Religious people can be pretty scary, and on this All Hallow’s Eve we are remembering 500 years of the worst and best of that. The Reformation of 1517 triggered executions, torture, burnings at the stake and drownings, all done under the watchful eye of clergy…
“I’ve lost my mentor, dear friend, and champion – Rev. Dr. David Mainse who passed on to his Heavenly broadcast seat. Oh the people he will meet!”
Rev. Mainse passed away on September 25, 2017 at 81 years old after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia. Rev. Mainse lived the last years of his life (even while he fought the disease) as he’d lived his entire life: proclaiming the Good News – to any and all who would listen – that Jesus loved them.
by Lorna Dueck
Originally published in the The Globe and Mail, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
The unique disciplines of Christian Korean spirituality drew gasps and applause Sunday as Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim told his Toronto area congregation about his life in a North Korean prison during the past two and a half years. Daily digging of metre-deep holes through frozen mud, breaking apart frozen coal and outdoor labour in the scorching heat of summer under the constant watch of two guards was Rev. Lim’s routine.
“I did not have a day of gloom,” said Rev. Lim as he explained in a Korean heart-to-heart with his Mississauga congregation how he turned moments of despair into trust in God.
On Sunday, a strong Rev. Lim stood for the first time back in his Canadian pulpit and opened with deep thanks for Prime Minister Trudeau, negotiator Daniel Jean, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the personnel of Global Affairs Canada. Then the reality of how a pastor walks with God when he’s going through hell was revealed. Rev. Lim stuck to prayer, bible reading, scripture memorization, thankfulness, singing to God, and repeated the practice, again and again. He sang to God for more than eight hours each of the 130 Sundays he was imprisoned. The mystery of what happens internally to a person living out that rhythm was undeniable.
A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea under a life sentence of hard labour has finally been released and he landed back in Canada on Saturday morning. Rejoicing along with his church and his family, Cheryl Weber (Senior Executive Producer, 100 Huntley Street) and Lorna Dueck (CEO, Crossroads Global Media Group) will be covering the story on a special program of 100 Huntley Street Monday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. on Global and YES TV.
“We are beyond overjoyed to see the day we dreamed of and prayed for arrive. As soon as we heard of his imprisonment, we wanted to do whatever we could to help bring Reverend Lim home. That included mobilizing Canadians coast to coast to pray for his release, to ask them to sign the petition to see him brought home and to write their MP to urge the government to keep fighting for his freedom. Our viewers responded with faithfulness and passion and we are so grateful for all they did in this fight.” – CHERYL WEBER
100 Huntley Street sent cameras to the press conference on Saturday and to the church celebration on Sunday where Cheryl Weber and Lorna Dueck were present for Rev. Lim’s first public appearance.
“It is God that kept Pastor Lim company during his time in prison,” said son James Lim at the press conference. “As a family we can’t even begin to share our gratitude towards the Canadian public. To those in Canada, as well as all around the world, that have prayed for us, supported us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are proud to be Canadians.”
It is a happy chapter in a story that 100 Huntley Street has been telling, pleading the plight of Rev. Lim with the help of Lisa Pak, a family spokesperson, since he first went missing two and a half years ago.
100 Huntley Street to be the only faith-based TV program broadcasting live in Canada on July 1st
Celebration Coverage, Stories and Prayer from TheCRY Kingston and HOPE 150 Calgary, concluding with Fireworks LIVE Broadcast from Fort Frederick
100 Huntley Street celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a Canada Day special, airing on Yes TV July 1st from 8:00-10:00pm EST/ 6:00-8:00pm MST. Lorna Dueck (Crossroads CEO) and Maggie John (100 Huntley Street Senior Executive Producer) will host the program from Fort Henry at TheCRY Kingston, in Ontario. Cheryl Weber (100 Huntley Street Senior Executive Producer) and Rob Melnichuk (Yes TV Director of Western Canada) will host from Calgary, Alberta at HOPE 150. The celebration will end with a bang at 10:00pm EST as a display of fireworks will be broadcast live from Fort Frederick in Kingston, Ontario.
