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June 19 Weekly Update

posted by June Miller, MCA Communications

Gathering 2019 - In a week and a half, our nationwide MC Canada family will come together for Gathering 2019 in Abbotsford, B.C. Please pray for safe travels for the 290 people who have registered. Pray also for the Spirit to inspire us as we gather to hear each other's stories, share what the Spirit is doing in our lives and churches, and strengthen our connections with one another. And for our planners, as they wrap up final details and preparations. Stay tuned for stories and reports from your Regional Communicators and from the Canadian Mennonite.

Please continue to pray for Reuben Tut, pastor of the Edmonton South Sudanese Mennonite Church. For the past two months Reuben has been in the University of Alberta Hospital due to complications arising from tuberculosis. Recently he was also diagnosed with pneumonia. Pray for his return to health, for his family, and for the church as they miss his leadership.

Please keep MCA’s Vision: 20/20 process in your prayers.
Pray for our relationship with God. Pray for our relationship with Each Other. Pray for our relationship with All the World.


Last chance for 262
Bill C-262 - the Indigenous Rights Act - is in its third reading in the Senate and must get passed before Senate rises on June 28, or it will die on the order paper. Opposition leader Andrew Scheer has stated that the Conservatives will do all that they can to prevent its passage. Please pray for those who are afraid to honour the “minimum standards” necessary for Indigenous peoples dignity and survival, because of fears as to how it will impact Canada’s resource extraction economy. Pray for courage to do right and to trust God to provide “enough” for all.


The Friedenhaus (“Peace House”) continues to promote a peaceful community within the multicultural city of Ludwigshafen, Germany, among immigrants, refugees, and Germans. This peace work is promoted through daily German language classes, weekly quilt-making, and homework help for school-aged children. Pray that all who participate in the activities and interact with the volunteers of the Friedenhaus will truly experience God’s peace.  Together with the Conference of Southwest Mennonite Churches in Germany, The Friedenhaus was established by former International Witness Workers Greg Rabus and Jennifer Otto. Greg and Jennifer currently live in Lethbridge, AB with their two sons, Alex (4) and Ian (1).


Witness workers, Tom Poovong and Dann Pantoja are currently in Alberta and Ontario connecting with their home congregations to develop a Witness Support Team (WST). Bock Ki Kim will arrive in two weeks to also forge significant connections for a WST. Pray that congregational representatives will participate on the Witness Support Team and that increased congregations will be inspired by an international connection.  

  

We give thanks to God along with Meserete Kristos Church and College as 48 students celebrated their graduation last month on May 18. Since 1994, 1,865 trained ministers have graduated from Meserete Kristos College. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would empower these recent graduates for faithful service in Ethiopia and beyond.


Anabaptist resources for Ethiopia

posted 20 Mar 2019, 20:23 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Ethiopians appreciate Anabaptist resources and training 

Palmer Becker has returned from his month-long short-term teaching assignment in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Palmer reports strong appreciation by students and leaders in Ethiopia for his booklet “What is an Anabaptist Christian?” and eagerness for “Anabaptist Essentials” to be translated into Amharic and Oromo. Leadership training was also warmly received in Tanzania, where, through two workshops, Palmer trained more than 120 church leaders from his teaching resource “Begin Anew.” 

Anabaptist-Mennonite resources are plentiful in North America, but in other parts of the globe these printed materials are both costly and scarce. Please pray that good resources such as Palmer Becker’s “Begin Anew” and “Anabaptist Essentials” continue to be translated into many languages and benefit Mennonite churches. 

 

Prayer for Pantoja family

posted 20 Mar 2019, 20:21 by June Miller, MCA Communications


We pray for Dann and Joji Pantoja (Witness workers in the Philippines) and her siblings as they grieve the passing of Joji’s father, Armando Bautista Sr. May God continue to provide comfort and peace to the Pantoja and Bautista families as they share memories of their father and grandfather. 

Colombia Mennonite Church

posted 20 Mar 2019, 20:20 by June Miller, MCA Communications

The National Assembly of the Mennonite Christian Church of Colombia (IMCOL) will be held this weekend, March 22 to 25. Pray for this assembly of our brothers and sisters in Colombia as they worship, pray and discuss their strategic plan for the next five years of ministry. 

New Believers on Thailand

posted 20 Mar 2019, 20:19 by June Miller, MCA Communications

New Believers in Thailand 

This past weekend, Tom and Christine Poovong (MC Canada Witness workers in Thailand)  celebrated the baptisms of 20 people in Bueng Kan, where a new church began three years ago. Pray for these new followers of Jesus as they grow in grace and exercise their faith at home and throughout Thailand.

International Witness Update and Prayer

posted 4 Dec 2018, 21:37 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 4 Dec 2018, 21:37 ]

International Witness Update and Prayer


Thailand


Tom and Christine Poovong (MC Canada Witness workers in Khon Kaen, Thailand) recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. We give thanks and praise to God for their married life together and for all workers and their marriage relationships. Pray for all of our workers that God’s grace and perseverance would be evident in their marriages as they face unique challenges of living and ministering cross-culturally.

 

United Kingdom


An update from Mike and Cheryl Nimz, Anabaptist Network in the U.K.

“It isn’t feasible for us to travel all over the UK to continue on with the connections we have made and so we have suggested and the Anabaptist steering group has agreed that having regional ‘ambassadors’ is the way to go.


