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Merry Christmas from Jim Cantelon

Dear friends. It’s Christmas, a time to celebrate the incarnation: God “taking on flesh and dwelling among us, full of grace and truth”. Kathy and I love this time of year, and we celebrate totally with our kids and grandkids. BUT- we are so aware of the horrors of Syria, Yemen, and other war-torn nations […]

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Radical Youth, Radical Faith

I’m sitting at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on my way back to Toronto from Lilongwe Malawi. I’ve just been speaking at our 8th annual youth conference at Chikudzilere, where one of our community centres is located. Over 2000 youth and 500 children were in attendance. 200 pastors and Chiefs were also there, wanting […]

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Can We End HIV By 2030?

Today is International AIDS Day, and as you would expect, there are several AIDS related articles in newspapers and on the web. One of those, from the United Nations, declares we can “end AIDS by 2030.” A bold and commendable hope. A critical component of this hope is the expectation that by 2030 “90% of […]

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The Impact of a Father’s Modelling

As I listened to Emma Watson’s outstanding “He for She” speech to the United Nations, I was struck with the life-shaping impact of a father’s modelling. Her insightful and challenging words accurately reflected the values I had been taught non- verbally by my dad as I grew up. Long before feminism emerged he showed me […]

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“It’s a team effort in a dangerous game”

I tend to shrug off comments from friends and family re: safety during our work in Africa.  Not that Kathy and I are cavalier, it’s just that we have spent so much of our lives in “danger zones” that we don’t give much thought to risk. So, when we arrived in Malawi a few days […]

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