A team of young people, most of them connected to Yarrow (B.C.) MB Church, went to Mazatlan, Mexico, from April 15-11 to help build two houses through YWAM Mazatlan’s Homes of Hope program.
Men of Stone; Losing ForeverAuthor: Gayle FriesenCommentators such as Booklist Magazine critic Michael Cart, and former president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Paula Brehm-Heeger have called the first decade of the 21st century the golden age of young adult (YA) literature. According to the Association of American Publishers, in spite of all the media available, young adults are not only still buying books but buying books in unprecedented numbers.
n September 2008, Neil Klassen travelled with his family to visit Friesland, the Paraguayan Mennonite colony where his grandfather settled in 1937. While there, the Toronto-based artist (www.neilklassen.com) was inspired by Mennonites’ relationship with the land. He began to explore this theme in a series of paintings, using a traditional motif of oil on canvas to symbolize the conventional values of the Mennonites.
I have watched, with dismay, the growing disconnect between our local MB church families, and the provincial and Canadian conferences. There was a time when poverty, persecution, struggle, and common goals knit us together; but times have changed and the family is drifting apart.
Flying over northern Alberta and seeing the oil sand development below was a sobering reminder of humanity’s willingness to exploit creation for energy needs, say two MCC leaders. For MCC Alberta executive director Abe Janzen, the sight was both “dazzling and frightening”: a testament to modern, technological accomplishment, but also a stark example of what humans can do to the land.
The heart for the poor is easy to stimulate. When high profile disasters strike, we respond. Pictures bring the suffering, especially of children, into our homes, and we give. It may be a pittance but we give, and at very little cost we satisfy our hearts. Put together, those pittances accumulate into vast sums of money. That knowledge also satisfies the heart.
This month’s Herald contains a variety of articles, news, views, and art we hope will become part of your spiritual refreshment this summer, whether at home or on holiday. There’s an ode to how God works in animation by Ken Priebe, a small and honest slice of life from Katie Funk Wiebe’s new memoir, lessons Dorothy Siebert learned about meddling, and more.
Rural UrbanitisMartin BlumrichRural Urbanitis is a fresh and exciting collection of acoustic/folk-style music with inspiring, honest, and hope-filled lyrics. This multi-talented musician and songwriter sings of faith, hope, and love, as it intersects with life. Martin Blumrich wrote all but one song, and in short notes in the CD jacket, describes the inspirations for each of them.