’s amazing!

In this season, we are also working hard to build community. Addiction destroys a person’s relationship with the people around them. An addict will often ‘isolate’ so they can continue in their addiction without the shame of being seen. To fight against this tendency to isolate, we have recently had a Comedy/Dessert night, an Open Mic night, a Park night, and a BBQ, all for the purpose of creating community. Psalm 68:6 says, ‘He puts the lonely in families.’ It’s truly our heart’s desire that the people who attend Recovery Church feel like they are part of a family! We covet your prayers for souls to be saved, for people to be set free from addiction, for addicts to become disciples and for disciples to become mighty men and women of God who do great exploits for the glory of God! Blessings, Joel Reimer, Pastor, Recovery Church


Family Matters no control of their emotions. They can attack, blame and accuse their mate, sometimes indiscriminately. It’s not that they don’t have any legitimate concerns, but how they process them tends to invalidate their perspective. They are often immediate processors and their minds move very quickly and in so doing, demand a response and want that answer now. The problem is once you hit the button of the blender, you usually begin to push your spouse away, cause unnecessary hurt and sadly, the truth that you want to share is lost in the poor treatment. Further, if the flood continues and you get more upset, you usually get less coherent and the discussion deteriorates as the dysfunction escalates. Look to see if you can figure out why you flood so much emotionally. What’s going on inside of you? Are you blaming them so that you don’t have to look at your issues, trying to make it all about them? Blenders – you are responsible for your emotions. If you are flooding – overflowing and splattering everywhere, you must stop. Pull yourself away as you can. Ask for grace, as was illustrated above for the Kite. Be sure to respect your mate’s need to pull away to keep balanced. Release them

if they feel unsafe. Calm down. Don’t press in and push harder to make your point. Crowding, demanding and pressuring them to get the result you want isn’t healthy interaction. Controlling and manipulating them through your harshness is not acceptable or effective. Be careful about carrying on more by punishing your spouse with further accusation, anger and disdain. Are you the blender in the relationship? After a difficult interaction where the blender has flooded and the kite has flown, it is not uncommon to withhold love by silence, pouting, being moody or short-tempered. Emotional maturity will take you to a far better place. Ask God to help you break the flee or flood cycle. Agree to talk things through. Own all you can and apologize where needed. Be willing to forgive and give fresh starts. And personally, work on slowing down your usual flight or flood responses. And to be clear – men and women can both be kites and blenders! I hope that these great Scriptures will help anchor your difficult marital interactions: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The

soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:1-4). Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. (Proverbs 15:31,32). Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6). My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20). May the Lord help you improve your challenging marital interactions so that good things come out of difficult places. And stop the spinning spool and get your finger off the button! I would love to hear from you on what you think about my observations. Make sure you share if you are more blender or kite!

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Adopting an orphan in 2019 Current adoption policy requires that a child in an orphanage only be adopted internationally if all parenting options have been explored in the child’s home country. The adoption process is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention, which most countries in the world have agreed to. Before deciding to adopt a child, there are many things to learn and consider. These include the process, time frames, the inherent risks in an adoption, and most importantly, what are the characteristics and challenges of a child which your family is open to parenting. The landscape of adoption is very different from a decade ago, and also different from most people’s expectation of adoption.

To provide an orphan with a safe and loving family through adoption can be a life-changing event for a child A good first step is to set up an appointment with one of our adoption specialists who can guide you through the process and the many decisions you will have to make. International adoption rates are declining all over the world, however there are still children in need of loving families through adoption. A child growing up in an orphanage can lead to tragic outcomes. Children need attachment and that happens when they are part of a loving family; it does not happen in an orphanage. An attached child has the best opportunity to reach their full potential in life. To provide an orphan with a safe and loving family through adoption can be a life-changing event for a child, and needless to say for the adoptive parents also. All adoptions are different from each other, and they all involve challenges. At the end of the day, adoption is a leap of faith! If adoption is something you would like to explore, please contact us at 1-888-984-2488 or visit SunriseAdoption.com. lightmagazine.ca

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40 years of ministry by Rev. Dr. Ed Hird Pastor Audrey Mabley has lived a 40-year story of God’s faithfulness in both good and hard times. This Nov 9 will be the 40th-year Gala Celebration. In the Fall of 1979, after months of earnest prayers, God gave Mabley a vision to start Eternity Club. From feeding people to sharing the good news through Eternally Yours TV and radio, Sunday and revival services, Mabley and the Eternity Club team have been faithful for four decades. Over the years, thousands have made a decision to have Jesus as Lord and many miracle healings, including a lady who got up out of a wheelchair and walked! Many troubled lives changed from addictions and hopelessness to being on fire for God ! One of the secrets to Mabley’s ministry has been the prayer room that prepares the team for the Sunday morning service. Rev. Tiny Marais says, “this is where the power of the Holy Spirit flows down to meet us.” After 40 years, Mabley wants to leave a legacy to the younger generation, of trusting and clinging to God’s Word for breakthrough. Her autobiography, Thank God that I married An Alcoholic, reveals that she has discovered a radical dependence upon

the Bible, that replaces the ‘old tapes’ from years of rejection and addiction: “When I pick up that Word, no matter how down I am, I get picked up.” She is still amazed by “the loving goodness and power of God, how He will use any willing vessels to see people come to Christ and be healed.” Her life was transformed when she discovered that Christianity is an unconditional love relationship with our Father God through Christ our Lord. Mabley, known by the nickname Mrs. Revival, has a consuming passion for Holy Ghost revival and healing. This zeal came from a retreat with the late Pastor Bob Birch, where she heard from the Lord: “The Father weeps for the brokenness of his children, and wants his army whole.” Pastor Michael Scantlebury recently spoke this encouraging word for her: “Strength, depth of wisdom. I see a five year-window opening, shifting in your life, ministry and influence. I see people coming in blessing to reconnect, be in touch, and be refreshed with great benefits.” The Eternity Club team asks for your prayers as they have a need for a new meeting place on Sunday mornings. God loves to do the impossible.

Eternity Club Ministries Invites you to

40th Anniversary Music Festival November 9, 2019

Darrell Swanson MC, with Royal Heirs, Denis Mayer Jr. - and more Buffet Banquet, Sat, Nov. 9, 1pm, Firefighters Hall, 6515 Bonsor Ave., BBY Tickets $35 per plate Door Prizes & Silent Auction limited seating, reserve early, 604-437-5500 to reserve www.eternityclub.org and click on Pay Pal — Anointed Services — Sundays at 2 pm Kingsway Centre

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with Rev. Audrey Mabley

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MCC says thank you This past September, more than13,000 people visited the annual MCC British Columbia Festival for World Relief at the TRADEX in Abbotsford. The weekend raised $890,000 and counting, to support uprooted and vulnerable people, locally and globally. By 4 pm on Friday night, the line was already growing with families, friends and supporters, young and old. The Crescent Sky kicked off the stage’s performances at 5:30 pm, followed by Ryan McAllister and the Live Auction at 7 pm. The crowd continued to grow, as attendees were entertained by Cliff Prang’s Comedy Show until the end of the evening. Saturday began with the Pancake Breakfast, and the Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon. The Children’s Auction started at 10 am and the 1st Annual 3 Point Competition followed. All and all, the weekend was a time of community, as old

friends met, new friends were made, kids played in the Children’s Area and booths continued to showcase varying works of art and craftmanship. Keep an eye out for more events at www.mccbc.ca as MCC celebrates its Centennial in 2020!


Education Spotlight

Surrey Christian School We all have day-to-day habits and practices that often work at a subconscious level; the way we spend our money, verbal mannerisms, and routines. They formulate the way we walk in this world, and the way we walk in the world explicitly or implicitly states what we believe it means to flourish as a human being. We know from psychology that practices form us. In athletics, specific skills are formed by correct repetition of a specific action. The same applies to the formation of the habits of being human. For example, the more opportunity we have to be compassionate, the more likely we are to respond to a situation out of compassion. On the flip side, the more we act out of selfishness,

- What is our definition of human flourishing?

the more likely we are to respond to a situation out of a place of selfishness. At Surrey Christian School, we believe our task is to engage in the formation of students, and eventual graduates, who practice the values of the Kingdom. We design our school practices with the vision of seeing our students, staff and families become “fully alive in God’s story.” Rather than simply fill students’ heads with knowledge and information, and then add Jesus like icing on a cake, we work from the ground up to educate for the wholeness that Jesus offers by engaging authentically in God’s world. We strive to create, facilitate and lead students into learning experiences

that are formational. This is difficult work! We live within the western story of affluence, ease and acquisition. To be formed into God’s story requires more than deconstructing the western story, more than ‘teaching’ about God’s story in some intellectual way. It requires experiencing rich moments of God’s story here and now in day-to-day life. At Surrey Christian School, we call these formational experiences and we are excited to be working hard to design learning that enables students to find themselves fully alive in God’s story. If that resonates with you, come visit us, take a tour and meet our team! www.surreychristian.com Dr. David Loewen, Superintendent

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BC Christian Academy It has been my privilege to serve BC Christian Academy for the past 27 years. Twenty-eight years ago, God called a group of evangelical Christians together who had a passion for starting a Christian school in the Tri-Cities area. They deeply wanted their children to be educated from a biblical perspective. Our enrolment has grown rapidly in recent years and as a result, our grades 8-12 students are now in our new high school campus in Coquitlam. This change in location has brought us closer to the homeless community and others struggling with the challenges of life. The move has caused us to be more intentional in looking for ways to help those around us. Not long ago, when one of our high school boys was being driven home after he seriously injured his arm during a basketball game, he noticed a homeless man on the side of the road, not too far from our school. He told his mom to stop to find out what the man needed. The mother was quite hesitant as her boy

was in pain from the injury but she felt that it was important to reach out to this man and listen to her boy’s request. She drove around the block and returned to the homeless man and asked what he needed. The man said he needed socks. The high school boy and his mother quickly made their way to a local store to purchase the socks and returned to the man to provide him with a basic need. One of the best educations we can give our children is to develop a heart for others and become the hands and feet of Christ. BCCA is on a path to build a new school in the next five years that will house up to 600 students, almost doubling our numbers, so more students like the boy above will receive an education beyond just the academics. Come and discover the warm and nurturing community of BC Christian Academy! Join us for a “C� Our Story Tour! RSVP at www.bcchristianacademy.ca. Ian Jarvie Head Principal

Maple Ridge Christian School What Makes a Great Kindergarten? There is nothing quite like Kindergarten. The wonder of learning is bundled together with a fresh pack of crayons. As parents, choosing the best school for your child is a top priority. Here are five important things to look for: 1. Focus on the Whole Child A great Kindergarten will focus on the whole child and nurture your child intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. The best curriculum focuses on every part of this dynamic combination. 2. Play-based Learning A great Kindergarten will provide lots of opportunity for your child to explore through hands-on activities. Not only is play-based learning fun, it is the groundwork for math and literacy skills. 3. Quality Teachers A great Kindergarten has a teacher who partners with families. This teacher has strong communication skills and is in touch with parents regularly. 4. Community A great Kindergarten facilitates the building of a strong community to surround its students. It welcomes parents into the classroom and includes crossgrade learning so your child can make friends with older students. 5. Christian Worldview A great Kindergarten has a Christian worldview interwoven into every part of its program. The good news of Jesus Christ is the foundation. Students learn that God loves them and created them for His special plan. At Maple Ridge Christian School, our vision is to provide innovative Christian education in a mission-minded community where every student thrives. For more information about our unique Kindergarten to Grade 12 environment, please visit mrcs.ca.