“By partnering with TheCRY, HOPE 150 and our broadcaster Yes TV we’re able to respond to God’s delightful directive to celebrate, remember and to pray together for our nation,” shares Lorna Dueck. “We celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation with a love and pride that is rooted in gratefulness to God.”
100 Huntley Street will be the only faith-based program broadcasting live in Canada on July 1st.
Rob Sheppard (Yes TV General Manager) comments, “As a television station committed to positive, family-friendly programming, Yes TV is uniquely positioned to bring a faith perspective on the stories of Canada’s 150th anniversary. At Yes TV, home is where our “yes” is, and we’re thrilled to bring you coverage from across our homeland July 1st.”
The Canada Day special is the exciting culmination of Crossroads’ This Far by Faith – Canada 150 campaign that celebrates the stories of Canada’s Christian heritage. The campaign kick-off was April 28 with a 24-hour prayer rally at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, where leaders from coast to coast united to pray for our nation. Read more about This Far by Faith and watch inspiring Canadian life changers including First Peoples Voices – an exclusive look into the stories of Indigenous Canadians and their reflections on Canada and their walk with the Creator. This Far by Faith contains stories of famous Canadians who have made a global impact to help viewers rediscover the deep and far–reaching Christian roots that established Canada. The campaign has also included a weekly Nation Building panel which has delved into the issues that matter to Canadians.
To find out where you can watch this special Canada Day program visit www.yestv.com
Watch the celebration program featuring David Mainse Thursday June 15th at 9:30am on Global television and 9:30am ET and 8pm ET on Yes TV™
Crossroads celebrates God’s faithfulness and blessing over Canada’s longest running daily talk show 100 Huntley Street, now entering its 40th year of television ministry on June 15th, 2017.
“Jesus is the reason we’re doing what we were doing. It’s not a denomination or a doctrine, it’s a person – it’s Jesus.” – David Mainse, Founder of Crossroads/100 Huntley Street
“100 Huntley Street premiered on Global TV all those years ago and over time it has remained true to its roots, bringing audiences inspirational and life changing stories from people all around the world. We couldn’t imagine Global’s lineup without what is Canada’s longest running day-time talk show.” – Barbara Williams, Global TV/Corus Entertainment EVP & COO
Seldom does a television program span four decades of production, let alone provide world-class production value through the generosity of its supporters. Crossroads marks this milestone with deep gratitude for its partners in ministry, who continually offer their support enabling 100 Huntley Street to tell the amazing stories of people – whether they be world leaders, celebrities, sports figures or everyday people – who have had life-changing encounters with God.
“For 40 years, 100 Huntley Street has been weaved into the fabric of faith in Canada. We are privileged to share God’s hope, through life-changing stories and Bible teaching, with millions of people who are on their spiritual journey,” said Crossroads CEO Lorna Dueck.
As part of the 40th Anniversary show, Lorna Dueck will speak with past and present on-air hosts and contributors, including Crossroads’ Founders David and Norma-Jean Mainse. Joining them are hosts Cheryl Weber, Greg Musselman, Maggie John and guest appearances from Ron and Ann Mainse, Moira Brown, Jim Cantelon, Norm MacLaren, and Cal Bombay. For a complete list of times and stations, use our tune in widget at 100huntley.com or watch online anytime at click here.
As 100 Huntley Street celebrates 40 years as a uniquely Canadian Christian television show, and as Canada celebrates its 150 Anniversary on July 1st, it is clear that God is faithfully using and positioning 100 Huntley Street to minister to Canadians from coast-to-coast. Through the ministry at Crossroads, the team answers 1,200 calls for prayer every day, many callers responding to the message of hope they discovered on 100 Huntley Street. Crossroads invites viewers to learn more about its Canada 150 ministry initiatives by visiting thisfarbyfaith.ca.
