This week we are sharing stories of people in need of help finding everlasting hope, including the final total raised during the three day Change Happens radiothon. 

WATCH: Francesca Battistelli's video reminder of God's faithfulness

While her song was written out of a place of grief, Francesca Battistelli's new song and music video are sure to inspire. 

"A few years ago a friend of ours went through a devastating loss. I really wanted to write a song that would honour what he went through and really speak to that idea of how tragedy affects our lives because, at one point or the other, it does affect all of us," says Battistelli in a video on her Facebook. 

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Pro Sports & Faith Night sharing powerful testimonies

An event raising funds for a pro sports ministry is highlighting how a chaplain is coaching athletes in their faith journeys.

The Pro Sports & Faith Night has a circular purpose. The event is raising funds for Athletes in Action Pro Ministry Chaplain Lorne Korol as he guides professional athletes like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets on their spiritual journeys. Some of these athletes will be sharing their testimonies during the event for Korol, which is made possible by Korol's ministry.

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New pastor hopes to cast wide net

After serving some of Winnipeg's most vulnerable for years, a local man is stepping into the position of lead pastor in the heart of Osborne Village. 

"I've been working at Union Gospel Mission for three and a half years here in the city as a chaplain. I had a lot of fun doing that, working with men in the addictions recovery program as well as working with the people in the street community," says Tim Harris, the new lead pastor at Christian Fellowship Chapel. 

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No expiration on love for kids exiting foster system

A new program is helping kids exiting the child welfare system avoid homelessness.

"Exit Up! is definitely near and dear to my heart and something that brought me to Siloam. It is a program that really focused in on one of the biggest feeders into homelessness which unfortunately is the child welfare system," says Laiza Pacheco, the Director of Programs at Siloam Mission. 

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Sign up at Honourary Dale Hawerchuck Way

The street lining Canada Life Centre is donning a new name, but that name is far from unknown for Winnipeg hockey fans.

This summer, Mark Chipman announced Graham Avenue would be given a name, honouring his late friend and Winnipeg Jets superstar Dale Hawerchuck. On Tuesday morning, the Winnipeg Jets snapped a photo of the new sign, announcing Honourary Dale Hawerchuck Way was official.

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Youth going door-to-door this week for South East Helping Hands

Youth from Steinbach churches will be going door-to-door this week collecting food for South East Helping Hands.

Kyle Penner is the Assistant Pastor at Grace Mennonite Church. He notes around 10 local youth groups are participating this year, collecting food for the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger Campaign.

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Preaching from a mountainside (in a Winnipeg hotel parking lot)

When a local church that was hoping to minister to forest fire evacuees encountered issues because of COVID restrictions they chose to adapt and the end result was ministering to even more people than those originally intended.

Evacuees from Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations have been living in Winnipeg hotels for months after forest fires destroyed power lines into the two communities. The Red Cross reached out to local church Encounter Life Ministries on the weekend, saying the people would like to hold a worship gathering. 

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Newsboys releasing 20th studio album

With the help of the pandemic and a lot of downtown to write and record songs, the famous Newsboys is thrilled to release their latest album, STAND

"STAND is available right now wherever you listen to music! We can’t believe this project is finally out in the world and we are so excited for these songs to impact YOUR lives the way they have impacted ours!" says the band on Facebook the day of the release.

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New initiative increases Bible access for Deaf Christians

As more believers see needs in the global Deaf community, they increasingly support sign language Bible translation. Dan* from DOOR International says Scripture distribution – providing Deaf believers with access to the finished translation – is advancing, too.

“It’s an exciting and challenging time in Scripture distribution. Thirty years ago, doing Scripture distribution on video looked like a stack of VHS tapes,” Dan says.

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Maintaining relationship in the midst of conflict

A mental health expert is sharing ways to keep your cool when talking about divisive topics, especially with people you care about. 

"If two people agree all of the time, then at least one person is not being themselves. We ought to have our own thoughts, feelings, opinions and perspectives about life. We are all different and it would be very boring if we were all the same," says Terry Warburton, Clinical Director with Recovery of Hope Counselling in Winnipeg. 

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Pandemic leaves Gospel workers with new skills

India’s Gospel workers face major challenges due to COVID-19, but they’re also seeing positive growth.

“We’ve been encouraged to see them using some of the new technology available for the administration of the indigenous Church,” John Pudaite of Bibles For The World explains.

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Kai Madsen's 'immeasurable' impact on Winnipeg remembered

The Christmas Cheer Board's executive director says Kai Madsen's death is a "great time to reminder to be kind to one another" as they mourn him.

Winnipeg was shaken Wednesday after learning about the death of retired Christmas Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen this week, proving just how much of an impact he made. Madsen retired for health reasons in August after more than 50 years with the organization, leaving Shawna Bell to fill his well-worn seat.

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COVID restrictions intense in Australia yet praise and worship bursting out

Australia is under some of the toughest COVID restrictions in the world, but a worship band is praising God in the midst of the storm. 

Joshua Brown is the keyboard player for the Australian worship band Planetshakers. 

"Planetshakers started off as a conference. Pastor Russell felt God say be obedient and do a conference. All these youth groups encountered God. They went back and the parents were saying the kids are different. When God touches your life, stuff happens," says Brown.

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Beauty Out of Ashes helping girls escape life in trafficking

Eleven orphaned girls in Haiti are getting fantastic opportunities in life because of a Manitoban couples ministry.

"We had been in Haiti for a number of years, working out of an orphanage. During that time we saw domestic slave kids, street kids. We were seeing so much of that and we just felt that's where God was calling us to go," says Gary Unger. He and his wife Mavis founded a ministry in Haiti called Beauty Out of Ashes

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Polar Bear to become an official emblem of Manitoba

Manitoba's newest emblem is a nod to tourism in Northern Manitoba.

On Friday, the province is proposing that polar bears are being added to Manitoba's long list of official emblems. 

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Showing parental weakness: Who is the real “Super Woman”?

Do you feel as a parent that you always need to have things together? Or that it's not okay to share weaknesses in front of your children? 

Author of The Impossible Kid, Lucille Williams says, that allowing our children to see parental weakness may be difficult, but it is necessary to reveal to our kids that we are human and approachable. 

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The Change Happens radiothon for Siloam Mission

Over the course of three days, we heard incredible stories from the staff at Siloam Mission, as well as testimonials from patrons about how their lives have changed for the better thanks to Siloam.

To find out how much was raised for the Winnipeg ministry, click here