Interview with Allison Alley, President Elect, Compassion Canada

April 7th has been set aside by the United Nations as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide.  To commemorate this important day, please join us, and Compassion Canada, in recognizing the incredible reconciliation that has taken place in this nation, through the grace of Jesus and the power of forgiveness.

It’s been 25 years since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and though time has passed, the people of Rwanda will never be the same. The genocide was started in April of 1994 by Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali. For 100 days, Hutu militias took up arms against the Tutsis. More than 800,000 people were slaughtered during those 100 days. The people of Rwanda will always carry with them the deep loss and scars the genocide left behind.

But, love has since been on the move.

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In addition to sharing about these three powerful stories of Rwandan youth who are moving forward in forgiveness after the terrible repercussions of the genocide, we were given the opportunity to share in an interview between Mikayla Stroeder of Graf-Martin Communications, and Allison Alley, President Elect of Compassion Canada.

Interview between Mikayla and Allison

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April 7th – A Day of Celebrating Forgiveness, Peace, and Reconciliation

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Lysa’s New Book Helps Us Find Unexpected Strength in the Midst of Shattering Disappointments

Many women around the world have found hope, encouragement, and inspiration from the messages of Lysa TerKeurst’s numerous books. Her newest release from Thomas Nelson Publishers is entitled “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered”, and is undoubtedly her most raw and transparent book to date. In these pages, Lysa helps us process a question that we all ask at some point in our lives; “What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?” Sound familiar? Then you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Susie Larson’s Most Powerful Book Yet

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Gentle, Comforting, Encouraging – Guest Review by Hayley

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A Treasure of Keys to Unlock New Worlds – “Book Girl” is My New Must-Read Book of the Year!

Imagine a treasure chest being delivered to your doorstep one day. After staring in wonder for a moment, you carefully lift open the lid, and gasp at the treasure inside – dozens and dozens of keys! Each one is labelled with a little description of what that key will unlock, and after a moment you realize that each one is meant to open a door to a different world. Judging by the brief descriptions attached to each key, some of those worlds are places you could never imagine, and others are actually where you’ve always wanted to go. You will learn different lessons in each location, and meet different people, but always you will grow, and always you will return home a different person than when you left. Continue reading

A Touching Story You Won’t Soon Forget – Guest Review by Hayley

The synopsis of “River to Redemption” drew me in from the moment I read the back cover.  It promised to be a tale of tragedy, healing, hope, and freedom given to those who should have never been enslaved.  This book delivered all of that, and more.   Continue reading

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A Heartfelt and Reflective Adventure

“She always wanted a different heart. But she never expected the adventure that would come with it.” After reading this tagline, who could resist learning more about the story it describes? “The Heart Between Us” was written by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel and published by Thomas Nelson just in time for Spring, 2018. As readers step into the pages of this sweet novel, they will be swept along on an adventure of growth, challenge, discovery, and love. Continue reading

A Compelling, Thought-Provoking Alaskan Sequel!

At long last, the sequel to a book adored by many has finally been released! “Out of the Ashes” is book number two in “The Heart of Alaska” series written by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, and was published by Bethany House at the start of 2018. This delightful novel continues the stories of many characters from the first book (“In the Shadow of Denali”), and also introduces several fascinating new characters who find God’s hope and healing in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska. Continue reading