Sarcasm is my weapon of choice. I wield it like a god wields a hammer or a lightning bolt.
Gaining international attention through awareness movements like Not For Sale and the Polaris Project, human trafficking is “the act of recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons . . . by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion . . . for the purpose of exploitation,” according the U.N., which recently estimated that there are 29.8 million people in slavery globally.
One such displaced family is Igor and Inna Bykadorovs and their son Vadym, a football-playing 15-year-old. Originally from the town of Pervomaisk in eastern Ukraine, Igor and Inna never thought they’d have to flee. “We were naive and careless about real danger for our own lives. The separatists came closer and closer but we believed God would never let it happen in our town,” they recall.
Mykhailo Cherenkov is professor of theology at the Ukrainian Seminary of Evangelical Theology and the author of A Future and a Hope: Mission, Theological Education, and the Transformation of Post-Soviet Society (2014). He is also vice-president of the Association for Spiritual Renewal, which seeks to develop a “church without walls.” From this movement came Students Without Walls (SWW) – training the next generation to be society-changers for Christ. Spread now to 12 countries, it has impacted more than 700,000 people in its outreach.
Islam is Canada’s fastest growing religion, according to the 2011 National Household Survey. Currently at around one million believers in Canada, the number of Muslim Canadians is doubling every 10 years, estimates the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, chiefly due to an influx of Muslim immigrants.
In other words, chances are pretty good, and only getting better, that your neighbour, your grocery clerk or your doctor is a Muslim.
These twenty, hailing from across the country, have four things in common: they are all young-ish, they are all Reformed, they are all Canadian and they are simply not interested in talking about themselves. They want to talk about what they’re doing, thank you very much, and why they’re doing it.
And so what follows is not a glam list of up-and-coming Christian celebrities. Rather, it’s a series of snapshots of God’s nurturing, witnessing, society-changing work happening through these millennials
Patricia Kamara, Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL), knows exactly what her organization needs to fight the raging Ebola epidemic which, by the end of August, had already killed 694 in Liberia alone, 1,546 throughout the West Africa region. She knows the need. She just doesn’t know how to fill it.