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  April 2011 - May 2011                                         Presented by the Christian Churches Network of London (CCNL)

Helping to Make it a Good Day
  By Dean Crawford
                                                                                                                Compassion Continues in Haiti
                                                                                                                                                                                              Compassion Canada
    Harry Noordam will be turning 72 this May          became a volunteer probation officer and would                                                                                         provided an encouraging
and he still knows how to have a good day. Born        visit inmates on a weekly basis.” With a little grin                                                                                   update on Haiti, including
in Holland, Harry moved to Canada in 1952.             he added ”I would visit prisons so often that I was                                                                                    the good work being
    I first met Harry in August of 2008. I was a       serving more time than the inmates I was seeing.”                                                                                      done there by the local
student at Teen Challenge Farm, a 12 month,                Building relationships for over 10 years with                                                                                      Haitian churches as they
faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehabili-    M2, Harry became a father figure to many young                                                                                         provide help a year after
tation centre. Harry was a volunteer driver at TC,     men needing guidance and mentorship. “I loved                                                                                          the terrible earthquake.
taking students to appointments which most times       helping guys turn their lives around”.
included a detour to the nearest Tim Horton’s – a          A turning point came for Harry 9 years ago                                                                                         Seen here are Compas-
                                                                                                                                                                                              sion Canada president,
much appreciated treat for guys who seldom left        after suffering a serious back injury. Unable to
                                                                                                                                                                                              Barry Slauenwhite;
the farm. (                                 work and for a while not even able to walk, he
                                                                                                                                                                                              church relations repre-
    Harry and I got together last week at Boston       found himself on disability with a lot of time on
                                                                                                                                                                                              sentative, Leah Kelly;
Pizza for lunch and some catching up. I wanted to      his hands. One day at church he met the Program                                                                                        and church engagement
know more about how he came to be a volunteer          Director of Teen Challenge Farm who suggested                                                                                          representative, Noel
at Teen Challenge and his outing with a lucky          he apply for a volunteer driving position in the                                                                                       Muscutt.
group of TC students the previous Saturday.            Vehicle Donation Program at TC. Harry jumped
    “I began volunteering in 1975 with M2, which       at the opportunity. “It was driving for TC, where I                                                                                    Please visit their site at
stands for Man to Man, a Christian prison pro-         began meeting the students and building friend-                                                                              
gram out of Toronto. The concept was men on the        ships. In 2005 I started driving guys to their pro-
outside helping men on the inside. Eventually I        bation appointments and really began to see how               “For large scale disasters like   workers on CNN, but they are
                                                       God could use me once again as a father figure to        the earthquakes in Haiti the local     there – active and working hard.”
                                                       these men, who needed someone they could look            churches continue to be the key            Barry witnessed the earthquake
                                                       up to. They craved fatherly attention and I felt         focal points for providing help,”      damage first-hand, and has seen the
                                                       blessed to speak into their lives.”                      says Barry Slauenwhite, president      long-term effects that resulted from
                                                           Our lunch was served and Harry could barely          of Compassion Canada. Speaking         both the architectural and social
                                                       get a bite in before I had another question for          at a meeting of the Christian          problems there. But he has also
                                                       him. “Why do you feel so blessed?” I asked.              Churches Network of London             seen progress and healing. Offices
                                                           “When I see the change from how these men            (, Barry reminded us that     have been fashioned out of metal
                                                       used to be and the men they become…Wow! It’s             when trouble strikes, people turn to                 shipping containers
                                                       great to be part of that and it encourages me to go      the local church. “Even if the                       and the rebuilding of      Rob Hueniken is the
                                                       on.” Another way Harry connects with the men at          church building is a few 2-by-4s                     schools has begun.         Managing Editor of
                                                       TC is by organizing semi-annual outings – usu-           covered in a tarp, people know they                      Heading up Com-        Christian Life in Lon-
                                                       ally one in the winter and again in the summer.          will find help, compassion and                       passion’s work in          don. His blog can be
       Harry Noordam (on right) loves helping          “Tell me about this year’s                               Christians doing a good job for the                  Haiti is Elissaint, a      found at Making
               to make it a good day.                  outing.”                          Continued on page 2    community. You won’t see church          Elissaint    Continued on page 2

Sharing the Gift of Sight in Bolivia                                                                                                                   Thursday, May 19th
                                                                                                                                                        7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at
                                                                                                                                                                                    Come hear Dwayne
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cline’s message:
                                        Sharing the gift of sight is an   2660 eyeglasses were provided.                                                 the Hilton Hotel,        “Bring Good to the City”
                                    experience that Herb Diestler              Said Herb: “Taking part in                                                  300 King St.
                                    knows well, both as an area opti-     this type of project opens your                                                London, Ontario         Tickets are $20 and available
                                    cian and as an 18-trip veteran        eyes to the needs of others ,                                                                          through:
                                                                                                                                           As a pastor in Canada’s third poor-
                                    with Medical Ministry Interna-        broadens your vision, and has an                                 est community, Dwayne Cline has       CCNL (519.455.7381), Compassion
                                    tional (MMI). But his latest trip     addictive element to it. Many                                    a heart for helping. His work with    Canada, First Christian Reformed
                                    was made more special by the          participants return year after                                                                         Church, North Park Community,
                                                                                                                                           Hamilton’s True City multi-church
                                                                                                                                                                                 Oakridge Presbyterian, Royal View
                                    addition of his wife, Jill, to the    year. There is an element of be-                                 partnership has made him a valued     Pentecostal, Stoney Creek Baptist,
                                    54 member team. Jill’s work at        longing to a cause that God is in                                speaker at conferences, sharing his   Summerside Community, West London
                                    LHSC as a registered nurse en-        the midst of – that is greater than                              experience of congregations           Alliance, Village Green Community, and
                                                                                                                    Guest Speaker:         working for the good of the city.
