Stories, practical resources & thought-provoking articles to help mobilize God's people in Canada to be fruitfully engaged with God, on mission.
"Have you ever been some place really dark?
Those of us who live in cities seldom experience true darkness because of all the ambient light.
Several times a year we get to spend time at our friends’ cabin on an island off the west coast of BC. It’s pretty remote. When the sun goes down and the generator is turned off the only light comes from the moon and stars. On cloudy days it’s REALLY dark. I’m so glad for my flashlight when I need to find my way around after dark..."
In this article, Lorna shares about Eid al-Adha and encourages Christians to "share the light" with their Muslim friends during this celebration.
I had a dream recently. I could be wrong, but I think it was a dream from God with a message for me. And maybe it’s a message for you too.
Someone was promoting the idea of a coffee shop space. It was a small room—almost set up and ready to go, but not quite—there was some more work yet to be done to make it a welcoming and inviting space. Though it did already have some bookshelves, some decor, and a few comfy sofas chairs. For the colors, you need to imagine a typical Latin American street scene, where even humble spaces can be lit up by eclectic assortments of paint colors.
There are more opportunities today in Canada than ever before to reach out as a local church and welcome people of different language communities around us! From sponsoring a refugee family, to hosting a neighbourhood celebration, to simply getting to know our friends and neighbours who speak different languages and letting them know they are welcome here – and welcome in our churches.
With over 450 individual languages identified in the 2021 census there may be more languages spoken by people already in your church than you realize. Deb & Ramón share how you can find and use digital Bibles and digital Bible-Based discipleship tools in different languages...
Conversations. We have them all the time! After all, how could we offer hospitality without one? But, have you ever thought of conversation itself as an act of hospitality?
God speaks through Scripture. It is a core means by which God makes himself known to us—a communication initiative of God toward us. Have you ever just stopped and said thank you to God for the gift of Scripture? For the gift of speaking to us?
But of course, one of the challenges we must face for God to speak to us through Scripture is that we are confined to the languages we know. The original texts of Scripture were given in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. I speak none of those languages. You may not either. But Scripture, when translated into the languages of the people of the world, has proved to be a powerful conduit through which God speaks and draws people to himself.
Bible translators have recognized 8 conditions that, when they are all met, greatly increase the likelihood that deep spiritual impact will result from interacting with God’s Word.
We hope this new blog series will equip you and give you courage to introduce your neighbours to the God who speaks.
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