Success Stories Tag

10 Dec 2012 15 Success Stories for 2012 – Thank You for Taking Action

Don’t believe people who suggest that Christian political action is a lost cause. Yes, it is very challenging to bring a faith-based perspective to a nation that has divorced its public institutions from God. But difficulty is not something any Christian should shy away from. Christ reminded us many times that we should expect hardship when being a faithful witness. Far too many Christians have given up on our society, our communities, and our nation. These Christians conclude that politics is a distraction from the Great Commission. They argue that we should be focussing on the things that “really matter”, especially evangelism. Evangelism does matter. But it is wrong to suggest that we should be focussing on one example of discipleship over against another. A big reason for the success of secularism in the West has been Christians who divorced their private lives from their public life. The absence of Christians in public life left a vacuum that was quickly filled with worldviews that are hostile to Christ.
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13 Nov 2012 ARPA’s Campaign Highlighted in Maclean’s Magazine

Maclean's magazine, with 2.4 milllion readers, has published an in-depth analysis of Canada's legal treatment of the unborn. The article features a constitutional law expert, two Members of Parliament, and ARPA's WeNeedaLAW.ca campaign. The Maclean's article explains that our courts are struggling with how to even speak about the unborn because there are no laws and our legislatures refuse to change that. It goes on to detail how this is finally being challenged, by brave MPs but also through the pro-life movement. "A pivotal moment came last May, when representatives from the Association for Reformed Political Action, a national Christian advocacy group, approached Vancouver-based activist Mike Schouten about running an initiative to build support for fetal protection legislation."
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13 Apr 2011 Updated: Alberta ARPA’s Descend on Legislature

In the first event of this kind in ARPA history, twenty Alberta ARPA reps from Lethbridge to Neerlandia converged on the steps of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on April 12 to meet with a dozen MLAs, including five cabinet ministers. The groups were encouraged with the excellent reception they received. The issues presented included land rights, parental responsibility in the education system, and reforming the Alberta Human Rights Commission. All of the participants were every-day Albertans, many of whom have little other political experience, but who bravely took up the challenge to make these meetings happen.
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10 Nov 2010 Stand Up for Freedom campaign launched across country

Update Two: The campaign has been featured (entire article) in about 14 large papers on Friday/Saturday including the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, London FreePress, Canoe.ca, Sudbury Star, Winnipeg Sun, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Vancouver 24hrs: Freedom under attack in the name of human rights: group [Note: The article incorrectly states that we are a "lobby group." This is a grassroots initiative, directed towards grassroots Canadians. Update: Click here (right click to save to your computer) to listen to campaign spokesperson Neil Dykstra explain the campaign on Vancouver's top talk radio station CKNW.  
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28 Apr 2010 ARPA’s Engage Parliament With Faith-Based Perspective

Update: Click here for the MP3 audio recording of Ray Penning's talk to MP's. You can play it online or right click the link to save it to your MP3 player. (www.ARPACanada.ca) - May 11, 2010: The faith-based concerns of ARPA Canada were effectively communicated, Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5, as representatives of Canada’s Reformed churches gathered in Ottawa to encourage and exhort Members of Parliament and Senators to heed the claims of Scripture and religious convictions of Canada’s electorate in public life.
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10 Mar 2010 BC ARPA’s Get the Province Talking About Full-Time Kindergarten

BC ARPA groups have been initiating a quality discussion about the province's move toward full-time kindergarten over the past two weeks. Last week Monday Langley ARPA brought a panel of speakers to address a packed-house. The film of that event was used in the Bulkley Valley yesterday for a successful event there on the same topic. And tonight, Neil Dykstra, chair of Langley ARPA, was live on the air for over half an hour discussing this issue on Road Kill Radio (for the MP3, click here and here). To add...

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12 Nov 2009 Pro-life display turns motorists’ heads

  ARPA Note: See pictures and a video of the display when it was in Southern Alberta last year. Each cross represents 1000 unborn children who die every year in Canada.Andrew Serba, The Barrhead Leader: A display set up south of Barrhead has people craning their necks and slowing down to get its message. The anti-abortion display, made of bales of hay, white crosses and two signs was put up the morning of Oct. 23 by a group of school friends and several adults. The display sits in a field to the east of Highway 33, just south of town. All the members of the group attend the Canadian Reformed Church in Barrhead or Neerlandia and the Neerlandia Covenant Canadian Reformed School. They stressed that the message they wanted the public to hear is one that the individuals themselves hold and is not connected to their church or school. And its a message they have heard people talking about since they made the display. Kaitlyn VanderDeen, 16, is one of the youths involved in the project. She said getting their message out and having people discuss the issue of abortion was the reason they made it in the first place.
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07 Jul 2009 Your Letters Make a Difference – Cdn Government Makes Changes

Update: In light of this Lifesitenews story below, the federal government is now being slammed by the mainstream media. Read coverage here. Send a note of support to Mr. Trost ([email protected]) and CC Mr. Harper ([email protected]) and Mr. Clement ([email protected]). Canadian Conservative MP: Party Funding of Gay Pride Parade Came as a Shock to Most of Caucus: Minister Ablonczy likely lost the file over the matter, and review of tourism spending is underway SASKATOON, July 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The revelation of $400,000 in funding from the federal Conservatives for the recent Toronto Gay Pride parade, which is notorious for its inclusion of full frontal nudity and public sex acts by homosexuals, came as a shock to most social conservatives in the nation. According to Conservative MP Brad Trost, however, the decision to fund the event also came a shock to most of the Conservative caucus, even those inside the Prime Minister's office.
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25 Mar 2009 Success Story – Speaking Out Against Filthy TV

Sometimes we may wonder what exactly happens to our letters, phone calls, emails, etc. when we perform an action item. The following story should provide some encouragement that little efforts can have a big impact.In January, CBC TV featured numerous ads for its new digital channel called BOLD. The ads included many sexually charged segments that can't even be described here due to their explicit nature. They were even run shortly after dinner time, when families typically watch TV. One viewer saw the ads and didn't just get angry. She remembered an article she saw on the ARPA Canada website and looked it up again. From there she found the relevant contact information and wrote an email to the CBC, Advertising Standards Council, and the Prime Minister. In it she said "Not only is it ridiculous that this type of flashy cheap advertising is being shown during this time, it is my tax dollars that are being used to pay for it.  This advertisement should be relegated to the trash bin.  In fact the whole channel should be but at the very least it should not be shown during this time of day."
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05 Mar 2009 Historic Event on Parliament Hill (with pictures)

Update: Click here to listen to Dr. Van Dam's presentation. Click here for a PDF copy of it. In what may have been the first time ever, a Canadian Reformed minister and professor made a presentation on March 3rd before leaders from Canada’s Parliament. The event, organized by the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada, was titled “God & Government: A Biblical Perspective on the Role of the State.” It featured Dr. Cornelis Van Dam, professor of Old Testament at the Theological College of Canadian Reformed Churches. Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott and Liberal MP John McKay co-sponsored the event, allowing us to hold it right in Parliament.
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