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Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights

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Teaser: 
The road to reconciliation is made by walking.
paved highway, trees to the right, rocks and trees to the left, Pilgrimage logo

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called churches to engage in public dialogue around the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’re responding by doing a 3 week pilgrimage from Kitchener to Ottawa, stopping at 21 churches along the way to explore what the Declaration is, why it’s so important, and how we can collectively live into it.

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Category: 
Indigenous Relations

A growing church in Kherson, Ukraine

two adults and 2 children in a kitchen
Teaser: 
Supporting the church in an historic and still troubled region
two adults and 2 children in a kitchen

Sergey and Lena Deynekin provide pastoral leadership at the Chernobaevka Church, near Kherson, Ukraine. With support from Mennonite Church in Canada, Sergey and Lena have been able to be a pillar of strength and positive Christian hope in their community. Besides pastoral care and church leadership, their ministry includes a summer camping ministry for children. In a region that has experienced tremendous economic difficulty and political conflict, the ministry of the church, and the Deynekins leadership of this congregation is a tremendous source of hope.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Sergey & Lena Deynekin
Title: 
Witness partners in Ukraine
$
Category: 
Congregational Development

Support a Mennonite Church in Ukraine

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Teaser: 
Supporting the church in an historic and still troubled region
a group of 9 people holding hymnals,singing

Zaporozhye Evangelical Mennonite Church (ZEMC) is a small fellowship of believers in the city of Zaporozhye, very close to the former Mennonite colony of Chortitza. Because of an ongoing economic crisis, and its proximity to the current civil war in eastern Ukraine, many in this region struggle to maintain family life and adequate income. The Zaporozhye congregation provides a place for worship, fellowship and support, particularly for women members of the community, in a region of many challenges.

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Category: 
Congregational Development

Support Lillian and Norm Nicolson in Burkina Faso

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Teaser: 
Lillian and Norm help build the Church in Burkina Faso
african village scene wit inset image of a woman, man and two children

Liliian has patiently worked for many years to help develop orthography (written characters) for the language of the Siamou speaking people in the village of Tin, Burkina Faso. Her work continues with Paul Thiessen and a team of Siamou translators on the translation of selected books of the Bible.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Norm & Lillian Nicolson
Title: 
Long Term Workers in Burkina Faso
Home Congregation(s): 
Bluesky Mennonite Church, Bluesky, AB (Lillian)
Home Congregation(s): 
North Peace MB Church, Fort St. John, BC (Norm)
email: 
lillian@haas.net
$
Category: 
Evangelism & Church Planting

Support Christina and Darnell Barkman

Manila cityscape, inset image with family
Teaser: 
Christina and Darnell work with the Peace Church in Manila, Philippines
Manila cityscape, inset image with family

The Barkmans are giving pastoral leadership to Peace Church Philippines, a new Anabaptist church in Metro Manila. They have been instrumental in the development of Peace Assemblies Network, also known as the Philippines Anabaptist Network, a group of peace-oriented individuals and churches who seek to transform society by embodying a culture of peace in their faith communities in the Philippines.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Christina & Darnell Barkman
Title: 
Long Term Workers in the Philippines
Home Congregation(s): 
Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Abbotsford, BC
$
Category: 
Evangelism & Church Planting

Form the Church in the Global South

Teaser: 
Growing food through aquaponics

Kid friendly project!

Did you know that fish poop makes an excellent natural fertilizer for fruits and vegetables – without the need for soil? And that the growing plants clean the water for the fish?

This closed system of raising food is called aquaponics. It’s environmentally friendly, can be done on a small scale, and provides a healthy diet of fish and green produce.

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Category: 
Small Business Development

Support of Christine and Tom Poovong in Thailand

Man and woman with two children, houses in the background
Teaser: 
Christine and Tom Poovong are leading a new church among the Isaan people of Thailand
Man and woman with two children, houses in the background

Support of Christine and Tom Poovong, with their children Phimchanok and Joseph, as they provide holistic pastoral leadership to the Maliwan Mennonite Church, an emerging Christian community in Khon Kaen, Thailand. The Poovongs work at income generation initiatives to engage their neighborhood with a long term goal of establishing a sustainable congregation. One business and outreach project of the church begun in 2015 is Menno Nursery.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Tom & Christine Poovong
Title: 
Long Term Workers in Thailand
Home Congregation(s): 
Trinity Mennonite Church, Calgary, Alberta
$
Category: 
Evangelism & Church Planting

Support Jeanette Hanson - China Ministry

Jeanette Hanson
Teaser: 
Inspiring students and church leaders in China
Jeanette Hanson

Jeanette Hanson is serving with China ministries while based in Canada. Through regular correspondence and periodic travel to China, Jeanette provides resources, facilitates connections and is helping to build relationships between Chinese pastors and Mennonites in North America. In this part-time role, Jeanette serves as assistant director for Mennonite Partners in China (MPC), the inter-Mennonite body through which MC Canada ministry in China is coordinated. Mennonite Church Canada is one four organizations supporting MPC.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Jeanette Hanson
Title: 
Resource Worker for China Minsitry
Home Congregation(s): 
Grace Mennonite Church, Prince Albert, SK
Home Congregation(s): 
Tiefengrund Mennonite Church, Laird, SK
$
Category: 
Faith Nurture

Join Hands

construction project with wooden wall being raised
Teaser: 
JoinHands is a Church Building Program of Mennonite Men
construction project with wooden wall being raised

JoinHands is a Church Building Program of Mennonite Men. Individuals and groups are invited to contribute $100 or more, twice annually, to help new congregations within Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA acquire their first meetinghouse.

Since 1985 this service component of Mennonite Men has given more than $1.8 million to over 68 congregations. Recently grant activity includes:

$
Category: 
Congregational Development

Support Michael & Cheryl Nimz in the UK

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Teaser: 
Michael Nimz has accepted an invitation to serve with the Mennonite Centre Trust in London, England
man in blue t-shirt and woman in front of green trees

Michael and Cheryl Nimz create opportunities where people from all walks of life can engage in conversations about faith. Many times these conversations happen around a meal shared together in their home, with those who are “done” with church, but not with faith.

Worker Info
Name(s): 
Michael & Cheryl Nimz
Title: 
Mennonite Trust Worker and Volunteer at the Anabaptist Network, UK
Home Congregation(s): 
Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach, MB
$
Category: 
Education
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