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Co-Directors of Native Ministry retiring


Edith and Neill von Gunten

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February 4, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. —  After more than 40  years of ministry with Aboriginal communities in Manitoba and across Canada, Edith and Neill von Gunten are retiring on May 31, 2011.

The co-directors of Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Ministry say that living and working in Aboriginal communities has resulted in close friendships and shaped their approach to life.  Although they are leaving their positions, they will stay connected with the people who have come to mean so much to them.

“I’d do it all over again,” Neill says, reflecting on the experience. “There were difficult times, but they were the learning and growing times.  It was such a rewarding experience to learn from another culture and in many ways I’ve become a part of that culture.”

Edith agrees. “We’ve learned so very much from all of the people we’ve lived and worked with.”

The von Guntens plan to begin their retirement by completing a few projects around their home and enjoying the summer with their children and grandchildren.  They will attend Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2011 in Kitchener Waterloo July 4-8.

Planning for a celebration of their ministry is underway.