• No Need to Fear

    Written by Donna Mitchell for The Life “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold [...]

  • Writing Stories

    Do you have a story to tell? Our lives are made up of hundreds of stories, some very personal and some interwoven with the stories of others. Connecting Streams is a ministry built on stories: [...]

You can count on me

I think there are few words that hold as much assurance, confidence, and comfort as these words uttered from a valued friend, especially when life is full of challenges and disappointment. While on my silent retreat in the summer of 2019, Jesus revealed Himself to me in a profound, personal, and intimate way. As I [...]

2020-10-06T08:29:07+00:00October 6th, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments

Prison Ministry in Ottawa

I volunteer with the Connecting Streams prison ministry in Ottawa.  Every third Saturday I meet partner Roger. at the OCDC reception.   We go through a security check and then head to the worship centre and collect the materials we need. From there we walk past minimum-security, through the segregation unit and then into maximum [...]

2020-09-02T09:11:53+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments

Finding hope in another’s story: A Grief Process

“Jesus made all the difference in my grief process. I don’t know how people can grieve without the Lord.”⁠⠀ Linda Driediger is well acquainted with loss. As director of the Addiction Recovery Ministry within Connecting Streams, she’s developed a rich understanding of the grief process. ⁠She’s learned so much walking alongside others, but it’s been [...]

2020-08-27T12:43:57+00:00August 27th, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments

Don’t Waste Your Sorrow

Written by Allan Mitchell for The Life “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, [...]

2020-08-10T19:31:45+00:00August 10th, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary

Recently while looking for worship music on YouTube, I came across an old song that captured my spirit so intensely that I have been drawn to listen to it every morning, using it as a platform for my prayer time. The song, "Sanctuary, Lord Prepare Me" has been a magnet inviting me to think about [...]

2020-06-03T09:21:03+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|2 Comments

The Coronavirus Challenge

Maybe you are old enough to remember using newspaper as wrapping paper? It was inexpensive and readily available. Compared to the extravagant wrappings of today, the brightly printed gift bags topped with multi coloured tissue paper, newspaper wrap is boring and certainly unappealing. Regardless of the ugly wrap, the excitement of discovering the surprise in the [...]

2020-05-04T09:42:46+00:00May 4th, 2020|Devotionals, Our Blog|0 Comments