International volunteers enrich lives of Winnipeg family

Friday, December 14, 2012

WINNIPEG Photo albums in Rebecca and Vinh Huynh’s home are filled with images of their children interacting with people from other countries. Each year, the couple and their…

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Congolese forced to flee again

Friday, December 14, 2012

As rebel army took control of city, Congolese again forced to flee Many of the people displaced when rebel group M23 recently took control of Goma in the…

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Prayer for family caught in Congo conflict

Friday, December 14, 2012

Surrey resident prays for family caught in conflict in DR Congo Abbotsford, B.C. Leon Mvukiyehe is a man of prayer. It’s the only tool he has as he…

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Volunteers provide help and hope at U.S. Thanksgiving

Friday, December 14, 2012

A new normal is emerging in Staten Island’s Midland Beach neighbourhood where Mennonite Disaster Service has set up alongside the ministries of Oasis Christian Center, to clean up…

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Cautious optimism as Colombian peace talks set to begin

Friday, December 14, 2012

After decades of armed conflict, many Colombians, including representatives from Anabaptist groups, are cautiously optimistic that upcoming talks will help build sustainable peace in the country. On Aug….

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MDS volunteers dig in and help clean up after Hurricane Sandy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

AKRON, Pa. MCC is responding to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy when it swept through Haiti in late October. Parts of Haiti received as much as 20…

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CCMBC executive board letter to churches

Friday, December 7, 2012

Executive Board responds to Gathering 2012 concerns: “We heard you” Gathering 2012 delegates communicated a number of issues requiring the Executive Board’s attention. The majority of our October board meetings…

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The shepherd’s wish list

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Barely midnight. All of us hunkered down like hoboes around ashes of a fire. The animals asleep. Our companions: hunger, nagging doubt. Our wants are reasonable: provisions for…

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Beloved Congolese leader joins Jesus

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pastor Jean Baptiste Ndjao Mangamba Aug 5, 1956- Oct.8, 2012 Adapted from a tribute presented at a memorial service in Gretna, Man., Oct. 20, 2012, by Lloyd Letkeman,…

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A gift that keeps on giving

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lessons in hospitality from the International Volunteer Exchange Program The Born household on the west side of Abbotsford looks somewhat different than the average Canadian household. The dozen…

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Hospitality beyond holidays

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Four snapshots of radical welcome Lush wreaths, shimmering candles, and the scent of apple cider usher in the holiday season. Special events, celebrations, and meaningful services fill social…

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Welcome home

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Extending hospitality to refugees I met Kristen, a young university student, as I was serving at Welcome Home, a refugee house in Kitchener, Ontario. Part of my job…

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An old-fashioned Christmas card

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

When the first snowfall of the season brightened up our modest settler’s home, and my mother began humming “Leise rieselt der Schnee” (“Snow Falls Soft in the Night”)…

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Last words

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Last words are interesting things. I vividly remember my mother’s stern admonition, after a fight with my siblings, that my hurtful words could prove to be their last…

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With these rocks we will build our church

Saturday, December 1, 2012

John 8:9-11 They had already finished when we rushed the room. But it didn’t matter. Everything was still in place and there was no question. John jumped up…

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