Michael Messenger as president and CEO of
World Vision Canada, effective June 1. He will
succeed Dave Toycen, who is retiring after 18
years. Messenger has been the humanitarian
aid agency’s executive vice-president and
chief operating officer since 2010, and for
three years before that was vice-president
of public affairs. He holds an undergraduate
degree in economics from Gordon College in
Wenham, Mass., and a law degree from the
University of Toronto. He practised law for
nine years in Halifax, N.S.
Stephen Lennox as president
of Kingswood University in
Sussex, N. B. He succeeds Mark
Gorveatte. Dr. Lennox is the
honors professor of Bible
and humanities at Indiana
Wesleyan University, where he has held many
roles over 22 years including associate dean.
Lennox has taught in Zambian, Jamaican and
Russian Bible colleges, has studied biblical lands
by travelling to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Greece,
and is a minister of The Wesleyan Church.
Ken Kim as director of disaster response and
rehabilitation at World Renew, the relief
and development agency for the Christian
Reformed Church of North America. World
Renew continues to be directed by Ida Kaastra
Mutoigo. Kim served the past eight years as
director of the development and relief agency
of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, known as
Presbyterian World Service & Development.
Ben Hoogendoorn of Abbotsford, B.C., in the
newly created position of executive director of
International China Concern Canada, a Christian
that helps abandoned and
disabled children in China.
served as president and
CEO of FH Canada (Food for
the Hungry). The founder of ICC, David Gotts,
transitioned to CEO for ICC worldwide in 2013.
John Latta as lead pastor for the Burlington,
Ont., site of The Meeting House, a multisite
Brethren in Christ church. Latta co-founded
the Canadian Youth Network, which supports
youth workers, and has helped lead it with
Dale Winder since 1998. Winder continues as
Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, with the 2015
Templeton Prize, a $1.5 million award for
Stop and cheer
Re: The House That Redemption
Built (Mar/Apr 2015)
I AM glad to read about the
young man who purchased the
house where five people were
murdered. When I first heard
this story on CTV Calgary, it
made me stop in my tracks and
cheer. Purchasing the house
and doing good works where it
stands is better than demolishing it and building a memorial
– this way shows evil can be
redeemed by good.
Jesus said He came to heal
the sick and restore the broken.
We need to stop questioning
people’s motives when they
believe they are called by God
to do His work in this world. I
too follow Kadin Osborne’s
belief that we should not be
“content sitting in the pew just
hoping life goes well. We don’t
have much time on this earth.”
I too am called by Christ to
do what I can for Him in this
world. If all of us took this train
of thought every day, we would
see more miracles and would
grow more as Christians.
Dorothy King, Calgary, Alta.
Re: War and Peace and the
Christian Way (Jan/Feb 2015)
THE CONTEXT of Romans 13 is
not about agreeing with a just
war or being pacifist, it’s about
occupying the land by living and
being the Kingdom of God now.
When Jesus saw injustice, He
saw greed and indifference, and
the need for reconciliation. He
did not seek the government or
run off into a cave. He stood in
the midst of all of that and dared
to challenge the status quo. His
presence changed everything.
We live as Christians only to
allow His presence to be lived
through us, as outlined in 1
John 4. It is my contention that
we as Christians are wrongly
using our doctrines and our
thinking as excuses to not love
This is the message that God
has given to the world, that in
Christ His Son we are to be
light and salt because He is
within us to touch the world
through us with His presence.
We simply love indiscriminately and leave the results with
Jesus. When people slap us
around, we don’t retaliate because the Kingdom of God is
greater than the flesh.
Whether we’re successful or
failures on the human level
has nothing to do with it. We
are simply to follow Him. The
results are left up to Him. The
infinite Christ within us is able
to do exceedingly above all
that we are, in and of ourselves.
We must give up our anxieties,
our fears and our worrying.
We must be willing to step out
of our comfort zone and dare
to be different from the world.
Fr. André Leroux, Toronto, Ont.
Hungry for fellowship
Re: Messy Faith (Jan/Feb 2015)
I APPRECIATED “Why Sunday
Mornings Have to Change.” I
find more and more people in
the over- 50 age bracket bored
with the music and lack of
fellowship. I find the contemporary music very boring
(probably because I play jazz
guitar). The last church service
I was in, the music went on for
45 minutes where the name of