                                    abled her to help at the local        the project itself. Many times                                                                         First Christian Reformed Church, as
                                                                                                                    Dwayne Cline                                                 well as the Creation Book Store,
Herb and Jill Diestler helped       hospital and with patient care.       people's lives are transformed                                   Mark your schedules for the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Mustard Seed, and the Upper Room
bring eye care to Bolivia as part       Over the two week trip,           including the people that come           Pastor, Health          annual London Christian Prayer        Book Store.
of a Medical Ministry International 3415 patients were seen, 263          to help.”                              Centre Board Chair,       Breakfast. It is always a
( Eye Project trip.                                                        Continued on page 10         True City Leader         memorable and uplifting event!          Musical Guest: Isobelle Gunn
                                    surgeries were performed and
2                                                                                                                                                            Christian Life in London - April 2011

In This Issue...                                                                                                 CHRISTIAN LIFE IN LONDON
      Having a good day                                                                                          Presented by the Christian Churches Network of London (CCNL).
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    By Mike Wilkins                                                                                              Ontario, N5V 2Z5                               Rob Hueniken (Managing Editor)
Many years ago, reading The Hobbit for the first          good works like Gandalf. The happy fact is, all over   1-888-473-0896                                 Mike Wilkins (West London Alliance Church)
time, I learned that there are different ways to under-   London, there are people and groups of people de-                            Sheryl Scott (Forest City Community Church)
stand the greeting “Good morning!”                        voting time and energy and money to the furthering
                                                                                                                                                                Dean Crawford (Teen Challenge)
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Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eye-          are engaged in good works in the name of Jesus. By
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brows that stuck out further than the brim of his         their efforts, London is more and more a good city,
shady hat.                                                and by their example, more and more Londoners are
                                                          making a point of having “a good day.”
"What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a
good morning, or mean that it is a good morning
                                                                                                                 Helping without Hesitation
whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this                                                                 By Trish West
morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"                              Mike Wilkins is the pastor of
"All of them at once," said Bilbo.                                            West London Alliance Church
                                                                              on Wonderland Road North.
In this issue, we take the same view of the phrase,                 
“Have a good day”: not to be stern and a little bit
crabby like Gandalf, but to be actively involved in

Make it a Good Day                                        Compassion in Haiti
Continued from page 1                                     Continued from page 1
Did you have a good day Saturday?” I asked.               graduate of Compassion’s Leadership Develop-
    “We had a blast!” He said with a smile. He al-        ment program. As a youth, Elissaint was regis-
lowed his thoughts to drift back to a few days            tered with Compassion, and got treatment when
earlier as he did some damage to his sandwich.            he was sick. Unlike many other children there, he
He told me about the day, beginning at Boler              was able to stay in school, and as an excellent stu-
Mountain. Harry and a group of TC guys spent              dent went on to get a Masters in Community De-
the morning snow tubing. “ They kept telling me           velopment. But of all the things he learned, it is
how awesome it was and what a treat to get off            the conquering of poverty that resonates most
the farm for a day. After, we went for lunch at           with him: “It is possible to defeat poverty –
McDonalds and then to the YMCA for a soak in              poverty is in the mind.” He believes that when
the hot tub.” Harry also volunteers 3 hours a             you encourage children, and show them that they        It seems the world has a never-ending need for        food drive I grabbed a few extra boxes of ce-
week at the local YMCA. Next, it was back to              have the potential, that poverty can end.              help. We see it in the news photos of those af-       real that were on sale, and witnessed my 7 year
Harry’s for barbequed steaks with all the fix’ins.             Barry Slauenwhite’s experiences in Haiti have     fected by Japan’s recent earthquake and on            old picking out his favorite cereal to contribute
After dinner the guys settled into a comfy chair          further fueled the good works being done by            programs that show the faces of hungry chil-          as well. And recently, after rushing around
for a couple of movies to round out the day. “The         Compassion Canada ( “Watching           dren in need of a sponsor. When holidays draw         cleaning the house before going away for the
guys really felt at home, he recalled. A day like         a natural disaster on TV is not the same as experi-    near we drop a few extra cans into the food           weekend, my 12 year old surprised me by
that can sometimes be a turning point for a guy.          encing it first-hand,” says Barry. “You see how        bank, and when the weather turns we take              preparing supper, in hopes that I could sit
I’ve had guys tell me that they were thinking             lives are torn apart in just 10 seconds, and then      boxes from our basements to give to the Good-         down and relax before my trip. Watching my
about throwing in the towel and quitting the pro-         how poverty envelopes people’s lives. It changes       will. We teach our children to share their toys,      children demonstrate such wonderful acts of
gram before their day out. When a guy tells me            how you feel about the need to help fight              to help their teammates, and be nice to their         kindness, I see in them God’s desire for us to
that I thank God for using me to intervene.”              poverty.”                                              friends.                                              help without hesitation and with a giving heart.
