Friday, September 18th, 2020
Nik Wallenda is the face of the Flying Wallendas, the famous circus family known for performing crazy feats without safety nets. Nik is also known for his daring televised tightrope walks, including over Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and, in 2020, he will walk over an active volcano. Nik is a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas and has been walking the wire since he took his first steps, but he had never experienced fear until a tragic accident in 2017. The eight-person pyramid he and several members of his family were practicing collapsed, and five of its members fell thirty feet to the ground. Miraculously, they all survived, but the accident changed Nik’s life forever. For the first time, he felt fear, and he had to learn to get past it to get back out on the wire. Most of us will never walk a tightrope, but we face things that scare us every day. Whether putting ourselves out there socially or seeking a dream job, all of us allow anxieties and fears to hold us back. Facing Fear is a reader-centric memoir, interweaving parts of Nik’s personal story of the accident and how he conquered his fear with practical advice for readers to overcome whatever fears are holding them back. This practical book will help everyday people step out in faith and trust that God will hold them steady, even when they’re afraid. http://nikwallenda.com
Monday, September 21st, 2020
Laughter is a windshield wiper. It won’t stop the rain, but it will keep you going. Life was funny when we were 5. Grownups tripped on a rake and we laughed for hours. Then came headlines and deadlines. Downturns and disappointments. Laugh Like a Kid Again is for anyone who wonders amid pressing anxieties: Who stole my joy? From the tender to the hilarious, these lighthearted stories will help you laugh again. You’ll encounter a prodigal dog, an incoming tornado, an unexpected afternoon in prison, and where to go when you have 9 minutes to live. Whether you’re facing a grave diagnosis, fractured relationships, financial burdens, or any number of bumps in life’s journey, you don’t have to let the grip of fear and bitterness take hold. Learn to laugh again…with the help of humor-packed life lessons and encouraging insights. http://philcallaway.com
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Karen Kingsbury waited tables to pay her way through college. She worked as hard as she could to serve those who ate dinner in her station each night, but often times she felt overlooked. Her dreams seemed faraway. Today Karen is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author and this generation’s favorite inspirational storyteller. There are more than 25 million copies of her Life-Changing Fiction™ in print. Her work takes her around the United States and the world. She does what she wishes people would’ve done when they sat at her table so many years ago: She sees people. She wants you to see them, too. “Tips should surprise people,” Kingsbury says. “It’s one way to show someone that Jesus is real … and that He loves us. Be generous. You can never out-give God.” In 2019, Kingsbury dreamed of a national movement where Christians would be generous tippers and tell people who serve the one thing they rarely hear. They are seen. Restaurant servers, coffee baristas, bathroom attendants, cashiers, police officers, firefighters. Soldiers or flight attendants. Christians give them a You Were Seen card, and the card leads them to the YouWereSeen.ca website. The website leads them to Jesus. So, if you were seen today, Karen wants you to know you matter. God sees you every day! Maybe this moment is a turning point for the rest of your life. http://karenkingsbury.com http://youwereseen.ca
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from many walks of life and different backgrounds. Their mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities. We welcome all into the Mary’s Meals family and we believe everyone has something important to contribute to the realization of our vision. Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help. He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Magnus has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Hull. Before Mary’s Meals, Magnus played shinty for Glenorchy Camanachd Club and was capped four times by Scotland at senior international level. Magnus is married to Julie, a trained nurse from Inverness. She became his co-driver on some of the first deliveries of aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, and has been devoted to the charity ever since. They live in Dalmally with their seven children. http://marysmeals.ca
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
According to Doctors, Chris was not supposed to be here today. Doctors told his mother that, were she to carry him full term, he would likely die, and so the medical team recommended that she terminate her pregnancy. Gratefully Chris’s mother chose to tell the medical team that she was going to have her baby and Chris was born happy and healthy. Chris was given the name Christopher which means “Christ Bearer”. Chris’s story took him down some tough and lonely roads where for years he turned to empty meaningless escapes to handle his pain. The Holy Spirit kept wooing Chris during all this time, and through the love of a colleague at work, who chose to obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Chris heard the words “I have been praying for you” and she gave Chris a recording of worship songs and a letter with encouraging scriptures. Driving alone in his car, Chris listened to the music and then pulled over to read the letter. When Chris read the words in Psalm 66:5 “You Lord are good and ready to forgive and abundant in mercy to all who cry out to You” he was overcome by the presence of the Holy Spirit and he cried out to God for forgiveness and asked God to make his life new and to live inside of Him. Chris knows that Jesus rescued him that night and he knows that, no matter what comes his way in life, he is loved, accepted and never alone because he is a child of God.
