Tshimanga Family: Returns from South Africa

August 8, 2018
Mennonite Church Canada
4 people, man and woman with two young boys
Winnipeg, Man

Hippolyto and Miriam Tshimanga, along with their sons Emmanuel (15) and Joshua (10), returned to Canada on June 2, 2018 after completing a two-year term in South Africa. Years earlier, Grace Community Church (GCC) in South Africa extended an invitation to Mennonite Church Canada for a Witness Worker Team that could strengthen their Anabaptist identity. “Hippo and Miriam were the obvious choice,” says Executive Director Willard Metzger, as Hippolyto had already served as Director of African Ministries for 11 years.

GCC is a network of five Mennonite World Conference (MWC) congregations in South Africa. In conjunction with Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) and MWC, Hippo and Miriam used their gifts in Christian ministry to resource and nurture the leadership and congregations of GCC. "We are grateful to have missionary couples to work with us in our country as this gives us also a sense of belonging and their workshops benefit more numbers in our communities," says Lawrence Coetzee, Vice-Chair and Coordinator of International Relations for GCC in South Africa.

In addition to Leadership Formation, the Tshimanga's were also involved in Women’s ministry, Youth Entrepreneurship, and Worship house building. A special thanks to all of the inter-Mennonite organizations*, who helped with the purchase and delivery of a motorized brick making machine. GCC members are now busy making bricks for the construction of their houses of worship.

Hippolyto and Miriam Tshimanga are grateful to the Lord for their time of ministry with Grace Community Church in South Africa. Since recently selling their home in Winnipeg, the Tshimanga’s are looking for a place to call home. They hope to start a small hobby farm in Nova Scotia and practise there, what they taught in South Africa; natural farming and farming God’s way.


Jason Martin
Director, International Witness
Mennonite Church Canada

* MC Canada, Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Mission Network