Mennonite Women Canada offers scholarships to women who are studying Anabaptist theology at a Master's level through their Spiritual Growth Assistance Fund.This includes academic and/or practical courses in church related ministries (such as seminary, theology, peace and conflict resolution). Members of a congregation belonging to Mennonite Church Canada are eligible to apply. Funding may be granted for part of the tuition costs (payable to the institution) at the discretion of the executive of MW Canada. First time applicants are given priority, but applications for continuing support are also considered.
The deadline for applications is June 30.
Applications can be downloaded from our website - click here.
Helen Kim (left) and Nyoman Klassen former MC Canada staff
coming to Canada, Hyang Ok (Helen) Kim received a Bachelor of Economics degree in Seoul, South Korea and
worked there as a Sales Manager and in the Export department of Young Bo
Textile Company until 2001. More
recently she managed a souvenir shop at The Forks Market in Winnipeg, MB and for H&R
Block during tax season. She has also been working on her Chartered Professional
Accounting (CPA) degree.
married to James, who also has business training from Korea, and with whom she
managed the souvenir shop until last Spring. They have one son, who attends university.
When Hyang Ok came to Winnipeg and Charleswood Mennonite Church in 2001, she added an
English name and introduced herself as Helen. Since then, I (Elsie Rempel) have appreciated
Helen as a gracious friend and fellow church member at Charleswood Mennonite Church,
where she has served as a deacon and on the food committee. Currently, we are
both part of the Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, where we enjoy relaxed fellowship
and worship as we knit. It was there that she took pity on my trials and challenges as
MWCanada treasurer and offered to help out in that department. Hallelujah! I
am so grateful, and we are so fortunate to have her join us.
have past connections to the Canadian Mennonite organizational world, we will
work in tandem, with each of us offering the gifts we have to manage the
Secretary/Treasurer role of Mennonite Women Canada.
How exciting to have an art exhibit come to town featuring Mennonite women from
Russia who made their way to Canada under impossible circumstances! The exhibit is at the Ambrose University in Calgary and will be there for
another few weeks. There was a reception at the opening of the exhibit in early
March and the artistRay Dirkswas present to give background for his reasons
for creating the paintings. This reception also included a choir and a story
from Hugo Neufeldwho had a direct connection to one of the paintings. (see below)
Two weeks later a group of 21 women came from various Mennonite churches in the
Calgary area to view the exhibit. The event was billed as "Gramma Stories". There
were presentations from four women. Jeanette Thiessen told the story of Grandma
Baerg who endured many hardships. When they arrived in Quebec after an
uncomfortable trip they were surprised by offerings of sandwiches, cake, and
the Gospel of John!
Rose Klassen passed on the story of her Grandma Retzlaff who lost many members
of her immediate family, including two infant daughters, during her escape from
the Red Army. Two Chin ladies Tial Mawi and Hnin Tida, dressed in their
cultural outfits told us about their modern day trek from the jungles of Burma to Calgary.
They repeatedly said how their faith and determination got them to the
beautiful country of Canada. The Chin congregation joined Mennonite Church Alberta in 2013.
There were other spontaneous stories that included a beautiful pill box and a
hand sized manicure set that served the entire Mennonite community in a
Siberian camp. Alice Unrau shared her experiences of her involvement in the
Mennonite Historical Society. She urged us to get involved and attend a
conference being in Edmonton this November.
The afternoon also included an urban “faspa” that lacked zwiebach or kringle
but the tasty lunch was enjoyed by all!
~ Kate Janzen
(Kate is a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, and is the Mennonite Women Alberta Rep on the Mennonite Women Canada executive.)
Recently I was asked "What is so special about the MCA
I remember as a child, my mom leaving us kids in my father’s
care (or sometimes an aunt and uncle), in order to go to “Women’s
Conference”.We had a big family, and
for my mom to take time away from it was something unheard of.What was important enough for her to do that?
Now many years later, I can only be grateful that the
continuing opportunity for women to come together in a spiritual and social
venue has stood the test of time.It is
still a valuable and worthy event!
I started coming to the retreat only four years ago.I didn’t really know what to expect, and
never having been to one before, wasn’t even sure it was something I should
take time away from the home front to do.A couple of ladies from my church were involved in the music portion of
the weekend and encouraged me to come along.What I found that weekend was something I had not had in my life for a long
time.And people I knew later told me
that they saw a side to me they had never seen before.
It was a place to be free:free from the daily responsibilities as a mother (it took some planning,
and I admit some letting go, to make arrangements for the family), free to be
served instead of serving (meals provided, a soft bed with sheets I wouldn’t
have to launder), free to laugh without fear of appearing silly (silliness was
embraced), free to enjoy the part of me which loves learning (4 sessions in 3 days),
free to be vulnerable with sisters in Christ (opening up and getting real with
each other).It was the closest thing to
what I remembered dorm-life at Bible School to be.
I was reunited with a number of ladies I hadn’t seen for
years, and introduced to many new and wonderful other ladies.Over the years, I’ve begun to enter into a
unique relationship with many of these ladies whom I only see once or twice a
year, and we just pick up where we left off.There is something about being together for these three days with common
goals, and learning, praying, and having fun together that is just so bonding.Even though we come from many different
backgrounds, and are of different ages, it just feels so natural and right.
I come away from retreat each time feeling a little more comfortable in
my own skin, and empowered to make life more meaningful and purposeful; I’m often
invigorated to continue the field of study the guest speaker has
introduced.I encourage anyone to come
and experience whatever it is that God is bringing to you.If you need laughter, you will find much to
laugh about and an easy crowd to tell your jokes to.If you need to feel God’s love through a
sister, there will be someone there who has walked a road similar to you and
will feel your pain.If you need to be
taken care of, you will not have to cook a meal or clean a toilet.If you need quiet and introspection, you will
find a time and place.If you need a
creative outlet, there’s opportunity provided. If you need spiritual depth, you
will not come away empty.If you need
fellowship, it will be there in abundance.
While my mom never shared what went on at “Women’s
Conference”, I’m sure she had many of the same experiences. There really is
something special that only happens at retreat.I encourage you to find out what that something special is for you. ~ Laura Wiebe (Laura attends Trinity Mennonite Church in Calgary, AB and is serving her second year on the Retreat Committee.)
2017 MCA Women's Retreat Poster
Guest speaker Sara Wenger Shenk,
President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary