Opinion

LETTER: Anti-church bias taints Historymaker’s good deeds

Editor:

The last time I read an article written by Paul Henderson (March 2014 Re: Decades Coffee) it was also ladened with a pile of anti-church bias. Jumping on the bandwagon of Christian discrimination, Henderson’s article reads like an editorial soapbox and nothing like front-page objective journalism.

“Seemingly supernatural phenomena, theatre, magic, show, manipulation” all sound like someone with an axe to grind instead of reporting on a large community event. Maybe the “big clock” is simply an effort to keep things on time. Maybe the 19-year-olds counselling 14-year-olds is an awesome example of care and community. Maybe the speakers and musicians are using their gifts and talents to communicate positive things to my 14-year-old daughter and her friends who are attending this weekend. Why would any parent not want this for their kid?

It’s unfortunate the Times didn’t receive a response from Next Generation Ministries. The Times points to the life story of Mr. Fenn, but the article speaks nothing of even the possibility that thousands of lives have been powerfully and positively impacted over the many years of Historymaker; nevermind the many positive effects an event of this size has in our community.

A few years ago, I was in an incredibly poor community in rural Kenya. I was visiting a friend who runs a community and school for AIDS orphans. As I toured the project I saw a new water well that provides clean water for the orphans and the surrounding community. I was told the clean water is saving many lives. On the base of the well I read the words “Historymaker” written by finger in the cement. It was explained that the $10,000 it took to drill the well was given by a group of youth and young adults who gather for a conference in Chilliwack.

Now, that is a show of faith.

Dave Blundell, executive director

Hungry For Life International

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