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December 23, 2003
- MC Canada: Financial report
Mennonite Church Canada donation revenue continues to track
close to projections. Forty-five percent of donation revenue typically
arrives in the last quarter of the fiscal year, which ends on January
- Next news service January 13, 2004
December 10, 2003
- Mission workers: China
Gordon Janzen, MC Canada Mission Partnership Facilitator for
Asia recently spent 3 weeks visiting workers in Asia, providing support
for changes, attending China Educational Exchange (CEE) meetings, and
connecting with the ‘on-the-ground’ ministries of workers.
- Chinese believers discover
they are not the only Christians
Shi Chufen became a Christian in 1992 and soon began serving as a leader
among this growing group of believers, working as a tailor to support
herself. With no further outside contact, they thought they were the
only Christian body in existence.
- Cow lending project off to a
good start in Thailand
With the seed money from a partner church in Henderson, Nebraska, MC
Canada workers Pat and Rad Houmphan in Borbur, Thailand, are moving
a local church toward self-sufficiency while helping local farmers
- Of pastors, baseball, and
Mina is a rambunctious 4th grader. Since the new school term had not
yet begun, he was bored and said, “I wish I had somebody to play
baseball with.” I happened to be in the right place at the right
- Beautiful Nan-Chong is my
A young Canadian couple, Todd and Jeanette Hanson, locally known as
Han Son (pronounced Han Soon) and Zhang Lin (Jeanette’s Chinese
name), respectively, have worked and lived in Nan-Chong for the last
- Resourcing MC Canada –
MC Canada’s Resource Centre has now listed its complete
holdings on-line and has a brand new web interface that allows users
to order loans on-line.
- Prayer: In the Peace of Christ
A copy of Prayer: In the Peace of Christ was sent to every
MC Canada congregation in the December/January edition of Equipping
- Partnership Agreement with
the Canadian Mennonite
In an effort to build on the relationship MC Canada has with
Canadian Mennonite, the denomination and magazine have developed an
Editorial Partnership Agreement. The document also serves to help readers
understand the nature of that relationship.
November 17, 2003
- Native Mennonite Assembly
to be hosted in Manitoba, 2004
Next summer, 2-300 Native Mennonites from across North America will
gather for a major assembly in Riverton, Manitoba. To begin planning
that event, representatives of MC Canada Native Ministries, United
Native Ministries, and Mennonite Indian Leaders Council met in Winnipeg
and Riverton, November 5-9. They also worked at creating an organization
of Native Mennonite Congregations in Canada and the U.S.A.
- MC Canada General Board
The buoyant and affirmative tone of a consultation on a potential Mennonite
Education Agency for Canada set the mood for General Board meetings
here on Nov. 6-8.
- General Board stands by
In meetings here on Nov 6-8, MC Canada General Board members stood by
their March decision to cut Christian Service Ministries (CSM) from
the budget. But they also made a commitment to keep alive the ethic
of Christian service in future thinking.
- General Board hears from
Pastors and Mennonite Church Manitoba staff named challenges, opportunities,
hope, and excitement about ministries and congregations in Manitoba
over lunch with MC Canada’s General Board here on Nov 7.
November 5, 2003
- First Person: Report from
James and Henriette Schellenberg (Douglas MC, Winnipeg), Mennonite Church
Canada Witness workers, have just completed a 2-year term of service
in Niedergörsdorf, Germany. Jake and Dorothy Unrau (Rosemary MC,
Alberta), most recently Witness workers in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, have
agreed to continue the ministry in Niedergörsdorf.
- Plenert appointed to GMF planning
Janet Plenert, executive director of International Ministries for Mennonite
Church Canada, has been elected to represent North America on the Global
Mission Fellowship planning committee.
- Finding common ground
Executive leaders from Mennonite Church BC and Mennonite Church Canada
met at Vancouver’s Sherbrooke Mennonite Church on October 24 to
find common ground amidst ongoing tensions.
- Art gallery launches MWC
book: In God’s Image
The book offers poignant insight into the time RayDirks spent collecting
art and curating an exhibit at this year's MWC assembly in Bulawayo,
Zimbabwe, visiting 17 countries on five continents in the process -
an effort that alone took two years.
October 22, 2003
- Helping new Mennonites in
Rudy and Helen Baergen recently brought stories of Anabaptist history,
theology and church practice to The Mennonite Church of Quito.
- Equipping Update
The November/December issue of Equipping Canada marks the third exclusively
electronic distribution of the packet, begun by Mennonite Church Canada
in June. The contents of each packet strive to inform and resource pastors,
congregational leaders, worship teams, Christian Education committees,
Sunday School teachers, librarians, and many others.
- Mennonite Voluntary Service Orientation
Fifty people participated in the September Mennonite Voluntary Service
orientation here (Sept. 1-5). Eight are from Canada, 6 from Germany,
and 36 from the USA.
October 8, 2003
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August 26, 2003
Gift for languages draws
worker to China
A gift for languages and a desire to use those gifts
for God’s purposes is leading Cari Friesen to China to teach
English for two years.
Assembly tote bag
maker goes extra mile
Anne Neufeld of Coaldale, Alberta got into the spirit and went the
extra mile by inserting a note into the bags she sewed for the Mennonite
Church Canada annual assembly in St. Catharines this year.
- Ukraine Ministries Night
Oct 5, 7:00 pm, UKRAINE DESSERT NIGHT, featuring Jake and Dorothy Unrau,
returned Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers from Zaporyzhyzha,
Ukraine, hosted by First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, MB. Come and
hear stories about how God is transforming lives and how your support
makes a difference in that ministry.
August 13, 2003
- A man with a vision
Pat Houmphan is a committed man. His commitment to Christ, to sharing
the gospel, and to church planting in Thailand leaves this energetic
and passionate man with no shortage of work.
vote results: Resolution 6
In a narrow 131 to 130 ballot vote, a resolution was passed
asking the Mennonite Church Canada General Board to send a letter
reinforcing the church’s position on marriage (16 ballots were
Seminar brings out
About 60 mission workers and staff representing Mennonite
Church Canada Witness and Mennonite Mission Network gathered July
15-21 for the annual Mission Seminar...
August 7, 2003
- Open letter to pastors and church
leaders in Mennonite Church Canada:
Dear colleagues and friends in Christ;
Last week the Prime Minister of Canada announced that the Federal
government will take steps to ratify same-sex covenant relationships
as “marriages.” Subsequently, the provinces have
declared their intention to follow Ottawa’s lead and to take steps
to register same-sex unions as marriages (with the exception of Alberta,
and it is doubtful that Alberta can refuse to do so). These changes
appear imminent in the foreseeable future. Without doubt, as Canadians,
we are entering a new phase of uncertainty and debate around the nature
and meaning of marriage and family... Read
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