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Presbyterians in Action: Local Action, Global Impact

by Anna Muir

Through PWS&D, Presbyterians across Canada are demonstrating God’s love in some of the most vulnerable corners of our global community. Here are four amazing initiatives that are having an impact in a world filled with need. A Dinner for Africa Relief St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Markham, Ont. held a pancake dinner in support of […]

Cyclone Idai: Three Months Later

by Anna Muir

Cyclone Idai—the devastating storm that hit south-eastern Africa over three months ago—may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. When Cyclone Idai made landfall on March 14, houses and roads were submerged, and schools, crops and livelihoods destroyed. Cyclone Idai caused over 1,000 deaths and impacted almost three […]

Make It Multiply

by Anna Muir

‘Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in […]

It’s Not Can’t, It’s Kente!

by Anna Muir

Ghanaian entrepreneur Lariba Apuwendib spends her days weaving a beautiful material called kente. Thread by colourful thread, she is challenging a culture that says she can’t have a bright future. As a small child, Lariba did not have the opportunity to go to school. Instead, she stayed with her mother and father as they farmed […]

World Refugee Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Refugee Sponsorship

by Anna Muir

June 20 is World Refugee Day—a time to remember refugees, honour their strength, and celebrate the work that helps refugees find new homes and settle peacefully. Welcoming refugees to Canada has been a faithful response of the church for decades. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sponsorship Agreement existing between the Canadian government […]

A Long-Awaited Answer

by Anna Muir

Keshari Bohara wasn’t sure why she felt numbness, or why she had an ulcer on her hand. She had been taking the herbs prescribed to her by a traditional healer for three years but they didn’t seem to be making things better. Then the 58-year-old walked into the Shining Hospital and received the answers she […]

Empowered Women, Healthy Children

by Anna Muir

When 25-year-old Brenda decided to attend workshops on cooking and nutrition, she faced her share of criticism. Brenda’s mother thought their small Guatemalan community would condemn Brenda for spending time away from her own three children—especially because she is a single mother. She told Brenda that her place was in the home. But for Brenda, […]

Demonstrating Canadian Values Around the World: Canada Day 2019

by Anna Muir

This Canada Day, let’s demonstrate Canadian values of compassion and generosity throughout the world. One way to do this is by showing support for Canadian aid. Canadian aid towards agriculture, health, education and the environment in vulnerable communities overseas is helping make sure farmers can adapt to a changing climate, everyone gets enough to eat, […]

Surviving a Cyclone that Took Everything

by Anna Muir

“You see that I’m just here, and this is what I have left. I don’t know what to do.” These are the desperate words of Amelia Tausene, 35, who lives with her three children Noel, 12, Gustavo, 7, and Luis, 2, in Buzi District, Mozambique. They are among the 1.5 million living in Mozambique whose […]

Food Assistance Vital for Drought Affected Families in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

After consecutive years of very little rainfall, a severe drought has swept across southern Pakistan, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan—where rates of poverty and hunger are already high. The resulting drought has affected the lives and livelihoods of about five million people. In rural areas where most people are farmers, the impact […]