Posts by Samantha Bondy

2017 OM Summer Blog

Camp Shout 2017 is over… but its mission continues! The final blog post by Aydan Schat, Camp Leader at OM 2017 Partner Camp Shout Camp SHOUT* 2017 is complete. It was, by my definition, incredibly successful. Relationships blossomed between campers, staff, and volunteers. We were able to share God’s love with so many well-deserving children,…

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DOE Edmonton 2017

Register now for the Day of Encouragement (DOE) in Edmonton, Alberta. The event is happening on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The ​DOE ​provides ​an ​opportunity ​for ​encouragement, ​inspiration, ​education ​and ​skill ​development ​for ​ministry ​leaders ​and ​people ​of ​the ​CRC ​church. ​ The Edmonton DOE is excited ​to ​bring ​together ​people ​from ​Classis ​Alberta ​North ​so ​we ​can network ​and ​join ​God ​in ​transforming ​our ​communities! For more details check out the DOE 2017 Brochure To register visit the DOE Registration Page here.  NOTE: The AGM will also be held at the…

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2017 Ministry Networking Day

MY House is one of our Operation Manna (OM) partners. In partnership with Mission Hills Community CRC, MY House is a centre for vulnerable youth that provides essential services like a place to eat, shower, do laundry and access medical care. Calvin Williams was one of the participants of the MND 2017 and offered some encouraging feedback after…

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A DMD Experience

Featuring an interview with DMDs: Doug Vandekamp and Dorothy Heidbuurt  Diaconal Ministry Developers (DMDs) are encouragers and coaches for deacons.  They are experienced in diaconal work and are available to help deacons understand their role and work out their calling in the church and its community.  Recently Tammy Heidbuurt connected with two outgoing DMDs about…

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Did You Mean These Neighbours, Jesus?

By Trixie Ling In the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke, a lawyer put Jesus to the test by asking a bold question – “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The lawyer already knew the answer written in the Law, which is love God and love your neighbour.…

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Facing the Giant …

“Looking at the bigger picture of poverty in our community can be overwhelming and often paralyzes people.  The fight feels like David standing in front of Goliath, but knowing that the bigger battle of poverty is in God’s hands.  The first thing we need to do is hand it over to our Lord … and…

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Owned by the Deacons

Ever wonder how an organization starts? Well sit back and take a walk down memory lane with me… Diaconal Ministries Canada had its early beginnings around 1998 at a Classis renewal gathering in Chicago. Canadian ministry leaders, and folks representing Diaconal Ministries Eastern Canada, Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now known…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Dialogue

I remember that summer day when I was travelling with some friends in the US.  I was the only Canadian in the car and, as we pulled into the restaurant parking lot, my friend proceeded to give me a short list of conversation topics to avoid during the meal. You see my friend and his…

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