Mennonite Church Canada logo
Resources» Equipping» Equipping 96» Prayer Notes and News

Prayer, Notes and News - May 2009 - Equipping #96


This section has dated archived material

Please see CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre.


Please insert these prayer requests and notes into your bulletin. You can copy and paste from this page!

May 2009


Prayer Requests:

Consider praying for the work of the Church!


Stay in tune with the wider church

Ministry Notes:

This is how your financial support of Mennonite Church Canada is ministering...from across the street to around the world!

May 3, 2009 (Many Peoples’ Sunday)

Increasingly, Mennonite Church Canada is reflecting the global population with an ethnically and culturally diverse community of believers. Pray that God’s gift of diversity will bring wisdom and understanding to individuals and congregations, and empower us all to reflect God’s shalom in these broader communities.

Attention young adults: Are you interested in learning and serving the church in an international setting? Why not consider Radical Journey, a new program offered through MC Canada in cooperation with Mennonite Mission Network (MCUSA). Radical Journey is a one-year program that involves an orientation month, 10 months of international service, and an integration month in the participants home congregation. 2009-2010 international sites include Paraguay, South Africa and England. Check out the poster on the church bulletin board, look online at, or call 1-866-888-6785 and ask for the Human Resource office.

A new Mennonite Church has been born in Cuba! MC Canada has been walking with the church in Cuba for about 20 years, sharing Anabaptist theology through existing churches in a country already rich with denominational diversity. Recently, Iglesia Menonita en Cuba [] grew out of the desire of local leaders to adopt a theology which offers a radical Anabaptist alternative in their society. (WOW Prayer Directory, p. 121-122)

May 10 (Mother's Day)

French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac said, “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” On this day when we celebrate mothers, pray that through God’s church, the millions of orphans and motherless around the globe will experience love, forgiveness and nurture. Pray also that mothers will be encouraged and strengthened in their roles.

On April 2, 2009 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lillian (Haas) Nicolson and Norm Nicolson were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Nadine Ruth Nicolson. The Nicolsons are just one of many couples working with Witness who are growing their families abroad. Your support and encouragement help them to establish strong foundations in their ministries and enable them to nurture their families in God’s global church. Praise God for the precious gift of Nadine! (WOW Prayer Directory, p. 46)
Burkina Faso:

May 17

The Macau Mennonite Church recently voted unanimously to affirm the leadership of Treasure Chow through ordination. Pray that God will bless Treasure with wisdom, energy, and renewed vision as she goes through this process. Pray also that the church will continue to be strengthened by her leadership. Treasure and her husband, Bailey, are part of a ministry team in Macau that includes Witness workers Tim and Cindy Buhler, and George and Tobia Veith. (WOW Prayer Directory p. 70-73)

Mennonite Church Canada benefits from your support in many ways. One important way is by attending the Annual Assembly each year. Plan to come to Saskatoon this year (June 4 to 7, 2009 – planned earlier than usual to encourage attendance at Mennonite World Conference in Paraguay.) At this year’s assembly we will discuss Church Health and Growth, how to better Be a Faithful Church, and consider a proposal for Peace in the Public Square. For more information and to register for this even go to our website at
Thanks for your support!

May 24

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will minister healing and hope to congregations whose MC Canada Witness worker partners are transitioning out of their particular ministries. Significant international relationships often develop through these partnerships. Such transitions can be painful. Pray for the workers as they seek new opportunities and adjust to new challenges, and also that these congregations will consider supporting alternative Witness ministry opportunities.

On March 29, 2009, Trinity Mennonite Church in Calgary signed a five-year covenant to partner with the Korea Anabaptist Center in Seoul, South Korea []. Trinity has recently begun a Korean worship service and will offer their support through prayer, finances, and regular communications. Thank you for your support of congregational partnerships and the relationships that are growing between Mennonite congregations in Canada and those around the globe. (WOW Prayer Directory, p. 80-81)

May 31 (Pentecost) Father of our Living Lord, may the wind of your Holy Spirit infuse us with your immeasurable love and loosen our tongues in joyful praise that we might share your hope, healing and grace with all whom we meet.
Many MC Canada congregations value having basic resources to help introduce people to the Christian faith and the Mennonite Church as part of their outreach and faith formation ministries. This winter, Christian Formation released a refreshed version of the brochure “What Makes a Mennonite,” [] in English, and in two Chinese translations – traditional and simplified alphabet. Thanks to the generosity of our congregations, the important ministry of furnishing faith conversation starters like this is able to continue and grow.