This week in good news (April 17-23)

Check out all the good news that happened here in Manitoba and abroad this week.

Long Plain First Nation elects its first female chief in nearly 60 years

Long Plain First Nation elected its second female chief.

Kyra Wilson racked up the most votes in the community election on April 14, according to unofficial results posted online, with official results due this week.

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Plane Crash Survivor and America’s Got Talent Finalist Shares Her Moving Story Filled with Courage, Resilience and Hope

The first thing most people notice when they meet Kechi Okwuchi is his scars.

Okwuchi is just one of two survivors of the devastating crash of Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 on December 10, 2005, which killed more than 100 people. Kechi was only sixteen when the accident happened.

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Iranians find Jesus at a party in Turkey

Every year, thousands of Iranians visit Turkey for the Persian New Year. They can celebrate more freely in Turkey than in Iran, where the government closely monitors behavior.

Bibles for the World is taking this opportunity to have conversations with partygoers about Jesus. John Pudaite says, “This year, as we were preparing for it, we decided to go for two consecutive weeks with two different teams and provide scriptures.

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‘It’s just another mission field’: YFC staff member battles stage 4 cancer with one eye on Jesus

A Manitoba family has watched their father and husband battle aggressive cancer over the past year while finding it an opportunity to serve missions together.

Paul Emmer and his wife Allison have served as full-time missionaries in Manitoba for 10 years and have raised eight children.

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From porn star to pastor: how one man went from the adult film industry to sharing the gospel

Becoming a movie star and becoming famous was something Joshua Broome dreamed of from a young age.

He started acting and modeling at age 15 before going to college, where he studied acting for two years.

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Afghan refugees rescued from traffickers

If all refugees and displaced people formed their own country, it would be the 17th largest country in the world.

“Every three seconds someone is newly displaced in the world because of war, violence and persecution,” says Greg Kelley of World Mission.

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The law against modern slavery and child labor is a priority: federal minister

Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan says the Liberal government is considering legislation to force Canadian companies to ensure they don’t use slave labor or exploit children overseas workers.

In an interview, O’Regan said he was preparing a “comprehensive” bill that would require Canadian companies and departments to review supply chains in an effort to protect workers.

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From years of infertility to 10 children in eight years

Alicia Dougherty and her husband, Josh, experienced nine years of infertility and loss.

They knew they wanted to be parents, so they started looking to foster care and adoption.

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‘It’s just a building, we’ll keep going’: Texas tornado flattens all but cross

A cross was the only thing left intact inside a church in Salado, Texas, after an EF-3 tornado leveled numerous buildings last week, offering the congregation a sign of hope.

“It may not look like it now, but good things will come out of it,” Donnie Jackson, the pastor of Cedar Valley Baptist Church, told the local news station.

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Christian Film ‘Blue Miracle’ Wins Most Inspirational Film of 2021 Award

A film starring Dennis Quaid won the “Christian Oscar” award for most inspirational film.

The 30th Annual Movieguide Awards aired last Sunday and awarded the film blue miracle with the Epiphany award. Movieguide is looking to honor the best family-friendly movies and TV shows through this awards show.

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‘God has a purpose for this’: Anne Graham Lotz’s daughter recovers after being rushed to hospital over Easter weekend

Billy Graham’s granddaughter says she sees God moving amid difficult circumstances as she continues to battle heart issues.

Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, daughter of Anne Graham Lotz, was rushed to hospital over Easter weekend after experiencing chest pains.

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Manitoba Métis meet Pope Francis at the Vatican

A Métis group in Manitoba said Pope Francis appropriated the misdeeds of the Roman Catholic Church during a meeting at the Vatican today.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand says the meeting was a very powerful way to begin the healing process.

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Building a Prosperous Marriage Through Personal and Social Differences

For years, others have asked Gail Song Bantum and Brian Bantum to reveal the secret of their marriage as a multiracial Christian couple with high ministerial callings.

They do that in their new book, Choosing us: marriage and mutual fulfillment in a world of difference.

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Earth Day: the benefits of gardening and buying local

Les Jardins St-Léon are excited to open for the season soon, and the co-owner shares some tips to help people reduce their carbon footprint.

“For me, Earth Day is often very busy, as it coincides with the launch of our store,” explains Colin Remillard, co-owner of Saint-Leon Gardens located on St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg. “But I think for most people it’s a reminder that we live on a precarious planet. Let’s make sure every day is Earth Day and practice what we do for fun on Earth Day. Earth, every day of the year.”

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Elevation Rhythm releases its first album

Elevation Worship Records’ new band, Elevation Rhythm, recently released their new album titled Growing pains.

“It comes from the pandemic and the last two and a half years, where everything was so uncertain and there was a lot of fear and anxiety,” explained Davide Mutendji. “Growing Pains feels like we don’t need to know exactly what is coming and what will happen in the future, but we can be sure that who we believe in and where our faith is placed means that we have the assurance that there is hope that we live for.”

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Southeastern Manitoba sets the standard for generosity in Canada

Statistics Canada data shows how generous Manitobans have been, even during the pandemic.

Spokesman Francois Page says they have now released the statistics for the 2020 tax year. It shows that in Canada, 18.4% of taxfilers claimed a donation that year. In Manitoba, it climbs to 20.6%. In fact, Manitoba is the leading province in terms of the percentage of tax filers declaring a charitable donation. Page confirms that for 16 consecutive years, Manitoba has topped the list.

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Earth Day and caring for creation

Today is Earth Day.

Every year on April 22, people across the country recognize and celebrate Earth Day, one of the biggest environmental events in the world.

The goal is not just to promote Earth Day once a year, but to connect people to nature every day.

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