With a lot of negative news out there, why not check out the good things that happened this week. 

After leaving Mumford & Sons, musician finds new lease on faith and life

Former Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall battled 'being cancelled' when he was in the band and now that he's left, Marshall says he's free.

Marshall officially left the Mumford & Sons, a British folk and rock band, back in June of 2021. He initially just took a break from the group when he faced intense backlash from the left for tweeting that he enjoyed reading journalist Andy Ngo's book, Unmasked, which explores the dangers of Antifa.

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'A light of hope': first of three flights bringing Ukrainians lands in Winnipeg

Kseniia Zinenko stepped outside of the Winnipeg airport Monday evening after a nine-hour flight from Poland to Manitoba's capital city.

The 30-year-old is one of more than 300 Ukrainian nationals who were on a federally chartered flight to bring people fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine to Canada. 

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From losing everything to becoming one of Christian music's best-known families

The Smallbone family was living a fairly normal life in Sydney, Australia, when their entire world came tumbling down around them.

"My husband, David, had a passion for making a difference in people's lives and Christian music. He was promoting Christian concerts and had a small record company. It was a normal sort of life," said Helen Smallbone. "Then he ended up marketing a tour in Australia in 1988 that lost us a quarter of a million dollars."

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Teachers and staff counting down days to summer enjoy coffee break

All the staff at Oakenwald Elementary school were pleasantly surprised with a Brewed with Gratitude coffee break this morning for all their hard work. 

"Ms.Green has taught all of my four kids over the past years," says Melodie Michalchuk, the parent who nominated Shannon Green at Oakenwald School. "She is so devoted to teaching, leading her class, always so encouraging to students and is so compassionate to parents."

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Bible translation experiencing boom amidst pandemic in southern Africa

Growth of Bible translation efforts in Zambia is experiencing an explosion of activity due to the partnership between Wycliffe Associates and local churches.

The Wycliffe Associates initiative, Church Owned Bible Translation, began in 2014 to equip and train Bible translators. Now 20 of the more than 70 languages spoken in Zambia have active Bible translation efforts underway.

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Bruised, broken and captured in Iraq: A story of survival and true faith

Joshua Bold grew up in a Christian home, but his faith took some time to grow. In his teen years, he struggled with drugs, everything from cocaine to meth.

"It took me for a ride. By the time I was 25 years old, I was pretty much spent as a human being. My relationships were broken and so was everything else," said Joshua.

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$17 million cardiac centre opens at Children's Hospital

Children with heart health issues in Manitoba now have a beautiful state-of-the-art centre to visit at the Children's Hospital. 

On Wednesday the naming of a new pediatric cardiac clinic at HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital took place with heart patient families and donors present for the momentous occasion. The new name is the Travis Price Children’s Heart Centre thanks to the Price family's generosity in helping fund the project.

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Murray Sinclair honoured with Order of Canada at Rideau Hall ceremony

Murray Sinclair received the Order of Canada Thursday for dedicating his life to championing Indigenous Peoples' rights and freedoms.

Sinclair held his wife's hand as the award was announced in Rideau Hall, and was met with a standing ovation as he rose to receive it.

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Ministry helping spread gospel to kids, preventing child exploitation

Child Care International (CCI) appreciates all their sponsors in Canada as it means children in destitute situations can see hope through the care and love of Jesus. 

"Child sponsorship is one of the most effective ways to address the root causes of poverty," says Jose Prem, the Executive Director of Child Care International (CCI). "We partner with sponsors in Canada in order to train and equip children so they can make good decisions regarding their life."

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Remembering the life of a selfless man and giving back to a community in need

Dominique Contois grew up in a home filled with emotional and mental abuse. Both of his parents were alcoholics and were absent most of the time.

"It was tough. There was a lot of drinking in the home and violence," Contois explained. "Family and friends would try to help us by giving us food."

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Folklorama back in action, promoting and embracing different cultures

After taking two years off, Winnipeg's beloved multicultural event is back with an in-person event. 

"We are so excited to announce that we are back in person for our 51st festival," says Tanya Williams, the Director of Marketing Communications and Engagement with Folklorama in Winnipeg. "It'll be July 31 to August 13. We're excited to be celebrating the way we should be in-person."

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