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Pacific Academy Pacific Academy is a Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 school in which Christian love and concern are interwoven with the task of learning; where resources and gifts are regarded as given by God to be used in service and leadership. The close link established between students, parents and

teachers are rooted in common spiritual and educational goals. Pacific Academy is committed to the concept that children are best prepare for leadership and life when they are nurtured by all three of the key influences in their lives: the home, the school and the church. www.pacificacademy.net

Genuine Learning Academy

Genuine Learning Academy Christian Genuine Learning Academy (GLA) is a BC certified, parents, community, and partners to make contribuMiddle School (Gr.6-9) tuition-free, non-profit Christian middle school lo- tions to the school to assist with financial obligations. Register for 2019-20 Tuition-free Christian education

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cated in Langley, BC. GLA opens September 2019. We believe our specialized school programs (Gr. 6 - 9) are most beneficial to middle schoolers and will contribute significantly to students setting life and professional goals. GLA wants to invest in young Christian leaders and provide quality Christian education to students regardless of a student’s financial status. So, we encourage our

Genuine Learning Academy runs on a linear system so GLA can accept students from September to as late as January 2020. Even if students join GLA later, they will have all the requirements ready for moving up a grade in the following year. As such, GLA strives to provide the best education and support to meet every student’s needs and situations. www.glaedu.ca

White Rock Christian Academy At the heart of White Rock Christian Academy is dynamics that combine to shape both the minds actively engage in His creation. This is where stuour core purpose: We inspire and cultivate citizens and character of our students. At WRCA, children dents think, create and become. Contact our Adof Godly character who transform their world for discover who God is and who they are in Christ, and missions Office for a tour: 604-531-9186. wrca.ca. Christ. WRCA’s program development, curriculum choices, and key decisions all focus on our core purpose. In addition, WRCA holds to a set of core values: We are Christ-centered; We glorify God through the pursuit of excellence; We honour passion, creativity, and initiative; We provide a holistic education from a biblical Christian worldview; and We form resilient and mature followers of Christ. We believe the best Christian education possible encompasses a holistic approach and we accomplish this through a totally inclusive (Preschool – grade 12) International Baccalaureate continuum program. We are privileged to have a solid foundation in all our program areas to build on as we move forward in offering a quality Christian education for our students today, who will become the leaders of tomorrow. Throughout the history of our school, we continue to honour and glorify God through the pursuit of excellence. We are excited for our school community: an education at White Rock Christian Academy is an active, enriching experience. It includes academic concepts, biblical truths, and intangible lightmagazine.ca October 2019

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EVENTS Hear and meet two great men of God October 27 at 6:30 pm Tass Saada . . .

Author of Once an Arafat Man and The Terrorist . Tass was born in the Gaza Strip and hated Jews. He was a driver and bodyguard for Yasar Arafat. He became a Christian and now loves Jews and Arabs and wins them to Jesus.

November 10 at 6:30 pm

Russ Stendal . . .

Author of The 7th Trumpet. Russ was captured by the drug Cartel in Columbia, SA and was tied to a tree for 5 months but then won many of them to Jesus! Come hear this amazing story.

at Surrey Pentecostal Assembly (16870 – 80th Avenue)

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Middle East Christian Outreach Do not underestimate the importance of prayer. “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” said Oswald Chambers. We welcome you to join us in praying for the people of the Middle East and for the Church that serve among them in Canada and the MENA region. If prayer is the act of dedication, communication, supplication and cooperation, then I am challenged to let go of

my independence, I am challenged to have a relationship with God, I am challenged to ask Him for everything I need and I am challenged to partner with Him. Charles Spurgeon said, “God does not close His storehouse until you close your mouth.” May our mouths and our hearts be ever before God for the people of the Middle East and for the Church that is ever present to serve. Come and visit us at www.mecocanada.ca.

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Salem’s Dream: helping as many children as possible From her earliest days, 11-year-old Salem Keogh remembers her mother packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in need. Now, she’s leading the way for her Calgary family to provide gift-filled boxes for 10,000 children. “You should help as many kids as you can because God loves everyone,” said Salem, explaining the impetus for a family project called Salem’s Dream. “I’m not more important [than children in the developing world] just because my family has some money and lives in a richer country,” she continued. “God wants as many kids in His kingdom as possible, and that’s important.” By the time Salem was six, her family was filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items and school supplies for about 250 children each year. Michelle, her mother, asked Salem how many she thought they should be packing. “I told her I wanted us to do 100 x 100 boxes,” recalled Salem, who makes shoebox items, does speaking engagements, packs boxes and oversees quality control. “Mom asked if I knew how many that was, and I said 10,000.” ‘Nothing is impossible with God.’ At this point, Michelle takes up the amazing story. “I said ‘that’s impossible’ and Salem said ‘nothing is impossible with God’, and I said ‘ouch!’ In my head, I believe nothing is impossible with God but, at the same time, I knew how much work 10,000 shoeboxes would be, and I wondered where we would put all the contents and all the boxes.” Practicalities aside, Michelle said, “I just felt in my spirit I had to encourage this dream, be-

cause what would I be telling Salem if I didn’t support her?” Fortunately for the family, Salem’s goal of 10,000 boxes is not meant to happen in one year. Working together, the family increased its shoebox total the first year to about 800. Each year since then, the Keoghs have packed between 600 to 900 annually. Michelle estimates they’ve done 3,000 shoeboxes, about 30 percent of their goal. Moments of thanks to God Along the way, there have been challenges and moments of thanks to God. The thanks comes from volunteers, as many as 15 each year who make shoebox contents (such as clothes and barrettes) and come to the Keogh home to pack boxes. “We turn part of our house into a giant packing operation with different gender and age groups,” Michelle explained. Volunteers also helped them collect items for an annual Salem’s Dream garage sale, which raised money for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Friends and family members donated items, while Michelle monitored social media and Kijiji for free items. Each garage sale raises between $1,000 and $2,500. The Greatest Journey transforming lives Salem and her mother thank God that whenever possible, children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are invited to attend The Greatest Journey, Samaritan’s Purse’s 12-lesson evangelism and discipleship program. Since 2009, the Lord has used The Greatest Journey to bring more than ten million children and their families to faith in His Son. Praise God! The Keoghs’ challenge? It’s a big one: as of September, Salem’s dad, Patrick, has been without full-time work for two years. But that hasn’t affected the family’s commitment to helping children in the developing world through Operation Christmas Child.

“It has stretched us,” Michelle admitted. “(But) we trust God, and we’ll keep doing what we’re asked to do, and God will provide in His season or time. We’d never wish this on anyone, but it’s brought so much good for us to really depend on God.” Visit SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC for more information on Operation Christmas Child, including how you can transform lives through this vital ministry and help more children learn about Christ through The Greatest Journey.

Salem Keogh HOW TO PACK SHOEBOXES Giving children in need hope through Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts is easy! 1. Find shoeboxes: you can start with average size cardboard or plastic shoeboxes. You can decorate your boxes, too. 2. Decide who you’re packing for: Pick your gender and age range (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14). 3. Fill your boxes with gifts: select quality toys such as dolls, deflated soccer balls with pumps, or stuffed animals. Then add other toys, hygiene items and school supplies. You can also include a personal note and photo with each box. 4. Pray for the children who will receive your shoeboxes, that God will use the gifts to change their lives for all eternity.

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There is an unhealthy trend in discipleship today that keeps Christians from maturing in their Christian growth: “Doing everything for them.” There is an old saying, “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” The desire to make Christian growth easily available and easy to digest has contributed to a lack of Christian discernment and growth. The writer of Hebrews wrote, “In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” There was the same lack of true growth at the time that Hebrews was written as there is today.

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So what can be done? The purpose of Discipleship International’s ministry is to see Christians move from infancy, to adolescence and onto adulthood in spiritual maturity. We accomplish this by focusing on real transformation that can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ and equipping those being discipled with tools and disciplines to grow and learn from Christ on their own, followed by teaching and modeling for others to do the same. If you are at a place in your spiritual maturity where you desire to grow, then contact us and get started! “Equip To Serve” classes start every January and September! www.discipleshipint.org


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The power of one can move mountains and clinics in Africa. She also works with Dr. Paul Thistle at the Karunda Mission Hospital. Fighting against enough personal challenges to “I am now officially Dr. Suess!” jokes Janetti, with a make a small army crumble, Susan Janetti returns play of words on her name. “What can I do to help every year to the impoverished country of Zimbayou?” is a phrase that is never far from her lips. bwe where she grew up – so she can help starving She is excited about a recent meeting that took orphans, widows, and whole communities to survive place with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health, a team hunger, disease, and poverty. This is the same place of University of B.C. [UBC] health providers, local where a soldier once struck her Dad so hard, he was doctors and citizens and community groups to plan left a quadriplegic. Her story is one of unwavering for medical stability in Zimbabwe. perseverance. It is truly a breakthrough, a first-of-a-kind initiaJanetti and her family moved to Canada virtutive! The “Zim-Can Health Initiative” is a new UBC ally penniless, but from this new beginning, she medical elective that focuses on relationship persevered, and established the Zimbabwe Gecko building and capacity-building in Zimbabwe. Dr. Society in 2009 to feed, heal and care for the hurtRaymond Markham and Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, UBC ing people left behind in her homeland. She runs an Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice, innovative ministry to bring containers of supplies recently coordinated medical efforts at the Karanda to Zimbabwe, build health and wellness centres and Hospital, the Hope Centre, and many of the Gecko libraries, to name a few projects. She also inspired Society clinics. “The people we trained in First Aid an annual medical team of B.C. doctors and nurses and Midwifery worked with the doctors, side by to bring their gifts of healing to the impoverished side, and gained many skills. The Canadian doccountry! tors benefitted as well, building their knowledge “All of the Canadian doctors, headed up by Dr. about the struggles of third world countries and Ray Markham, make a huge difference, running tropical illnesses,” says Janetti. “Each year we meet medical clinics and giving First Aid instruction,” says the Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and share Janetti, noting the huge challenge of delivering ideas and improvements we can make. This benefits medical supplies from Canada to different hospitals the relationship that Canada is building with the

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Susan Janetti, Painting by Kuda Chuma Government of Zimbabwe.” What do preschoolers, widows, goats, computers, gardens and a spiritual centre have in common? They are all part of Janetti’s master plan for healing! She and her team recently converted an old dilapidated barn into a holistic community centre to bring hope and healing: mind, body and soul. In the middle of the Rasper Community Center is a church to heal the soul, surrounded by facilities to give people practical self-sustaining skills for a better life. The church is at the hub with facilities built around it, almost like a shopping mall but without the materialistic stores of the West. The Communi-

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Abundance Canada Generosity in Retirement Retirement. At twenty, we rarely think about it. At 45, we dream about it. And, at 55 we worry about it. A significant amount of financial planning tends to focus on that time in life when, as the saying goes, we “finally stop working and start living.” But what about our charitable giving? Giving to charity isn’t limited to making cash donations, and retirement brings many opportunities to give in other ways beyond volunteering. This may include gifts of publicly-traded securities, donations of private company shares, or gifting a life insurance policy. Many people love that retirement affords them the op-

portunity to travel, and thousands of Canadians choose to spend the cold winter months in warmer climates. However, managing your charitable donations and receipts may be a bit tricky. A simple solution is to develop a customized generosity plan. A generosity plan allows you to maximize your gifts to charity at a time that best suits your situation. The flexibility of a Gifting Fund, with a public foundation like Abundance Canada, allows you to recommend when, where, and how much to distribute to charity. Then, while you’re enjoying the sunny weather or travelling the globe, we handle the rest.

In the same vein, people downsizing, selling vacation properties, or divesting of a second home can donate some (or all) of the proceeds of these sales into a gifting fund to seed their ongoing charitable giving. So, whether retirement is around the corner or years down the road, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future of your generosity. Abundance Canada is a faith-based public foundation, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). We help people realize their philanthropy and giving potential in their lifetime and beyond. Visit abundance.ca to learn more.

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Susan Janetti.....continued from page 21 ty Wellness Centre, for example, is equipped with hospital beds, cribs, wheelchairs, blood pressure cuffs, and medicine. Meanwhile, men and women are invited to go to the Garden Centre to borrow wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and all kinds of tools, as they are taught, “Farming God’s Way.” The garden is already flourishing! Janetti and her team love to teach the people how to grow and sell produce so they can become self-sufficient.

She created the Innovative Goat Sharing Program to generate milk and cheese as food for families. It started with 100 goats. Two pregnant goats were then given to each widow and were not allowed to sell them for three years. By the end of this time, the number of goats grew to 1,000. Goats typically have twins, so when a woman has six goats, she is taught to be generous and to give one goat away. Another widow is taught the same methodology. One widow shares a goat with another widow and so the multiplication effect blesses everyone. The plan allows for each woman to have enough food to feed the orphan children in her care as well as their own family and also to teach them the gifts of entrepreneurship and acts of kindness. An Innovative Chicken Sharing Program is based on a similar model. These animal sharing concepts have been going for 10 years and are now replicated in many villages. Meanwhile, in the Carpentry Centre, complete with bolts, screws and nails, people are trained to use the routers, hand saws and hand drills, and other equipment. It’s a happy mix of activities. The Zimbabwean people build beehives, for example, and sell the honey to generate income, and, of course, to eat. They also build window frames, beds, desks, etc. to

earn an income and to reinvest in the community. “The entrepreneurship model, coupled with the virtue of generosity is highly unusual for Africa,” said Janetti. “We stress the idea that if you build up your community, everybody will be better off!” The Early Childhood Development Centre, where children loudly sing, laugh, and play is the best equipped in Zimbabwe, featuring brain games, puzzles, toys, cars, dolls, and books. Janetti hopes to build a school there in the future. The Community Centre also features a store selling items such as second-hand clothing, pots and pans as well as food. The proceeds help to pay for electricity and water to run the facility. Without the store, it is a 10 kilometer walk to try to buy anything. She makes her ministry work sound easy, but in fact, she has moved mountains, trying to save children who were dying, and later stood around their graves in tears. She has faced the wrath of local witch-doctors who set traps for her, and overcame their superstitions with prayer and God’s strength. Her ministry is run under the auspices of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, which provides tax receipts for donations. To contact Janetti, email: zimbabwegecko@gmail.com.

Christian Service Brigade

CSB is excited to welcome Burnaby’s Cariboo Road Christian Fellowship and their families to a new phase of “Building Godly Men of Tomorrow”. Their club leaders feel called by God to build wholesome relationships with boys through the Stockade (boys 8 to 11 years old) and Tree Climbers (boys 5 to 7 and their dads) ministries of Christian Service Brigade. Their new midweek programs are starting, so give them a call to register your boy(s). Girls are also welcomed in their GEMS program. Other churches are restarting their midweek club ministries. Check out the listing of local groups in our ad. They are an excellent way to apply Sunday’s Chris-

tian teachings to the practical living of daily life. KNOTS, for example, teach the reliability of Christ. FLIGHT shows the outcome of Christian faith. FISHING demonstrates the importance of a strong Christian witness. Boys learn important Biblical Truths through God-inspired Action and Adventure. Encourage men to build Christ in the lives of boys and teens, and see what God does.CSB builds Godly men of today and tomorrow through resources, training and certification. Check out how you can partner with CSB at www.csbbc.org and start a Christ-centred midweek club in your community.

Bethesda Christian Association Sharing our Abilities and Experiencing Life Together Bethesda supports people with diverse abilities and their families through services such as staffed homes, shared living, community inclusion, assisting people who live independently, summer camps, employment services and services for families. As an organization committed to Jesus’ call for unity and diversity in the body, we esteem everyone’s value and contribution. It’s why we prefer to think of people having diverse abilities, rather than disabilities.

To promote and provide for the spiritual, moral, physical and mental wellbeing of all seafarers and their families. Ph: 604-253-4421 Email: m2svancouver@gmail.com Facebook: @mission2seafarers Twitter:@MtSVancouver

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Seafarers come from many countries and, in order to provide for their families, they sacrifice time with them dealing with loneliness and isolation and in doing so bring us 90% of what we use to live. That is why the Mission to Seafarers is a ministry to seafarers of presence and hospitality, going onboard ships, providing transportation and centres they can relax in ‘a home away from home’, offering a smile, a listening ear,

Staff talk about growth they receive from the relationships they build with the people they support. As Svetlana, a support worker in Abbotsford put it, ‘our work helps us discover part of what it means to be a human, made in the image of God. He designed the world so that our work benefits others.’ Bethesda is a nonprofit, Christian organization supporting about 300 people and their families in the lower mainland and Okanagan. We welcome people with a serving heart to apply at www.BethesdaBC.com.

being instruments of the good news. It is a response to the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me.” You can find out more about MtS and how to support the seafarers at www.flyingangel.ca

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God’s Perfect Timing In September, a young Indian sailor, Rajesh (name changed), visited the Lighthouse seafarers centre, North Vancouver. Far from his home in Kashmir, he came, it appeared, to communicate with his family using the Wi-Fi. Rajesh spent a few hours glued to his device, a normal occurrence for seafarers who become oblivious to their surroundings as they take advantage of re-connecting with their loved ones. What was surprising, however,

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was Rajesh’s response to the chaplain who gave him a copy of John’s Gospel. Upon hearing words from chapter 4:13-14, Rajesh looked in amazement at the chaplain and exclaimed that he and his wife had just been speaking about how to find meaning in life! God’s timing is perfect. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again… but the water I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” www.sealight.org


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A call for all to surrender by J ohn Hal l

In 2015, the Barna Group conducted a survey called The State of Discipleship. A majority of the church leaders interviewed said that they believe that the goal of discipleship should be transformation. When those same leaders were asked how they were doing at discipling, only one percent said that their churches were “doing very well” at discipling. Surprisingly, or maybe not, “Christian adults, church leaders, exemplars and educators” interviewed for the survey all agreed that the “most significant barrier to spiritual growth” is the general “busyness” of life. Our question at Mission Central, based on the results presented in this survey and other data, is: If churches are struggling to achieve the goal of transformation because of the busyness of life, then what is the key to effective discipleship? Our answer is – start with surrender! At our Missions Fest Vancouver 2019 conference, the theme was Mission: Discipling. We made the case that all Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus, who make disciples. At our next conference, in January 2020, we’ll be gathering the churches of the city to explore the theme, Altar Vision: a look at what it means to live the surrendered life. The apostle Paul uses expressions like “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1,2) and “poured out” (Philippians 2:17) to describe the all-or-nothing nature of life lived for Jesus. This is what we’re calling the surrendered life, a life all Christians are called to live. So how do you do this? You don’t just wake up one day and discover that you’re living the surrendered life. We all need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, to sanctify us, or make us more like Christ. Sanctification is a life-long process, but from time to time the Holy Spirit asks us to consciously enter into the process with him. We often call this consecration: a dedication of ourselves, in this case, to know, hear, and obey Jesus – to surrender. Knowing God If our experience of discipleship hasn’t been transformative or is stall-

ing out, a good place to start is to examine our view of God. Scripture describes God as the awe-inspiring King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has created all things and holds all things together. God is entirely holy (not a word we use too often anymore) but experiencing the holiness of God is essential to surrender. Consider how the prophet Isaiah responded to being in the presence of God. He says, “Woe to me! I am ruined!” (Is 6:6). In a recent sermon, Albert Wu of Tapestry Richmond said, “Unless you are undone by the holiness of God, you’ll never be able to be melted and changed by the grace of God.” Hearing God One of the signs of a disciple is that they hear the voice of their master. Do you hear Jesus? Henry and Richard Blackaby, in their classic Hearing God’s Voice, say that when God speaks, he reveals three things: “his character, his purposes, and his ways”. Taking the time to grow in your ability to know and hear Jesus is essential to living into the fullness of God’s call on your life.

“stones” in our lives blocking the flow of life-giving water. That’s why we’re inviting you to start a process of consecration in December. Then we’re going to gather together in a public act of consecration at Missions Fest Vancouver in January. It is no surprise that we all follow Jesus imperfectly, but we’re asking God to reveal to each of us any areas of our lives that need to be adjusted and recommitted to Jesus, so that he can rule and reign in us. We believe that where the spring looks like a trickle, there could be a flood! To Do Prayerfully consider what Jesus is saying to you about surrender. Join us in our weekly devotion on

‘Surrender’ starting in December. See missioncentral.ca for details. Join us for online prayer on Tuesdays at 10 am. Visit missioncentral.ca for the link. Keep your eyes open for God’s work in this area. Check out 604. movement or Jesus on Mission, a SIM/Mission Central event; or 24-7 Prayer Canada. If you are a pasto,r join us on November 14 for a ministry time with Darrell Johnson. Mission Central and Missions Fest Vancouver exist to foster collaboration and networking of people who are passionate about serving Christ in his mission. For more information visit www.missioncentral.ca

Obeying (Loving) God We often don’t think of loving and obeying as complementary concepts, but Jesus did. In John 14: 15, Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Then in John 14:21, he says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.” Which is it? It’s both. Jesus is worthy of all our love and adoration. Loving him is our highest calling as Christians and our greatest joy. In return, we experience the love of Jesus like a spring of water that bubbles up in us, flowing outwards, touching our families, church communities, neighbourhoods, and jobs. This water is life. It brings healing and reconciliation and wholeness. Where love for Jesus increases, obedience increases. Where obedience to Jesus increases, love increases. Call to Action Unfortunately, many of us have lightmagazine.ca October 2019

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Spotlight on Retreats

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The Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Crescent Beach. With two distinct facilities, the Society has successfully served the needs of church groups and private organizations for decades. Known by the community as Camp Alexandra, the 2.5 acre fenced property features a huge activity field surrounded by both heritage and modern buildings. The facility can accommodate up to 84 overnight guests which include cabins, lodges, lounges, halls, kitchens and activity rooms. Enjoy homestyle cooking prepared by the camp’s in-house caterers. Just steps from the beach, Camp Alexandra is the perfect retreat for groups looking for a spacious getaway in a rustic set-

Camp Squeah’s Retreat Centre Mission statement is “in response to God who loves and calls us, Camp Squeah provides a place of refuge in a natural setting, where people of all ages can build relationships, grow and be nurtured.” At Camp Squeah, we believe that we are called, that is, it is our vocation, to minister (serve) people in such a way that they are nurtured in an environment of care and hospitality; that it becomes for them a refuge from all that weighs them down. We are compelled by God’s great love to welcome people to this place of peace. We are motivated by our own journeys of faith to provide space in a loving environment where others can also continue on their own sojourn of faith. Our heart’s desire is to welcome peo-

ting with modern amenities. For daytime or evening events, Beecher Place is another great option. Located directly on the beach, guests enjoy stunning panoramic views of the ocean from the wrap-around balcony. Recently renovated, Beecher Place adds class and sophistication to any event. Included with each rental are tables and chairs for 80 people, a full kitchen and projector screen. Whether you come for a day, or an overnight stay, Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre in beautiful Crescent Beach can accommodate your group’s needs. Proceeds from each stay are invested back into the community through programs, services, and special events. www.alexhouse.net

ple to this refuge, this sanctuary, that they might grow in their own understanding of who they are, that they are loved by God, that there is deep and rich meaning to life to be shared together, meaning and purpose flows from God’s love for us all in community. When at Squeah, stroll through God’s wilderness and enjoy the quiet of the forest. Sit and commune with friends and family as you partake of our delicious and nutritious food. Be challenged and experience some great and enjoyable activities that we have to offer. Whatever your goals, or needs, we hope that you will be changed by God’s everlasting and all-encompassing care and peace and joy. www.squeahretreat.com

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RockRidge Canyon It’s not by chance that Young Life properties are in spectacular settings across North America. Young Life intentionally selects locations reflecting God’s grandeur in creation. RockRidge Canyon was designed as a place for high school students to hear the Good News and consider a relationship with Jesus Christ. Since everyone should know how valued they are by God, standards are set high, for a resortlike experience. Yet “camping” is only a component of the Young Life mentoring mission. Students attend and return home with their leaders, who continue to do life with them.

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From September through June, rental groups of all ages are invited to experience the extraordinary. Nestled in a peaceful valley, RockRidge Canyon provides endless fun and a retreat from the busyness of daily routines. Guests enjoy kayaks, mountain bikes, challenge courses, hikes, lakeside walks and swimming. During the winter, there’s a sledding hill and groomed outdoor rink. Year round zip-lines provide lakecrossing thrills. Meals are created by RockRidge Canyon’s Red Seal chefs. Large groups dine in the 425 seat Pinnacle dining room with 180 degree lake views.

Events are a hit in the state-of-the-art 320 seat presentation theatre. There’s also a coffee shop, snack shop, store, gamesroom and 20+ flexible meeting rooms. You’ll sleep well. Accommodations include the 47 room luxury Wolfe Creek Lodge and 3 lake-view Dorm Lodges.

Comfy fresh bedding and towels come standard. Support the mission! RockRidge Canyon excels at hosting groups of 50-400 for retreats, reunions, meetings, camps, and conferences. www.rockridgecanyon.com

Columbia Conference Centre Conveniently located close to the highway in the Fraser Valley, the Columbia Bible College Conference Centre offers unique, versatile, and affordable rental spaces for events of all kinds. Looking for a polished and professional meeting space? Try our sleek Metzger boardroom, fully equipped to meet your audio/visual needs. Hoping to find a wedding venue that doesn’t break the bank? We have a beautiful chapel that holds over 300 people and onsite catering to make

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Church retreats are a tradition that goes back to the origins of camping itself and the “Brush Arbor” movement, early in the previous century. But why exactly are church retreats so effective? Simply, it is the lack of distractions. Retreats are so productive because a retreat provides the opportunity for a concentrated time, focused on spiritual objectives and relationships in a setting removed from the distractions of everyday life. A weekend retreat is worth months of Sundays and mid-week meetings because of the lack of gaps and distractions. Add to this, the relationships built as you share the retreat experience with others over a concentrated time, and the effectiveness of the retreat is even more pronounced. The concept of a retreat is not unlike that of a vacation. You set aside all the distractions of everyday life for a time away, dedicated to a particular purpose, which often includes developing and deepening relationships with family and others. Add to this, the pleasures of someone else

doing the cooking, serving and clearing tables, taking care of the dishes and child care in some cases. It is almost like going out to eat five times in one weekend with a group of friends. There is ample opportunity to sit around the tables and have a nice chat. There are no pressing needs. You are away from it all. Retreats work for all ages and for a variety of purposes. Adult retreats, especially women’s retreats, are great for building relationships and focusing on spiritual needs. That is why they are so effective for groups like Alpha. Youth groups also benefit especially because of the opportunities for leaders to build relationships with students during the course of a weekend, which is simply not possible two hours at a time with a week in between. Church retreats are a great way to accomplish many of the objectives of church ministries through a period of time away, focused on relationships and spiritual development, without the daily distractions of our busy lives. www.thefirs.org

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Spotlight on Higher Education

Capernwray Harbour Bible School Nestled among the Gulf Islands of British Columbia’s west coast, Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre on Thetis Island offers students and guests a unique learning experience! From September through to May, Capernwray Harbour runs a One Year Bible School programme where sound, practical Bible teaching focusing on both the Old and New Testament scriptures in which God reveals the indwelling, resurrected Christ as the Christian Life is given. Students gain an experiential knowledge of Christ and how His presence practically applies to daily living. Through classroom studies, tutorial, dialogue-based small group studies, and summary journals, students

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have opportunities to share from the written Word what God is teaching them & how He is working in their lives. Many outreach opportunities located in surrounding communities and cities are available for students to participate in as well as international, short-term missions trips. Capernwray Harbour welcomes people of all denominational backgrounds and nationalities. The student body of approximately 100 students joins the full-time staff to create a community intent on knowing Jesus Christ as LIFE. The desire of every staff member at Capernwray Harbour is to prepare each student for “full

time Christian service, regardless of occupation”. During the summer months, Capernwray Harbour makes its facilities available for various groups as a full-service venue to hold their conference or retreat. In addition, Capernwray Harbour hosts Ladies’ & Mens’ Conference Weekends, Family Holiday Bible Weeks as well as youth weekends where men, women, youth & children can be encouraged in their walk with the Lord Jesus amidst an island, holiday setting. Capernwray Harbour proclaiming Jesus Christ as Life! www.capernwray.ca


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Regent College - Theology that expands the soul An interviewer once asked J.I. Packer why so many people today find theology boring. Some theologians wait their whole life for this kind of juicy opportunity. All Dr. Packer had to do was draw and take aim at some easy targets. He could denounce the secularization of our churches, our culture of instant gratification, or many other (legitimate) scapegoats. Instead, he did the opposite. He shifted the weight onto people who teach theology—people like himself. “Too often theology has been taught in a rigidly defensive way: ‘This stuff you are to believe and share; these are the errors you are to recognize and reject.’ … Such an approach shrinks the soul. “ “Focusing on the greatness of God,

though, enlarges the soul. Paradoxically, it makes you a greater person by making you a smaller person. It makes you humble. It lowers you in your own estimate.” Correct doctrine is vital: few believe that more passionately than Dr. Packer. But teaching theology is about more than just filling students’ heads with the right ideas. It’s about bringing them into God’s presence and giving them the opportunity to be awed and inspired by their creator. Our great desire for our students at Regent College is not just that they will learn about God, but that they will encounter God with their whole beings. That kind of theology is the most exciting thing we could teach––because it’s the most exciting thing we will ever do. www.regent-college.edu

