Prayer


Mike and Cheryl Nimz

posted 21 Feb 2018, 22:18 by Mennonite Church Alberta


Pray for Mike and Cheryl Nimz (Witness partners – United Kingdom)  as they continue to connect young adults to the UK Anabaptist Network who are interested in following Christ. Pray also for ongoing relationships Mike and Cheryl are nurturing through weekly gatherings with individuals and families from different faith journeys.  Donate to their ministry here. 

George and Tobia Veith

posted 21 Feb 2018, 22:17 by Mennonite Church Alberta


George and Tobia Veith (Witness workers - China) have spent the last two months in Canada. They have had good connections with many congregations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and now Manitoba. The Veiths have shared personal stories, challenged congregations to continued global engagement, and invited faith communities to support the work of Mennonite Church Canada in prayer and generous giving. Please keep them in prayer as they return to their home abroad.   Donate to their ongoing work.

Ethiopia, State of Emergency

posted 21 Feb 2018, 18:39 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Meserete Kristos (MK) College, a ministry of Meserete Kristos Church Conference of Ethiopia, has requested prayer for safety and stability in their land.  

Kiros Teka Haddis, MK College President, writes, “We need your [praying] support for God[‘s] intervention in our country. I strongly believed that, the solution is not on the hands of the politician’s but on Him.” After the prime minister voluntarily resigned on February 16, 2018, Ethiopia has been in a State of Emergency.  “Now a days here in Ethiopia the political environment is not good. Especially, last week political unrest was seen in different parts of the country including Deber-Zeit where we are located. Due to this reason, the issue of security is becoming the major issue for everybody more than any time.”

MK College is supported by many generous members of MC Canada congregations. MK Church is the primary Anabaptist-related group in Ethiopia and the largest national conference in the world. According to Barb Draper November 2017 article in the Canadian Mennonite, MK Church has over 310,000 baptized members and over 1,000 congregations.

 https://donate.mennonitechurch.ca/project/MKC

 http://canadianmennonite.org/stories/ethiopian-meserete-kristos-church-continues-grow (Nov 2017)

 https://themennonite.org/feature/church-move/ (Feb 2012)

Family of Errol Greene

posted 14 Feb 2018, 21:35 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 14 Feb 2018, 21:37 ]


Prayers for Peacemakers 14 February 2018  Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Keep Errol Greene's family in your thoughts and prayers, as the inquest investigating his death in custody is taking place in Winnipeg this month. Errol, 26, a loving father of four, was taken into custody in Winnipeg's Remand center on 29 April 2016. He was epileptic and taking medication to prevent his seizures. Errol asked the prison guards and nurses for his medications several times, but his request was neglected (according to his wife, Rochelle Pranteau).

On 1 May 2016, while on the phone talking to his wife, he had a seizure. The guards used excessive force by handcuffing him from behind, shackling his legs, and dragging him into a cell. They only returned with a nurse after fifteen minutes, by which time his soul had left his body.

His death is an example of not only the unjustified high numbers of Indigenous incarcerations, but also the inhumane way the colonial system treats Indigenous people.
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Colten Boushie

posted 14 Feb 2018, 21:34 by Mennonite Church Alberta

AnchorIndigenous - Settler Relations

Last week, an all white jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley for the fatal shooting of Colten Boushie (Red Pheasant First Nation). The decision has unmasked, once again, the deep fracture between Indigenous and Settler peoples and the need for radical, structural change, to our legal systems and to our collective relationships. Pray for transformation; that Settler peoples would do our work to undo our racism; that the Church will join, in greater measure, Indigenous led efforts to reform colonial structures that continue to oppress.

MCA

posted 12 Feb 2018, 13:20 by Mennonite Church Alberta

MCA still has a few remaining volunteer positions open for the next term. Pray that nominating team will be directed to the right people. Also, keep the AGM in March in your prayers. 

Camp Valaqua

posted 12 Feb 2018, 13:19 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Various Camp Valaqua fundraisers are being held in the next few months to cover costs of the much needed bathroom renovation. Also keep the camp in prayer as they prepare staffing and programming for the summer.

MCEC Prayer Request

posted 31 Jan 2018, 20:26 by Mennonite Church Alberta

AnchorImportant Prayer Concern from MCEC


(an abbreviated excerpt from MCEC Weekly Bulletin Jan 31, 2018)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada has recently been notified that four congregations within MCEC have each started their own review process which may lead to their leaving MCEC. In a recent letter to MCEC leadership, MCEC was alerted that discernment processes are underway as to whether or not these churches wish to remain in MCEC. MCEC Executive Council is requesting that MCEC also be given a voice in these processes.

