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A Week to Remember...

"When it seems least likely that humanity will make the right decision…prayers of the [saints] change both hearts and actions” (Don Hutchinson).

This coming Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On this day we join others globally to pray for more than 200 million Christians who face brutal opposition and persecution because of their faith. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s legal counsel, Don Hutchinson, encourages us to pray. He quotes Tennyson: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of … For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”

They need a whole lot more, but prayer is all that Cuban pastors are asking for. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike roared through the small country bringing destruction to homes, churches and food supplies. While some pastors report miracles, others console congregation members whose faith has been shaken. A Baptist Global Response team is headed for the area to assess needs and determine relief efforts required.

This week we also remember the victims of the Holocaust. It’s 15 years since the release of the movie Schindler's List. For Comment magazine, Marc LiVecche looks at the impact of the film. He says, “We [Christians] have a double obligation: to remember the nearly indescribable evil that humankind has wrought and the precious good.”

We also remember those who fought for our freedom. High school history teacher Harvey Goossen found a unique way of impressing the significance of Remembrance Day on his students. He has taken two groups of more than 40 students each to France, Belgium and Holland on a ten-day tour of Canada’s battlefields. He says, “I know they’ll never observe Remembrance Day the same way again.”

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