Columbia Bible College Should you go to Bible College? (Wait. Do You Know What Bible College Is?) Bible college, Bible school, DTS programs, Christian university… so many options! What are the differences? To help you figure that out, here are the six ingredients of a Bible college education. Number one: Bible college has a strong focus on the Bible. A large number of your classes will explore the Scriptures. This is different from many Christian universities, which require a smaller number of Bible courses. Number two: Bible college focuses on discipleship, on letting Christ shape every part of who you are. Hands-on learning, spiritual growth, and mentoring are just as important as developing your knowledge. Third: Bible college is a college. Expect lectures, essays, and exams. These are accredited classes, which allows many course credits to transfer to other institu-

tions. Fourth: Bible college is a caring, Christcentered community. Prayer, encouragement, worship, spiritual conversations – these are all part of the every-day culture at a Bible college. Fifth: Bible college is not only about the Bible. Students at Bible college will also take courses in history, literature, psychology, business, leadership, and more. Bible colleges believe that the world needs leaders who can confidently integrate their faith with the challenges of today. Finally, Bible college gives you flexible program options. Universities mainly focus on four-year Bachelor degrees, while Bible colleges are more likely to offer a range: one-year certificates, two-year diplomas, and four-year degrees. Interested in Bible college? Explore your options at columbiabc.edu/programs.

Millar College of the Bible Millar College of the Bible exists to develop passionate, relevant servants of Jesus Christ who are shaped by the entire Scriptures. Millar’s desire is to see people have their entire lives changed by God through His Word. By teaching Life Skills, Relationships, Character Development, and Bible Knowledge, we hope to see the whole person changed to become more like Jesus. Our main program at Millar encompasses teaching all 66 books of the Bible. Alongside teaching through the Old and New Testaments, this program includes Church History, Theology, Apologetics, Missions, Evangelism, and more. We believe that education reaches so much further than the classroom. At Millar, we seek to have our students grow

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It’s times like these that I start fielding ques- purchases, we would have about $1 trillion left over for tions such as, “should I have some gold in my portfo- walking-around money (no sense feeling strapped after lio?” At the time of writing, an ounce of gold is priced at this buying binge). Can you imagine an investor with $1,499.23. That’s an increase of $313 (or over 26%) over $9.6 trillion selecting pile A over pile B? the past year. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that? The truth of it though, is that over 200 years of re- A century from now… corded history, gold has essentially simply been a store The 400 million acres of farmland will have produced of value. It has roughly kept pace with inflation, but it staggering amounts of corn, wheat, cotton, and other has not been accretive. Put another way, the amount of crops — and will continue to produce that valuable gold it took to buy a bag of groceries in 1802 is about bounty… the same amount of gold it would take to buy a bag of Exxon Mobil (XOM) will probably have delivered trilgroceries today. An ounce of gold owned in 1802 didn’t lions of dollars in dividends to its owners and will also grow in value, but it did roughly maintain its purchas- hold assets worth many more trillions (and, remember, ing power. Sure – there have been times in history where you get 16 Exxons). it’s jumped. But there have also been times where it’s The 170,000 tons of gold will be unchanged in size and slumped. All in all, it has simply been a store of value. still incapable of producing anything. You can fondle the Don’t get me wrong. Gold can have a place, but it cube, but it will not respond. should never be considered a money-making strategy. 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doesn’t come in varying sizes and degrees. Sin is rebelling against His authority. Bridges writes, “[Therefore], when we sin, when we violate the law of God in any way, be it ever so small in our eyes, we rebel against the sovereign authority and transcendent majesty of God…It is indeed cosmic treason.” Both Bridges and Wright agree that lack of self-control can snowball; for example, we can shift from anger to bitterness, bitterness to hatred, and from hatred, eventually to murder. Bridges addresses three areas where Christians often lack self-control. The first is the area of food and drink (he is careful to separate this from overweight issues, often caused by other factors). The second is temper. “Anger, in most instances, is sin, but with the shorttempered person, there is the added sin of a lack of selfcontrol.” The third is personal finances – even affluent Christians, like the writer of Ecclesiastes, indulge in whatever their heart desires, withholding any restraint or wisdom. To these three, Wright adds attitude (i.e.

To bless or curse Christian counselling services are inundated with clients who have been wounded by the words of others – parents, a spouse, teachers, bosses, and sadly, fellow believers. James (in chapter 3) writes that although the tongue is small, it is able to cause all kinds of damage. He likens the tongue to the rudder of a ship, which steers a mighty vessel in one direction or another. Words are able to bless, curse, encourage, humiliate, validate or accuse. Mincing no words, James calls the tongue “a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” He goes on to say that although all manner of animals and sea creatures have been tamed, no human being can tame the tongue. “It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and

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ple, for the feast of St. John the Evangelist (December 27), the meditation concludes with the lyrics of “This is Love.” This is Bell’s beautiful rendering of the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John. Although it reads well on the page, you really need to listen to the music for the full experience. Some of these songs are on the accompanying CD; all of them are on the Pilgrim Year website. The flow of the whole series can be captured from Bell’s review of the church year in his introduction to the last booklet, Ordinary Time. We are brought back to the presence of God in our daily lives. But how did we arrive here? Steve sums up the journey: “We began by passing through Advent, where we considered the mystery of the human person, whose dignity is to accept the invitation to participate in the drama of salvation as maternal spouse of God, co-operating to bring Christ’s life to the world.” Advent led to Christmas, “where we apprehended the humble incarnation of the cosmos’ Creator and reflected on the astonishing humanity of Jesus.” The pilgrimage continued with Epiphany: “We meditated on the miracles and events that revealed Jesus’ divinity, and we came to understand the two natures (human and divine) of Christ, to whom our souls are wed.” Next, we pressed on into the penitential season of Lent. “We pondered the devastation wrought by our infidelities and the myriad inordinate attachments and desires that draw our affections away from our Lord.” Then the terrain changed again. “During Holy Week, we walked alongside Jesus to the cross, where he assumed and redeemed

spiritual troubadours, singing their vernacular laude, and telling stories to ordinary folks in the marketplace. I think Bell would have been at home among these people. The Pilgrim Year book series and accompanying CD is in many ways a natural culmination of Bell’s musical and story-telling career. In seven beautifully-designed booklets, he takes the reader thoughtfully across the terrain of the church year, and is a pilgrimage for the soul. Bell wisely chose not to provide readings for every day of every season, but to provide an introduction for each booklet (like a frame for the painting), followed by eight to ten meditations on related themes or select “red-letter days” for that season. These are short reflections to linger over, not daily disciplines to be pounded out. There are booklets for Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide, and Ordinary Time. With their rich colours, the booklets seem to fan out like liturgical banners. He provides some teaching as he goes – taking up the role of a personal guide pointing out what he has seen and enjoyed on this journey from his own exploration. It is evident from the quotations he provides, that Bell has continued to read deeply and widely, and he incorporates a rich selection of poetry. He makes especially good use of the sonnets written by his friend, the English priest and poet Malcom Guite. And of course, the lyrics of Bell’s own songs are woven into these reflections throughout. So, for exam-

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cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” We hear James saying that no one is exempt in this area of self-control (and he’s addressing Christians!). This ninth attribute of the Spirit’s fruit, self-control, is inextricably linked to the other eight. If we submit our minds and speech to Christ (after all, a word enters the mind before we utter it), our language will generate the mature spiritual fruit involving all the other attributes. Submit Self-control is examining every area of our lives - saying ‘no’ to excessive consumption and negative responses – before they eventually consume us. Lack of restraint becomes unhealthy – sometimes for our physical body, but mostly for our spiritual and emotional health. We are distracted from real, abundant life by petty desires and justified vices. It is impossible to be under God’s control if we surrender that control to something else. James helpfully extends this succinct instruction: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

those devastations so that we might truly and freely love, as well as know, we are beloved of God.” This came to climax at Easter with “a sustained reflection on the miracle of resurrection and the eternally evergreen life on offer through Christ’s victory over death.” And then finally the cycle was complete with Ordinary Time, a season in which “we come to realize the astonishing holiness of our daily lives as a consequence of all we have previously considered.” He concludes with the ringing words of his version of the Sanctus, Benedictus: “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord / God of power and might / Heaven and earth of your glory are full / Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” I cannot even read those words without hearing in my head Bell’s voice in a rushing crescendo of joyful praise. With this, the Pilgrim Year is finished, or, rather, we are ready to begin it all again. Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh is the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology and Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent College. He is the author of The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism: True Religion in a Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2018)

