Several major items were brought to the table at the Canadian Conference of MB Churches executive board meeting Jan. 29–30 in Winnipeg.
When new thoughts and fresh ideas are circulating in the wind, it’s time to talk. That belief has brought a new element to the B.C. conference 2010 convention agenda.
The 20th century was a tumultuous period in China. The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 sought to rid China of all foreign interests, and saw the massacre of countless missionaries and Christian converts. In 1921, the Communist Party was founded and periods of civil war ravaged the country, followed by war with Japan. Finally, in 1949, the country fell under Communist rule and officially became an atheist state. Due to religious intolerance and persecution, the Christian church was forced underground. Thousands of church buildings were destroyed or turned into civil facilities such as schools, warehouses, and factories.
We had been waiting for the closing ceremony to begin and I was getting impatient. Obviously, the special visitors weren’t going to come. Having previously lived in India, I should be used to delays, but still wondered, why didn’t we just go ahead and start?
Colliding expectations, a sub-topic that nearly upstaged the main topic, and frustration over too little time to process it all characterized the MB study conference held Oct. 15-17 in Saskatoon.
At MB Biblical Seminary’s main campus in Fresno, Cal., enrollment this fall is 113, split fairly evenly between male and female students, for a full-time equivalent of 65. The numbers represent a decrease from the previous fall. Acting president since fall 2008, Dr. Franklyn “Lynn” Jost was appointed eighth president of the institution in June 2009, for a two-year term.
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.
Dressed in bright colours, three teenaged girls strolled up to the well in the middle of a Nanerige village in Burkina Faso. When Phil Bergen addressed them in their language, their faces lit up with delight at the surprise of speaking with a non-African man in their own language, and they giggled as they responded.
Janelle Hume didn’t like missions. Missionaries always appeared too holy and righteous. They definitely weren’t attractive people with an attractive lifestyle.
But experience can change a young person’s impressions dramatically. And that’s what happened to Janelle.