The perfect way to describe Candace Payne’s laugh is to say that it’s contagious, a viral joy that spread over the internet faster than the 37-year-old mother could have ever imagined.
Religious people can be pretty scary, and on this All Hallow’s Eve we are remembering 500 years of the worst and best of that. The Reformation of 1517 triggered executions, torture, burnings at the stake and drownings, all done under the watchful eye of clergy…
“I’ve lost my mentor, dear friend, and champion – Rev. Dr. David Mainse who passed on to his Heavenly broadcast seat. Oh the people he will meet!”
Rev. Mainse passed away on September 25, 2017 at 81 years old after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia. Rev. Mainse lived the last years of his life (even while he fought the disease) as he’d lived his entire life: proclaiming the Good News – to any and all who would listen – that Jesus loved them.
by Lorna Dueck
Originally published in the The Globe and Mail, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
The unique disciplines of Christian Korean spirituality drew gasps and applause Sunday as Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim told his Toronto area congregation about his life in a North Korean prison during the past two and a half years. Daily digging of metre-deep holes through frozen mud, breaking apart frozen coal and outdoor labour in the scorching heat of summer under the constant watch of two guards was Rev. Lim’s routine.
“I did not have a day of gloom,” said Rev. Lim as he explained in a Korean heart-to-heart with his Mississauga congregation how he turned moments of despair into trust in God.
On Sunday, a strong Rev. Lim stood for the first time back in his Canadian pulpit and opened with deep thanks for Prime Minister Trudeau, negotiator Daniel Jean, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the personnel of Global Affairs Canada. Then the reality of how a pastor walks with God when he’s going through hell was revealed. Rev. Lim stuck to prayer, bible reading, scripture memorization, thankfulness, singing to God, and repeated the practice, again and again. He sang to God for more than eight hours each of the 130 Sundays he was imprisoned. The mystery of what happens internally to a person living out that rhythm was undeniable.
A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea under a life sentence of hard labour has finally been released and he landed back in Canada on Saturday morning. Rejoicing along with his church and his family, Cheryl Weber (Senior Executive Producer, 100 Huntley Street) and Lorna Dueck (CEO, Crossroads Global Media Group) will be covering the story on a special program of 100 Huntley Street Monday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. on Global and YES TV.
“We are beyond overjoyed to see the day we dreamed of and prayed for arrive. As soon as we heard of his imprisonment, we wanted to do whatever we could to help bring Reverend Lim home. That included mobilizing Canadians coast to coast to pray for his release, to ask them to sign the petition to see him brought home and to write their MP to urge the government to keep fighting for his freedom. Our viewers responded with faithfulness and passion and we are so grateful for all they did in this fight.” – CHERYL WEBER
100 Huntley Street sent cameras to the press conference on Saturday and to the church celebration on Sunday where Cheryl Weber and Lorna Dueck were present for Rev. Lim’s first public appearance.
“It is God that kept Pastor Lim company during his time in prison,” said son James Lim at the press conference. “As a family we can’t even begin to share our gratitude towards the Canadian public. To those in Canada, as well as all around the world, that have prayed for us, supported us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are proud to be Canadians.”
It is a happy chapter in a story that 100 Huntley Street has been telling, pleading the plight of Rev. Lim with the help of Lisa Pak, a family spokesperson, since he first went missing two and a half years ago.
100 Huntley Street to be the only faith-based TV program broadcasting live in Canada on July 1st
Celebration Coverage, Stories and Prayer from TheCRY Kingston and HOPE 150 Calgary, concluding with Fireworks LIVE Broadcast from Fort Frederick
100 Huntley Street celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a Canada Day special, airing on Yes TV July 1st from 8:00-10:00pm EST/ 6:00-8:00pm MST. Lorna Dueck (Crossroads CEO) and Maggie John (100 Huntley Street Senior Executive Producer) will host the program from Fort Henry at TheCRY Kingston, in Ontario. Cheryl Weber (100 Huntley Street Senior Executive Producer) and Rob Melnichuk (Yes TV Director of Western Canada) will host from Calgary, Alberta at HOPE 150. The celebration will end with a bang at 10:00pm EST as a display of fireworks will be broadcast live from Fort Frederick in Kingston, Ontario.
“By partnering with TheCRY, HOPE 150 and our broadcaster Yes TV we’re able to respond to God’s delightful directive to celebrate, remember and to pray together for our nation,” shares Lorna Dueck. “We celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation with a love and pride that is rooted in gratefulness to God.”
100 Huntley Street will be the only faith-based program broadcasting live in Canada on July 1st.
Rob Sheppard (Yes TV General Manager) comments, “As a television station committed to positive, family-friendly programming, Yes TV is uniquely positioned to bring a faith perspective on the stories of Canada’s 150th anniversary. At Yes TV, home is where our “yes” is, and we’re thrilled to bring you coverage from across our homeland July 1st.”
The Canada Day special is the exciting culmination of Crossroads’ This Far by Faith – Canada 150 campaign that celebrates the stories of Canada’s Christian heritage. The campaign kick-off was April 28 with a 24-hour prayer rally at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, where leaders from coast to coast united to pray for our nation. Read more about This Far by Faith and watch inspiring Canadian life changers including First Peoples Voices – an exclusive look into the stories of Indigenous Canadians and their reflections on Canada and their walk with the Creator. This Far by Faith contains stories of famous Canadians who have made a global impact to help viewers rediscover the deep and far–reaching Christian roots that established Canada. The campaign has also included a weekly Nation Building panel which has delved into the issues that matter to Canadians.
To find out where you can watch this special Canada Day program visit www.yestv.com
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