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Ministry workers prepare for assignments


(back, l-r): Darnell, son Cody, and Christina Barkman (Philippines); Lillian, daughter Nadine, and Norm Nicolson (Burkina Faso); front: Nhien Pham (Vietnam); Hinke Loewen Rudgers (Middle East).

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August 5, 2011
-Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Nhien Pham has been ministering in Canada for 30 years, but finds more open and fertile ground for the gospel in Vietnam.

Pham and several others prepared themselves to represent Mennonite Church Canada in international ministry settings in Vietnam, Philippines, Burkina Faso, and the Middle East at Mission Seminar, in Pinawa, Man. The July 21-24 event is designed to orient new and returning workers.

Participants received teaching on Anabaptist spirituality from C. Arnold Snyder, Professor of History, Emeritus of Conrad Grebel University College, learned about itineration, finances, donor relations, and newsletter writing from other presenters, and worshipped together.

Mission Seminar is normally a collaborative event together with Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA. However, economic realities this year prevented Network participants from coming to Canada. The event is hosted by each country on a rotating basis.