MC Canada update - January 8, 2019

Published January 8, 2019

International Witness


The Friedenshaus (Peace House) is an urban community initiative in the Ludwigshafen Mennonite Church. It is a project of the German South-West Conference of Mennonite Churches (ASM) and is supported by Mennonite Church Canada and other Mennonite organizations. Serving as a bridge between the church community and the surrounding neighbourhood, the Friedenshaus promotes relationship building and a culture of peace in the city of Ludwigshafen, Germany, through volunteer-led German-language classes, a quilting circle, homework help, and potluck meals. 

To support this program, check out our Giving Project here.



We pray that the peace of Christ would resonate through all Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers serving in five countries in the coming year. May each of us use the varied gifts God has given us to be “witnesses” to those we encounter in 2019.  

Pray for Tom & Christine Poovong and their ministry team as they continue to share their salvation story to Thai Issan people and beyond. Pray also that their vision for planting a church in each of the 20 Issan provinces becomes a reality.  

George & Tobia Veith ask for prayers of strength and endurance for Tobia as she has many final exams (all audio-recorded) to mark during the next two weeks, and for wisdom and energy for George as he prepares materials for two presentations on peacemaking that he has been asked to give to pastors in Macau and in the Mennonite churches in Hong Kong.  

“Young people who have grown up in Ukraine’s government-run institutions are unprepared for independent adult life,” says Mary Raber. Pray for church-based halfway houses that teach necessary life skills to survive and thrive. (From Mennonite Mission Network’s December 2018 Prayer Vine.) 


Indigenous-Settler Relations


Pray for the Unist’ot’en 

In its Declaration in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) affirms Indigenous rights to traditional territories and calls Mennonites to see Indigenous struggles against resource-extraction projects that lack Indigenous consent as “our struggle” (for the full text, see

In northern British Columbia, the Unist’ot’en have peacefully protected their traditional territory from new gas pipelines over the last decade. This week state authorities, acting on a court injunction, arrested many persons to break the Unist’ot’en’s land defense and to facilitate the construction of TransCanada’s pipeline. Pray for the Unist’ot’en—the MWC states, “Their pain is also our pain.” For more info and ways to support, visit




Worship Calendar: 

Jan 7-11    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -

Jan 20       Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday –

Jan 27       Holocaust Memorial Day -  

Feb 20       World Day of Social Justice –

Mar 6         Ash Wednesday –

Mar 8        World Women's Day –

Mar 21      International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Mar 22       World Water Day –


Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday: 

Each year, Anabaptist-related churches around the world are encouraged to worship around a common theme on a Sunday close to January 21. On that date in 1525 the first Anabaptist baptism took place in Zurich, Switzerland. World Fellowship Sunday provides an opportunity to remember our common roots and celebrate our worldwide koinonia. Resources can be found at


Cheaper By The Dozen: 

Cheaper By The Dozen is a bulk loan-option for pastors, librarians and church committees to preview new materials, host thematic displays over several weeks or circulate items within the congregation. Order 12 different loan titles and receive an extended borrowing period as well as other benefits. For more information, visit  


Featured Resource:


The Mennonite World Conference Peace Commission writes in a statement approved by the General Council in 2018: "In the Christian Scriptures, we encounter God who hears the cries of the dispossessed and suffering, feels deep concern for their welfare, and moves to save. In the Gospels, Jesus Christ, the living example for the church, embodies God’s preferred presence with the neighbor who is excluded, oppressed, ignored, rejected or treated as alien. Jesus associated with people on the margins, listened to and respected their experiences, and collaboratively sought justice. Mennonite World Conference desires to follow Jesus’s example to respond to the cries of Indigenous Peoples worldwide." Download at