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Taking action in making peace

by Reg Toews   Remembrance Day is put forward for this great nation of Canada to remember those who fought for the freedoms we presently enjoy. In previous wars the use of appeasement failed miserably. Standing up to a bully is something that nations need to do to move forward into peacemaking. This year is […]

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Pack Shoeboxes, Save Lives

Pack Shoeboxes, Save Lives by Shanna Keen   I love Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and even the shopping. One of my favourite parts of the season is packing our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with my three- and six-year-old daughters. This Christmas, our annual shoebox packing tradition has become much more meaningful for […]

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Warm hands and a warm heart – Pop-up Soup Kitchen

by Julia Cheung   A group of moms and grandmas are huddled under the shelter of a big tree in Whalley, in the pouring rain. It’s a Sunday in February. They are in the heart of the strip in Surrey, just a stone’s throw from the Front Room Homeless Shelter. They’ve foregone the coziness of […]

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Sacrifices for freedom

by Agnes Chung   “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”  – President Herbert Hoover Inside a dimly lit living room on a cold fall day, Lew O’Leary sits in the shadow plucking his guitar in a composition that personifies courage, endurance and faith. A […]

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The cost of spreading the gospel

by Greg Musselman     Many brothers and sisters in Christ around the world suffer because they are Christians in countries like Iraq, Iran, Egypt, North Korea and Nigeria, to name a few. Thousands of others are persecuted       because they are taking the Gospel into hostile places. Earlier this year, I travelled to the nation […]

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Read letters behind the iron curtain

by Anette Baterink   Back in Grade 11, my German teacher asked us if anyone would like to have a pen-pal in Germany. I eagerly signed up and was very surprised when, sometime later, I got a letter from a 17-year-old boy who lived in East Germany – behind the Iron Curtain. In his letter, […]

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School of Life & Ministry

by Debbie Cazander   An exciting program developed by Saint Matthew’s School of Life and Ministry or “SOLAM” as it is more commonly known, is again offering a series of courses. According to Dean Cathy Bailey, the sessions are “open to all who are interested in growing their faith.” Under the auspices of Saint Matthew’s […]

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Chronicling the life of a prayer warrior

by Jenny Schweyer   No one who meets Arne Bryan, founder of the organization Prayer Canada, ever forgets him. This was certainly true for Beth Carson, who, like thousands of others over the decades, has been privy to Bryan’s flair for storytelling. Now Carson has collected and compiled many of those colourful stories, putting them […]

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Networking to stop the flow

by Julia Cheung   With Canada’s legal ground shifting under their feet, anti-human trafficking activists like Helen Sworn remain tentatively hopeful. “It’s a global human rights issue,” says Sworn. “Legislation is only part of the piece.” Sworn is the founder and director of Chab Dai (the name means “joining hands” in Khmer), a coalition of […]

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Church Internships

The Light Magazine is excited about students! Already a few golden leaves are heralding the back to the books season. We want to draw your attention to a special group of students emerging in modern culture – the church intern. Several churches in the Lower Mainland offer internship programs for young adults to grow in […]