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A Menno Minute: People like you

posted 7 Nov 2019, 11:00 by June Miller, MCA Communications

A Menno Minute
by Brenda Tiessen-Wiens, MCA Moderator

People like you

One of the common phrases I read in thank-you cards and letters is “people like you.”

     “It's because of people like you that we are able to meet our needs.”
     “People like you really do exist!”
     “The world would be a better place if there were more people like you.
     “The support of people like you makes all the difference!”

Although cliché, I'm going to heavily borrow that phrase because I've been bumping into “people like you” a lot these last few weeks at Healthy Boundaries, at Vision 20/20 sessions, and in meetings with church leaders. And the more I bump into you, the more the clichés start to take on deeper meaning.

I'm learning that people like you are compassionate – you care about providing bursaries to future church leaders, even if there are no guarantees that they'll serve in MCA. You're compassionate about kids who encounter God at Camp, even though you may never meet these kids. You see Christ in one another and extend grace along spectrums – whether the ways that we understand our boundaries, or spirituality, or leadership roles.

People like you are connected – you're involved in your congregations and in your communities. You want to make the world a better place and you seek like-minded people in our common callings. We love to see your faces in our committee meetings and gatherings!

People like you are trusting – we don't take this for granted. You give to MCA because you trust us to be efficient and effective in how your donations are used. You trust us to explore options and to seek God's guidance in our decisions and discernment. Trust is holy ground.

People like you believe in the Church that exists through time and space – you believe that we have a purpose, that our beliefs are worth sharing, and that people in this world are longing for meaning that only Christ can give. You believe that the world hungers to hear God's message of peace. You believe that God's reconciling work in the world happens through the local and the global Church.

Thank you for being who you are and for being Church together! The gifts that you entrust to MCA help us to equip congregations and are shared far beyond our local fellowships. I invite you to pray for each other, for congregational, MCA and MC Canada leadership, and for God's Spirit to be poured out in our world.