Steven shares Bill Prankard’s vision for spiritual revival in Canada and has the same heart for Canada’s Indigenous people. Under the mentorship of Bill Prankard, Steven has become a dynamic minister of the Gospel across Canada and in communities throughout the Canadian Arctic. His powerful story of God’s miraculous healing power in his life after suffering the trauma of sexual abuse, along with his Inuit heritage, resonates with the youth of Canada’s Arctic. He spearheads the Arctic Hope Project, which is a Spirit-empowered ministry designed to address the epidemic of youth suicide and social crisis in the Arctic, to bring healing and hope to those who are broken, and to prepare Inuit youth to become effective future leaders. Steven’s wife Becky is an integral part of the ministry. They live in Ottawa, Ontario and are parents to five beautiful little girls. http://bpea.com
Sandra is called to bring hope and healing to broken lives and dreams of God's people and to see divine purpose and destiny restored. Sandra is passionate about releasing the love and presence of God through prayer, intercession and the teaching of God's Word. Her heart is to release the kingdom of heaven on earth by helping to meet the needs of people according to Matthew 25:40...Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these...you did it to Me. Sandra ministers in the gifts of teaching and healing; her passion for prayer, intercession and worship has helped to unlock vision and destiny for the people of God. She carries an apostolic mantle releasing hope and healing over cities and regions to bring kingdom transformation. Sandra's background is First Nations of the Ojibwa and Cree nations, and lives in Hamilton Ontario, Canada and presently works as a Wellness Case Manager with the Indigenous community.
Andrew Blackwood is a Teen, Individual, Couple and Family Coach. With a Masters of Divinity in Counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry to Marriage & Family, Andrew has helped hundreds of families through all kinds of difficult situations including depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm, stress, anger, self-esteem, abuse and overall parent/teen & relationship conflict. http://coachdrew.ca
Friday, September 25th, 2020
In October 2019, The Chicago Bulls free agent Simisola Shittu to bring the roster to 20 players. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Shittu (6-10, 240) appeared in one game for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. Prior to his Summer League experience, Shittu played one season at Vanderbilt, where he saw action in 32 games (31 starts) and averaged 10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting .468 from the field. A native of Burlington, Ontario, Shittu was a consensus five-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, and participated in the 2018 McDonald's All American and Jordan Brand Classic games.
Temitayo “Tayo” Shittu is an athlete currently playing in Italy’s 3rd division called Serie C. This past season, he had averaged 13.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Basket Gualdo ‘96. Prior to playing basketball in Europe, Tayo attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS from 2013-2018 having played three seasons for the X-Men. In 2016, Tayo suffered a “career ending” injury that would have him sidelined for two years. In the meantime, he grew in his faith with the lord during his last two years at St.FX. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration he then finished his university basketball career at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. Tayo professes his faith all the time and credits the lord for getting him through the storm. Both Tayo and his brother along with a friend started a group called “OMFM” (Our Movement:Family Motivation) to help encourage and develop kids who inspire to play in the United States. Their vision is to show kids that through faith and patience that they can achieve their goals.
In her sophomore year (2019-20) Rachael led the FDU Knights to achieve the no. 3 seed in the All-Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament which is the highest for an FDU women’s basketball team in the NEC since 1993, earning her the NEC Most Improved Player of The Year Award. Rachael was acknowledged by the NEC coaches by stepping up as the team’s starting point guard and finishing fourth in the league in regular season minutes with 34.1 minutes per game. She leads FDU and ranks 13th in NEC with 2.5 assists per game; averages 8.8 points per game (up from 3.0 as a freshman); and leads FDU with 30 steals in the 2019-20 season. The Burlington, ON native has also developed into a ferocious rebounder for the Knights, averaging 5.4 boards per game that includes 4.6 defensive rebounds per game (11th in NEC). Rachael is majoring in Biology; human physiology and is entering her third year at FDU. Influenced by her family and close friends, Rachael hopes to become a science teacher and also hopes to coach while being heavily involved in church ministry.
Crossroads/YES TV Chief Executive Officer - effective September 8, 2020. Kevin has been in ministry leadership for 24 years. Most recently, from 2008-2020 he was lead pastor of Glad Tidings Church in Burlington, ON. During that period the church experienced significant growth, expanding to four Sunday services at two sites, with priority given to community engagement and leadership development. Kevin is an intentional team builder. His ministry is motivated and characterized by inspiring generations of diverse people to grow and experience the joy of faith in Jesus together. Kevin has been part of the Western Ontario District Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) for nine years and presently serves as the Assistant Superintendent. Additionally, he serves the national fellowship of the PAOC on the General Executive, lends strategic support to the Multiply Network and served on the Board of Governors for Master’s College & Seminary for six years. Kevin is married to his beautiful, long-time best friend, Sherri, and is thrilled to be the father of their son Caleb and their daughter Sadie.