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World AIDS Day 2019: Communities Make the Difference

by Karen Bokma

For more than three decades, the global response to help stop the spread of HIV and support people living with AIDS has been unrelenting. Today, the result of this effort is seen in the 23.3 million people who are accessing HIV treatment. Since 2010, new HIV infections have declined by an estimated 16%, with infections […]

Recipe for a Sweet Champion

by Karen Bokma

People sometimes wonder what giftings make a great Champion. Unscramble the words below to find out! 1. Pailnnng 2. Ledreaihsp 3. Etdcuaign 4. Aiioarmtintsdn 5. Gniigv 6. Hstaitpoily 7. Eenerugcnoamt 8. Wtaveehr uyo aer oodg ta! To learn more or to become a Champion, visit WeRespond.ca/be-a-champion.   – Answer Key: 1. Planning, 2. Leadership, 3. […]

Presbyterians in Action: Local Action, Global Impact

by Karen Bokma

It was a busy summer for many Presbyterians across Canada who creatively engaged their communities in raising support for PWS&D’s programs. Making Bubbles for PWS&D During their “ROAR” vacation Bible school, the children at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Barrie, On. had sudsy fun in support of PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health project. By collecting […]

Ride for Refuge Raises over $15,000 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

by Karen Bokma

On Saturday, October 5, more than 50 PWS&D supporters on seven teams from Victoria, Edmonton, London, Waterloo and Toronto, participated in the Ride for Refuge. This Canada-wide cycling and walking fundraiser helps charities provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people. Matched 4:1 through additional support from the Government of Canada, the $15,000 […]

Champion Seven Days A Week

by Karen Bokma

You don’t have to think about the work of PWS&D every day, but you can if you want to! Sunday You can make a difference by including Mission Moments in your church’s announcement reel every Sunday. Monday What would happen if you requested to lead small group one week? Use PWS&D resources to teach about […]

Yemen: Thanking God for What Remains

by Karen Bokma

Ahmed used to live next to a very unfriendly neighbour: a military base. One day, air strikes turned his family home in Yemen to rubble. Thankfully, Ahmed and his family of nine escaped with their lives. With nowhere to live, Ahmed, his wife and their seven children were forced to seek refuge under a bridge […]

Syrian Refugees Experience Safety and Friendship in Canada

by Karen Bokma

During coffee hour at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario, church members and guests are greeted by a team of volunteers. Behind the coffee carafes are long-time members, as well as a Muslim mother and daughter from war-torn Syria. They are giving back to thank St. Andrew’s for providing a safe and accepting place […]

Bringing Hope for A Healthier Future

by Karen Bokma

In a country where the prevalence of leprosy is two and a half times higher than the global average, the Shining Hospital is helping people overcome illness and get back to their normal lives. This year the hospital has given over 15,000 people hope for a healthier future. Life Interrupted Ram lived with his wife […]

Champion Wherever You Go

by Karen Bokma

Championing for Change can involve more than sharing news from PWS&D with your congregation. This week, try spreading the word about PWS&D wherever you find yourself! At home You can engage your children or grandchildren in the work of PWS&D with our new youth resource, “School’s In.” Its five lessons and two games are a […]

Resources for the Upcoming Federal Election

by Karen Bokma

With the federal election fast approaching, Canadians will soon head to the polls to decide which candidates reflect their values and priorities for our country, both at home and abroad. This fall election offers an excellent opportunity to find out what the candidates in your electoral district think of Canada’s role in responding to issues […]