    It was time for me to get back to work so we               The buildings in Haiti are usually not made of
finished up lunch, paid the bill, and walked out          wood, due to the termites, and the heavy rains and     To some, helping comes easily, while others           Last night, we sat down as a family and talked
to the parking lot. With a firm handshake we              intense sun make it a difficult place to live.         find they hesitate before they commit. What           about how we can help someone out this
agreed to meet again soon.                                     But Barry had encouragement to share: that        drives our desire to help others in need?             Easter. My 10 year old immediately mentioned
    “See ya next week Dean” he said as he turned          the church is providing effective care, with a heart                                                         a classmate whose family has had a rough go
and walked to his car.                                    of love. “When I talk with the pastors there they      Does our willingness to help come from les-           this past year. As I watched my children – ex-
    “Have a good day Harry” I replied. I don’t            thank us for the help and prayers, and assure us       sons learned as children or has God placed this       cited to share ideas that may bless this family –
think he heard me. But I knew he would.                   that progress is being made.” Slowly Haiti is being    desire to help in each of our hearts? As a par-       I am reminded what it’s like to give without
                                                          rebuilt, not on corruption, but on the love of God.    ent, I try my best to teach my children the im-       hesitation and to let God’s unconditional love
                              Dean Crawford is the
                                                               Joining Barry at the meeting were Leah Kelly,     portance to share and help others. In return,         shine through.
                              Community Relations
                                                          a church relations representative with Compas-         they’ve reminded me of something that can get
                              Coordinator at the
                                                          sion, and Noel Muscutt, a church engagement rep-       lost along the way – how to help from the heart                               Trish West is a London
                              Teen Challenge Farm
                                                          resentative. Leah attends North Park Community         unconditionally.
                              (                                                                                                                                                    drama writer, actor,
                                                          Church, and has been working for Compassion for
                              dcrawford@                                                                                                                                                       mother and photogra-
                                                          four years. Said Leah: “It’s a blessing to help in     Last week after buying my coffee I saw a jar
                                                                                                                                                                     pher. She and her
                                                          this ministry.”                                        for Japan’s earthquake. I put in my change, and
                                                                                                                 so did my 5 year old, contributing the toonie                                 family attend Forest
                                                            Please visit                                         he’d been saving from his first lost tooth (in                                City Community
                                                                                      lieu of a trip to the dollar store!) For the latest                           Church.
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Churches are Helping in London                                                                                                                            Visit for
                                                                                                                                                          upcoming Christian events
  By Rob Hueniken                                                                                                                                         and to find helpful
     At a recent meeting of the Christian Churches     seniors' fitness program and partnering with the
                                                                                                                                                          resources and links.
Network of London (, five pastors spoke       Optimists' Club.                                                            Christian Churches     Building relationships within
on the question “How do we serve our city?”                 Jon Korkidakis at Village Green Community
     The presentation was part of the Community        Church reported on how they have a long term re-
                                                                                                                                   Network of London      the Christian Community
Initiative, an ongoing emphasis that CCNL has on       lationship with the city, providing library space in
helping good things get done in London through         the past, and now providing a location for ESL and
church and city partnerships.
     Mark Cuthbert is the pastor at Summerside
Community Church, where a project was done
                                                       other immigrant services.
                                                            Tim Schwindt of Gateway suggested that
                                                       opening doors to the community creates connec-
                                                                                                                                   London’s Home Team !
alongside of Glen Cairn in a low income housing        tion points. Many Gateway projects involve help-                                          An Estimate of Value for Your Home
area. Said Mark: “The success of this project          ing in the Limberlost area.                                       Call us for             Current Homes for Sale
helped the city to see that churches are serving the        David Cottrill, from North Park, said that good              information on:         Details on Recent Sales
community.” Mark also noted that it’s important        things get done when both churches and the city
for project planning to be open and organized, and     work on building relationships. David recom-
for church project planners to connect with munic-     mended attending city meetings with open ears –
ipal leaders and administrators. As a result, the      to see what the organization or area needs and then
city asked Summerside to do a summer camp, and         be ready to serve. Some of the key city interests                                                     Advantage Realty Ltd Brokerage.
that in turn led to Summerside’s participation in a    are poverty, literacy and obesity.                                                                     Independently owned and operated.
weekly program provided for preschoolers and                The presentations are sparking many new ideas.
their caregivers in conjunction with the Ontario
Early Years program.
                                                            On May 19th, CCNL is having its annual London
                                                       Christian Prayer Breakfast, with guest speaker Dwayne
                                                                                                                                                            We wish you and your
     Garry Fess of Royal View spoke of providing       Cline. He will be speaking about his experiences with               MYRA              CHRISTINE       family a wonderful
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Sharing a Life of Music - with Bert Van der Hoek
    By Herman Goodden
     I first met Bert Van der Hoek in the mid 80s when I climbed                                                    children’s baptisms. I
the stairs to the Hysen Music shop on Dundas Street four or five                                                    would go by the readings
doors west of Richmond one Friday night in spring a few minutes                                                     of the Lectionary and the
before closing time. Realizing the hour was late and he’d soon be                                                   subject of the sermon –
wanting to close, I innocently asked the lone clerk with the Dutch                                                  and you’d look for hymns
accent whether they had any recordings of music by the great                                                        that would fit in with that.
English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Boy,                                                          I still believe in the awe
did that hit a nerve.                                                                                               and mystery of worship.
