Shalem Mental Health Network seeks to restore hope. The professionals working at this organization, located in Hamilton, recognize that hope often emerges in lament (see the Biblical Psalms of Lament). They consider it a privilege to be invited into spaces of deep pain and healing—and there to encounter the God of living hope and the extraordinary courage of people.
Youth For Christ Victoria's Mobile Outreach ministry partners with volunteers from local churches to lead weekly ministries for aboriginal youth in the five communities: Esquimalt Nation, Quw’utsun Nation in the Duncan area, Scianew in the East Sooke area and Tsawout and Tseycum Nations on the Saanich Peninsula.
Island Crisis Care Society is a registered non-profit society that helps people in crisis stabilize and then find the support, resources, and services they need to recover and be well. Working in cooperation with provincial and federal agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations, ICCS develops housing options and programs that respect the needs of individuals with multiple challenges or concurrent disorders.
The Stream is an urban ministry that serves folks on the margins who have forgotten who they are: sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them desperately. From creative arts to literacy and learning to coffeehouse-style connecting, The Stream has something for everyone.
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Our grasping hands, clenched and fisted, fall open to receive this: The incomparable and incomprehensible truth that the only thing that can give us marrow-deep, soul-penetrating, heart-changing, life-transforming comfort is the knowledge that we are not our own, we cannot do it ourselves, we need to stop trying and must look instead to our faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
Harold and his colleague, Michelle, also joined Jer for Friday night’s concert. Michelle opened the night with a gripping combination of vocals that haunted and drumming that beckoned. Later, Harold once again led a drum circle and then invited everyone to participate in a dance of reconciliation: powerful visuals both that underscored Jer’s fervent reminder that we must connect our vertical worship of our triune God with our horizontal service towards His people and His world.