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2018 PWS&D Sunday Sermon

by Karen Bokma

“He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make […]

Canadian Government to Match Donations to Rohingya Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence. On October […]

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Terrifying violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 600,000 Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. A military crackdown on insurgence in the state has left innocent Rohingya families subject to unthinkable trauma—family members killed and homes and fields set ablaze. Forced from their homes with nothing, refugees—mostly women, […]

Responding to Hurricane Irma

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Irma has struck the Caribbean leaving devastation in its wake. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. ACT Alliance members are currently assessing the situation in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and coordinating their response to Hurricane Irma. Through the ACT Alliance, PWS&D is able to respond to meet immediate needs like […]

2016 Annual Report is Now Available

by Karen Bokma

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.  PWS&D’s 2016 Annual Report highlights the life-changing work […]

“Things Are Different Now” – Maternal Health in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

Misuzi Tembo is pregnant with her first child. While she would rather be sharing this joyful and nerve-wracking life experience with her husband, she is often alone. Misuzi‘s husband lives and works in South Africa to support their family. This situation is common for many of the women living in her village of Kayeleka Banda. […]

Responding to BC Wildfires

by Karen Bokma

As wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, please pray with PWS&D for those affected—evacuees and first responders. Read the Moderator’s prayer in response to the BC forest fires. Updates from the Rev. Shannon Bell Wyminga (Cariboo Region) can also be found here or on The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Facebook page. “At present, we would covet […]

PWS&D raises over $118,000 for famine relief

by Karen Bokma

Thank you for your incredible generosity! Between March 17 and June 30, 2017, PWS&D raised $118,244 in support of our ongoing famine response. These funds will be matched 1:1 by the federal government’s Famine Relief Fund, which will be programmed by agencies selected by Global Affairs Canada. PWS&D is responding through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank […]