This week we found a ton of people doing selfless deeds. Like a firefighter who donated his kidney to a fellow firefighter. We saw teenagers giving up their spring break to build houses for others as well as a local woman who celebrated 31 years of service in ministry. 

Centuries-old passion play returns after pandemic break

OBERAMMERGAU, Germany (AP) — Almost 400 years ago, the Catholic residents of a small Bavarian village vowed to perform a play of “the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every 10 years, if only God would spare them any further losses from the plague known as the Black Death.

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Widowed mother of seven shares how she found hope again

It was around 10 years ago that Lisa Appelo's life changed forever. 

"On what seemed like an ordinary Friday morning, I woke up to my husband's funny breathing," said Lisa. "I wasn't even awake enough to open my eyes, but I just kind of reached over and nudged him and told him it was just a nightmare. As I woke more to his breathing and flipped on the light, I could see that something was drastically wrong."

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Volunteers helping save homes near St. Adolphe

An army of volunteers has been hard at work the last couple of weeks, assisting those impacted by flood waters in the St. Adolphe area.

Lesley Gaudry has been helping coordinate some of those efforts. Gaudry says over the last number of weeks they have been watching the Red River rise. For those who live within the dike, properties are protected and there is no threat of flooding. But, for residents living outside the town's ring dike, Gaudry says it has been a stressful time.

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More baby announcements for CAIN

The three siblings Christian band CAIN recently welcomed a little one to their crew, and are thrilled to add more to the family. 

CAIN is made up of three siblings, two sisters and a brother, including Madison Cain Johnson, Taylor Cain Matz, and Logan Cain. 

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Homeschooling continues to grow, supporting parents in the journey

The number of people homeschooling their children is growing in Manitoba even after the pandemic restrictions are subsiding, according to a local expert. 

Gerald Huebner is a part of the board of the Manitoba Association of Christian Homeschools (MACHS).

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The entire illustrated Bible, exhibited in the Luther House

The Luther House in the German city of Eisenach is hosting an exhibition of the reproduction of the Wiedmann Bible, the only painted Bible that completely reproduces the Old and New Testaments.

The Wiedmann Bible was made by the artist Willy Wiedmann (1929-2013) and it is the longest painted Bible in the world. It consists of 3,333 pictures that he painted over 16 years.

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Granny on mission to help displaced people after Peguis flooding

Roughly 1,500 people have left their homes in Peguis First Nation after massive flooding and some of those people were forced to leave with only the clothes on their backs. 

Joy Klassen has a cousin in Peguis First Nation and she also runs something called Granny on a Mission. 

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Winnipeg firefighter donating kidney to fellow firefighter

A Christian firefighter from Steinbach is saving another firefighter's life this week by going under the knife. 

Russ Reimer has served with the Steinbach Fire Department since 2001 but also works for the Winnipeg Fire Department. He vividly recalls the day when he learned that Kyle Schmidt, another Winnipeg firefighter whom he knows quite well, was in renal failure as his kidneys had shut down.

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Katrina Van Humbeck releases new album inspired by verse in Isaiah

A Manitoba song teacher and artist is releasing her third album, giving all the glory to God through her songs. 

"Somehow I know that [my mom] is rejoicing in heaven right now with me thinking, 'You go. I'm so proud of you still'," says Katrina Van Humbeck on the release of her latest album, Stronger Still

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Art & faith return the Kingdom to the meek

From the Sistine Chapel to da Vinci’s, The Last Supper, fresco paintings are some of the oldest and most durable forms of artwork known to man.

At the intersection of faith and art, Theirs is the Kingdom is a feature-length documentary directed by Christopher Zaluski that follows the rare creation of a contemporary fresco mural by Christopher Holt inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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'Honour and privilege to serve my community as an Asian': Pastor Andy Capesinio

A pastor who came from the Philippines to serve the community in Winnipeg is reflecting on Asian Heritage Month and what it means to him. 

Pastor Andy Capesinio is the founder of Crossover Church in the North End of Winnipeg since 2015.

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Ministering at Union Gospel Mission for over 30 years, woman retiring on a high note

A woman who has known ministry work for most of her life is celebrating her last day at Union Gospel Mission today before retiring. 

Diana Fields started working at UGM in Demeber of 1990. 

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Finding grace, freedom, and purpose in an overachieving world

You know her. Maybe you are her. The woman who feels like she must always be "on." The one who is always performing. This is how Mary Marantz felt about her life. 

Marantz grew up in a trailer in rural West Virginia. The first of her immediate family to go to college, she went on to earn a master's degree in moral philosophy and a law degree from Yale. After turning down six-figure-salary law firm offers in London and New York and starting a business with her husband, Justin, together they have gone on to build a successful online education platform for thousands of creative entrepreneurs worldwide.

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'Our future is in good hands': Shining a light on strength and faith of teenagers

Shine the Light Ministries recently came back from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and the team is blown away by the dedication and zeal of the youth. 

Brent and Wendy Wong of Winnipeg have run a ministry called Shine the Light for over 17 years. Their two sons Jonah (14) and Isaiah (13) have been involved in the ministry as well since they've been alive. 

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