     I didn’t get out of there until almost midnight. When nine                                                     The flow of the service
o’clock came Bert locked the front door and turned out the down-                                                    has always been my main
stairs light, playing me samples of music on the store’s sound sys-                                                 concern. When people
tem, discussing the merits of this or that Vaughan Williams                                                         come out of the service
composition and making references to dozens of other composers,                                                     and comment on the wor-
contemporary and historical, who had contributed to the great                                                       ship service as a whole,
English choral tradition of which RVW was such a champion and                                                       you know you’ve done
exemplar.                                                                                                           your job. It’s not just the
     “He’s a Dutchman who’s gone totally English,” is how Trudy,                                                    music or just the sermon.”
his wife of 53 years, sums it up today. She’s a fine one to talk.                                                        Bert took two years to
Every bit as Dutch as Bert (they both immigrated to Southern On-                                                    decide that it was time to
tario with their families in the early 50s) she’s got the English                                                   bow out. “It certainly
choral bug just as bad as him and is happy on their many trips                                                      wasn’t that I was tired of
over to England to spend their holidays flitting from choral serv-                                                  it but you want to step
ice to choral service, sometimes cramming in as many as three in        down before people say, ‘Is he still there?’” The church threw a
one day.                                                                huge party when Bert retired and honoured him with the desig-
     Bert isn’t just a connoisseur of all kinds of choral music; he’s   nation as Elmwood Presbyterian’s organist emeritus. He does a
also a practitioner. During the war years in The Hague he used to       fair bit of pinch-hitting now, and has actually expanded his range
sit in with the organist at his family’s church and though he has       as an organist and conductor by playing at Anglican and Catholic
no diploma or degree in music, he soon picked up work as an or-         services.
ganist at churches in Ingersoll and Chatham. “The first time I had           Retirement from Elmwood Presbyterian and the music shop
a choir in Ingersoll, I had no choir experience,” Bert recalls. “And    has freed up time for Bert’s other musical love – composing. Bert
I looked through the music and we had two anthems to practice           estimates that about ten of his works have been published and at
and it took us two hours. And afterwards one of the people came         least four of them have been recorded by Canadian choirs. He has
up to me and said, ‘Bert, we enjoyed what you’re doing but we           recently received commissions to write a mass for an Anglican
usually sing more than two pieces in two hours.’”                       church in Whitby, an anthem for Oakridge Presbyterian, and last
     Having met at the young people’s group at the Christian Re-        Christmas the Gerald Fagan Singers performed a new carol on
formed Church on Talbot Street in 1955, Bert and Trudy were             the text of O Magnum Mysterium. “That was new for me to write
married in 1958 and in 1960 Bert landed the job as organist and         an anthem with a Latin text. The Royal Canadian College of Or-
choir director at Elmwood Presbyterian Church on Elmwood Ave.           ganists asked me to write an anthem for their last convention
between Wortley and Wharncliffe; a station he held for 49 years         which was also performed for the 150th anniversary of the Huron
while working with five different ministers. “We had stopped by         Diocese at the John Labatt Centre so that was a great honour.”                               You can read more great articles at
there on a snowy evening and ducked into a service and found it              But probably his proudest moment as a composer came in
a very inviting, friendly church,” Bert recalls. “We still go to        the last week of 2002 when the choir of London Ontario’s St.                         
church there every Sunday and sometimes I still play there if they      Paul’s Cathedral were chosen to perform the choral Evensong
need me.”                                                               service every evening between Christmas and New Years at St.
     Most weeks Bert estimates that he’d put in about 20 hours, re-     Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. “James Noakes was the or-
searching and selecting what to play, rehearsing with the 20-voice      ganist at St. Paul’s and he called me at the shop to let me know               “For church services,                  Herman Goodden is a
choir and also playing at weddings and funerals and special cel-        that they wanted to do one of my hymns. Then Trudy and I looked            you don’t get royalties. It has            columnist for the London
ebrations where they could tackle larger works like Bach can-           at each other: ‘Shall we go too?’ And we went. It was a thrill. We         to be recorded or part of a                Free Press, Christian Life in
tatas, a Schubert mass, or a Christmas Eve service in the high          were sitting together and they announced the anthem, Watt’s Cra-           program that’s broadcast.                  London, The Canada Post
Anglican style of King’s College Cambridge. I asked, ‘Did you           dle Song by Bert Van der Hoek. To hear it in that building, I was          No, you don’t do this for the              and Catholic Insight. He is
send in a little treble on their own to start things off with Once in   really honoured. That was a wonderful week. My sister flew over            money. I appreciate it more                a member of Saint Peter’s
Royal David’s City?’                                                    from Amsterdam and we spent New Year’s Eve together at the                 when people say, ‘We loved                 Basilica here in London.
     “Well, we had a treble, but not a very little one.”                Regency Palace Hotel on Piccadilly Circus.”                                your music.’ That’s the
     Looking back over a long career he evidently loved, Bert re-            Is that your greatest hit – your setting of Isaac Watt’s poem?        biggest reward.”
calls, “I’ve played for a lot of baptisms and some of the junior             “I think so. It’s still done all the time.”
choir members are now parents and I’ve played for their                      Do you get paid for something like that?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Clifford Community
                                                                                                                                                                                              Church members present
                                                          May each one be blessed to know                                                                                                     Teen Challenge Food
                                                              Jesus Christ in the power                                                                                                       Services Assistant, Isaac
                                                          of His resurrection at this Easter                                                                                                  McKie (far left) with 500
                                                                season of celebration.                                                                                                        lbs of beef. This generous
                                                                                                                                                                                              donation will help provide
                                                                                                                                                                                              TC students with the 200
                                                                                                                                                                                              meals served each day.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Clifford Community
                                                                                                                                                                                              Church is one of a grow-
                                                                                                                                                                                              ing number of local
                                                                                                                                                                                              churches partnering with
                                                                                                                                                                                              Teen Challenge as a local

                                                                                                                                                                                              By Dean Crawford
Poverty is About Lacking Connections                                                                                                                              May 2011 - Christian Life in London
    By Gil Clelland of Sanctuary London (
      This article is an excerpt of Gil’s presentation to    bread” without remembering that my brother does        This summer, give the gift of Fun and Adventure!