Celebrating 40 years !
Media in Canada changed forever when two young Canadians stepped forward to engage a new emerging technology.
David Mainse was 25 years old, his wife Norma Jean was 22 when they created a late night television product to generate public interest in the Christian Gospel.
Since that pioneering move in 1962, the television landscape in Canada has always had a winsome and encouraging witness of Jesus.
What’s exciting us about 100 Huntley Street now ?
The benefit of our longevity means we have created instant access to audiences who look for the story of Christian hope in a vast array of media platforms. We have a passionate team of producers and story tellers who every day are sharing interviews, testimonies, Bible teaching, lifestyle, and Biblical worldview content. While Canadian culture has dramatically secularized, 100 Huntley Street has discovered how to grow audiences and we think it’s the best of time in a confused, and hurting world to speak boldly about the love of God.
How will we reach all audiences?
We’re an unusual team of co workers and volunteers that have as part of our job structure, the intentionality of how to stay connected to the ancient truths of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is daily invited into the guiding of our work and decisions which helps us craft what we call “must have” information that we consistently offer on television and digital platforms. This year we are expanding our content sharing through an App that delivers to more screens and social media pages. We’ve mobilized content creators to network into funding communities which will help create new content for children and youth. We’ve created a new platform for First Peoples Voices, which has been enthusiastically received by the 100 Huntley Street broadcast audiences, it’s just the first of initiatives to help give voice to unique people groups in Canada.
Don’t the prayer lines seem a bit dated after 40 years?
While church attendance has dramatically dropped over our history, we’re struggling to keep up with people wanting to be prayed for. We are also pioneering a way to engage Value Analytics to better understand how we steward the responsibility of so many people reaching out to us for prayer. It’s like a walk in emergency ward to be in the prayer lines, over 1,200 people are calling us each day, that actually shapes a nation when you help that many people. The demand is so great we’re actually going to be expanding this person to person service into offering text prayers. Many people accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of their lives because of the conversation they have on the 100 Huntley Street prayer lines with our prayer partners.
How will this media work be paid for?
There are a number of innovative tools we are using to put financial health around this massive public platform in Canada. But the foundation that underlies bringing Christian voice into media are thousands of people across Canada who each feel they too are part of this media witness for Christ. These donors, who are often viewers of 100 Huntley Street, are the bedrock of our financing. As our founder David Mainse has said, “Canadians will not let you down”, and we marvel at how the Holy Spirit continues to remind people every day to make a donation to 100 Huntley Street and Crossroads Christian Communications.
BURLINGTON, ON – Canada’s longest running daily television show announced today the arrival of Greg Musselman, who joins the ranks of on-air hosts on 100 Huntley Street to share the life-changing stories that began ministering to Canadians coast-to-coast 40 years ago. Musselman will be a regular face and brand ambassador of the daily telecast with its vision to inspire every person to life-transforming faith. Joining Greg on staff will be fellow newcomer Robbie Symons debuting as the Daily Bible Teacher and addressing a missing literacy in Canada — a need for the Bible to impact lives.
Crossroads CEO Lorna Dueck led the quest for the on-air team expansion, “100 Huntley Street is a spiritual treasure in Canada and after a thorough, prayer-filled search, our leadership team is excited to welcome both Greg Musselman and Robbie Symons. We believe this addition will only strengthen 100 Huntley Street’s voice and its message of hope throughout the Canadian media landscape.”
Greg Musselman began his career in 1981 as a sports anchor for ITV (now Global Edmonton) before attending Northwest Bible College (now Vanguard College) and working as a church Pastor. In 2000, he began travelling to over 25 countries and 5 continents, interviewing hundreds of people and recording first person accounts of persecuted Christians through his continuing work with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. He is a sought-after speaker and author. Greg has also produced documentaries, along with television and radio programs around the world.
