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IMPaCT pastors miss Cubans


l-r: John Braun (Charleswood MC) and Albert Durksen (North Kildonan MC), Deusilene Milhomem C. M. (Brazil), Norm Dyck (Graysville MC) and Marla Langelotz (Sargent Ave. MC), Carlos Gallardo (Chile), Alvin Neufeld, a substitute for Julio Cesar Melgarejo who was unable to obtain a passport in time for the event (both from Paraguay), Agustín Melguizo A. (Spain), Rick Neufeld (Altona Bergthaler MC), Beatriz Barrios N. (Uruguay), and Karen Schellenberg (Portage MC).

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June 9, 2006
-by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Manitoba hosts and their guests from Spain and Latin America hold up photos of missing pastors from Cuba who were invited to join IMPaCT (International Mennonite Pastors Coming Together), a first ever international pastoral exchange initiated by Mennonite Church Canada. The Cuban pastors, Alexander Reyna T. and Madelin Buch R, were twice denied entry visas by the Canadian government. IMPaCT is intended to help build international Mennonite relationships, and greater awareness among Mennonite Church (MC) Canada congregations – a goal in line with Mennonite Church Canada’s stated priority to “become a global church.”

IMPaCT took place from June 3-16