Churches Together London. The article can be read            not have bread.
in its entirety at                     Seeking to re-connect gives freedom to people                                                     Explore a Fun and Safe Environment
                                                             to show that we don't have it all together – that we
     Sanctuary London is a small community of folks          can be weak and admit our own disconnection. That                                                      specially designed for Ages 6 to 16 !
sharing the love of Jesus with, and receiving the love       we can take off our masks. The
of Jesus from, some of the most impoverished peo-            impoverished among us give us that gift.
ple in downtown London. We formed out of the                      Something wonderful happens when we
work of Youth for Christ and continued that work as          re-connect. We allow our friends, who have mostly
the church.                                                  known an impoverished life, the joy of giving.
     With a strong vision for the homeless of Lon-
don, we realized before we ever did our first service,                                                              • A Positive, Non-Competitive Atmosphere
offered our first sandwich, or went out for our first                                                               • Trained, Qualified Christian Staff
coffee with our folks, that we cannot do this alone.                                                                • Integration of Faith and Activities
We need to be churches together. We need to be the                                                                  • Excellent One and Two Week Programs
church together.
     We found a home with First Christian Reformed
Church, and recently I had the joy of being the pas-
tor to join two of our friends in marriage. It was a
wonderful day of joy and love and partnership. You
see, I did not Pastor the service alone. Pieter Pere-
boom from First CRC also led the service. We
worked together. It was fitting: our two communities
coming together to serve two people that fit in both
of our communities. We are just one community.                 During Gil’s talk about poverty and connection, a
Like a marriage. Distinct yet together – often not             woman comforts her friend. Poverty is not about
able to tell where one ends and the other begins –             lacking money, but lacking connections.
the church. Built around the central Biblical theme
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                                                                                                                      London’s Christian Schools
Let your light shine                                      Charmain Bayley provide lead vocals in the bands.
                                                          Other London area performers, such as Edwin a steel         – Out There Helping
                                                          drummer from Trinidad, often join the band at Trinity         By Kerry Wilson
      By Nancy McSloy                                     being kind enough to share the gifts of their talent.            In Matthew, Jesus shares with his followers         ipating both inter-
                                                               For Charmain Bayley growing up in the                  the expectation that God’s people are to be a            nationally and lo-
      “Let your light so shine before men, that they      Caribbean, migrating to the usual Canadian church
may see your good works, and glorify your Father          setting had been challenging until she discovered           blessing in their communities in a very practical        cally. The grade 3
which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16                         Trinity. As a professional jazz vocalist, Charmaine         way: “For I was hungry and you gave me some-             class, for exam-
      This may have been one of the first verses you      basks in the concept of musical relativity, and at Trin-    thing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me some-        ple, supports the
learned in Sunday school. I remember singing “This ity she feels that she gets to be expressive. Charmain             thing to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me      seniors at Che-
                                                                                                                      in” (25:35, NIV). London’s Christian schools seek        shire Home.           Peacekeepers Haneen and
little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.” Jesus said says “I get to perform for family Sunday after Sun-
that we (His disciples) are the light of the world. We day, and it is “key” to my ability to bring contempo-          to be just that – a blessing to the city we call home!        Christmas gift Jocelyn at London Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elementary School
must not hide that light under a bushel or in a church rary gospel songs, mixed with the traditional hymns                 Far from being sheltered from the world, stu-       giving also gener-
building. We must let it shine. How will people see       that bind us. As an entertainer I enjoy the smiles and      dents at Victory Christian Academy, London               ated excitement this past year at Victory Christian
that light? People will see that light through the good nods from the congregation as I sing, but I particu-          Christian Elementary School, London Christian            Academy ( As a school, the
works of many church choirs and music programs.           larly treasure those moments when I do a piece like         Academy and London District Christian Second-            VCA community “adopted” a less advantaged
      Community is where music is present and it is       'Precious Lord, Take My Hand'. The hope and peace           ary School are active in their community, bring-         public school in the city and sent matching
present within each of us, because God is present         a song like that offers allow us to share together          ing Christ’s light into the dark corners of poverty,     hat/mitts/scarf sets along with 130 toys to the
within each of us. When we sing praise, God is re-        God's promise of love, and that reaches across all          loneliness and abuse.                                    children there. Ten year old Patrick explains that
vealed. Singing together in church expresses the          borders and cultures and race”.                                  Nola Thompson, a grade 12 student at Lon-           “if we help another school, it will help that
                                                                                   Charmain loves working with        don Christian High (, has been involved         school’s community to grow stronger”. When
                                                                              the Souled Out choir. “The young        in her school’s outreach to Ark Aid Street Mis-          asked about the gift drive, grade eight student
                                                                              people are enthusiastic and eager to    sion ( for the past three years.       Maricar responded: “ Why WOULDN’T we buy
                                                                              try alternative music which speaks
                                                                              of kindness and love and good liv-      Once a month, Nola and a group of peers and              gifts for underprivileged schools?”
                                                                              ing. I hope I can encourage them to     teachers serve a meal, lead a short devotional, and           Providing for those less fortunate is at the
                                                                              keep reaching out to our family at      build relationships with some of London’s most           heart of Susan’s Place, a gently used children’s
                                                                              Trinity, at home, and let their posi-   vulnerable residents. This experience has shone          clothing store located at London Christian Acad-
                                                                              tive lights shine for all to see”.      new light on what Nola refers to as “the complex-        emy, and manned by volunteer parents and stu-
                                                                              Souled Out is a group of teenagers      ity of poverty in our city”. Her enthusiasm for          dents ( Parent
                                                                              from the community. Some were           Ark Aid is also quite contagious, as her church          volunteer Carolyn Boorsma shares that people
                                                                              originally members of the chil-         youth group plans on becoming involved with the          can buy enough clothing to dress their child for a
                                                                              dren’s choir Trinity Treasures.         ministry as well.                                        week - including outerwear - for about $25.
