Feb 25, 2015

Nathan and Taryn Dirks

Nathan and Taryn Dirks are Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers in Gaborone, Botswana.  They are recipients of our 

Dream like a mustard seed is an article written by Deborah Froese in the Mennonite Church Canada News, February 24, 2015.

"Just like a tiny mustard seed, Nathan and Taryn Dirks’ dream of building a futsal (soccer) field with a playground in the rundown, poorly lit neighbourhood of Bontleng in Gaborone, Botswana, is blossoming into a much broader, community-embraced project."  
 Read more about this project HERE!

Sketch of the future Futsal Park drawn by a local Bontleng
youth, Michael Zachariah, provides a rough idea of its layout.

Feb 7, 2015


New date and times for this art exhibit!
February 1 to March 8, 2015
Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 pm
Wednesday and Friday also 7 pm to 8:30 pm
at St. Catharines United Mennonite Church
335 Linwell Road, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 7W7

In art and words, Along the Road to Freedom tells the dramatic stories of Mennonite women and their families who fled the Soviet Union in the decade after the Russian Revolution and during World War II. Despite the despair, horror and loss each of these families faced, at its core, this exhibit is about love, courage, humility, determination and faith.

Along the Road to Freedom developed out of the desire of the project’s committee members to honour the women responsible for bringing them to Canada. Artworks are sponsored, for the most part, by families. Artist Ray Dirks interviewed sponsoring family members, collected research material and cobbled together memories into images to create the paintings.

After the tour the artworks will be permanently installed in Winnipeg as lasting reminders that we should remember our stories, and pass them on to our children and grandchildren.

Check out this interview from a local TV station!