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Voluntary Service Challenges the Norms


May 17, 2002
Winnipeg, Man.- Young people looking for an adventure with potential for personal growth need look no further than the service opportunities with Mennonite Church Canada's Christian Service Ministries team.

While helping others is a good reason for doing voluntary service, it's the personal and spiritual growth aspect that's most often highlighted by participants.

Both Mennonite Voluntary Service Canada (MVS Canada) and Service Adventure Canada, along with their partnership programs in the USA are looking for individuals who want to do an "astonishing thing… to give a slice of their lives to sacrificial service," says MVSC director Brad Reimer.

"It seems people are making decisions later and later. It's difficult for local sites to make arrangements when they don't know if they will have people or how many."

Service Adventure Canada is working to provide service options for Canadian post high school individuals. With the elimination of grade thirteen in Ontario and the creation of what is being called the "double cohort", there are twice as many high school graduates (in Ontario) this year. Service Adventure Canada is preparing to have options to meet these demands. "What a great opportunity to look into Service Adventure Canada! We're currently looking for four people for the Lethbridge, Alberta unit starting the end of August," said Reimer.

"MVS Canada is growing. There are four churches considering new MVS units. Another is considering a Service Adventure unit. But will we have volunteers? Are Canadians ready to take up the invitation to engage in God's work in the Canadian context?"

MVS Canada currently has openings in existing units in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Montreal.