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Pakistan

Pakistan is situated in the western part of the Indian subcontinent, with Afghanistan and Iran on the west, India on the east, and the Arabian Sea on the south. The name Pakistan is derived from the Urdu words Pak (meaning pure) and stan (meaning country). It is nearly twice the size of California.

The northern and western highlands of Pakistan contain the towering Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which include some of the world’s highest peaks: K2 (28,250 ft; 8,611 m) and Nanga Parbat (26,660 ft; 8,126 m). The Baluchistan Plateau lies to the west, and the Thar Desert and an expanse of alluvial plains, the Punjab and Sind, lie to the east. The 1,000-mile-long (1,609 km) Indus River and its tributaries flow through the country from the Kashmir region to the Arabian Sea.

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A Sense of Comfort – featuring Viola Fullerton

Today I got to hang out with my church’s writers’ group for the first time. It was a little intimidating, being the newest to the group, but they made me feel so welcome and even let me read a few things! I learned so much from these published authors and beautiful women. For a group challenge, We were given five inspiration words: risk, timid, broken, hope, and fear. In about ten minutes, we were to write a piece using those words. I finished the last chapter of a ten-book series I’m working on (and may or may not finish). One member of the group wrote a personal piece that I loved, and I was like, “Can I put that on my blog?” and she was like, “Yeah, sure!”

So here’s a piece by 80-year-old Viola Fullerton, a Canadian author, written to the millennials in this pandemic.


A Sense of Comfort

We, my sister Edie, and her husband, Willard, went to a neighborhood country restaurant, recently opened. It seemed risky, on observing the waitress not wearing a mask.

“Won’t you wear a mask?” we timidly asked.

“No, we’re not required to here,” was her response, which left us thinking she thought there was no risk.

The waitress brought us water as she hovered over us and took our order.

I set my water away by the wall after she went off to place our order with the cook.

“I won’t drink that,” I said.

As I thought about it, I was overcome by the hope that we would not suffer the consequences of a possible encounter with a danger that seems to be that seems to be all around us.

That brought a sense of comfort.

– Viola Fullerton

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France

France is about 80% the size of Texas. In the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders is western Europe’s highest point—Mont Blanc (15,781 ft; 4,810 m). The forest-covered Vosges Mountains are in the northeast, and the Pyrénées are along the Spanish border. Except for extreme northern France, the country may be described as four river basins and a plateau. Three of the streams flow west—the Seine into the English Channel, the Loire into the Atlantic, and the Garonne into the Bay of Biscay. The Rhône flows south into the Mediterranean. For about 100 mi (161 km), the Rhine is France’s eastern border. In the Mediterranean, about 115 mi (185 km) east-southeast of Nice, is the island of Corsica (3,367 sq mi; 8,721 sq km).

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Barry Danylak – Everyday Christian

What’s a better way to kick off your weekend than a Friday morning chat with your Pastor? I say give it a try. You might be surprised at what you learn. 

Rev. Dr. Barry Danylak (or “Apple or Strawberry as my son calls him – confusing fruits”) is a highly educated pastor with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He’s a social entrepreneur, a voice for Christ ,and an expert in God’s word. I’m sure like me, you probably can’t claim all of these titles for yourself. However, even though these are the gifts that Pastor Danylak has developed through his work for Christ, in a lot of ways, he is just like you and me. We are all created in the image of God, after all. 

Remarkably, Pastor Danylak, born “the youngest among Baby Boomers,” as he describes, has never been married. He’s been single all his life, and in a world where so much is based on having some sort of romantic partner, going decades without a romantic relationship would seem baffling or even impossible. Nevertheless, this Pastor is secure in his singleness, and doesn’t see it as something that needs to be fixed, or cured – it’s just one part of his identity. 

I met up at a local cafe to chat with Pastor Danylak about his work and his walk with God, to try to gain knowledge and new perspective from him. Pastor Danylak is always eager to dive deep into what the Scriptures mean to him and to share these deep truths with others. He was even willing to share with us at Everyday Christian some of the struggles he faces. While he described solitude as something that comes easy to him, one struggle that he noted was his desire to exercise more spiritual discipline. This was especially challenging to him in the practice of prayer. Have any of you felt that you don’t pray enough, or that prayer can be challenging? I know I have. 

“I’m very cognizant of my need to be more disciplined.”
– Barry Danylak

Another area that we discussed was evangelism. Pastor Danylak is not keen on cold calls or street evangelism. He concedes this can feel less like planting seeds in the hearts of people, and more like throwing seeds into the wind. Instead, Pastor Danylak advises us to get to know people first and build a relationship with them. Talk less! For him, all evangelism comes out of seeking to listen and understand, not seeking to push an idea or truth on someone. It’s not a sales call – unless you’re really good at sales, he muses. In a way, the best way to do sales is to meet people’s perceived needs in order to change their life. You come alongside someone and help them see their need for the Lord. This way, you earn the right to support someone in their self-discovery. When it comes to randomly approaching as many people as you can in the street, this could almost be seen as the equivalent of “throwing your pearls to swine.” Not because people are swine, but because if someone is not ready to hear the message, it will simply bounce off them and maybe even annoy them. Unwelcome and unsolicited preaching is taking the precious truth of faith and thrusting it onto people who find it a distraction and a nuisance, and not the living waters of life. 

Furthermore, how will you know the impact of your conversations unless you come alongside someone to walk with them? Without this, you may simply be planting a seed that you simply abandon.

