Contents of the MB Herald October issue 2015
What happens when a young person leaves a sheltered Christian home to make their own way in the city? That question not only drove a film, but it reshaped a ministry. Mia follows a struggling graduate from a Child of Mine children’s home in India.
Mark Wessner likes to try new things. About three years ago, the active social media user and pastor asked his congregation to live tweet feedback (as he was preaching) on a sermon series. Another Sunday, he asked the congregation to submit questions (using whatever media people liked) about faith, the Bible, anything to do with their Christian walk. He and his pastoral team at the Prince George church were so encouraged by responses to those experiments that they now pursue the two-way connection idea on a regular basis.
Clerical collars and hijabs, men and women, black and white – the diversity in the crowd of more than 200 was clearly visible. Just as obvious, however, was the palpable presence of God as the crowd listened intently to both Christian and Muslim speakers share about the importance of faith to both private and corporate life today.
This is not the end of Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., but the beginning of new roads for the 87-year-old Bible training institute. That message was clearly expressed by 32 stakeholders, staff and faculty who gathered for a discernment summit on the college’s future Oct. 4, 2014, at Forest Grove Community Church, Saskatoon.
Ukrainian praises and harmonies in a Canada tour have been mixed with an unexpected counterpoint of trauma and medical crisis, occasioned by a serious ATV accident in the Alberta foothills Sept. 22. Mennonite Brethren, Alliance, Baptist and other Christian groups who hosted the Canadian tour have responded with a groundswell of prayer, financial help and kindnesses.
With ground officially broken Sept. 4, 2014, Mennonites in the Fraser Valley will soon have a permanent place to tell their story. Construction has begun on a Mennonite Heritage Museum and Agricultural Education Centre on the south end of Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford, B.C., just off Highway 1.
A veterinarian from Scotland senses God’s call to ministry. Where does he start? Tim Proudlove began with education, moving to Vancouver to take an MDiv at Regent College. But in addition to studying, he wanted practical experience. He found it at Willingdon Church.