2009 Week of Prayer for North American Missions

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In Miami, he bridges diverse cultures

MIAMI (BP)--There's an un-glitzy side to Miami you'll never see depicted on "CSI Miami." Sure, there's the flaunted wealth, the big beachfront homes, the flashy cars and fast boats of the celebrities and superstar athletes who live here.       But Miami is a city of paradoxical extremes. Though ranked as the third-richest in the United States, it also has more citizens -- about a third of the population -- below the federal poverty line than any other U.S. city except Detroit and El Paso, Texas.

Fighting vast ‘lostness’ in eastern Canada

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (BP)--Gary Smith and his 11-year-old son Caleb tooled down the Trans-Canada Highway in their rented Toyota on a winter's day. They were in the middle of a 12-hour, 600-mile road trip from Quebec to Prince Edward Island when reality hit the 41-year-old missionary and he started to cry.