Next, we talked a bit about Pastor Danylak’s daily routine. Like many of you, he doesn’t have children to wrestle into school clothes or a spouse to make a million plans with. Instead, he gets to spend each morning in quiet solitude with God. Reading the Bible in Greek or Latin. Yep, this man is fluent in Greek and Latin, and English, and even knows a bit of French and German too. Not gonna lie, I feel like I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. 

We’ve all got our own spiritual gifts, but in a lot of ways, we are alike to each other. The first thing Pastor Danylak does is read his Greek or Latin Bible over some coffee and breakfast, and the last thing he does at night is shut off the lights. He doesn’t have a big nighttime ritual, he explained, especially because he frequently works with single adults and is often up past midnight completing his work. 

Sometimes during the day, he will listen to the radio. For him, news is where it’s at. A.M 660 and A.M 770 are his jam. One thing he noted is that he doesn’t like listening to preaching podcasts as background while doing other things. To him, preaching is sacred communication which must be given our full attention. I’m the opposite. If I’m listening to a Christian podcast, I’m probably doing laundry or something else at the same time. 

When you want to keep aware of the world around you,
you’re always listening to news stations.

– Barry Danylak

Pastor Danylak’s favorite part of the day depends on the day in question. Usually though, it’s his quiet time eating breakfast reading God’s word in an ancient language. 

Next, we got real and dove deep on the Pastor’s favorites. First, his life Bible verse is: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” from Romans 8:31. Doesn’t that just sum it all up? His favorite Bible character is the Apostle Paul. When it comes to music, his favorite artists are Keith Green, from his college days, and Rich Mullins, who also had the gift of singleness. Both died tragically young. He also likes Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman. 

“I don’t believe in accidents.”
– Barry Danylak

And don’t forget the hobbies! He’s got a passion for motorcycling, working out, mountain climbing, travelling, reading, and learning. One of his greatest passions, however, greater than music or sports, is the gift of singleness. Even though he admits that there are some challenges, he wouldn’t change it for the world. For example, he confesses that he often wonders whom he can call on in a crisis, explaining that in a good marriage you can depend on your spouse, but when you’re single, that can be a problem. That’s why his mission with SEE Global to help churches redefine the church family is so important. In the church, we are called to be a spiritual family as adopted sons and daughters in Christ, and this takes work and investment. However, being single is a great gift because it’s a freedom like no other. So let’s get together and support our singles! 

Don’t miss the next part of our conversation with Rev. Dr. Barry Danylak that we had for The Ambassador blog, delving deeper into the difficult things that come with being a follower of Christ. 

For more about Pastor Danylak’s international work with SEE Global: Singles Engaged and Empowered, go here

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Turkey

Turkey is at the northeast end of the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Europe and southwest Asia. To the north is the Black Sea and to the west is the Aegean Sea. Its neighbors are Greece and Bulgaria to the west, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania to the north and northwest (through the Black Sea), Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east, and Syria and Iraq to the south. The Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus divide the country. Turkey in Europe comprises an area about equal to the state of Massachusetts. Turkey in Asia is about the size of Texas. Its center is a treeless plateau rimmed by mountains.

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Mexico

Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north and Belize and Guatemala to the southeast. Mexico is about one-fifth the size of the United States. Baja California in the west is an 800-mile (1,287-km) peninsula that forms the Gulf of California. In the east are the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Campeche, which is formed by Mexico’s other peninsula, the Yucatán. The center of Mexico is a great, high plateau, open to the north, with mountain chains on the east and west and with ocean-front lowlands beyond.

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria shares borders with Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, and Turkey. Two mountain ranges and two great valleys mark the topography of Bulgaria, a country the size of Tennessee and situated on the Black Sea. The Maritsa is Bulgaria’s principal river, the Danube also flows through the country.

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Nigeria

Nigeria, one-third larger than Texas and the most populous country in Africa, is situated on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. Its neighbors are Benin, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. The lower course of the Niger River flows south through the western part of the country into the Gulf of Guinea. Swamps and mangrove forests border the southern coast; inland are hardwood forests.

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80 Days Prizes from PHCE

Why, hello there! We at PHCE are so excited about our first annual Around the World in 80 Days Christian Charity contest! Don’t forget to go to the main page of PHCE.ca to nominate your charity to win! Please consider sponsoring this contest through our GoFundMe campaign for the HOPE Business Program, and have a say in how your gift is distributed!

These rules are up-to-date as of October 1, 2020.

Here’s what we are offering to charities eligible according to our rules:

  1. A 500 word story for each weekly winner
  2. A $300 custom PHCE service package for the most liked charity overall
  3. A $200 custom PHCE service package for the second most liked charity overall, from a different country
  4. A $100 custom PHCE service package for the third most liked charity overall, from a different country than the other PHCE cash prize winners.
  5. 100 word honourable mentions for the most-liked eligible charities from each country that don’t win a prize from any sponsors.

So don’t delay! Nominate a charity today, and invite your friends to make them the winner! Like, share and subscribe so that you don’t miss any updates, including new prizes and prize winners. 80 days and counting!

Let’s stay in touch.

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing
the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
~ Romans 10:17

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Qatar

Qatar (pronounced KAH-ter) occupies a small peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf from the east side of the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia is to the west and the United Arab Emirates to the south. The country is mainly barren.

Oil was discovered in the 1940s, bringing wealth to the country in the 1950s and 1960s. About 85% of Qatar’s income from exports comes from oil. Its people have one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. In 1971, Qatar was to join the other emirates of the Trucial Coast to become part of the United Arab Emirates. But both Qatar and Bahrain decided against the merger and instead formed independent nations.

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