                                                                                   Led by Kathy Warren, Director           Down the road at London Christian Elemen-           Sarah Henke, a recent graduate of LCA, fondly
                                                                              of Music, children ages 7 to 12 are     tary School (, students support       recalls her volunteer time at the store. For those
                                                                              invited to join Trinity Treasures. In   a different agency each year, learning about a           struggling on a fixed budget, the clothes offered
  Charmain Bayley (on right) loves working with the Souled Out Choir. a supportive and nurturing environ-             wide variety of opportunities to share Christ’s          at the store are a true blessing. The store is open
                                                                             ment Kathy leads the young chil-         love as they do so. This year, they are focusing         Tuesdays after school and the first Saturday of
sacramental presence of God. Christ invites us to         dren in learning the craft of choral singing. A peppy       on International Justice Mission (            every month (9:00 a.m. – noon).
enter the song. When we do, we join ourselves to his musical “Rescue in the Night”, based upon Daniel in              and raising funds to help end the scourge of slav-            London’s Christian schools are honoured to
sacrifice.                                                the Lions’ Den is currently being rehearsed to be pre-      ery in our world. Principal Mary Haven states            be a part of the London community, and it is our
      Trinity United Church and Community Centre,         sented at Trinity on June 12.
also known as the Golden Rule Church, is an amaz-              Kathy also leads the chancel choir. The require-       that service projects are “a key component of            prayer that God will use us to bring His love to
ing example of good works and letting their light         ments for choir members are that “they must be able         faith development at LCES”, with students partic-        the Forest City.
shine in many ways, especially through music.             to carry light musical notes part way across the
      When Reverend Paul Browning arrived in Lon-         church and have sufficient vision to see the director
don he sought out members of the music community. twenty feet away. No application accepted from any-
He had read an article in a local newspaper that men- one who has not sang, hummed or whistled in the

tioned some area bands. Rodney Perkins the writer of shower. The wages are satisfaction and joy. The
the story happened to be in one of the bands. Paul        fringe benefits are social security, the promise of so-                                                 

contacted Rodney and explained that he wanted Trin- cial fellowship with fellow choir members”.
ity to have a strong and versatile music program.              The strength and vibrancy of the music at Trinity
Trinity is now blessed with two "house bands" - 'Ta- has shone throughout the community encouraging
pestry' and 'Spirit of Song' (S.O.S). For Rodney, “one people of all ages and all walks of life to become a
of the great joys of being a part of Trinity music is     part of a great fellowship.
sharing the combined talents of so really is a
blessing to be a part of this”.                           Nancy McSloy is a free-
      Trinity has four staff musicians along with Rev- lance writer and a part time
erend Paul (an excellent vocalist and keyboard            counsellor with Heart to
player), a wonderful choir leader/organist Kathy War- Heart Christian Coun-
ren, a kid's choir "the Trinity Treasures" and a youth selling Services.
choir "Souled Out" as well as a chancel choir. Three She can be reached at
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     “We arrive as strangers and we leave as friends!”
A friend of mine is explaining the experience of
teaching an 8-week course at the CNIB (Canadian
National Institute for the Blind), but her radiant
smile is saying as much as her words. The whole
adventure has been a source of great joy and satis-
faction for Doreen Plumridge, which is all the more
remarkable considering that it only came about
through two of the most distressing challenges of       Doreen Plumridge’s good work includes helping
her long life. Both began about 40 years ago, shortly those losing their sight. She is seen here with
after Doreen and her husband Dave and their two         her pastor and friend, Mike Wilkins.
teen-aged children moved from England to Canada.
The first challenge was an eye disease that Doreen      Everyone at the CNIB is so kind and encouraging.”
was told would eventually result in blindness.          A year or two later, it was Doreen’s turn to be the
     With lots of courage and something like a          supportive spouse sitting in on the course, support-
proper English “stiff upper lip,” Doreen responded      ing Dave’s loss of sight. “I think I appreciated it
to the prospect of going blind with a vision of deal-
ing with the difficulty and resorting to available help
as efficiently and privately as possible. This mini-
                                                        even more the second time,” she tells me.
                                                             Fast forward to the year 2009. Doreen, 79 years
                                                        old and a widow for 3 years, receives a phone call
                                                        from the CNIB inviting her to become one of the
                                                                                                                 G. J. Rancourt
malist approach to the problem suited her no-non-                                                                    (London-Fanshawe)
sense and no-complaining temperament. (“And my volunteer teachers of the course. She thinks it over,
pride,” Doreen adds, humbly!) It also suited the re-    prays about it, talks it over with family and friends,
ality of her second distressing challenge which was     and then agrees. Following a delightful week-long
the sudden onset of debilitating attacks on her hus-    training course in Elora, Ontario, Doreen is given
band’s health. Previously hardworking, robust and       her first assignment, co-teaching a group of 12
athletic, Dave was transformed, practically
overnight, into a bedridden hospital patient whose
                                                        adults, all of them visually impaired or blind. They
                                                        are strangers to one another. Some of them are nerv-
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sity, one of Doreen’s preoccupations but, all the       Doreen is a good teacher. They say their farewells
while, her eyesight was deteriorating. Early in the     and they leave – as friends.                                raises their children    Safe, Secure, well-adjusted
1990’s, Doreen reluctantly agreed to take an 8-week          Doreen rides home in the car of one of the many
course at the CNIB, a course designed to answer         volunteers and reflects upon the happy fact that it's       Children      Less Crime = Fewer Prisons!
