Living the Gospel: Andrew's Story

"God got hold of my heart at camp."

January 7, 2020

 

by Kelly Rempel
One Hope Canada

The 12-year-old in the 1999 camp photo could not have known he was poised on the edge of his life’s calling. Grin firmly in place and sporting a cabin leader’s too-large tie, he was ready for his first overnight camp.

Andrew Sevigny would spend the next two decades discovering his passion for ministry. 

Today, serving as executive director at Dauphin Bible Camp (DBC) in Manitoba, Andrew remembers enjoying that first camp experience despite getting homesick every night. “I didn’t tell anyone and cried myself to sleep. But I loved camp so much I didn’t want to go home.

“I grew up going to church and Sunday school but didn’t really understand Jesus’ love for me until...

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Love: One Word to Rule Them All

"If you want to know what perfect love is, look to Jesus!"

December 24, 2019

Advent is a great time to be intentional when it comes to sharing faith lessons with children. Watch Bill McCaskell talk to kids about love - a small word with lasting power - in this special Christmas vlog from One Hope Canada.

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Joy That Does Not Disappoint

"Joy at Christmas for children is so significant, yet so fragile. Even today, as we shop for gifts, we fear a lack of joy when the wrapping is torn away."

December 11, 2019

By Roland McQuade, One Hope Canada

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I was sitting with my grandfather, one Christmas, playing checkers. "Joy to the World" played on the stereo.

“It wasn’t always filled with joy, when I was a kid.” he began, as he moved one checker forward. “Each Christmas Eve, we would set out our plate, anticipating gifts on them by morning.”

My grandfather grew up in a poor family on the Prairies; both physically and spiritually poor. They were never taken to church, not even on Christmas Day.

“I remember one chilly Christmas morning,” he went on, “we jumped out of bed, and ran to the kitchen. All we saw was one small apple on each plate! Disappointed, we headed to the barn to do our chores. The next Christmas, again...

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Hope: When Light Gets In Your Soul

"Something about the light perpetuates hope, even as the world tries hard to squash those burning embers before they can flame."

December 4, 2019

By Kelly Rempel, One Hope Canada

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When you’re struggling to untangle that crazy string of lights for your Christmas tree, consider the number 640,215.

That’s the Guinness record-breaking number of bulbs blazing at a holiday display this year at a home in Lagrangeville, New York. (They also use almost 13 kilometres of extension cords!). 

Not quite bright enough? You could pack up your passport and head to Colombia where the annual Medellin Christmas Lighting Festival will feature 27 million sparkling LED lights. That’s a lot of twinkle!

There is something about the light that fascinates us, holds us captive, makes us slow down and take a second look, from the smallest spark to fireworks bursting overhead.

Something about the light perpetuates hope, even as the world tries hard...

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No Turning Back: Edna's Story

"There are no limits to what God can do!"

November 25, 2019

At 102 years young, Edna Ratzliff has the same passion for Jesus that she did at age 19 when she and her friend Mae travelled throughout Saskatchewan, sharing the Gospel with children in rural communities.

“If I’ve learned anything over the years,” Edna says, “it’s not what we do, it’s what we let God do. There are no limits to what God can do! … He delights to work in us, which is amazing to me!”

Watch Edna’s inspiring story below!

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