A lot happened this week in Christian and local news. Check out the encouraging stories below. 

Churches help victims of western Europe floods

At least 180 people have died and hundreds are missing after the massive flooding that hit western Europe, which caused homes to be ripped away and roads to be turned into wild rivers.

In Germany, the death toll now stands at over 150 with more than 1,000 still unaccounted for, while Belgian media is reporting over 20 deaths there. The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland are also affected.

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Bible translators using radio to reach isolated language groups

As technology continues to advance, Bible translators are finding that an "old" technology is proving useful in continuing to reach new people with the Word of God.

Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, has begun transmitting Bible translation training and ministry support materials via radio signals.

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'We walk the walk as well as the talk' - Lorette Catholic Women's League recognized by the province

A community organization in Lorette was honoured earlier in the week by the province.

The Notre Dame de Lorette Catholic Women's League (CWL) was notified that they are a recipient of the Premiers Volunteer Service Award.

The Premier's Volunteer Service Awards were established by the Premier's office, in partnership with Volunteer Manitoba, to honour the efforts and dedication of outstanding volunteers in Manitoba; and recognize and encourage the valuable services performed by volunteers throughout the province.

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Women's life coach releasing first book to inspire hope and give purpose

A Winnipeg woman is releasing her first published book, Unlocking Your Destiny and Finding Purpose, while sharing her heart behind it. 

"I wrote it during the pandemic, a little bit before and trekked through in this time of lockdown, to have it published as such a time as this," says Maria Bobiles.

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Sweet cousins helping child with cancer

Two cousins are coming together for another summer of running an ice tea stand and the proceeds are helping a young boy with cancer.

Brooke Peters and Dakota Riemer may only be 11 and 14-years-old, but they are thrilled to donate proceeds of their stand to help another family with a child battling cancer. This will be their fourth summer running the event.

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Tennis building bridge of connection between Jews and Arabs

Tensions have been high recently between Israeli Arabs and Jews, but a love of sport is bringing them together.

"Sport in and of itself is a language – the language of patience, the language to love the other, to compete against one another, but to respect the other," says Fayez Abu Shouhaiban to CBN. He is the Mayor of the Bedouin Israeli city of Rahat.

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"Investing in eternity"

Partnering with Christian schools in countries around the world, a Canadian organization is giving hope and a future to less-fortunate children. 

Child Care International (CCI) is a Christian organization based out of Surrey, B.C. 

"Our organization helps children achieve their dreams, their full potential, by providing Christian education in many countries around the world. They learn not only academic subjects but also learn about the Lord," says Jose Prem, the Executive Director of CCI.

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Runner fends off cougar and endures scorching heat in trek across Canada

A man from Calgary is nearly through Manitoba as he attempts to achieve a lifelong dream of running across Canada.

Skylar Roth-MacDonald left Victoria on June 1st, and if all goes according to plan, he will pull into St. John's near the end of October. The 25-year-old is doing the trek as a way to raise funds and awareness for mental health.

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Take a book, leave a book, find answers to life's biggest questions

A Winnipeg church is looking for ways to connect with the community, and part of that is opening up an outdoor library. 

Peace Lutheran Church in North Kildonan opened up a sharing library outside for people in the community on July 16, 2021. 

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Asia Bibi offers her voice of hope for imprisoned Christians

Recalling how God faithfully sent a brown bird to her cell every day while in prison, Asia Bibi wants to offer hope to others facing persecution. 

Bibi is currently living in Canada with her family in an undisclosed location under police protection, after spending a decade on death row in Pakistan after being wrongfully accused of blasphemy against Islam. 

On July 14, she spoke during the International Religious Freedom Summit by video message.

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Organization caring for pets left behind during wildfire evacuations

A local group is bringing hope to people who were forced to leave their furry family members behind in a dangerous situation.

This week thousands of people evacuated their homes in Bloodvein First Nation and many other communities due to wildfires. Now displaced, many families are heartbroken and worried not only for their homes but also for their animals. Frontline K9 Community Outreach is one of the organizations caring for the animals left behind.

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Manitobans break previous recycling record

Manitoba is very close to reaching the government-mandated goal of recycling plastic beverage containers. 

Ken Friesen is the Executive Director with Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA). They are the organization that runs Recycle Everywhere. 

"In 2020, we achieved a 79 per cent recovery rate for all PET plastic beverage containers in the province."

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