MC Canada update - October 2, 2019

MC Canada biweekly updates


Here is collection of updates from MC Canada's International Witness and Indigenous-Settler Relations programs and from CommonWord. The information on this page is updated every two weeks and is shared with the Regional Churches. Please hold these items in prayer and share them with your church community.


Published October 2, 2019


International Witness 


Ride for Refuge still needs to meet its fundraising goal before October 5, 2019! 

There's only four days left before our eight Ride for Refuge teams cycle and walk to raise funds for International Witness. We've reached two thirds of our fundraising goal - help us get to 100%! Please consider supporting one of our teams by donating at Donations will be accepted until October 31, 2019. 


Did you know International Witness has programs in countries where we have no workers? 

These programs are part of Mennonite Church Canada’s budget and are important to our international ministry. We are working together with local churches in Benin, Congo, Colombia, Cuba and others to offer programs of leadership development and training. Undesignated gifts to Mennonite Church Canada International Witness help to support these ministries. 

Prayer: Pray for these churches across the globe that want to work with Mennonite Church Canada to bring God’s message of healing and hope to their communities. Pray that as we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada, our gratefulness will overflow in generosity to others.  


Witness workers create partnership with renewable energy corporation  

On September 19, Dann and Joji Pantoja, with their organizations Peacebuilders Community Incorporated (PCBI) and Coffee For Peace, established an inclusive-development partnership with a renewable energy corporation in the Philippines. The partnership, based on PCBI’s peace and reconciliation principles, will offer sustainable development training to coffee farmers in Indigenous communities. For more about this exciting initiative, click here

Prayer: Pray that as Dann and Joji work with a renewable-energy corporation and Indigenous leaders the principles of peace and reconciliation that they embody will bring healing and hope to these communities.  Thank God for this opportunity to care for God's creation in this way.   


News from our Partners 

Mennonite Partners in China (MPC) will host a learning tour from October 3 to 26, for 27 participants from Canada and the United States. The purpose of the tour is to see China beyond the headlines. It will include several of the universities where MPC teachers and student interns teach and participants will meet several Chinese church leaders, subsistence farmers, business people and counsellors. Eight of the participants are from Rosthern Mennonite Church. 

Prayer: Pray that participants see God at work in China. Pray that the people they meet will be encouraged and strengthened to know that people in Canada support their work.  


Indigenous-Settler Relations


This Fight Continues! 262 and the Declaration 

Though some Canadian politicians refuse to honour the minimum rights standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—afraid of the potential impact they might have on the resource-extraction economy—Indigenous nations and allies continue to mobilize to have the Declaration respected and implemented in federal law. A new mini-documentary, co-produced by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations, shares the ongoing story. Check it out here: This Fight Continues


Indigenous rights essential to climate justice 

An estimated 1 million people took to the streets in Canada this past Friday (September 27) to declare their love for the Earth and to issue a bold call for climate action. Central to this call is the “full adoption and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations helped the Manitoba Youth for Climate Action create a short three-minute video explaining why Indigenous rights are integral to ecological justice. Check it out here: Centring Indigenous Rights


News from our partners 

Prayers for Christian Peacemaker Team Lesvos 

On the Greek island of Lesvos, a fire broke out in the Moria migrant camp, killing one person and injuring 18 others. Designed for a maximum capacity of 3,000 people, the Moria camp now contains 13,000 people in desperate conditions, most of whom have fled from Syria. Please pray for our partner, Christian Peacemaker Teams Lesvos, as they courageously raise awareness of ongoing human rights violations and offer a ministry of solidarity to vulnerable peoples. For more info, you can follow their work on Facebook:




Worship Calendar: 

Oct 4                    World Animal Day –  

Oct 6                    World Communion Sunday -  

Oct 10                  World Mental Health Day -  

Oct 13                  Thanksgiving -  

Oct 16                  World Food Day -  

Oct 27                  Mennonite Heritage -  

Nov 1                   All Saints Day -  

Nov 3                   Mission Sunday -  

Nov 10                 Peace Sunday –  

Nov 11                 Remembrance Day -  

Nov 20                 Universal Children’s Day -  

Nov 24                 Memorial Sunday -  

Nov 25                 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 





As fall begins, we move towards the season of giving thanks. If you’re searching for resources or inspiration for the season, visit You’ll find worship resources that you can use to inspire your thankfulness this fall. 


Share Your Works: 

Are you writing an original thanksgiving resource?  CommonWord would love to share it further by posting it on our site.  Please see for more information about our community-developed materials. 


Featured Resources: 

Why would anyone aspire to pastoral ministry when, for instance, a garage-door installer makes twice as much money and has weekends off? In George G. Epp’s book, city-kid Ike Janssen moves directly from student at a denominational seminary to pastor in a rural Saskatchewan town. Each of the 30 chapters in Isaac Janssen, MDiv focusses on a discrete episode in the lives of Ike and Sarah, while other key characters' lives thread their ways in and out of the whole. Order here


Book Launch: 

CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre invites you to join us on October 10 at 7 p.m. in Candian Mennonite University’s Marpeck Commons as Karla Dueck Thiessen and her students launch Dueck Thiessen’s new book It Starts With A Breath. The book demonstrates the benefits of mindful breathing for all ages. Find out more here