Contents of the September 2009 issue, including coverage of Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15 in Paraguay
As a missionary in Colombia during the 1990s, Dorothy Siebert saw the dearth of materials available to Spanish-speaking pastors and church leaders. A dream was born to provide a resource for MB leaders and church members throughout Latin America, starting with Albert Enns’ biography.
Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian DevotionAuthors: Gayle D. Beebe and Richard J. Foster Longing for God is the latest book from the network of spiritual writers in association with Richard J. Foster and renovaré, Foster’s spiritual renewal movement. Despite being mainly written by Beebe, the book fits well on the longer shelf of books coming from Foster such as Streams of Living Water, Celebration of Discipline, and Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. In each of these books, Foster provides practical insight into spiritual formation, offering multiple portals through which readers can take further steps in their journey with God.
A large Abbotsford church has teamed with an established parachurch organization to evangelize in the church’s neighbourhood. The partnership project between Bakerview MB Church and the Gideons is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada (although a pilot project was run in Victoria in 2006).
Columbia Bible College graduated 118 students April 18, 2009, at Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C. Graduates represent the fulfillment of the college mission in “preparing people for a life of discipleship, service, and ministry leadership.”
Before becoming a pastor at Portage Avenue Church, I was employed as a maintenance assistant at a personal care home. My work, for the most part, was quite menial. I took out the garbage, unplugged toilets and sinks, replaced light bulbs, and painted rooms.
To be honest, my motivation for going to Paraguay had more to do with visiting the land of my husband’s birth than attending the Mennonite World Conference. I hasten to add, however, that participating in Assembly 15 gave me some wonderful memories to treasure.