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Mission Network announces cutbacks: MC Canada’s international ministries affected


October 6, 2003
-Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man.— Recently announced cutbacks at Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA, are expected to have a significant impact on the international ministries work of Mennonite Church Canada Witness.

Janet Plenert, executive director of International Ministries at MC Canada, said both direct and indirect effects of the cutbacks will become clearer in the coming weeks. “Mennonite Mission Network and MC Canada Witness, together with other mission partners, share the costs of ministries and workers in many places around the world. It will take some time to determine which international ministries will be affected.”

Jack Suderman, executive secretary of MC Canada Witness, participated in meetings with Mission Network that led up to the announcement. “It’s a complicated, domino-like effect,” he said. “We, together with all our mission partners, are like one body. When reductions are made somewhere in the system, each one feels the effect.”

Plenert added, “We welcome prayers for wisdom as we unravel the potential impact of these reductions on our ministries.

The Mennonite Mission Network, a mission partner of MC Canada, announced the ten per cent cutbacks on October 3. The reduction amounts to $1,031,000 million USD of the current Mission Network expenditure budget of $9.9 million for the Feb. 1, 2003, to Jan. 31, 2004, fiscal year.