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by Agnes Chung Why get a pittance for opium and live in fear when you can get premium for coffee and bask in peace… The success of the Doi Chaang Coffee brand has brewed an inspiring social enterprise that has profoundly impacted the Akha people in a positive and meaningful way. It began in Fall 2001 at a Christian high school fair in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s largest city in the golden triangle. Apa, a 15 year old from the Akha village of Doi Chang was asked to ‘bring something from her hometown to sell at her school event’, wrote Mark Pendergrast, author of Beyond Fair Trade. Leehu, her father, offered Apa some of grandpa Piko’s homegrown roasted coffee beans. The brewed coffee was a hit at the fair. It sparked Adel (Apa’s uncle) to explore coffee as a promising option to alleviate his village’s poverty. The stateless Akha people are migrants once regarded by Thai society as dirty, illiterate, lazy, poor, and often involved in immoral, criminal activities and opium-addicts. They barely have access to education, jobs, healthcare or basic utilities. Survival is dependent on subsistence farming, opium growing, which provided quick cash, and some tourism dollars. Doi Chang: Quest for dignity and self-sufficiency Adel didn’t know where to begin, so he consulted Wicha Promyong (or Wicha), a friend of his father Piko, Saedoo. Saedoo is the village leader whose image is on every Doi Chaang coffee bag today. An adventurous world traveller and visionary entrepreneur, Wicha loved the Akhas and wanted to help them in their quest for dignity and self-sufficiency. He barely knew about the coffee process, but he was an intelligent, resourceful and determined man. The villagers were hard

workers and willing to learn. Five years later, Doi Chaang coffee brand enjoyed success in the Thai market. The extra ’a’ in the brand Surprising find and business model name represents ‘A-rated’ quality coffee from Doi Chang. Neither Wicha nor Darch drink coffee. On his return Wicha was an ambitious man. He wanted Doi Chaang home, Darch engaged a renowned coffee expert to test beans to gain worldwide recognition. the beans, and discovered they were high grade Arabica coffee ranked among the top 1% of coffees worldwide. Bridge to Global Markets Darch returned to Thailand with his son, John A. Darch Enter Vancouver mining entrepreneur, John M. Darch. Jr. and told Wicha, “I just want the ability to buy the Darch started out in commercial banking with UK Nat- beans. You keep ownership and control. We pay you a West and later Royal Bank of Canada. Moving on, he co- premium for your beans, better than fair trade price and founded six public companies engaged in many natural gift you half the Canadian company. You focus on quality resource projects spanning from North America, Africa and quantity and you act as a cooperative. No individual to Asia. gets rich but the whole community gets rich.” One day, Darch’s Thai friend, Ponprapa Bunmusik suggested that he meet Wicha. Out of courtesy, Darch agreed and met with Wicha who described the Akha plights and his vision to help them switch from growing opium to coffee. He never asked for money, says Darch who was inspired by Wicha and Bunmusik’s selfless interests and aspirations to help improve the Akha lives. On his visit to the village, Darch was moved by the stories, the determination and commitment of the villagers in developing a feasible business with their high-quality coffee. He pondered the words his mother wrote on the sign that hung on their front door growing up. “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good there“The agreement would provide the villagers enough to fore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any hu- change their lives, and the Canadian company gift would man being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, give them dignity and a sense of pride. Wicha and I agreed for I shall not pass this way again.” – Elizabeth Darch that you never want to give poor farmers money. They lose their dignity and end up relying on it. They think it’s an entitlement,” explains Darch. Success came 10 years later. Doi Chaang coffee (www. doichaangcoffee.com) won numerous awards for its ‘Beyond Fair Trade’ business model. “The luxury was that we had the financial ability and patience. What we did remains unique,” says Darch who adds the intent was for a commercially-successful venture, not a charity. “Money is not the key, if you are going to develop something, do it with passion, but do it with a team – one person doesn’t do it all,” says Darch of his business model. Doi Chang villagers are now enrolled as Thai citizens, no longer fearful of isolation and deportation, and enjoy access to education, healthcare and basic infrastructure. From opium slaves to coffee entrepreneurs, Doi Chang village’s transformation has been recognized by the Thai government as a successful role model for alternative livelihood development and combating opium production. Coffee mission in Myanmar Coffee production fever has spread across to neighbouring Myanmar. At Cherubim Company, their vision is to use agriculture and business as a vehicle to reach the Buddhist and unreached people group, while empowering them to escape poverty. “All the denominations in Myanmar are agreeing to work with us, they will be planting coffee, and we just want to add value to their ministries,” shares Louise Sinclair-Peters at a recent presentation at Willingdon Church in Burnaby. Interested in investing: contact sinclair_peters@hotmail.com.

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From Opium to Coffee, it takes a village

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Taiwan remains a hidden travel gem, likely because it’s overshadowed by its high-tech industry. Beyond towering skyscrapers and technology, the destination bubbles with a rich cultural heritage, stunning natural wonders, fabulous food and captivating attractions. Officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan is slightly larger than Vancouver Island in land area, and home to nearly 24 million people. Here, Chinese culture mingles with Aboriginal, Dutch, Japanese and American influences. It’s a safe destination for a solo woman traveller, easy to get around with English widely-spoken. The first impression on arrival at Taoyuan Taipei International Airport is its efficient immigration service, friendly staff and cleanliness.

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Taipei: See, shop and eat Taipei, the capital city, is a 35-minute rapid transit ride from the airport. The bustling metropolis is packed with historical sites, bustling street markets and boasts some of the best places to eat and shop on the island. The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour is a great way to explore the city. Onboard services include unlimited Wi-Fi and a headset. If you prefer guided tours, LikeItFormosa.com offers three types of free walking tours

Yehliu Geopark: around Taipei: historic, modern and golden age. Free tours are tip-based with no minimum tip requirement. Here are some of Taipei’s top attractions. National Palace Museum: Deemed ‘Le Louvre’ of Taiwan, it’s a must-see for art or history buffs. The best Chinese treasures are not in China but at this grand museum. One of the world’s largest (nearly 700,000) and most impressive collections of Chinese imperial ar-

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tifacts and artworks from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties are housed here. From calligraphy, painting to porcelain and carvings, the relics feature 8,000 years of Chinese history and culture preserved by emperors in Beijing’s Forbidden City. During China’s civil war in 1949, Nationalist forces took the treasured pieces to Taiwan when their leader Chiang Kai-shek retreated to the island state. With Mao Zedong’s Communist Party in power, the artifacts remained in Taiwan. Taipei 101: Enjoy a spectacular vista of Taipei. Once the world’s tallest building, it’s one of Taiwan’s most impressive structures that has survived many earthquakes. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall: Watch the changing of guards at the national monument built in honour of Taiwan’s former ROC president. Ximending: A very popular Japanese-inspired hiphop cultural hub in Taipei. The pedestrian shopping district is a favourite for youth fashion, trendy restaurants, colourful street art and performances. Shilin Night Market: Taiwan’s street food paradise offers reasonably-priced traditional Taiwanese cuisine such as giant fried chicken steak, tempura, bubble tea, oyster vermicelli, oyster omelet, fried buns and stinky tofu. The most popular dish is oyster omelet, a panfried omelet filled with small oysters and served with a savoury sauce. Taiwanese cuisine is a hodgepodge of Chinese with local indigenous, Japanese and other foreign culinary influences. Braised pork rice, beef noodles and oyster omelet are among the most renowned dishes. The petite pineapple cakes make great dessert treats and snacks. Bubble tea, the ‘Starbucks’ of Taiwan Street food has also gone chic with traditional Taiwanese beverages like bubble tea re-imagined with a more artisanal presentation. Bubble tea is perhaps Taiwan’s best known culinary exports, hence the

name ‘Boba Land’. The sweet, sticky thirst quencher made with black tea, tapioca pearls (boba), brown sugar and milk is served hot or cold. A fun drink sipped through a large straw. Over time, the beverage has evolved to include exotic fruits and other ingredients. YiFang Fruit Tea is a Taiwanese bubble tea chain with several stores in Metro Vancouver. Ingredients are sourced directly from Taiwan and their juices like passion fruit, pineapple and cane juice are made fresh, according to a store server. They pride themselves in not using powdered ingredients or artificial flavouring. Teahouses are cultural establishments in Taiwan. The best teahouses are in Taipei and Taichung, the birthplace of bubble tea. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Trip and treats in Boba Land

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Places steeped in culture and natural beauty In 1542, Portuguese sailors noted the island of Taiwan as Ilha Formosa meaning beautiful island on their maps. Five centuries later, the island’s beauty remains, from sweeping mountain vistas to amazing seaside towns, breathtaking beaches and bubbling hot springs. Some of these spots include: Taroko Gorge: Jewel of Taiwan’s natural wonder, and reachable via a scenic, coastal train ride from Taipei. Penghu: Pearl of the Taiwan Strait, the county comprised of 90 islands with plenty of fun, sun and sand. A must-visit for seafood lovers. Kaohsiung: Home to a diverse range of temples and pagodas. Maolin National Scenic Area: Virgin forest sprinkled with hot springs, waterfalls and gorges. The Purple Butterfly Valley attracts about one million Euploeini butterflies every winter. Tainan: Remnants of the Qing Dynasty and Dutch era. Sun Moon Lake: Taiwan’s largest alpine lake, famous for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Yehliu Geopark: Unique mushroom-like geological formations. Taiwan may not be your bucket-list destination, but that may change after your visit to the island state. More info: www.eng.taiwan.net.tw Bubble Tea

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Music notes by Kevin Pollard Rend Collective will bring The Revival Anthem Tour to Canada this Fall with stops in Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver on October 9, 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Hailing from a small town in Northern Ireland, Rend Collective is known as a celebration band since the release of their first album, Organic Family Hymnal (2010); the group’s authentic and energetic style of worship has attracted an international audience. Not only will the band play their hits like “Build Your Kingdom Here”, “My Lighthouse”, “Joy of the Lord” and their biggest song to date, “Counting Every Blessing” but they will also introduce their brand new single from their forthcoming album, “Your Name Is Power,” that is an anthem of hope as they sing, “ Your name is power

over darkness / Freedom for the captives / Mercy for the broken and the hopeless / Your name is faithful in the battle / Glory in the struggle / Mighty it won’t let us down or fail us.” In addition, they will probably offer up a song or two from their first Kids’ album released this summer titled Sparkle. Pop. Rampage. Under the new moniker Rend Co. Kids. It’s an album of songs written for kids but with a quality and infectious sound that parents will enjoy as heard on “Feels Good”, “Fun” and “Jericho Song”.

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Oct. 24 & 26 and Calgary, Oct. 25 featuring songs from his latest album, The Elements. Toby has regularly followed up his studio albums with remix albums through the years but this time around, he got to do something he has been wanting to try ever since dcTalk disTobyMac Canadian Tour banded. For The Fall of 2019 will mark the return his fifth reof the TobyMac Theatre Tour with stops mix album, called The St. Nemele Collab across Canada, including Edmonton, Sessions, he has brought in a multiplicity of producers and guest vocalists to offer a fresh take on ten of the songs from his 2018 album and has included one allnew song, “Heart Of My Beat.” The quality of production and the remixes here give fresh life into these songs but it’s the guest vocal collaborations that make this album one you don’t want to pass by. Highlights here include the title track, “The Elements” with Jen Ledger (Skillet), the David Crowder collaboration on “Hello Future” with DJ Maj’s remixed beats, the smooth vocals from gospel artist Johnathan McReynold’s takes “Everything” to another level, Aaron Cole fits “Horizon (A New Day)” perfectly and it’s great hearing MercyMe’s Bart Millard on Overflow. Other artists featured on the project include Jordon Feliz, Cory Asbury, Matt Maher and Sarah Reeves.

