This is about listening to the stories that make up this unique and diverse church in downtown Winnipeg, One88 Community Church. When we listen to each other’s story, we tell the other person that who they are matters. We recognize they have value, that they matter to God and should matter to us. Listening to others’ stories helps us better understand each other. There are no easy answers to the complex issues that we find in society but when we listen to each other, it brings us together, and perhaps we can more effectively work towards solutions.
Talking Mental Health (Helen’s Story)
The need for safe places to talk about and work through issues related to mental health is becoming more and more evident. Helen shares her story about discovering & working through mental health issues in herself and her family. She talks about the role that faith and the church has played. And she shares her passion to be an advocate, particularly for those who lack access to resources.
In Memoriam (Rob’s Story)
The episode looks different than the other ones as we remember and honour the story of our friend Rob. We had the privilege of knowing Rob for too short a time, about 4-5 years. A year before he passed away, Rob sat down with me and we recorded his story. I have pieced it together for us to listen to today. (Podcast music by Nicole Ens)
Taking the Hand Up (Chris & Lisa’s story)
What’s the difference between a ‘hand out’ and a ‘hand up?’ My friends Chris & Lisa tell their story of journeying out of homelessness into a sober, stable life; recognizing there are many pieces to the puzzle of living well. They talk about the role faith, community, & social programs had in their taking the hand up rather than just the hand out. (Podcast music by Nicole Ens)
Stay on the Trail (Davey’s story)
How did you deal with COVID restrictrions? Davey threw on a backpack and hit the road. Listen to Davey talk about his love for the outdoors, the struggle that sobriety can be, & how he has faced the challenges that have come his way.
Breaking Cycles (Alfred’s story)
Changing behaviours is hard enough, never mind when the behaviours are engrained in family generations and lead you into crime & prison. Alfred tells his story of coming to grips with where he came from and breaking cycles in order to make a fresh start.
The Other Side of the Sign (Andrew’s story)
You drive up to a stoplight and there is someone with a sign asking for money or food or whatever. You make a snap judgement - which we all do. Ever wonder what life is like from the other side of the sign? Andrew, a friend of One88 Church, shares his story, talking about homelessness, faith, and the struggle with addiction.
Thanks for the honesty
Hey Dave. Thanks for sharing your community with us. Some great stories of experiencing hardship and experiencing grace.