This week we celebrated a missionary being released from prison, hope through the gospel being shared with a community in crisis, and powerful stories of faith. 

Jordan St. Cyr takes home first Juno award

Jordan St. Cyr is celebrating while on tour after hearing that he won the Juno award in the category of Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album. 

This was the first time St. Cyr was nominated for a Juno award.

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Manitoba government gives over $2 million to tackle child abuse

The Manitoba government is taking aim at child abuse, announcing 2.1 million dollars for a new investigative unit to tackle the problem.

Premier Heather Stefanson says the provincewide, integrated child response unit will build on services offered by the Toba Centre for Children and Youth in collaboration with the Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP.

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Winnipeg atheist finds God in surreal way

Trevor Melcher struggled with chronic pain and addictions for many years before he was fully set free after a radical encounter with Jesus. 

"About two and a half years ago I checked into rehab for the first time," says Melcher. "The place that I chose was a non-12-step program because I was basically against God. I thought anything about God or Jesus was a bunch of lies or manmade creation."

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Now that's what's called good 'Stone Soup'

Local restaurants are joining in on a community cause to provide schools with healthy food for their meal and snack programs.

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) is hosting its annual Stone Soup fundraising event from March 13-19.

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'It's a journey to true empowerment': SHE Tour conference brings women together

A women's conference designed to empower and encourage women will make a stop in Winnipeg later this week. 

Joanne Hoehne, the founder of SHE Tour conferences, says it's not your average conference.

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Ukrainian ancestry inspires visual song, now on display

Local author and artist, Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon is using her great-grandparent's story of migrating to Canada as inspiration for her latest artistic project.

Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon has her exhibit Ukraine: Close to Home on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Gallery alongside Leaving Canada: The Mennonite Migration to Mexico by the Mennonite Heritage Village and supporters.

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New data shows Steinbach still most generous city in Canada

Communities in southeastern Manitoba continue to trend above the national average when it comes to making charitable donations. 

Statistics Canada released data this week from the 2021 tax year. It shows that the median donation per tax filer in Canada that year was $360 and for Manitoba was $550. Both those averages were up slightly from 2020.  The median amount represents the middle point: half of the donors gave more than the median and the other half gave less. 

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'God can take our mess and make it the message': How a victim of domestic violence and tragic loss found love again

For more than half her life, Francie Chapman was told that she would never amount to anything in life. Now, the wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter is using her testimony to bring hope to women all around the world. 

"The moment I accepted Christ, the very first thing I heard God say to me was you are going to help my daughters heal, and you're gonna raise my daughters to life. And at that time, I didn't know what that looked like."

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Wild Wild Wilderness: teaching future generations of environmental importance through song

Emily Thoroski grew up loving music but also has a passion for nature and the environment, so she thought why not do both?

With a dream to tour around Canada offering performances on the importance of knowing current environmental issues, someone needs to have credentials to help them out. Emily Thoroski completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba, as well as a Masters degree afterwards.

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Don Moen coming to Winnipeg in June

CHVN is excited to announce that Don Moen and guests are coming to Winnipeg this June to Worship for Justice. 

Worship artist Moen will be joined by Paul Baloche and special guest Brooke Nicholls. 

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'Anything is doable with God here': Fighting back against human trafficking

Today is Day for Freedom, an annual event used to highlight the people and organizations who are working hard to bring an end to human trafficking.

Pastor Jeremy Johnson is the senior pastor at Village Church in Surrey, B.C. His church is highly involved with the work that International Justice Mission (IJM) does.

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'He invites us to partner with him in the work of justice': IJM brings hope in the fight against human trafficking

Human trafficking is an issue that has been around for years. It's something that is happening not only globally but right here in our backyards. 

Today is Day for Freedom, a day where we put a spotlight on the fight against human trafficking.

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Sexually exploited women receiving support from Manitoba Government

The provincial government is providing funding of $1.53 million to Velma's House Safe Space to supply better resources and tools to help sexually exploited women and survivors of gender-based violence.

"There is an increasing need for 24-7 safe spaces for vulnerable women in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba," says Families Minister Rochelle Squires, who is responsible for the status of women. "Our government is pleased to provide this annual funding to Velma’s House, so vulnerable women can access supports, meals, and services and have a low-barrier place to sleep at any time of the day or night."

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Local entrepreneurs in top 25 Women of Influence in North America

Remember when the world wasn't familiar with online learning? Now with technology upgraded and used daily, two women co-founded a company to help teach children how to read virtually.

Hoot Reading was created by two Canadian women, Carly Shuler and Maya Kotecha to be used as an online tutoring company that is available throughout North America.

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Newcomers scammed and persecuted for Christian faith when miracle happened

On January 18 the Wahed family moved from Azerbaijan to Canada and landed in Portage la Prairie. The family experienced some extremely hard setbacks that were all focused on religious persecution against them.

Abdul and Safiya Wahed were Muslim and were born and raised in Dubai. Safiya converted to Christianity in 2013 when life would take a drastic turn that eventually led to Abdul's conversion through a miraculous experience.

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'The hungry stomach can't hear': Helping a community in crisis

A few people from Winnipeg, including a couple of Blue Bombers, are helping the community of Shamattawa after they declared a state of emergency again last week. 

Winnipegger Greg Armstrong goes up north to Shamattawa a few times a year to bring breakfast and prayers to the community. He is also a retired chaplain.

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Churchill named as one of the world's greatest places

A northern Manitoba community is being recognized for its natural beauty.

Churchill has been listed as one of Time magazine's "World's Greatest Places of 2023".

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After 4 months in prison in Mozambique MAF pilot released

U.S. Missionary and pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship has been released from a prison in Mozambique where he has been held without bail for the past four months. 

"Koher, an American pilot, along with two South African men, W.J. du Plessis and Eric Dry, also detained, left prison late on Tuesday afternoon," says MAF in a statement on their website

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