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Two girls and a soccer ball

“We’re inviting people to help build on success with Ride for Refuge 2016,” says Daniel Horne, who works with Partnership Development in western Canada.

August 30, 2016
Four women at 2015 MKC General Assembly

To ensure women receive the education and training they need to help build the body of Christ, Meserete Kristos College (MK College) in Ethiopia, a ministry of Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), is building a women’s dormitory on its main campus in Debre Zeit.

August 25, 2016
Toppled cross in front of church-run nursing home in China.

Recent reports of bulldozed church buildings and toppled Christian crosses in China should not characterize the treatment of Christians throughout the country, said Pastor Andrew (pseudonym) through a translator during a recent visit to Canada.

August 24, 2016
Delegates raising hands to vote

A clear majority of delegates to Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016 on July 9 voted in favour of a resolution seeking non-violent solutions to injustices in Israel-Palestine. Only one of 343 registered delegates voted against the resolution.

July 15, 2016
People in seminar

“Too often Mennonites have focused on disunity,” said Gareth Brandt.

July 14, 2016
Left to right: Erwin Warkentin, Lois Siemens, Sharon Schultz

Someone once asked Sharon Schultz if she became pastor of Eyebrow (Sask.) Mennonite Church in order to help the church to die well. Schultz did some soul-searching and came to the conclusion that, “I don’t think that’s why God brought us here.”

July 14, 2016
Daniel Horne (left) and Jason Martens (right)

The 14 people out of 38 registered for the Partnering with God’s healing and hope seminar may indicate some wearying of attendees, but those present paid close attention and asked good questions about what a mission partnership with a Witness worker or ministry means.

July 14, 2016
Safwat Marzouk

The Bible uses the same word for covenant regardless of whether that agreement is between God and God’s people, or between people, Safwat Marzouk told delegates at the Friday, July 8 plenary session of Assembly 2016. It’s the same word used in the covenant between God and Noah, between Abraham and his allies, and between Isaac and the Philistines.

July 14, 2016
Chris Brnjas

This seminar title was prompted in response to the young adult “problem.”

“It is not meant to be a defiance statement, but a statement of fact. The church is no longer a central force in the lives of young adults,” presenter, Chris Brnjas said.

July 14, 2016
Jonas Cornelsen

Although a concrete picture of what Mennonite Church might look like in two years isn’t yet determined, 318 delegates voted to approve in principle the direction proposed by the Future Directions Task Force (FDTF) to develop a more integrated nation-wide church body. Twenty-one voted against, and 4 ballots were spoiled.

July 14, 2016