This week we had a lot of good news to encourage our listeners that includes local and far-reaching Christian news. 

Neighbours use ladder to rescue 1 from burning home

A person is alive today thanks to the quick actions of their neighbours.

Firefighters were called to the 1500 block of Alexandar Ave. Sunday around 1:20 p.m. the City of Winnipeg says. When crews arrived they saw heavy black smoke coming from the house.

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Teachers' paycheques on pause to help Christian school stay afloat during upgrades

Teachers and staff at a Winnipeg school that specializes in teaching newcomers and refugees are going without a paycheque while the school struggles to complete a new science lab in order to meet provincial requirements.

What was initially thought to be a less-pricey project is costing Freedom International School a lot more than they thought. 

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Athletes in Action scores successful summer camp season

The leader of a Christian athletic organization says he had faith all along that they would be able to host summer camps. 

In February, Stephen Klassen, the Regional Camps Director for Athletes in Action in Manitoba, optimistically began planning for summer day camps.

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Local author hits the heart of forgiveness in new novel

An author from Portage la Prairie is releasing her latest novel, and while set during WWII, it still connects with issues society faces today.

Terrie Todd is an award-winner author. Rose Among Thornes is her fifth published novel, the sixth published book under her name. 

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From ashes to beauty through grace

A woman who has faced the pain of battling mental health struggles and watched her own daughter go through her own struggles is now taking that experience to help other women.

Helen Guenther has faced her own struggles with anxiety and depression. But when her daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder, Guenther says it was as if her "whole world fell apart."

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Jordan St.Cyr keeping busy with new music release, tour this fall

A Manitoban musician says his latest venture feels like a "travelling Bible camp for adults" as he tours the United States with other Christian artists.

Jordan St.Cyr has had a busy summer and is gearing up for an equally busy fall.

"I think I have about just under 60 shows until Christmas, which is amazing, and I've got this new song out, 'Weary Traveller" that's coming out September 10 next month," St.Cyr says. 

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Manitoba farmers come together to help Haitians

What started out as a donation of two loads of straw from Manitou area farmer Nancy Howatt, turned into a total of 11 loads of 30 bales each, plus more – all to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) Haitian Relief Fund.

For the past three years Howatt of Sunset Ridge Angus in Manitou, Man., donated a steer calf from her stock to be auctioned off at Killarney Auction Mart each fall with proceeds going to CFB.

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Manitoba veteran receives France’s highest honour

Carm Colvin, a 102-year-old veteran from Carman, Man. has received the highest honour the nation of France can bestow on civilians or military personnel. On Saturday, he was made a Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.

Colvin, along with thousands of other Canadian troops, stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, a battle that ultimately led to the liberation of France during World War II.

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Curbside giveaway is back

People who want to get rid of unwanted couches, sports equipment, or appliances may just be the treasure someone else is looking for.

After taking last year off, the City of Winnipeg is bringing back the curbside giveaway for its citizens. 

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Francesca Battistelli sharing big personal and musical news

Francesca Battistelli recently shared how her family and musical career will be expanding simultaneously.

"We’re having a BABY! Goodwin babe #6 is due in February, and we are so honored and thrilled that God would bless us with another precious baby!" Battistelli posted to Instagram on August 28. 

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Month-long campaign launches to 'honour those who were subjected to the Indian Residential School system'

An organization representing First Nations in southern Manitoba is starting a month-long campaign to commemorate and offer solidarity to those who were affected by residential schools.

“September has been a traumatic month for First Nation people because it was the month the children were stolen from our communities,” says SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels in a media release. “This September, and for the next 30 days and every day after, I call on all those who now share this land to learn everything you can about this dark period in Canada’s history, so that we can properly honour Survivors and remember the innocent lives lost because of it.”

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The Color giving fans an inside look with new tour

While it is another online music tour, The Color is hoping to give fans a more intimate, story-telling experience with their latest event. 

"The Impact of Music Tour is really about the impact that music has had on our lives. So we're going to be taking five weeks to share these shows. Each one features a different person," says Jordan Janzen, the frontman of the Manitoba band. 

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'Church is essential': Grace Community Church wins $800,000 settlement

The state of California and Los Angeles are settling a lawsuit with a church after the lead pastor refused to follow the health orders.

A year ago in Los Angeles, a superior court judge gave Grace Community Church an injunction: they could not hold in-person worship services. The ban on the megachurch's gatherings was based on how services were conducted considering COVID-19, particularly physical distancing and wearing masks.

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Finding the good and overcoming the difficulties of raising high-spirited kids

Raising an 'impossible kid' can be a challenge, and Lucille Williams has been there and done that. Thankfully, she's using her years of experience, complete with mistakes and victories, to help other parents face their own challenges.

Her new book, The Impossible Kid: Parenting a Strong-Willed Child with Love and Grace, looks at raising high-spirited, stubborn, or just downright disagreeable kids.

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Two months later, 57 kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School freed

A large group of the 120 students of the Bethel Baptist High School kidnapped on 5 July in the Kaduna State of Nigeria have been able to return home. After 28 pupils could return to the educational centre on July 27, local media now report that another 57 students have been freed between August 22-28.

This new move has been confirmed by the spokesman of the Police of Kaduna, Muhammad Jalige, according to Premium Times Nigeria. No official explanation has been given about the cause of the freeing, but the local press speaks of possible ransom payments by some families.

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CAIN family welcoming 'new band member'

Alongside their favourite things, the band CAIN is making a big announcement on social media. 

"Well I guess we better make room on the bus for our new band member!" was the headline post for CAIN on September 1. 

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Night Church lighting up people's lives

A Winnipeg minister is continuing a church event for non-church-attending people.

"Basically God put it on my heart to reach out to people that were like me. That either grew up in the church and became disenfranchised, or had questions that didn't feel like they got answers, or just don't even want to walk into one of those buildings," says Rodney Neufeld, leader of Night Church and youth leader at Abundant Life Church. 

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Manitoba observing Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Flags will be lowered to half-mast and several Indigenous-led events will be held to encourage dialogue about residential schools.

Schools and non-essential government services in Manitoba are closing on September 30 for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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ATC launches Freedom Church in Brandon

A new Brandon church is opening its doors to people no matter where they are in their lives.

"We are doing a thing called Freedom Church and it's Sunday nights in the bottom of our Super Thrift. We have a three story building and in the basement, we set up a space where people can join us for worship, hear testimony and a word, and we have guest speakers come," says Tara Murray, the Program Director with the Women's Adult and Teen Challenge (ATC) in Brandon, Man.

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The power of a praying mom

It's no secret that motherhood is hard. Keeping a healthy prayer life in the middle of motherhood can also be hard.

But Brooke McGlothlin says that when prayer becomes our first response it also becomes our best response. McGlothlin is the co-founder of the Facebook group Million Praying Moms and has a new book out aimed at helping moms become the prayer warriors their family needs. Praying Mom will help you navigate parenting by putting prayer first.

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'Music has power to heal, but God is the author of healing'

A Winnipeg Christian artist and music therapist is releasing new music, hoping to draw listeners closer to God.

"I've been recording at Steve Bell's studio downtown here and I've got three songs coming out. I'm so excited," says Danielle Savard.

The first single to hit airwaves on September 3, 2021, is titled 'Gently.'

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