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Generosity Report sows seeds…


July 15, 2011
-Dan Dyck

Waterloo, ONT. — “The sower went out to sow.”

With these words, Pastor Terry Zimmerly walked throughout the lawn chairs and picnic blankets nestled under the trees of a downtown park, and scattered Mennonite Church Canada’s Generosity Report among the worshipers at a joint service of Hope Mennonite Church and Home Street Mennonite Church in Winnipeg on June 26.

With the distribution done, Zimmerly led worshippers through the booklet page by page, inviting listeners to follow along as he read some of the text. He highlighted the gift of God’s seed growing among congregations through the work of Mennonite Church Canada, in which “each one of us is a partner with God.”

Along the way he shared personal stories of people who had experienced blessing and transformation through the work of Mennonite Church Canada including the multi-lingual congregation he and his wife Karen had pastored in Regina with the help of translated resources, Resource Center materials, the Company of 1000 leadership development fund, congregational partnerships around the world, peace activities of the congregation’s youth – all assisted by the work of Mennonite Church Canada staff and volunteer leaders.

Mennonite Church Canada has published the Generosity Report as a way of saying thank you to congregations and individuals. Copies are in the process of being distributed to every Mennonite Church Canada household across the country, via church mail boxes.