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AIA Partners! – GAiN Canada provides disease-free water to 500,000 people

(GAiN, Global Aid Network, is the Humanitarian Aid division of Power To Change.
Athletes in Action and GAiN regularly partner on overseas projects in third world countries) 

GAiN just achieved a significant milestone with the Water For Life Initiative. Here is an
excerpt from the recent release. Pretty Cool!

500 deep-capped water wells have been provided to approximately half a million people.

Women and children are no longer carrying water over extremely long distances, children are attending school, the cycle of sickness and death is being broken, hope is being restored, and economic activity is being stimulated. With every well, villagers are also receiving additional opportunities to develop their community; opportunities such as borehole committee training, hygiene and sanitation training, gender equality training, and medical and dental clinics.

GAiN’s WFLI began as a small well-drilling project in the villages of southern China and has since grown to include a variety of nations where clean water sources are few, including Benin, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Thailand. Thousands of lives have been literally transformed by the provision of fresh pure water.

…While recognizing this momentous occasion, GAiN continues to look toward the future. “Strengthening GAiN’s local teams, equipping and training the 44 national staff as well as
solidifying partnerships will be key to the success of the next 500 wells,” shares Dennis
Fierbach, GAiN’s Director for Water Strategies.

For those of you that have played a part in the Water for Life Initiative…thank you!  You have helped impact many lives and many communities.

 

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Changing Times in the Family

Just one week ago Dad Melnychuk had a stroke, so a lot of our life activities right now revolve around being with him in the hospital and working through the many changes that he is facing. He has been left paralyzed on his left side and is still recovering mentally as well. Thank you for praying for us as we spend time with Dad and with Mom who is nearby in Residential Care due to her Alzheimers. Pray for wisdom as we go through each day, for rehab for Dad and the many decisions about future care.

At the same time, Lois’ parents are experiencing many health challenges and she will be flying home to help with some of the adjustments necessary there.

Thank you for your prayers at this time.

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Viral Videos

In the 15th century, a man by the name of Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type and began printing books. The mass production of literature started to irrevocably change the world and Gutenberg would soon become one of the most influential people in history. What did he print? Bibles. Gutenberg was a Christian inventor who, for the sake of the Gospel (which includes the proliferation of education for mankind), created the first printing press.

But books don’t travel well at 150,000 miles/second. Videos do. And there’s a whole host of Christians making cutting-edge videos to effectively declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Here’s four:

TruthMedia

The first and (admittedly biased) favourite is our very own TruthMedia, whose Internet television network is a cutting-edge initiative that seeks to make the Gospel “inescapable.” Through this online network, they’ve had the opportunity to introduce hundreds of thousands of online seekers around the world to Jesus Christ.

Luke Schenk is the Creative Director at TruthMedia, and now utilizes a recently refurbished studio with professional equipment in Langley, BC. They’re constantly seeking actors, script writers, and short film contributors to enhance their ministry.

I am Second

I was recently stunned by the testimony of Brian Welch, not printed and shipped in book form, but communicated via video conveniently on my Facebook feed. Who gave this former Korn band member a voice to share his testimony? How did I hear about God’s transforming work in his life? I am Second is “a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.” Their modus operandi is the video: well made and in characteristic “I am Second” fashion: bold, artful, gutsy.

GSFN

Then there’s Global Short Film Network (GSFN), a part of The JESUS Film Project who is a partner of Global Aid Network (GAiN). Although executed differently, their goal is very similar to I am Second: “to help you discover a person’s story through the theme of the films. As you listen to their story, you can share your own and connect the viewer to the person of Christ.” GSFN’s films come with discussion questions to equip believers in 76 countries and in 14 languages.

This Is Me TV

In the near future, the Gospel will seek to go viral yet again with This Is Me TV, a testimony-based project launched by Dave McSporran of Bottled Media. Think MTV Cribs meets the Gospel. “We want to inspire and encourage Christians to follow their passions for Jesus. You can be an athlete or hip-hop star and still be a Christian.” Trailers to the episodes will be all over Youtube and Vimeo, but the actual episodes will be found at thisismetv.com.

“This isn’t Christian television with fake-happy people. It’s real people, real life.” As a videographer, Dave sees the project as an opportunity “to do something worthwhile with the gifts [he has] been given.” The first episode launches on April 13th and the trailer can be found here.