Around Town: Election Prayer, lifeTOUR, North Korean kids, OMF at 150 . . .

There will be prayer meetings for the election in Richmond on Saturday and Coquitlam on Sunday.

There will be prayer meetings for the election in Richmond on Saturday and Coquitlam on Sunday.

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, you might want to come out and join fellow believers who are asking for God’s direction in the October 19 election. Two local churches will be home to prayer rallies this weekend.

On Saturday (October 17), New Joy Church in Richmond will host Stand on Guard, a “non-partisan night of worship and prayer for our government and a godly outcome of the vote.” The Burn Collective will lead worship and special guest speakers (by video) Rob Parker & Faytene Grasseschi will address the crowd. The event is sponsored by Redleaf Prayer, New Joy Church and other area churches.

On Sunday, Westwood Community Church will host Canada at the Crossroads, a “united in prayer city-wide rally.”  Organizers say, “Every denomination is invited and welcome to unite in seeking His face for our country – this next election could be a life-changing event for all of us!” The event is sponsored by Hope Vancouver and Missions Fest and is connected with National House of Prayer Ottawa and 4MYCanada.

lifeTOUR: Last stop Vancouver

lifetour5After 19 events across Canada, lifeTOUR will make its last stop, in Vancouver, this Saturday (October 17). The tour, sponsored by WeNeedaLaw.ca, wants to use the election season to focus on life. Here is their pitch:

Not sure where you stand on abortion? Or think you know exactly where you stand? This event is a great opportunity to learn where Canada stands on the abortion issue, why abortion needs to be addressed by our elected officials, and how we can work together to ensure pre-born human rights are discussed during the 2015 federal election.

You will listen to stories from the front lines, detailing the cultural shift taking place as Canadians become aware of what abortion does to the smallest members of the human family. You will also hear about three specific laws that would advance pre-born human rights, and that have a good possibility of being passed in the next three to eight years.

We invite you to learn from our qualified speakers, who will share with you what science says about the pre-born child and whether or not Canadian law reflects this scientific understanding. [Canada is the only country in the western world without any abortion legislation.]

If you want to make a day of it, you could go to Dying in Canada: A Pastoral Approach before lifeTOUR, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church from 9 am to noon. It will be an educational workshop on assisted suicide for parishioners and healthcare workers.

Feeding North Korean kids

north-shore-to-north-korea1The North Shore News recently did a nice profile of a young North Shore student who has already demonstrated her devotion to the North Korean people for a number of years:

At first glance, Grade 11 Handsworth student Shaunti Bains appears to be a typical teen.

She’s an avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy and comic books (Spider-Man is her favourite, although the Dark Knight is giving Spidey a run for his money).

But across the world, in the hermit kingdom of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Bains is a real-life hero.

She has spent more than half of her life fundraising and feeding malnourished kids, and she recently returned home from a trip to North Korea with First Steps, a non-profit that donates soy beans and equipment to process nutrient-rich soy milk.

The pariah state is best known for the dictatorial Kim dynasty and their combative rhetoric towards the West, but for Bains, it’s a matter of nutrition, not geopolitics.

For the rest of the story go here.
Bains got involved with North Korea after meeting Susan Ritchie at First Baptist Church in Vancouver. Ritchie launched First Steps to help mothers in North Korea, shortly after returning from a trip there in 2000 and meeting a young mother who didn’t have enough food to feed her twins. This is the group’s description of its work:

First Steps is a Christian organization committed to preventing child malnutrition in North Korea through programs that provide essential nutrients to young children.

We exist to practically demonstrate the love of Christ in North Korea by providing sustainable, progressive and life-enhancing nutritional relief.

OMF’s 150th anniversary

Hudson Taylor started CIM/OMF; his great-great grandson Jamie Hudson Taylor will tell the story this weekend.

Hudson Taylor started CIM/OMF; his great-great grandson Jamie Hudson Taylor will tell the current story this weekend.

All year, OMF Canada has been celebrating the 150th anniversary of James Hudson Taylor calling out to God on Brighton Beach for workers to help him take the gospel to the unreached inland provinces of China. The culmination of a series of presentations will take place the weekend of October 23 – 24.

Jamie Hudson Taylor – the great-great grandson of James Hudson Taylor, and still involved with the ministry – will speak to a youth audience on Friday evening, and then during the Heart for Asia Conference on Saturday. Both events will be at Evangelical Chinese Bible Church in Burnaby.

September 28, 2015

Speaking My Mind Toastmasters Club – September 28, 2015 - December 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 8, 2015

Christopher Kasongo / Sadao Watanabe: Through the Eyes of the Beholder – October 8, 2015 - October 15, 2015 at All Day

October 11, 2015

Homelessness Action Week – October 11, 2015 - October 17, 2015 at All Day

October 15, 2015

New Wine Renewal Conference (and Leaders' Day) – October 15, 2015 - October 17, 2015 at All Day
Inklings Institute of Canada: Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland's 150th Anniversary – October 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 16, 2015

Hungry for Life Leaders Conference – October 16, 2015 - October 17, 2015 at All Day
Two Generations Leadership Conference – October 16, 2015 - October 17, 2015 at All Day
Women's Weekend – October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015 at All Day
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes: The Lost World of Adam and Eve – October 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Strings of Hope – October 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 17, 2015

