Feb 4, 2017

Nathan and Taryn Dirks - Update

Nathan and Taryn Dirks are recipients of our Pennies and Prayers Legacy Fund (PPLF). The following news release was recently published by Mennonite Church Canada.

For Nathan and Taryn Dirks, ministry in Gaborone, Botswana, is all about relationships. But ministry by relationship is hard to measure, so they’ve creatively translated some of their good news into numbers.

For almost five years, the Dirks have served youth and young adults from local African Initiated Churches (AICs) through their role as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers, in partnership with Mennonite Mission Network and local churches. Following community needs and initiatives, they focus on development and Bible teaching. They organize local volunteers for prison ministry and a school for special needs children, and they coordinate development projects, most notably Bontleng Park. This green, sustainable initiative supports urban agriculture and sports, and has revitalized an abandoned area in a disadvantaged area of Gaborone.

As they complete their last 6 months of service, the Dirks reflect on some of the successes achieved through local partnerships, by number. Nathan and Taryn complete their ministry term in June, 2017.

Here are a few of the numbers they've shared: 

46 prison inmates at First Offenders Prison, Gaborone, completed a certificate program offered by Mennonite Ministries in Botswana.
18 students graduated from the Inter-Church Ministries Botswana 3-year Bible study program.
42 students have already signed up for the 2017 program.
7 prison inmates will begin a Masters-level theology program by distance this year.
To read more, please CLICK HERE.

Women Walking Together in Faith - January 2017 - "Deepening our faith journeys"

Our most recent bi-monthly column was written by President Shirley Redekop and appeared in the January 16, 2017 issue of the Canadian Mennonite.  She begins her article with the following paragraphs:

“Jesus calls us to life-long journeys of faith—shaped in part by our age and stage in life. Faith practices are deepest and richest when our Christian community embraces and nurtures all these different ages and stages of our lives in a variety of contexts."

These words from an overview of the goals of the planners of the first-ever “Deep faith: Anabaptist faith formation for all ages” conference held at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., last fall, resonated with the goals of Mennonite Women Canada and MW U.S.A. to encourage women to nurture life in Christ, acknowledge and share their gifts, and hear and support each other, as we serve/minister across the street and around the world.

Shirley Stauffer Redekop, front row centre, is pictured with some
of the 24 Canadian participants at last fall’s ‘Deep faith’ conference
at AMBS.  
(Photo courtesy of Shirley Stauffer Redekop) 

Jan 14, 2017


We invite you to enter into a Lenten journey of new life as a family. Reflect on stories of conversion and new life --- stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind and Lazarus.  This is not a journey of perfection, but one where we face both the limits of our humanity and our need for divine transformation. 
Restore us, O God!  

Suitable for adults, children and youth. 

Written by Elsie Rempel ~ Illustrated by Megan Kamei
Download available at CommonWord (CLICK HERE)


Dec 5, 2016

On being Martha - by Coreena Stewart

Coreena Stewart has written an article which appeared in the November 21, 2016 issue of the Canadian Mennonite. Coreena is Mennonite Church Canada's CAO (chief administrative officer) and director of church engagement-administration.  

The executive of Mennonite Women Canada has worked with Coreena over the past number of years as we have dealt with the many details involved in planning our annual meetings at Assembly. We really appreciate her cheerfulness and willingness to help us. Often it's the really small things that make a big difference! Her article begins "Hospitality makes my heart sing."

I enjoyed reading this article and her thoughts on the story of sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. To read the article which is on the Canadian Mennonite website CLICK HERE.

Thank-you, Coreena!

Nov 30, 2016

Tom and Christine Poovong - International Ministry Project

The following in an excerpt from the Poovong's April 2016 Prayer Letter.  

We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It has been a very busy year for us in Thailand and also back in Calgary where we call home. We thank God for His grace and mercy to give us strength to continue this ministry. We would like to thank our partner congregations for your prayers and support, including First Mennonite Church of Saskatoon, Carman Mennonite Church of Manitoba, Mennonite Women Canada, and our home congregation Trinity Mennonite Church of Calgary, our brothers and sisters at the Lao Mennonite Conference churches, as well as our friends and family.

Last year, in partnership with two local families, we started Menno Nursery, an income generation ministry in a different neighbourhood. We have now closed that first nursery location and moved most of the supplies and materials to the church where we continue to provide a nursery service in our church neighbourhood. Now other families have joined us and we plan to start Menno Nursery again here at the church.  

To read more about their work click on April 2016 Prayer Letter.


Nov 25, 2016

Scootering to School in Manila

For Christina Bartel Barkman and her son Cody, switching from a car to scooters has pumped new energy and insights into their morning commute to school. Deborah Froese of Mennonite Church Canada writes about the impression this is making in Manila. Read the article here

Christina Bartel Barkman and her husband Darnell Barkman are giving pastoral leadership to Peace Church Philippines, a new Anabaptist church in Metro Manila. They have also been invited by the Integrated Mennonite Churches (IMC) of the Philippines to serve as mentors and provide regular resources for the youth programs of Mennonite churches in Luzon.

Christine and Darnell are recipients of Mennonite Women Canada's PENNIES AND PRAYER LEGACY FUND.

Nov 21, 2016

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

From CommonWord's Facebook page:  "November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Can and will your church speak against abuse? We have resources to help."  www.commonword.ca/go/758