questions and to teach methods of dealing with the      been one of the most fulfilling experiences of her
challenges and trauma of visual impairment and          life: making friends out of strangers by finding a
blindness. By then, Dave was well enough to ac-         way help them.                                           2. Income Taxes replaced with National Sales
company her. “It was a big help to me that he did,”          Doreen Plumridge is a member of West London
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    Ear to the Sound                                                                                           London Author Finds a New Way to Share

     In 2002, the co-founders of Love 146 were            about this issue and what’s being done.
taken undercover with investigators to a                       I learned about this from purchasing the CD
brothel, where they witnessed children being              entitled “ indelible LOVE.” A compilation of
sold for sex. They stood shoulder to shoulder             various artists such as Rachel Scott, Jaci Ve-
with predators in a room, looking at little girls         lasquez, Charmaine, Lenny Leblanc and Robin
through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore a          Mark, to name a few.
red dress with a number pinned to their dress.                 Most of the songs are stories of situations
They were watching cartoons, seemingly un-                that require grace – stories of “the least of
aware of the lewd stares.                                 these.” Touching songs that pull at your inner
     One little girl, though, was staring back at them    sense of what’s fair and right and what’s not.
with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her   Songs that make you want to connect yourself
eyes. The number pinned to her dress was 146.             to a cause of hope and purpose.
     Because they went in as an undercover in-                 Other songs help to ease the feeling of help-
vestigation, they were able to immediately re-            lessness. They remind us that God is with every-
spond. A raid was set on the brothel and the              one and sees everything – good and bad. He is
                                                                                                               London author, Laura J. Davis, seen here with Compassion Canada’s Teresa Stracuzzi, is sharing the
little girls were rescued. But the girl who wore          the ultimate forgiver and judge.                     income from her new book, Come to Me, with unsponsored children. “I wanted my writing to be about
#146 was no longer there. They don’t know                      There is also an explanation of what Love       more than book sales,” said Davis, “I really want to give back and help the children.” Said Stracuzzi:
what happened to her, but will never forget her.          146 does, and the last track is a moving spoken      “We’re very excited to be sharing in Laura’s writing success. As a Volunteer Advocate, Laura is one of
     They took her number, 146, so that they              testimony of a young girl caught in the sex          600 child sponsors who are finding additional ways to contribute to the children, and Compassion
could remember why this all started. It was the           trade. She tells of how she found hope in a          Canada strongly supports their efforts. By writing a book, Laura was able to use her own unique gifts
number of one little girl, but represents the mil-        Love 146 safe house. She was given a chance at       to help with what’s on God’s heart.” For more information about Laura’s book, please visit
lions that are still slaves of exploitation. The or-      life again…she was given a good day.        To learn about Compassion Canada please visit
ganization, Love 146, is hoping, through their                               Sheryl Scott is a
efforts and the efforts of many, her story can be                            Christian drama
a different one for so many other little girls.
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Pieter, “who told me that, one day, God is going to          “He’s a good listener. People
make you a great counselor, but first He will tear           like to tell him their story.”
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Linda, to cancer.                                            says Pieter. “I’ve had addicts thank me for treating
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Shine in Your Corner                                                                       Sandra Hill’s love
                                                                                       of food and cooking
                                                                                       gave her the push she
    By Darlene Turner                                                                  needed to start cater-
                                                                                       ing women’s events,
      “Mommy, I can’t see,” Susan said. “I need to                                     banquets and break-
finish my book!”                                                                       fasts at Stoney Creek
      The sun had begun to descend causing the                                         Baptist Church. When
small cottage to be blanketed in darkness. Soon                                        asked why, Sandra ex-
the moon would shine in all its glory, but it still                                    plained she wanted to
wouldn’t be enough light.                                                              “provide a service in a
      Doreen lit the match and held it near the wick                                   tangible way” and
of the oil lamp. Whoosh! It ignited, causing the                                       since cooking and
room to glow. Turning the dial, she lowered the                                        baking were her pas-
wick for a smaller flame. Too much would burn            sion, she decided to use it to light her corner.
the glass chimney. She had learned that lesson                Sandra encourages those individuals who are
many times.                                              perhaps scared to step out of their comfort zone to
      “Coming, Miss Impatient,” Doreen said as she       take baby steps. “For me, I just had to start small
brought the lamp in the sunroom and set it on the        and learn from my mistakes. Do the research and
table in the corner. The flame flickered and             know your strengths and weaknesses. If you sur-
danced off both walls, illuminating the room.            round yourself with a great team of helpers, they
      “Cool,” Susan said before returning to her         will be your encouragement.”
book.                                                         There will be times when the enemy will try
      Doreen smiled and left the room humming the        and “snuff” your flame out through discourage-
tune to This Little Light of Mine.                       ment. Don’t let him. You never know what God is
      Our family cottage on Harrison Mountain            doing in the hearts of those around you. Sandra
does not have electricity and we rely on oil lamps       says, “When you can produce a smile, comfort a
and candles to light our path in the darkness. It’s      friend, or feed a hungry family, why wouldn’t you?”
amazing when one small flame brings the room to               Good point! We need to use our gifts and hold
life.                                                    them high. Put them in a corner and watch God as
      What would happen if we used our gifts to          He illuminates your flame to bless those around
shine for Christ? They would flicker and dance to        you. When you do, God will use you as a beacon
life just like the flame from that oil lamp. Others      to light the path of others for Him! And you will
would be blessed and God glorified.                      be truly blessed.