Michael W Smith Nov 7 Bellingham, WA Gospel Music Hall of Famer and multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Winner, Michael W. Smith heads out on his fall headlining tour, celebrating 35 years of his groundbreaking, iconic song “Friends”. The 23-city tour will stop at the intimate Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA on November 7. Smith was recently honoured with a starstudded tribute concert to celebrate his 35 #1 songs, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville by a myriad of legendary performers including: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, CeCe Winans, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna and many more. This tour will provide fans the opportunity to hear these hits and experience worship drawn from Smith’s vast career including new music from his latest worship album release, Awaken: The Surrounded Experience. As Smith was designing this unique

show, unlike any tour he has embarked on before, it was decided that he would be his own “opening act,” to spend as much time with the crowd as he could.

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The Cross Maker series by Jack A. Taylor

The Cross Maker

First-century Palestine is a hotbed of political, cultural, and religious intrigue. Caleb ben Samson, a carpenter from Nazareth, and Sestus Aurelius, a Roman centurion, both want peace. Can this unlikely partnership accomplish what nothing else has accomplished before? Can they bring about peace through the power of the cross? And what role will Caleb’s childhood friend, Yeshi, play in a land that longs for hope? In The Cross Maker, Jack A. Taylor weaves a tapestry of creative history, powerful characters, and dynamic dialogue to bring to life a shadowy world. In a land where tragedy is as common as dust, triumph is about to make itself known.

The Cross Maker’s Guardian

Roman legions thunder across first-century Palestine, seeking to use the power of the cross to crush the lightning strikes of the zealots led by Barabbas. Behind the scenes, a secret

squad of thespian assassins are being trained—and Titius Marcus Julianus is caught up in this silent whirlwind, conscripted to be the new guardian of the cross maker, Caleb ben Samson. Titius is fuelled by vengeance and love as he seeks to regain his stolen Roman estate and the young Jewish slave who once captured his heart. Meanwhile, voices from his past and present wrestle for control of his heart and mind. In The Cross Maker’s Guardian, Jack A. Taylor unveils the clash between the Roman and Jewish civilizations as they battle for life in a world suffused with international intrigue. Descriptive narrative, biblical history, and powerful characters all come alive in this thrilling read where death and love are only a blink away.

The Cross Maker’s Champion

Persian slaves who fight for their lives in gladiator arenas rarely rise to be anyone’s champion. But the wounded Nabonidus is soon wooed by two women – a priestess at the Temple of Artemis and a humble follower of Yeshua, Daphne. Soon he must learn the truth about himself – is he a missing Persian prince or simply an unwanted orphan? The arena claims whatever soul may venture there, and Demetrius, a silversmith, joins forces with a giant German

g l a d i a t o r, Selsus, to confront the followers of the Way. M e a n while, Caleb, Suzanna, Titius, and Abigail fight through their own life-threatening challenges to join the apostle John and Nabonidus in time. Soon the arena will be packed with chanting patrons. Who will still remain standing when the final blood is spilt? Jack A. Taylor worms his readers through a maze of Ephesian mysticism and terror as Roman and pagan powers combine to destroy the infant movement of the Way before it takes its first steps out of its birthplace.

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy

with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Bethany House Josephine Nordegren is one of three Andrew and Norine accepted the risk. In 2016, Andrew was imprisoned. Acsisters who grew up nearly wild in cused of being a spy and being among southwestern Colorado. She has the the plotters of an attempted coup, he archery skills of became a political pawn whose name Robin Hood and was soon known around the world. the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, She Prays by Debbie Lindell fascinated by, but Revell locked away from, A thirty-one-day journey to experithe forbidden outence a confident and conversational side world – a world relationship with she’s been raised to your heavenly Fabelieve killed her ther. God wants us parents. When David Warden, a ranchto know him so well er, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister that we are comfortis especially frightened, but Jo is too in- able talking to him about everything. terested to stay away. There are times God’s Hostage: A True Story of Per- when we feel dissecution, Imprisonment, and Perse- connected; we don’t know where to begin, what to say, or verance by Andrew how to listen for his voice. Brunson Baker Books

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to move to Turkey to serve as a missionary. Andrew and his wife, Norine, became convinced this was God’s plan for them. As their work

On the Road with Saint Augustine by James K.A. Smith Brazos Press

James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect. lightmagazine.ca October 2019

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Christian workplace connections by Jack Taylor What if there was a grassroots movement of Christian businesspeople who supported each other in the challenges of the marketplace while sharing their passions, cross-pollinating their savvy, and developing a synergy to spur each other on to love and good deeds? John Booth is working hard to see this happen. Booth may be retired but he is at it again. Throughout his life in BC, he has started many different companies and has done everything from company management to import businesses to car dealerships. He has been engaged in manufacturing companies, managed properties and instrumental in opening a car rental company. He is still a licensed realtor and property manager. Booth’s BC Christian Marketplace Facebook Group Page invites those who have something to share about God’s place in our workplaces. “Come and discover what God has for all of us.” The meetings happen in ten White Spot’s or Ricky’s restaurants on the Lower Mainland early in the day, and 6 am on the Island. The invitation letter says this is “a time and place where Christians in our workplaces can meet, network, refer, exchange information, do business, learn about potential opportunities and share our Christian workplace values.” The meetings are designed to provide cross-pollinization by sharing insights and contacts across disciplines. Booth started by asking pastors (now over 120 of them) if there was an opportunity for Christian businesspeople to connect about business. He acknowledges the work of the Canadian Christian Business Federation’s get together for prayer and Bible study as well as the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association. “Christian Workplace Con-

nections is more an attempt to give God the glory and working people the opportunity to share,” says Booth. He adds, “I should be relaxed but I still have in my mind that small businesses should connect and God has introduced me to some incredible people. Three years ago, while talking to Chamber of Commerce people I realized there were 29 regions in the province. All of them want to work for themselves. I just want to connect everyone.” Booth has been in all 29 regions of the province. Booth has established an enormous list of contacts. “I asked myself why God introduced me to so many people. At the beginning of 2019, I talked to a man named Roger who had 14,000 people in his network. A man named George had 9,000 in his network.” Another man named Flavio was also networked and told Booth that people were already connected on the web. They just needed to connect face to face. “We go to church, but not to do business. There seems to be no overlap between faith and business… It is not about how well our businesses are doing but rather… how well we are doing our businesses.” Restaurants with private meeting rooms are eager to open up to groups like this. He sees 20-30 people as the key number for group dynamics in each of the meetings. So far, 5-6 people have been meeting in a few locations in the lower mainland. Even seniors, not ready to retire, can be part of these groups where they can share their wisdom and experience with others seeking to learn and grow in their business acumen. A typical meeting will start with prayer, an explanation of what is happening, a chance for each attendee to share a minute or so about what they are doing, fol-

John Booth lowed by a community speaker with a skill to pass on to the group. “We all can learn from someone who might be a health food worker, a cheesemaker, a carpet layer… and who can talk business, work strategy while glorifying God.” Once in a while, there may be opportunities to invite inspirational, motivational speakers to an area where a wider group might gather for a special event. Booth anticipates a small membership fee to support facilitators in each region which would ensure proper administration and organization to keep this successful. “Christians should be the pioneers of networking. We’re passionate about our vocations. This would give us an opportunity to learn from each other.” Interested Christian businesspersons can contact Booth at 250-618-7406 or by email at christianworkplace@outlook.com.

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Fighting poverty one farm fresh meal at a time by Christina Van Starkenburg According to Stats Canada, the number of families living in poverty across Canada dropped between 2008 and 2017. However, in that same time-frame more individuals felt like they didn’t have enough money to provide a variety of healthy foods to their families. Not having enough to eat, or enough healthy food to eat, can cause all sorts of medical problems. The official definition of the poverty line is constantly changing. Currently the government is using the Market Basket Measure, which is whether or not an individual can afford food, shelter and activities in their communities. In Vancouver, this magic number is $40,000. However, while the definition may change, what stays the same is the root cause of poverty. In their report, Heal-

ing Poverty, the Canadian Council of Churches state that “at its core… poverty is a result of broken relationships.” Not only is our relationship with God fractured, but so are our relationships with our neighbours, family members, and community members. Therefore, the report continues, the way to heal poverty is to restore those relationships. Because when people accept “God’s call to live in loving community with others, [they are] sharing in one another’s needs and gifts.” That belief is why organizations like A Rocha in Burnaby, BC, are stepping up to foster a community among those they serve while meeting their need for food with their Farm to Families program. “A Rocha is a conservation organiza-

tion, but it’s not all about the environment. A Rocha is about the health of the people. We care about the people who live in the environment,” explains Ruth Des Cotes the Children’s Education Coordinator at A Rocha. “[Community] is a big part of this.” This is why the staff and volunteers at A Rocha work with organizations like Umoja Operation Compassion Society, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, and the Surrey School District Community Schools Partnership to bring refugees, immigrants, and vulnerable children to their farm to learn about the waterways and the garden. The attendees get to explore the farm grounds, learn about caring for an organic garden – and sample some fresh produce along the way – and hear about the importance of the local waterways. Then, before they head home, they all sit down together to enjoy a meal prepared from the food on the farm. This can be a rare experience for the guests. Des Cotes recalled a time when she was sitting down with a group of teenage women. One of them looked around in shock before asking, “Do you always eat like this?” She was even more shocked when Des Cotes said yes, the staff take turns preparing meals, and then they eat them together. When Des Cotes asked her how her meals usually looked, the girl responded, “Most times I eat my lunch in my room.”

