From students back in the halls of school to cherishing this precious life, and new Christian music, we've got a lot of good news to share this week.

Small town raises $2,500 for HEART

The community of Sundown helped raise $2500 in support of The Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team, or HEART, which specializes in underwater search and recovery.

Naomi Murray was on hand to receive the donation and she explained why the organization means so much to her and her family.

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Uganda-based ministry works with Emmaus church youth to fund Bible purchase

Nixon and Chasity Katabira operate Love All Ministries Uganda (LAM-Uganda), a Christian non-denominational youth empowerment ministry. 

Operating under the umbrella of Winkler-based Sixteen13 Ministry, the Katabiras serve over fifty young people, many coming from broken homes. Their goal is to create a family where hope is restored and skills are attained.

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Discipleship school reopens its doors in southern Manitoba

A discipleship school that was forced to close its doors due to the pandemic is welcoming students once again and excited to be building up leaders in God's Kingdom.

"Gospel Mission Discipleship School is a school that actually launched a couple of years ago and then last year with COVID and all the craziness going on there, it wasn't able to run, and so we are really, really excited," the director of the school, Bryan Neisteter says.

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Hope blooms thanks to kindness of strangers

A Winnipeg woman is sharing a kind deed done for her by strangers and it's proven to be just the good news people need to hear right now. 

"I went shopping for some groceries at St. Leon's Garden Market and I'd taken my two-year-old son with me. We picked up all our stuff, we're waiting in line and just as I was about to approach the till I all of a sudden realize that I don't have my wallet," says Janessa Nayler-Giesbrecht, the youth and young adults pastor at the Fort Garry MB Church in Winnipeg. 

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'I will continue to serve God in Cuba for as long as I can': Jailed pastor

A Cuban pastor recently freed from jail is sharing his experience and his prayer requests for the future of Christian ministry in his home country.

Pastor Yéremi Blanco, along with his friend pastor Yarián Sierra, was in prison for 14 days after being detained during the July 11 demonstrations in Cuba.

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Paul Hernandez releasing fresh new single

A Christian Canadian hip-hop/rapper is releasing his new, and relatable single 'Highs and Lows.'

"Creatively, there was a lot that came into it. It developed over a period of time. I wanted to highlight the journey of one's life, specifically a believer's life," says Paul Hernandez, a from B.C.

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God the 'glue' for school as they fully-welcome students back

A Winnipeg school is celebrating a full return to the classroom; a first since pandemic restrictions began.

For the past two school years, the halls at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI) have been emptier than usual. A quiet music room and faces on screens became the norm for the school, like many others, throughout the pandemic.

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Manitoban dribbling his way to a Guinness record

A runner from Blumenort has unofficially broken a Guinness World Record.

Steffan Reimer accomplished a dribbling feat on Sunday at the annual Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg.

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'God is breaking through' in Afghanistan

A man is asking for prayers that people would be "hidden from the enemy" as they fight to survive.

Zobair Deen, who was involved in Violent Extremism in Afghanistan research until 2019 and a Political Analyst and Strategic Advisor for the NATO-ISAF mission from 2004-2014, is continuing to have conversations with people in the country. Through these conversations with both people he knows and strangers, he is seeing God moving and protecting them.

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Augustine Centre a beacon in heart of Osborne Village

Augustine Centre in the middle of Winnipeg is halfway through its renovations to further help and engage the community.

"We are in the same situation that many churches are in right now. We have huge churches and diminishing attendees," says Glynis Quinn, the Executive Director of Oak Table, which runs in the basement of Augustine Centre. 

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'Taste and see that God is good' motivation for CMU's new school year

A university is literally singing with joy as their halls and classrooms are filled with students.

The last time President Cheryl Pauls saw the halls of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) filled was in the early spring of 2020. A year and a half (and many hybrid classroom sessions) later, Pauls is beaming at the sight of students.

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'Life is short, please love each other'

One month after the Goertzen girls passed away, their aunt and uncle are sharing their hearts about the precious nature of life and the importance of faith.

"Hold on to your kids and be ready to let them go. This world doesn’t last forever. There is no time like now to be sure of what will happen after you die," says Chuck and Danea Lawrenson on a social media post. 

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Lecrae opens up about journey through depression and what helped

Christian artist Lecrae is opening up about his own struggles with mental health.

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. 

"I want to talk to you about how I dealt with depression and anxiety. It is a serious topic," says Lecrae on his YouTube channel. 

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Shearon Epps: When God makes himself known

Shearon Pearson Epps comes from a large family of 18 siblings. Although growing up constantly surrounded by family, she always felt she was alone.

Her mother raised her in the church, but she never felt a part of the church. Later, when her older cousin started a church next door, she stumbled into a spiritual world she never knew existed. It was in this tiny, backwoods church where Shearon Epps found Jesus.

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Hidden treasures might be kicked to the curb this weekend

Making the most out of Winnipeg's giveaway weekend is good for both the pocketbook and the environment.

Colleen Ans, the Living Green, Living Well Coordinator with Green Action Centre in Winnipeg is participating in this year's annual Giveaway Weekend, encouraging others to do the same.

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Bright new outdoor space for people to meet or work downtown

The Winnipeg Biz is launching a brightly coloured workspace for students and business people, wifi included.

"We are here to promote care and advocate for a vibrant and inclusive downtown," says Pamela Hardman, the Director of Marketing Engagement and Communications with the Downtown Winnipeg Biz.

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