“Greg Musselman and The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has been a longtime friend of this ministry, bringing us powerful stories of people who are staying true to their faith in some of the most hostile places on the planet” said 100 Huntley Street senior executive producer, Cheryl Weber. Echoing these sentiments is co-host and colleague Magdalene John who states, “His years of experience in front of the camera and in the mission field has brought him to this point. We know Greg will do an amazing job sharing the message of hope that we have the privilege of bringing to a national audience every day.” Greg Musselman will host the thirty-minute daily broadcast of 100 Huntley Street alongside broadcast veterans, Cheryl Weber and Magdalene John.
“I am passionate about sharing the powerful stories that have proven to inspire positive life-transformation through the Gospel. I have felt a call to this ministry for over thirty years and I am excited to contribute to the legacy of faith in Canadian media that Crossroads and 100 Huntley Streetfounder David Mainse pioneered.” – Greg Musselman
A familiar guest to the 100 Huntley Street audience, Pastor Robbie Symons (Founder, Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville) now joins the program with a daily Bible teaching segment. Each week he will speak on a theme from Scripture to invoke positive life change through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Robbie earned a Masters of Divinity Degree at McMaster University and is the Founder and Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville, a much loved church movement engaging thousands of people. He is an author and his messages are heard on radio in the Greater Toronto and Buffalo area.
“My call is to help people raise the bar to a powerful, Christ-exalting life, which will bring God huge glory! My hope is to help Canadians reignite a passion for the Gospel, that they would realize their potential through His amazing power. Fostering supernatural life change is a mission where both I and 100 Huntley Street align.” – Robbie Symons
BURLINGTON ON-Crossroads Relief and Development is pleased to announce a special partnership for the month of June that will go towards addressing severe water shortages, displacement, and malnutrition affecting parts of Africa. Over 20 million people are at risk of death due to severe drought conditions with over 4 million children at risk of starvation.
For every dollar that is donated towards Famine Relief there will be a 5:1 match up to the first $100,000 received. All donations will be part of the Canadian government match of 1:1, however, we have a special 4:1 food grant that is available for the first $100,000 received. If you act now, your $100 donation towards African Famine Relief, will become a $600 donation by virtue of both grants.
Global Affairs Canada explained on May 29th, “For every dollar an individual Canadian donates to an eligible registered Canadian charity responding to the drought, the Government will contribute an equivalent amount to their Famine Relief Fund.” This match is available until June 30th.
Crossroads Relief and Development has committed to providing assistance through strategic partnerships in Africa to ensure food is provided to families that are in desperate need. A container was recently sent to Kenya with 230,400 servings of dried soup mix to help feed over 2,400 children, but more is needed.
To make a donation to Crossroads Relief and Development in support of African Famine Relief visit crossroads.ca, call a Partner Services representative at 1-800-265-3100 or you can text the word “Africa” to 1-800-265-3100.
- Crossroads Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with 100 Huntley Street on location at Crawford LakeJune 19, 2018 - 4:40 pm
- “Why I Believe” with Chip Ingram – All Week on 100 Huntley StreetJune 4, 2018 - 11:04 am
- Vigil held at the Crossroads Centre following tragedy at the building Wednesday eveningMay 24, 2018 - 9:59 am
- The Story in Our Scars: Jesus Knows the Depth of Humboldt’s PainMay 10, 2018 - 1:41 pm
- Crossroads Reports from HumboldtApril 17, 2018 - 9:22 am
- WOW and Thank You from Zambia!June 20, 2018 - 12:10 pm
- Hope is Rising in Canada’s ArcticMay 16, 2018 - 1:41 pm
- Northlands First Nation, Lac Brochet, ManitobaApril 5, 2018 - 6:37 pm
- Birch Narrows Dene First Nation, SaskatchewanApril 6, 2018 - 1:21 pm
- Building Rice Mills in Cambodia – a Creative Solution for Families in PovertyMarch 16, 2018 - 3:14 pm
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