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Diaconal Ministries Canada Breaks New Ground!

By Erin Knight | April 2, 2019 | 0

Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada, we believe God is always at work and He calls churches to follow Him into their communities to share Christ’s transformational love with each and every person. Cities and neighbourhoods should be impacted and blessed through the social action and thoughtful, cultural engagement of local Christians. Through its Operation Manna…

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Is It Making A Difference? – Gateway’s Extreme Weather Shelter, Part 3

By Erin Knight | February 18, 2019 | 0

(Pictured above: A pictures taken of outside the shelter. There are no signs, but this “homeless cart” gives evidence of its presence. These carts start to arrive a few hours before the shelter begins some nights. Photo Credit: Monica deRegt) This is the final article in our 3-part story on the Extreme Weather Shelter opened…

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Important Announcement re: Operation Manna

By Erin Knight | February 15, 2019 | 2

Click HERE to read an official Press Release regarding our Operation Manna Program. Questions? Email our Program Coordinator, Tammy Heidbuurt, or or call us at 1-800-730-3490 x4304.

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Surviving Recruitment Time

By Erin Knight | February 6, 2019 | 0

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” Yes, yes, we know Christmas is long gone. It’s Recruitment Time! I am sure by now your Church Council has worked long and hard to craft a witty and concise bulletin announcement and that it’s been published the last 3 weeks, with a deadline that is fast-approaching.…

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Gateway’s Extreme Weather Shelter – Larry’s Story

By Erin Knight | January 31, 2019 | 0

Diaconal Ministries Canada invited guest blogger, Monica deRegt, to write a 3-part story on the Extreme Weather Shelter opened up by Gateway Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. While writing the last article, Monica felt led to also share this personal story of her experience in meeting Larry, one of the Shelter’s patrons. You might remember seeing Larry’s picture in Part 1 HERE of this series. Also check out Part 2 by clicking HERE! Larry was sitting alone at a table in…

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Serving a God of Change: Part 2 – Top 7 Reasons Change can be a Good Thing

By Erin Knight | January 25, 2019 | 0

In Part 1 of ‘Serving a God of Change’, we looked at why change can be so hard for us humans and why we tend to avoid it at all costs. But if we’re being honest, I think we can agree that sometimes we DO want change; new things can bring excitement and refreshment. Like…

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The Top 5 Things Gateway Church Discovered Running an Extreme Weather Shelter

By Erin Knight | January 22, 2019 | 0

Above Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash: (I met Michael in a Boston subway station. I told him I liked his sign. “What matters is what it means to you,” he told me. I asked what it meant to him. “Doing a deed or expressing kindness to another person without expecting anything in return,” Michael…

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Serving a God of Change – Part 1: Why Change is Hard

By Erin Knight | January 15, 2019 | 0

Happy New Year!!! Can I still say that?! How long are we supposed to say this to each other anyway? Can I say it to someone I am seeing for the first time in the new year? If so, this could go onto until June. Is this greeting only welcome the first couple weeks into…

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“How could we say ‘no?’” Gateway CRC responds to need for homeless shelter

By Erin Knight | December 14, 2018 | 0

(Pictured Above: Larry, one of the shelter’s guests who has also started to regularly attend Gateway, sitting in the church gym.) This month, guest blogger Monica deRegt will be writing a 3-part story on the Extreme Weather Shelter opened up by Gateway Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Our theme for December has been “Helping Without Harming”…

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Webinar Addresses Helping that Helps at Christmas (and beyond!)

By Erin Knight | December 11, 2018 | 0

Christmas is almost here! I’m sure you didn’t need that reminder (at all!). Costco shelves and dollar store aisles have had their Christmas supplies out since October, if not sooner. Churches and charities have been busy planning and promoting their Christmas programs and ministries for a while now. Social media has been buzzing about who…

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