One ambassador will be Simon Ramacci. He is a student from Essex and believes working for peace is at the core of the gospel. He works part-time for St John Ambulance and he had such a problem wearing the red poppy [Simon was being made to wear a red poppy] that he put forward his case for the white poppy to his managers and they agreed that he could wear his white poppy for peace.  This is a huge deal in the UK. Simon said finding Anabaptism has helped his faith grow.”

 

Prayer

Venezuela

Pray for Erwin Mirabal, president of the Evangelical Mennonite Church of the East in Venezuela, as he leads the denomination in desperate times. May church members demonstrate God’s love through the sharing of food, providing health care and following Jesus’s way of peace. (Photographer: Linda Shelly.) Read more here: Lamb with Lion's Strength.

 

Congo

Praise God for the vitality of the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Congo as evidenced in church planting and baptisms. Pray for Jean Felix Cimbalanga as he provides leadership for the denomination, and for Pastor Mimie Kanku and her husband, Bellarmé Ngalula, as they minister in a new congregation in Bandundu. (MCC photo/Mulanda Jimmy Juma.) Related article: Mennonites Supply Food to People Displaced by Violence in Kasai.

 

(*The above two items regarding Venezuela and Congo first appeared in Mennonite Mission Network’s December 2018 Prayer Vine.)

Points of Prayer Nov 21, 2019

posted 22 Nov 2018, 13:27 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 22 Nov 2018, 13:27 ]

Tany Warkentin and her children- who are in Burkina Faso  to join the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Mennonite Church’s Ministry in that country. Tany (and her late husband Jeff) helped lead a Mennonite Church plant and a university student residence in the capital city from 2006-2011.




Donna Entz, who lived in Burkina for 30 years, joins Tany this month in Burkina Faso to celebrate the Mennonite Church Burkina's anniversary. She will also spend three weeks with her son and family in Mali.



 

Joanne and Werner DeJong: Remember Werner and Joanne in prayer in their continued interactions with students, mentoring and teaching at Meserete Kristos College. The new women's dormitory is open and is ready to receive up to 200 women. Pray the Lord would fill those spaces.




As we transition from Phase II to Phase III, we've been asked to pause & listen. What is God asking us to let go of? What is God asking us to take hold of? Pray for open minds - to really see all that is good and all that is challenging; for open hearts - to listen to one another with humility; open wills - to really be, to surrender ourselves; open spirit - to really know deep in our bones that we are loved by God.


Benin Bible Institute (BBI) - pray as it will experience significant transitions in the next few years as several professors and the current administrator plan to retire. Pray that capable professors and the right person to fulfill the role of administrator will be found to continue the vibrant and impactful ministry in Benin. 

MC Canada Congregations Called to Prayer

posted 1 Nov 2018, 20:13 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 1 Nov 2018, 20:13 ]

MC Canada Congregations Called to Prayer

Photo by NY Post.

MCA is inviting all congregations to join in a nationwide call to prayer for comfort and strength for our Jewish faith communities, particularly those here in Canada and the USA. In the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre of Jewish worshippers this week, all congregations in MC Canada are being asked to pray this Sunday for Jewish faith communities that have been impacted by this act of violence.

This horrific act of anti-Semitism is one that we as a denomination strongly condemn. While anti-Semitism has been a an ugly part of the history of the Christian Church, we believe that our Christian faith and the words of Jesus compel us to love all persons regardless of race or creed and to denounce all forms of violence against each other.

 Please join our sisters and brothers across the country in lamenting all forms of violence against those who are different from us. Pray that those who grieve may be enfolded in Gods comforting embrace and that Gods healing power might restore shalom in communities whose peace has been shattered by violence. May our prayers stand in solidarity with all who call on God in this time of sorrow and grief.

Points of Prayer October 10, 2018

posted 10 Oct 2018, 16:13 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 10 Oct 2018, 16:13 ]

Thailand Anabaptist Gathering (Oct. 8 - 12): Tom & Christine Poovong (MC Canada Witness workers) and Jason Martin (MC Canada Director, International Witness) are curretly attending. Pray that all participants will be inspired for continued ministry in South East Asia.




MC South Korea Annual Gathering: prayer for the upcoming Mennonite Church South Korea Annual gathering this weekend, Oct. 12 – 14.



Joanne and Werner DeJong: Remember Werner and Joanne DeJong in prayer in their continued interactions with students, mentoring and teaching at Meserete Kristos College. May the students be inspired by teaching on Anabaptism and encouraged by the DeJong’s commitment to demonstrating God’s love through relationship building.


Executive Minister: MC Canada is currently in the processing of hiring a new Executive Minister. The candidate interviews were held last week. Your prayerful support for this discernment process is deeply appreciated.

Points of Prayer - August 22, 2018

posted 21 Aug 2018, 14:50 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 21 Aug 2018, 14:50 ]

  • Pray for a smooth transition for the Tshimanga family in making a new home in Nova Scotia, developing new friendships and for a good integration for Emmanuel and Joshua into school.

  • Please pray for the English ministry of Sook Kyoung Park (wife of Bock Ki Kim). During the summer months the number of Sook Kyoung’s students has decreased to half. Despite the smaller size of group her students continue to enjoy English learning and appreciate their relationship with Sook Kyoung.

  • Meserete Kristos College (in Ethiopia) invites prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide in the selection and enrolling of students especially as it anticipates the coming fall semester. Pray also for those providing training and instruction to students.

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