"We’re going to have to amputate your wife’s hands and feet,” the doctors said. “If we don’t, she’ll die.” Marc Wilkens thought of his vibrant, energetic wife, Cyndi Desjardins. After a failed in vitro fertilization attempt, they’d adopted their daughter in 2005. From the time little Cienna could speak, she’d asked for a little brother. Marc and Cyndi tried adopting several more … [Read more...]
In order to save a young mother from flesh-eating disease, her doctors had to make a fearful decision.
May 9, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
Centre provides programs that care for pregnant and parenting youth and their children.
April 3, 2013 Leave a Comment
The Salvation Army celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated Bethany Hope Centre in Ottawa in February. “We were delighted to welcome the community to visit our new centre and learn about all the programs and services it has to offer,” says Major Brenda Smith, executive director. The Bethany Hope Centre provides programs that care for pregnant and parenting youth and their … [Read more...]
Why would someone I barely knew want to see me about some misdirected letters?
March 14, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
"Cassie gave me some of our mail on the bus today,” my 13-year-old daughter, Lea, announced as she handed me an envelope. “Thank you, Honey,” I replied. “And tell Cassie and her mom I said thanks.” “Why do they keep getting our mail?” Lea went on. “I know we have the same house number, but doesn’t the mailman see the actual street name is different?” We’d had this … [Read more...]
After a decade of confusion, Phillip Blindenbach’s life was in ruins. What would make him see his future with clarity?
July 24, 2012 by Ken Ramstead 3 Comments
“How do I sum up the 10-year fog bank of my time in the New Age movement?” asks Phillip Blindenbach. “Can I put into words all the twists and turns and convolutedness of it? In many ways, it’s all still a sad blur.” Lashing Out Phillip was born in Squamish, B.C., a small logging town situated between Vancouver and Whistler, and his parents were very involved in the Pentecostal … [Read more...]
Cal Ming was dying of kidney disease and time was running out, until his son offered him something only he could provide.
June 16, 2012 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
When Cal Ming had a heart transplant in 1993, he was given a second chance at life—but at what cost? While the transplant undoubtedly saved his life, the drugs he needed to take after the operation wreaked havoc on his body. By 2000, Cal had developed diabetes, and a 2006 checkup revealed that his kidneys were deteriorating at an alarming rate. Just two years later, Cal was on dialysis, a … [Read more...]
Blake wanted to be a great dad, but would his own childhood experiences hold him back?
June 15, 2012 by Linda Leigh Leave a Comment
“I was determined to provide a two-parent home for my child,” says Blake Myles, whose own turbulent childhood made him want to become a better father. When he was just two months old, his parents realized they would be happier apart than together. While his mom battled addiction issues, Blake lived with his father. “I felt safe and cared for,” says Blake. But at the age of six, … [Read more...]
Recently released from prison, Paul Craig was mad at the world. What would it take to defuse his anger?
June 1, 2012 by Diane Stark 1 Comment
Paul Craig had stopped at the mall to make a quick purchase when he spotted his teenage son smiling and walking toward him. He hadn’t seen the boy in over a year but he quickly turned and left the mall as fast as he could, his heart breaking as he went. Does he know why I’m walking away? Paul wondered. Does he know that I would love to talk with him, but I just can’t? Paul had recently … [Read more...]
As we run with perseverance, encouragement and conviction, we create Christian community.
May 22, 2012 by Major Ray Harris Leave a Comment
Running has played an important role in my life. It has kept me in shape, provided good moments of laughter and offered me a helpful image with which to grasp the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul’s final words to Timothy hold significance for me: “… I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I have learned much through this image over the years, but especially … [Read more...]
When the program launched, approximately 20 mothers and children came to the games night, which happens every Friday. Now, nearly 60 people attend each week.
May 15, 2012 by Kristin Fryer 1 Comment
It’s important for mothers to form deep and lasting connections with their children, which is why The Salvation Army recognizes the need for programs that foster these relationships. Captains Paul and Lisa Trickett, corps officers at Metrotown Citadel in Burnaby, B.C., didn’t set out to create a program for single mothers, but when they started a games night for families last fall, that’s … [Read more...]
Living in the wake of a loved one’s suicide
April 10, 2012 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
The death of a loved one is never easy to bear, but suicide is particularly difficult for those left behind. Survivors face an emotional assault from all sides: grief, confusion, anger, guilt. For Christians, suicide raises a number of questions, many of which have no clear answer: How could God let this happen? Is suicide a sin? What will happen to my loved one after they die? But the most … [Read more...]