In uncertain times, we are being invited to think the best of each other and to pray for the best for each other. Pray too that these processes will not be divisive for any particular congregation. Please pray for these four congregations as they discern where God is calling them.

MCA Points

posted 31 Jan 2018, 19:34 by Mennonite Church Alberta

MCA General Council meeting will be taking place Feb 3 at Bergthal Church in Didsbury.  Agenda items include developing the 2018 budget, planning for the Assembly in Lethbridge March 16-17

Next week several MCA pastors and ministry workers will be heading to Winnipeg for the ReNew conference at Canadian Mennonite University, February 7-8.  This is an annual resourcing event for pastors and others involved in the ministry of the church.  The theme for this year is Delighting in Scripture: Sola Scriptura at 500 Years.  More information about the event is available at http://www.cmu.ca/community.php?s=resources&p=renew.

Witness Workers Jan 30 update

posted 31 Jan 2018, 19:30 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Witness Worker Jan 30, 2018 update

Praise Report: MC Canada continues to strongly affirm and be engaged in international ministry with its witness partners. Joint Council is pleased to announce the approval of a three-year transition plan during which Witness Workers will be enabled to achieve the necessary relational funding. This plan anticipates that most current workers will return pending normal term reviews.  - Willard Metzger, Executive Director, MC Canada


Darnell & Christina Barkman (Witness workers – Philippines) share in a recent blog post; “In 3 months, we’re moving back to Canada. After 6 years in Manila, we are very excited to live near family again and we look forward to the familiarities we’ve missed. But the closer we get to this move “home” the harder it’s becoming to leave our “home” here. Manila, in all its hot, busy and dirty glory, has grown on me over the years and its beautiful people are our family. My heart hurts knowing I have to say good-bye to so many dear friends. But what hurts the most is knowing that we are taking our kids away from the only life they’ve known.”

The Barkmans have been reading Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, and have found it helpful to understand how being expat children shapes them and all its benefits and challenges. Reading a section on hidden losses, Christina was confronted with the realization that this transition will be very difficult for their children. One of many significant quotes from the book struck them: "Loss of their world. With one plane ride the whole world as TCKs (Third Culture Kids) have known it can die. Every important place they’ve been, every tree climbed, pet owned, and virtually every close friend they’ve made are gone with the closing of the airplane door. […] TCKs don’t lose one thing at a time; they lose everything at once. And there’s no funeral. In fact, there’s no time or space to grieve, because tomorrow they’ll be arriving at Grandma’s house to see relatives who are eagerly awaiting their return."

 Please hold Darnell, Christina, Cody, Makai, Teyah and Jericho Tyler in your prayers as they already begin this significant transition in their lives. *To read the Barkman’s full blog post please follow this link: http://darnellandchristina.blogspot.com/2018/01/loss-of-their-world.html


Mary Raber (Witness partner with Mennonite Mission Network - Ukraine) continues to teach at Odessa Theological Seminary (Odessa, Ukraine). Mary looks forward to teaching a course on women in church history as well as being one of the resource persons for a pastor’s retreat and their wives from the militarized zone in March.  Please remember Mary in prayer for these upcoming teaching opportunities.             

                    

Praise:  

Bock Ki Kim & Sook Kyoung Park (Witness workers – South Korea) are thankful to their Mennonite Church Canada family having prayed for the recent Anabaptist Peace Exchange gathering. This gathering was part of an intentional exchange between Anabaptists from Israel and South Korea and involved a very full two week schedule. Bock Ki reports that “many things were learned from each other” over the two weeks together. Participants look forward to the second half of the Peace Exchange planned already for next month. The hoped for outcome of these exchanges, indicated Bock Ki, is that “God would bring about more peaceable fruits in both countries in the future.” 

Mennonite Church Canada, in partnership with Mennonite Mission Network and Africa Inter Mennonite Mission, provide financial support to the Benin Bible Institute for church leadership training and capacity building (Agro-pastoral project). The partnership with Benin Bible Institute (BBI) is fostered by the ongoing and long term commitment of St. Jacobs Mennonite Church through the engagement of the BBI Networking Group (SJMC, Poole MC and Wanner MC). We give thanks for the many students from various denominations who receive sound biblical training at BBI. 

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