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The Oprah of Afghanistan

MacLean's ran the story a few months ago.  I had never heard of Mozhdah Jamalzadah but now I can't forget her.  She is the only female host of  an Afghan TV show.  And she's Canadian. Mozhdah, who like Beyoncé is known by her first name, and is mobbed whenever she leaves her Kabul home, has been labelled the Oprah of Afghanistan. The comparison is of course imperfect. Oprah doesn’t sleep with a gun. She doesn’t ride in bulletproof cars or travel with guards armed with AK-47s. Death threats don’t flood her inbox. Mozhdah, whose first thought on entering a new building is how she might escape, is gutsy in a way Oprah doesn’t need to be. Her black leather leggings,…
Jones Bob
April 30, 2011
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God Moments

Its two days after Easter Sunday and I still have a ringing in my ears. Over and over I hear, "Hope is alive! Hope is alive!" With the sound, I can also see the enthusiastic faces of the choir giving their all in proclaiming those words. Easter Sunday 2011 was an experience. It was a "God moment" for me and 100's of others. People had encounters with the Lord. Some crossed the faith line. Some experienced a renewed hope. That's what happens when people use their SHAPE to serve God.  Some of the choir sang together for the first time.  They found their "sweet spot."  They ministered.  You can't help but know Sean and Jan are in their "sweet spot"…
Jones Bob
April 26, 2011
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Soul Surfer

Have you seen the movie "Soul Surfer?" I saw it (well most of it, some of it was blurred by tears).  It may not be in the theatres much longer, so carve out some time this weekend and get set to be inspired.    Its based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, who at the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. She lost over 60% of her blood, and made it through several surgeries without infection. Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a…
Jones Bob
April 19, 2011
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Star On And Off the Diamond

In his first ten years in the Major Leagues, Albert Pujols has never hit below .300, he has never hit fewer than 30 home runs and he has never knocked in fewer than 100 runs. No one in the history of Major League Baseball has ever done that in their first ten seasons - not Babe Ruth, not Joe DiMaggio, not Ted Williams. Pujols was largely overlooked as a high schooler in Kansas City, as he wasn't drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. Two years later, he won the NL Rookie of the Year on the strength of a season that saw him hit .329 with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs Pujols, a native of…
Jones Bob
April 18, 2011
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True Blue

Rick Mercer is one of the best known Canadian satirists. His comment on the next federal election is a clarion call to the unused freedoms of Canadian young adults - “If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take twenty minutes out of your day and do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.” In a country where young adults are unmotivated to vote, its refreshing to find young politicians doing their best to get the vote out. Ryan Hastman is the Conservative candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona. I've known Ryan for over two…
Jones Bob
April 16, 2011
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Undetoured in Facing the Greatest Challenge of Life

I first heard Zig Ziglar in 1997 in Edmonton. Zig is the kind of communicator who makes you wish that your first time hearing him won't be your last. Zig has been one of the most admired communicators of our time. His positive attitude and energetic style has inspired millions worldwide. In 2007 he had a fall that resulted in a serious brain injury. He lost his short term memory and developed extreme positional vertigo. The "old Zig" was gone. He was facing his greatest challenge.  In 1997 I heard Zig say, "Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting back up is a choice." In 2008 the "new Zig," "got back up." Since then he has traveled with…
Jones Bob
April 12, 2011
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Death Squad’s Visit Ends in Miracle

Sometimes as Christians we are confronted with much tribulation in life. We believe that God allows this to happen to get us closer to Him. We understand that when we let Him work and we keep our faith, He will show us that everything will be all right. I came to Canada in 1987 from El Salvador where there was a civil war. I was looking for a safe place to live where there is no persecution for your political beliefs or discrimination or prejudice for your race or religious belief. In 1983, on an October day at dawn, the death squad army unit came to my house. I lived there with my wife and one-year-old daughter. They had strict…
Jones Bob
April 8, 2011
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Oudetoured in Reaching the World

It all began with a simple statement. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16(NIV) Jesus made it very clear what our purpose is. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . . " (Matthew 28:19–20) For almost 2,000 years men and women have been undeterred in carrying out that commission while facing huge challenges - persecution, crucifixion, beheading, stoning, torture, imprisonment, cannibalism, or being burned at the stake.…
Jones Bob
April 6, 2011
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One of Our Heroes – Mandi Schwartz (1988 – 2011)

This morning (April 3rd) we prayed for Mandi Schwartz, as we have many times before at NP. Mandi has faced cancer - leukemia to be exact - since 2008. At 10:35AM our time today Mandi passed away.  She was only 23. She was a student athlete at Yale, a womens hockey player from Wilcox, Sask. We first heard about her through Jen Matichuk, a Yale teammate from North Pointe. Jen tried to help Mandi by initiating a drive to sign people up for bone marrow donations. Mandi and her family are well known in the hockey world - one brother was drafted by St Louis, a Canadian Junior Player and the other brother playing NCAA hockey in Colorado. Mandi was…
Jones Bob
April 3, 2011
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Undetoured

April 4th. Not April 1st.  This is the day the 167 Ave detour begins, and its no April Fools joke.   For 7 months a route that sees over 17,000 cars a day drive by NP will be shutdown. Over the past 5 years, dozens of families and hundreds of people have been able to connect with NP because of their familiarity with our facility and sign. The shutdown is a short-term pain.  A new 167 Ave will be built, along with a new sub-division.  In the next 2 years it is anticipated that 3,000 residences will be built and over 10,000 people will become our "next door neighbours."  So, what can you do with a detour?  Take the detour…
Jones Bob
April 1, 2011