      So, what’s stopping us? Why do our gifts go             What are you waiting for? Light your lamp!
dormant? Perhaps we’ve put our “lamp” in a cup-
board because we’re scared to use it. We don’t                              Darlene Turner is a London
want to get burnt. Or, maybe we’re too busy. No                             writer with Women Writing for
                                                                            Christ, and is a member of the
matter what the reason, God gave us these talents.                          Word Guild. She attends Stoney
We need to use them.                                                                                                                                                            Summerside Community Church
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Sharing the Gift of Sight in Bolivia                                                                                        Ma                     y 28, 2011
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                                                                                                                                                                        r, lead apo
    Tarija, Bolivia is a southern Bolivia city          come through abuse and abandonment, but still
                                                                                                                                                  With And  y Banniste avi Zacharias
about half the size of London (170,000). The            had the courage to line up for a surgery to correct                                                  Manafo of s Canada (RZIM)
                                                                                                                                                  and Rick             trie
team also included local support workers, trans-        his severe cross eyed condition. The young man
                                                                                                                                                  Internati onal Minis
lators and cooks, bringing the total to about 100.      said that unless he could have this done he would                                                                           You won't want to miss
They worked at the local hospital and used a            never have a chance of meeting a girl.                                                                                        this opportunity !!
school for training nurses to set up the clinic for         Said Herb: “As a nondenominational group,
minor surgeries and dispensing of eyeglasses.           people from many different faiths attend, and            Blind-sided by questions of faith?
    Said Herb: “Both Jill and I appreciate know-        others for humanistic reasons. The effect that the       RZIM Canada offers a one-day training event specifically designed to strengthen
ing that we can have an impact in providing, in a       spiritual element has on everyone permeates the          your biblical worldview and equip you to discuss faith with confidence and credibility.
small way, medical help that otherwise would not        whole project and lingers after we return. It can        Our world has changed! In a time when people do not know the story of the Bible, much less its relevance
exist for the people we serve. We help enable           have profound implications for the life we return        to their lives, Christians need to learn to tell this story faithfully and with clarity. This can be a daunting task
them to participate in society or find employ-          to afterwards.”                                          among people who are suspicious of any story that claims to be true. However, we believe it is possible to
                                                                                                                 communicate the message of Christ meaningfully in our culture. Through a combination of heartfelt
ment. Jill encountered a teen patient who had                                                                    worship, dynamic speakers, and interactive workshops, RZIM Canada will challenge you to engage your
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Every Day is a Good Day
    By Sheryl Scott                                          L: Yeah, the
                                                        girls cut my hair
     Sheryl: Hey Leslie. Thanks for taking some         really
time to talk to me. How about we start with you         short…then de­
telling us a bit about yourself.                        cided to give me
     Leslie: Well, I live here in London. I’m a single a Mohawk be­
mother of four children and I’m a registered nurse.     fore cutting the
      Sheryl: What you’ve been through in the last      rest off. We took some pictures and had a lot of fun
few months, concerning your health?                     with it.
     Leslie: On Jan, 3rd, I was diagnosed with stage         Sheryl: What does it mean to you to have friends
3 breast cancer.                                        like this who will walk through this with you?
     Sheryl: Wow. I’m so sorry to hear that Les.
What treatments are you undergoing for this dis­
                                                             Leslie: Oh…that’s something I don’t even know
                                                        how to describe. I truly do not. I am so fortunate to
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ease, right now?                                        have these people. I feel so enveloped and strength­
     Leslie: I’m presently undergoing chemotherapy ened by their support. I truly believe that the people
treatments.                                             I’m surrounded with are a huge reason that I can go
     Sheryl: When you found out you needed these        through this.
treatments, did you realize they would eventually
cause your hair to fall out?
                                                             Sheryl: Your kids supported you in this. Could
                                                        you share that with our readers?
                                                                                                                                 ordable in-home care.
                                                                                                                              A ordable in-home care.
     L: Yes, I knew that would most likely happen.           Leslie: My kids have been great. My girls were
     Sheryl: So, tell us what you decided to do about there to help cut my hair and one of my sons
                                                                                                                      Call today to nd out how we’re di erent.
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your hair?                                              watched it all on Skype.
     Leslie: Well, I decided that I would have a “Hair       S: That’s so cool. What about your oldest son?          Companionship
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Cutting Party!”                                              Leslie: Well, he shaved his head to show his
     Sheryl: A “Hair Cutting Party?”                    support AND, even though I didn’t want him to, he            Light Housekeeping
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     Leslie: Yep. I had some close friends and family got a tattoo of the breast cancer symbol…                      Meal Preparation
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come over to my house and we made a party of it. I           Sheryl: The pink ribbon?
prayed before we started and then we did it!                 Leslie: Yes. He got that tattooed on his chest
     Sheryl: What made you decide to do this? To        with my name under it.
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     Leslie: Well, wanting to cut my hair off was            Leslie: It was very thoughtful…(laughing) but
going to be the only area that I would have control     I’m still mad about him getting a tattoo.
over… when and how my hair would come off.                   Sheryl: Leslie, what about your faith? How has
     Sheryl: Were you nervous?                          that helped you?
     Leslie: I thought it would be emotional for me          Leslie: There is NO way I could go through this
because it was the first physical action I was taking   without my faith in God. I know that I’m not alone
as a result of the disease. Kind of like, I was finally and feel such a sense of peace. I have that feeling     ho m e i n s t e ad .co m / l o nd o n - o n
admitting that this was real. But…what I really         everyday. I know God’s peace will stay with me no
felt… was peace. Oh, and we laughed a lot!              matter what happens on this journey. With Him…
     S: You did?                                        Every day is a good day now.

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