Eating together is a wonderful way to rebuild relationships. According to HealthLinkBC, eating together, away from screens, encourages healthier eating and higher self-esteem in children, while also lowering their rates of depression and behavioural issues. “Food has a way of connecting people differently than other things,” says Des Cotes. Sometimes it connects people in ways you wouldn’t expect. A few times when Des Cotes was working with refugees and immigrants, different individuals would break down in tears when they saw something in the garden – like pumpkin leaves – that they cannot find in a grocery store. When Des Cotes and Paul, the farm manager, let one of the women walk away with fists full of pumpkin leaves, they weren’t just feeding her body. “Food is very much tied into our sense of culture, and place and home. And so, for her to see pumpkin leaves here – you can’t get those at the grocery store – and to take some of those home was so meaningful for her,” says Des Cotes. “It’s giving somebody a gift of connection with their own self and their own life and where they’ve come from.” And, as the workers at A Rocha have seen time and time again, that gift can help raise those individuals out of poverty so they can come back and help out others.

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Senior Life

Building your support team for aging (for age 55 and older) Part 1 by Sharon Simpson You may not think of yourself as a project manager, but in a way, aging well is your focus project once you enter “old age”. They say there are three stages to old age – young old (55-65 years of age), middle old (66-85) and old old (85 and older). When you are in the young old stage, it’s time to start project planning how you will thrive as you age. One of the ways to think about this is to build a support team who will walk with you and support you as you age. The first question to ask yourself is, “who around me will be there for me if I need them?” You can answer this with the name of the person you would call at 3 am if you needed someone in an urgent situation. Do you have someone who would answer that call and come to your assistance? People are a part of your support team. The next question is, “have I got things in order?” Do you know what paperwork you need to put in order? Do you know where it is? Can your loved ones find what they need when they need it to help you? Paperwork is a part of your support team. Thirdly, “what are your resources?” What are you reading or practicing that will give you the confidence that you are on the right path for aging well? Resources are a part of your support team. Here are several categories that you can use as a framework to work out who your support team will be as you move through the years. Health: Physician Do you have a medical doctor? Does your doctor understand your medical history and help you navigate your medications and lifestyle choices? A patient-oriented physician who understands the complexities of your individual health is a key member of your support team. If you do not have a family physician, your number one goal is to advocate for yourself to get a family physician. Regular check-ups give your physician a record of your health. Do you need to do annual or regular tests? Do them! Don’t let the pace of life prevent you from developing a medical history track record. Prepare yourself for your medical appointments. Write down questions you have in the time between appointments. Do you have a weird mole? Are you breathing differently? Do you wonder about why something is happening with your body? Ask. Book as many appointments as you need to cover ALL the issues that concern you. Take notes at your appointment so that you can review and research later. Obey your physician. That’s a tough one. Prevention is a key to aging well. If your doctor advises you to stop smoking, to start exercising, to lose weight, to reduce

sugar or carbs, to go to a sleep clinic, to start drinking a glass of red wine nightly, to stop drinking all together, to stop driving, to use a walker, to see an occupational therapist… DO IT. Give yourself the best chance each day to be healthy as you age. Pharmacist They say that the pharmacist is the most underutilized expert in your healthcare journey. Do you have a pharmacist who knows you and takes time to answer your questions? A patient-oriented pharmacist is a collaborative member of your health team. Do you know that there is a group in Canada who gathers data about the heath of Canadians? The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI – pronounced Kye High) published a report, Drug Use Among Seniors in Canada, 2016, that says the average senior (age 65+) is taking 6.9 different drug classes over the year. They also found that the number of drug classes (10 -14) prescribed to seniors increased hospitalization-related adverse drug reactions five times over those who were receiving 1-4 drug classes. When a senior is prescribed a higher number of drugs, the possibility of a “prescribing cascade” increases. This happens when an adverse drug event is misinterpreted as a new condition and a new drug is introduced to treat the adverse event. As you can imagine, it takes a skilled team – physician and pharmacist to understand drug interactions, avoid a prescribing cascade or unravel one once it has taken place. If you read the CIHI report, you’ll be interested to find out that the most popular issues for drug prescriptions among seniors are for high cholesterol and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Now you know. You are not alone.

cause an adverse event. Finding the best team in this area to support your needs takes initiative, research and perseverance. You’ll need to identify what your specific problem is and research your way to seeking out a solution one step at a time. It is best if you have someone alongside you in your research and practices in this area. They will help you identify what is working and what is not working as these treatments are usually pay-per-cost.

Patient Navigator Have you heard that there are medical experts who will walk with you through a medical situation or a transition in your health? In a stressful time of illness or transition, you may need to pay an expert to come with you to appointments, take notes, do research and enhance your experience as you navigate a complex healthcare system. This is a new advocacy position that has only recently become more available. Be aware that there will be a cost to having an expert walk alongside your health journey. Recently, I had a conversation with the son of a middle aged senior (late 70’s) who was trying to navigate the health care system for his mother. She was unhappy in long-term care as she has no cognitive decline. She wanted to live in a reduced care situation to be around friends, but needed the nursing care 24/7 to manage her insulin levels. Frustrated, her son said to me, “I don’t even know Holistic Health Many people these days are turning to holistic or na- the words to use to ask the questions that I don’t even turopathic health to help navigate aging. This may be in know I need to ask.” A patient navigator would help walk the form of vitamins, chiropractic treatments, massage an individual and family through these transitions. therapy, acupuncture or other non-traditional forms of Exercise medicine that add to the support team for seniors. DATE Simple that include cardio (walking), flex-ARTIST please exercises check carefully As you explore these areas, understand that natural EA 08/25 JOB # 1312FCN302558 and mark any changes! remedies can also interact with your prescriptions (or ibility (stretching) and strength training (weights) will other natural treatments) and the interaction could Continued on page 38

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Senior Life Support team..Continued from page 37 give your body the ability it needs to navigate some of the surprises in old age. Perhaps the most motivating warning I’ve heard is that the loss of flexibility is the number one way seniors lose their ability to use the toilet independently. An excellent book, Strong Women’s Guide to Total Health by Miriam Nelson is a resource beneficial for both men and women. This is a proven strength-training book that provides guidance for simple strength training exercises

that can be done twice weekly and will be transformative for women (and men). You can begin to get strong – even if you start in your 90’s! You may need to purchase a few in-home items to assist you in your fitness – small handheld weights, stretching band. Do you need a walker to feel safe? Get one! Don’t stop walking because you need equipment. Get the equipment and keep going. If you can’t motivate yourself to move around 3-5 times per day, perhaps it’s time to call in an expert. Although

the personal fitness trainer ads are terrifying with their Boot Camps and 16-week challenges, there are personal trainers who will work with you in specific ways to create a regimen that will be within your capability and will move you toward increased health, strength and flexibility. Some will even come to your home! Check back next month for part 2. Sharon Simpson is the Director, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at Menno Place.

Hearing loss

by Lilianne Fuller

Psalm 139 tells us that our bodies are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made and you need not look any further than our ears to see the truth of that statement. Our ears are a combination of mechanics and electrical impulses that allow us to hear the faintest of whispers or the roar of thunder. How we hear is truly amazing. Sound is transmitted via soundwaves entering the ear canal through the eardrum. These soundwaves cause the eardrum to vibrate which sets three small bones called the Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup in motion. This motion causes the fluid in the middle ear or Cochlea to move, making the hair cells in the Cochlea bend. This changes the sound waves into electrical impulses which are transmitted via the Auditory Nerve to the Auditory Cortex in the brain where these impulses are interpreted as sound. Our sense of hearing is essential for daily living. Being able to hear keeps us connected with the outside world and helps avoid isolation. Studies have shown that isolation can be as deadly and detrimental to health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. It has been found that people who experience hearing loss tend to isolate themselves and give up many of the activities they formerly enjoyed. As well, scientific studies have linked hearing loss with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there is a clinical link between hearing loss and the progression of the disease. Hearing is something we take for granted until we cannot. Troy Demmitt concluded that his hear-

ing was an issue when he noticed that he was having more difficulty hearing conversations conducted at a normal volume. Trying to hear was exhausting and at dinner parties or other social events, all he heard was white noise. He decided that a hearing aid was something he needed so he began the search for one that would help his hearing loss. There are three types of hearing loss. Conductive, Sensorineural, and Mixed. Conductive hearing loss is caused by a problem with the middle and outer ear and could be caused by wax build up in the ear canal or a ruptured eardrum. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused when there is damage to the tiny hair-like cells in the inner ear or to the auditory nerve. This causes the nerve signals to be blocked, impacting the loudness and clarity of sound. Sensorineural hearing loss can develop over time due to long term exposure to loud sounds. As well, this type of hearing loss can occur instantaneously from a short blast of noise like a gunshot or an explosion. Viral infections and even some types of medication can also cause this type of hearing loss. In addition, Tinnitus or a ringing in the ear can contribute to diminished hearing as well. There are preventative measures to take so that hearing loss doesn’t have to occur or be as severe. Hearing specialists or Audiologists recommend pro-

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tecting the ears from excessively loud sounds. For example, if you work in a noisy environment, use ear protection and avoid listening to music at high decibel levels, especially if using ear buds. “If in any environment or social engagement, if you need to raise your voice to have a conversation, this means that the background noise is loud enough to be hazardous to our hearing,” explained Kim Galick a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner and Owner/ Operator of Ears Hearing Clinics. “In a circumstance like that, the use of custom ear protection or earmuffs is highly recommended at all times,” she added. Hearing aids have come a long way from the first ones many years ago. “The use of ear trumpets for the partially deaf, date back to the 17th century,” said Galick, At first, an ear Trumpet was used to amplify the sounds of conversation and in 1895, the movement toward the modern hearing aid began with the invention of the telephone. Today, most hearing aids are digital and as technology advances, so will hearing aids. “We do keep hearing of Artificial Intelligence Hearing Aids,” said Galick. As the population ages, there are a multitude of Hearing Clinics springing up. If your doctor has advised you to get a hearing aid, it’s important to find the right Hearing Instrument Practitioner to help you. Galick offers some advice when deciding on a Hearing Clinic. “Did the professional take the time to listen to your concerns? Did you feel rushed during the appointment? Did they explain things to you in a way you could understand? In other words, no jargon,” she said. It’s hard to imagine a soundless world and the ability to hear promotes a healthy and happy life. For Troy Demmit getting a hearing aid was a blessing. “Listening to music is a joy again. When I left the clinic, I had a ‘moment’. I stopped in amazement, two airplanes were a speck in the distance, and I could hear them,” he smiled.


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