Journey to Hope

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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  • The Drawing Power of the WORD

    May 16, 2019 Gust Blog by a faithful TWR friend
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    Persian Ministry
    As you well know, I have the privilege of not only travelling globally to meet with listeners and connect wi th our on-the-ground partners, but I also have the privilege of working here in Canada with so many incredible people who partner with us to make the work of TWR Canada possible. On rare occasions, I have the opportunity to see these...
  • The Reason They Come

    May 9, 2019 By TWR Canada President
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    Persian Ministry
    North Americans celebrated New Years over four months ago. Chinese New Year was celebrated in February; and in March, the Persian New Year was celebrated. This is a time of year when many Persians vacation, and their time off to travel provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet with them outside their homeland. For many years now, TWR...
  • Faithful to Serve and be a Blessing

    May 2, 2019 By TWR Canada President Ray Alary
    One of my first trips as President of TWR Canada was to Central Asia. In those days, the airport terminal at my destination was in a state of disrepair, and the people in immigration didn’t smile. It was a quiet and intimidating process. As I came out into the reception hall, I was met by Frank Reyburn.

    Frank had an Irish accent, and, for...
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    Milestones: Kathy Duplessis – A Changed Life

    April 25, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    At TWR Canada, we are blessed to have staff who have worked here for many years and, in some cases, decades. I want to honour those of our staff who have milestone anniversaries this year. Over the coming months, we’ll focus on four staff with milestones of 10 or more years of service. In some cases, these staff members have written their...
  • The Cross - The Ultimate Symbol of Forgiveness

    April 18, 2019 Guest blog by George Philip of TWR India
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    Easter weekend is a wonderful time to reflect and thank God for this gift of his Son. Last year, our friend, George Philip from TWR India, wrote a beautiful message about the ultimate symbol of forgiveness: the cross. With his permission, we are sharing it with you. It is our hope and prayer that you would be encouraged and strengthened as you...
  • A Life of Service: Gerrit and Cathy Van Essen

    April 11, 2019 By TWR Canada President
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    From time to time, we have the unique opportunity of hearing from visitors who come to the office and share their stories and experiences, and how TWR Canada has been a part of the work that the Lord has done in their lives. We recently had Gerrit and Cathy Van Essen visit us. For many in the office, it was their first time meeting them, even...
  • In The Hands of God

    April 4, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    I have flown somewhere between 1 million and 2 million miles since I took my first flight way back in 1972. At that time, I was 17 years old and on my way to my sister’s wedding in Germany. A trip that was supposed to take me away from Canada for three weeks lasted eight months! I ended up working on road construction in Germany and...
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    Will We Leave Burundi to be the Saddest Nation in the World?

    March 28, 2019 By TWR Canada President
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    Earlier this month, I went to Burundi, a small country in central Africa. With just over 10 million people, the size of the country is slightly larger than Vancouver Island. It's a lush green country with ample fresh water; mountains and hills make up a large portion of the country’s geography. They grow bananas, mangos and oranges, and...
  • Things Left Behind

    March 21, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    As I am now in my 65th year of life, I often think about the past. As I think specifically about my journey, one of the things that stands out is the number of times I have moved. I have moved a lot!! 

    Interestingly, during the time I lived at home with my parents, I often told my father that I didn’t need to learn another language,...
  • Divine Appointments

    March 14, 2019 By TWR Canada President

    For anyone that knows me or has heard me speak, they know that I share a lot of stories. As I have travelled and collected these stories, I have always carried a camera. Telling the story verbally is great, but there is truth to the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Today, I was going through some of my pictures....