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This week in good news (July 24 – 30)

This week’s good news was filled with stories of kids overcoming challenges, a man back from the dead, and so much more. Check out the stories below.

Turning toward the sun to fully embrace life in the good and bad

If recent world events have taught us anything, it’s that life doesn’t always look the way we want it to look.

Author Mandy Hale says that while we can’t control the curveballs life throws at us, we dog control our response to them. We can choose to loosen our grip on what we think life is “supposed” to be and embrace life for exactly what it is–messiness and mayhem and all. We can choose to stubbornly turn toward the sun, even as the storm rages around us.

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Pope sorry for forced assimilation of Indigenous people at residential schools, full text of apology

Pope Francis says he is sorry for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in cultural destruction and forced assimilation of Indigenous people, which culminated in residential schools.

Francis apologized Monday in front of residential school survivors and elders in Maskwacis, Alta., south of Edmonton after visiting the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School.

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$31,000 raised in weekend Touch-A-Truck event

A Touch-a-Truck fundraiser took place in Kleefeld Saturday bringing in around $31,000 to help with 3-year-old Hallie Thiessen’s medical expenses.

She battles a rare medical condition with severe complications.

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‘God is glorified even in the midst of Ukraine’s darkest hours’

Ukrainian missionary Mariana Laskava talks about her experience of leaving kyiv and continuing to serve refugees. “Every opportunity is used to preach the gospel.”

Mariana Laskava is Ukrainian. She serves as a missionary with Word of Life, a mission with a Bible institute based near Kyiv.

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Made in Manitoba TV sitcom looking for Mennonite and Filipino actors

Set in Winkler, Man. an upcoming sitcom called Maria and the Mennos is looking for their all-Manitoban cast and crew to play an interesting set of characters.

“It’s about a Filipino Canadian woman who moves in with her Mennonite in-laws,” says Paul Plett, one of the Mennonite creators of the show. “It’s a super Manitoba story. I’m Mennonite and I’ve always wanted to do something more in the Mennonite space here in Manitoba. I’m also a filmmaker here in Winnipeg and I collaborate with a lot of Filipino-Canadians.”

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SOS saves distressed hiker on Mantario Trail

After 12-plus hours somewhere on the Mantario Trail, the missing hiker has been found.

Lac du Bonnet RCMP received a report on Monday, July 25, at approximately 7:15 pm that a woman was in distress, on the Mantario Trail in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

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35th Winnipeg Fringe Theater Festival ends with proposal

The Winnipeg Fringe Theater Festival is finishing up another year of shows and is sharing its success with the public.

“After three long years, I was so pleased to once again see Fringers bustling throughout the Exchange District enjoying the 111 incredible indoor productions as well as the crowds taking in the bands and performers in Old Market Square,” says Executive Producer Chuck McEwen in the half release. “I know all of the artists really appreciated the opportunity to once again share their stories in person with our incredible Fringe fans. We were proud to see almost 60,000 tickets sold for the event and to return over $536,000 to the performers.”

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Youth have opportunity to make a difference with national program

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is calling all youth between the ages of 13-21 to join the National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC).

Applications are now available to Canadian residents to apply to be part of the RCMP’s National Youth Advisory Committee which allows youth to have a say and discuss important decisions on topics within their communities.

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Accepted into med school at 13, young girl gives God glory

A 13-year-old girl from Texas is showing everyone that there is no limit to achieving your dreams as she becomes the youngest person to be accepted into med school.

On June 30 Alena Wicker from Dallas, Texas became the youngest person and black female to get accepted into med school at the University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine.

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What do Amy Grant, U2, and George Clooney have in common?

The John F. Kennedy Center’s 45th class of honors just announced includes well-known Christian artist Amy Grant alongside four other accomplished artists.

Grant will be receiving the 45th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements, alongside acclaimed actor and filmmaker George Clooney, the legendary singer of soul, Gospel, R&B, and pop Gladys Knight, Cuban-born American composer, conductor, and educator Tania León, and iconic Irish rock band U2.

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NKMB teaches kids they are priceless to God

The North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church (NKMB) is wrapping up its Vacation Bible School (VBS) program by teaching kids that God is always with them and cares for them.

The theme for this year’s program is Treasured—Discovering You’re Priceless to God.

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Celebrations are planned as the International Peace Garden turns 90

The International Peace Garden (IPG) turned 90 years old in 2022 and a special celebration will take place the weekend of July 29-31.

In 1928, Dr. Henry J. Moore of Islington, Ontario had a great idea. A horticulturist and a teacher, I have envisioned a place of peace in the form of a beautiful garden on the border of the United States and Canada to celebrate friendship. This dreamer worked with the National Association of Gardeners and in 1932, his grand concept of him – a garden spanning the border of two countries and two governments – opened to the public.

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Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin perform at Skid Row’s biggest event in 100 years

The day after Maverick City Music performed in a sold-out arena, they played a free concert for the most vulnerable people on the streets of LA, sharing the gospel through song.

The event Music Matters was put on by the ministry called LA Mission. ‘Musiic’ stands for Maintaining Universal Strategic Investments In Community (Musiic) and the mission’s focus is to provide food and essential supplies to Skid Row residents.

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Prophecy comes to life after Steinbach man died for over 6 minutes

“It wasn’t the answer I was hoping for, but it was the answer I needed,” says a Manitoba missionary whose prayers were answered in a unique way.

Four years ago Shane Dyck was living in Atlanta, GA, teaching English to refugees when the unthinkable happened.

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet celebrates 50th anniversary in the park

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is performing at the Lyric Theater in Assiniboine Park today with unique performances to highlight its 50th anniversary of Ballet in the Park.

This is the RWB’s 83rd season and it is beginning with dance performances from the Company, the Professional Division of the RWB School and the Recreational Division of the school as well.

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‘How every game should end’: opposing teams pose for group selfie following provincial showdown

Last week the female youth 17 softball teams played provincials and instead of huge disappointments or a rivalry, two teams were cheering each other on.

“Our whole team went into provincials and we thought we were going to have a good outcome because we have a very strong team,” says Faith Minsky. “We did good in the round-robin games. We got to the playoffs. The first day we did really well and then the next day we lost to see if we went into the gold or bronze medal game.”

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