Some 400 children would go hungry in Abbotsford if not for school-based meal programs, estimates food bank director Dave Murray. What happens when there’s no school? “Dad, it’s up to you to do something about it,” said Murray’s adult daughter Sara Epp. And he did.
In the 1950s, Jacob J. Klassen, Jacob P. Martens and Abram J. Friesen had a vision to care for elderly people in Abbotsford, B.C. With support from members of Mennonite Brethren churches in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Yarrow, they founded Tabor Home Society in 1959.
Outside the wallsElsinore MediaWorksLocal outreach is changing. Among Canadian evangelical churches, “local outreach” has often meant helping people to believe in Jesus so they can be saved. Increasingly, local outreach in many of these churches includes ministries of mercy and care for people who are marginalized.