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TWR Canada President Ray Alary blogs each Thursday, telling behind-the-scenes stories and ministry updates you won't find anywhere else. Come back weekly to read the latest, or sign up to get Ray's blog delivered directly to your email inbox.

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  • An Unlikely Call From God

    October 31, 2019 Ray Alary
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    One day in 1993 I got called into the station director’s office. I had only been in that office a couple of times in the six years I had been on Bonaire. My world was turned upside down in the office that day.
  • My Very First Mentor

    October 17, 2019 By TWR President Ray Alary
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    There have been many people who have influenced me in my leadership over the years in both work and ordinary life settings. As my staff shared in my last blog, over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you who some of these people are.

    Can you think of the people who had the greatest influence on you as a child? It’s easy for me to...

  • Servant Leadership on Display

    October 3, 2019 By the TWR Canada Team
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    Over the coming months, I will be sharing with you some of the instrumental people in my life who have inspired, encouraged and shaped my leadership. But before doing that, my team thought it was important that all of our readers of the Journey to Hope blogs understand the type of leader that I am. So this week, the TWR Canada team has taken...
  • McDaniel Phillips: A Catalyst for Unity

    The adventure that was the last 35 years for TWR Canada Missionary McDaniel Phillips. September 19, 2019 By the TWR Canada Team
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    Leadership, Discipleship Essentials
    This year McDaniel Phillips is celebrating 35 years as a TWR Canada missionary. For McDaniel and his wife Blossom, these years hold many stories of adventure, struggle and boldness that point to God’s power and faithfulness in their lives. Today McDaniel is serving in the TWR Canada office in London, Ontario as the ministry director for...
  • Stories Seldom Told

    September 5, 2019 By TWR Canada President Ray Alary
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    TWR Canada has been quietly raising funds for a project in Africa. The agreement on this project was if we couldn’t raise all the funds upfront, we wouldn’t do it. This is one of those projects where there will be no appeal. We have already made other commitments around the globe, and those projects are priority. Basically, this...
  • “La Porte Du Non-Retour"–The Port of No-Return in Benin where over one million slaves were sent out

    Amazing Grace

    June 27, 2019 By TWR Canada President Ray Alary
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    Summer is often a slower time for many people. For me, it has its slower days, but it also brings a lot of preaching in churches and meeting with people. I’m thankful for every opportunity that I’m given to share about TWR Canada or to share my own story of how I got to where I am. I am also thankful for the slower days where I can...
  • It's Not About Being President

    A story of surrender, adventure, loss and God's miraculous power. June 20, 2019 By Ryan Sluban
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    Africa, Canadian Ministry, Leadership, Testimonies
    This is the second of two feature stories our Communications Intern Ryan has written for the blog. I was delighted to have her interview me and share what God has done in my life through my time here at TWR Canada. To read last week’s feature story on Ross Campbell, our board chair, click here

    Ray Alary has been serving faithfully...
  • The Joy of Serving

    A Humbling Story of God's Provision and Faithfulness June 13, 2019 By Ryan Sluban
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    Canadian Ministry, Leadership
    Ross Campbell testifies of God's greatness through the story of his involvement with TWR Canada.
  • Ray (left) and his father (right).

    Will You Fight?

    June 6, 2019 TWR President Ray Alary
    He was a good hockey player, good enough that he played for General Motors (this would be equivalent to what we know as Junior A hockey now). The year was 1940; he was 26 years old and living the good life. But then something happened, and every man had to make a decision: would he or wouldn’t he serve? 

    Canada had declared war on...
  • Walking in His Purpose

    May 23, 2019 By the TWR Canada Team
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    Canadian Ministry
    A couple of weeks ago I shared how blessed we are at TWR Canada to have staff who have worked here for many years and, in some cases, decades.
    This week I want you to get to know Colleen Shoemaker. Colleen began working in the office of TWR Canada in 2004 in an administrative role. In 2005, she moved into the role of overseeing the...