Dying in Canada: A Pastoral Approach – October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Highlands Annual Gigantic Flea Market – October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hello Neighbour Project (Homelessness Action Week) – October 17, 2015 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
James Coggins: Book Signing for 'Springtime in Winnipeg' and 'Je Me Souviens' – October 17, 2015 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
lifeTOUR 2015 – October 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Norine Braun Band / Rae Dawn and Eco Systems – October 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theo's Feast – October 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dr. Jason Lisle: Apologetics and Astronomy – October 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Stand on Guard: Election Prayer Night – October 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Faculty and Friends Recital Series – October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John Walton: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes – October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Cantata Singers: Angeli Archangeli – October 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

October 18, 2015

United in Prayer City-wide Rally: Canada at the Crossroads – October 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ancient texts; modern science: two leading scholars share their views on Adam, Eve and evolution – October 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 19, 2015

Diana Butler Bass: God in a Post-Religious Time – October 19, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hope for Dalit Women: More Precious Than Pearls – October 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Canada's Thanksgiving Concert Tour: Greater Vision & The Browns – October 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 20, 2015

Public Lecture Series: Competing Paradigms: Christianity and Naturalism – Structures of Theories and Evidence – October 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

October 21, 2015

Managing Me, Loving You – October 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dan Law: Visions from the Slash - Sculptural Meditations on Heaven & Hell (Opening Reception) – October 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Laudato Si Symposium: Climate of Change – October 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gender Cafe: Silenced: The Untold Story of the Fight for Equality in the RCMP – October 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: 6 Degrees – October 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 22, 2015

Bright New Day Reconciliation Circle – October 22, 2015 - October 23, 2015 at All Day
The Global Leadership Summit – October 22, 2015 - October 23, 2015 at All Day
Rezoning Application Open House – October 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph: The Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives Launch – October 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 23, 2015

Joshua Hyslop – October 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hudson Taylor Legacy Series: Y2Y Night (Youth 2 Young Adults) – October 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Early Music Vancouver: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 – October 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 24, 2015

Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conference – October 24, 2015 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Building Blocks of Faith-based ESL Ministry – October 24, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
God: Closer Than We Can Imagine - A Saturday Retreat in the City – October 24, 2015 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Hudson Taylor Legacy Series: Heart for Asia Conference – October 24, 2015 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Installation of Regent College's Fifth President: Symposium – October 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
M2/W2 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction – October 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Roy & Rosemary in Concert – October 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
J.D. Miner – October 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Music at Queen's: Lyric Singers – October 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 25, 2015

Jazz Vespers: Jaclyn Guillou – October 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

October 26, 2015

The 5 Love Languages: Gary Chapman (Live) – October 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 27, 2015

Public Lecture Series: Competing Paradigms: Christianity and Naturalism – Evidence in Religion – October 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The 5 Love Languages: Gary Chapman (Live) – October 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 28, 2015

Complex Communities: Concepts and Tools for Better Communication – October 28, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dr. Sargon Donabed: The Middle East, Minorities and the Islamic State: past, present and future – October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Earth & Spirit: A Speaker Series Exploring the Relationship Between Justice & Faith (Wednesdays) – October 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Ray Levesque – October 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 29, 2015

The Illustrated Alice: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – October 29, 2015 - October 31, 2015 at All Day
Joel Thiessen: The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age – October 29, 2015 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Janet Epp Buckingham: Magna Carta, Rule of Law and Religious Freedom – October 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Creatures of God: Human Nature and Evolution for Evangelicals and Catholics (part one) – October 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Keep Anglicans Talking – October 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Panel Discussion: How should Canadians Respond to the Problem of Religious Freedom in Iraq and Syria? – October 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Smoke on the Mountain by Alan Bailey and Connie Ray – October 29, 2015 - November 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 30, 2015

KAIROS Canada: Forum on Fracking – October 30, 2015 - October 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hallelujah Night – October 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel North Shore – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Creatures of God: Human Nature and Evolution for Evangelicals and Catholics (part two) – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ignite Worship! – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Soulkitchen Fundraising Dinner – October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rod's Roots and Rock Gospel Jam – October 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 31, 2015

Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating and Nurturing Differing Abilities in the Church (Part I) – October 31, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dramatic Reading: The Man Born to be King (Dorothy L. Sayers) – October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
'Red-Black-Yellow' Gospel Night (Cantonese) – October 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 1, 2015

Tass Saada: Once an Arafat Man – November 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Refugee Crisis: Ways to Respond – November 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 2, 2015

David Collins: Digging Deeper (Mondays) – November 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 3, 2015

REconneXion – November 3, 2015 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Inklings Institute: Owen Barfield on Idolatry – November 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Holly Burke – November 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Leon Bridges in Concert – November 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 4, 2015

Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference 2015 – November 4, 2015 at All Day
REconneXion – November 4, 2015 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – November 4, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: John Fluevog – November 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

November 5, 2015

Iranian Ministry Conference – November 5, 2015 - November 7, 2015 at All Day
The Diary of Anne Frank – November 5, 2015 - November 7, 2015 at All Day
REconneXion – November 5, 2015 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fireside Apologetics: Do All Religions Lead to God? – November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pius XII and the Jews: Problems of Memory and Moral Judgment in History – November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 6, 2015

REconneXion – November 6, 2015 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rob Des Cotes: An Introduction to the Theology and Practice of Contemplative Prayer – November 6, 2015 at 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Perogy Night in Vancouver – November 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Audible: An Evening with Regent's Artists – November 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greg Drummond – November 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Songs of Hope: Fundraiser to Sponsor a Refugee Family – November 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Canadian MK Network presents: Stories Redeemed Conference – November 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 7, 2015

Leadership Breakfast with Rev. Darrell Johnson: The Heart of Leadership – November 7, 2015 at 7:30 am - 9:30 am

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