MC Canada update - November 28, 2019

Published November 28, 2019


International Witness  


Staff travelling in Asia to document IW ministries 

International Witness Director Jeanette Hanson and Mennonite Church Manitoba Communications Director Darryl Neustaedter Barg are traveling in southeast Asia over the next two weeks to document the ministries of Mennonite Church Canada in Thailand and South Korea. The goal is to produce two videos for Canadian congregations to play in services or small groups. Hanson and Barg will interview Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong and Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park to capture the way in which God works through them and their ministry partners to spread God’s peace. 

Prayer: Pray for safe travel and strength for Jeanette and Darryl and that they capture meaningful conversations and experiences with the people and places they film. 

MCEC Mission Minister travels to Myanmar to provide training 

This week MCEC Mission Minister Norm Dyck is in Myanmar with Pastor Jehu Lian Ching (Mennonite Church Eastern Canada), Michele Hershberger (Hesston College) and Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg (Hesston College). They are providing training in Anabaptist belief and practice to a network of church planters called Myanmar Missions International and to the newly established Mission Anabaptist Church in Chin State. These relationships are an extension of Chin Christian Church (Kitchener, ON), MCEC and MC Canada.   

Prayer: Pray for safety as they travel and wisdom as they teach and interact with church leaders in various parts of Myanmar.  

Witness worker on-demand for conflict-transformation presentations 

During the first week of December, South Korea Witness worker Bock Ki Kim will do three presentations for groups of 300 teachers in several school districts. The presentations will be about restorative justice and conflict transformation in a school setting. Bock Ki asks for your prayers as he introduces these ideas and practices into schools that are looking for a different way of functioning. May God’s peace shine through him as he teaches. 


News from our partners 

Teachers with Mennonite Partners in China, including Witness worker Tobia Veith, have another month of classes and then final exams before their winter break. Please pray for them as they teach, mark papers and exams. Pray for the six North American student teachers that are doing this for the first time. Pray that the relationships being built with Chinese students will form bridges of peace between nations and cultures.   

Video shares spirit of AIMM meetings in Burkina Faso 

A new video from Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, gives a wonderful picture of the spirit of the meetings that Mennonite Church Canada was part of with AIMM in Burkina Faso this past month. It features images from church services, and videos of wonderful singing by the people who gathered and from the Angolan Mennonite Youth Choir. Please view here


Indigenous-Settler Relations 


Getting Declaration legislation in the throne speech  

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Government of Canada delivers its Speech from the Throne in which it outlines the agenda for this 43rd session of Parliament. The Liberals, NDP, Green and Bloc Québécois have all expressed support for legislation to implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. which, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is “the framework for reconciliation.” Please email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ( and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations ( to encourage them to make Declaration legislation a priority. Together, our prayerful e-mails of support can make a real difference!  

Decolonizing conversations this Christmas 

Indigenous-Settler Relations encourages you to stir some decolonizing conversations this Christmas by gifting Unsettling the Word to your friend, loved one or enemy. How can we celebrate incarnation in a world on the brink of ecological crisis? What is the “good news” that God announces for Indigenous and suffering peoples? Unsettling the Word explores these questions, and more. Available at CommonWord

News from our partners 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT): Prayers for Iraqi-Kurdistan 

Our CPT partners in Iraqi-Kurdistan have witnessed nine journalists undergo arrest by the Kurdish Regional Government this past month, two of whom are close friends of the team. Pray for those who carry prophetic vocations of truth-telling; pray for peace and continued courage to risk doing what’s right. If you are interested in learning more, or joining a CPT delegation to Iraqi-Kurdistan, check out



Worship Calendar: 

Dec 1                    First Advent -  

Dec 3                    International Day of Persons with Disabilities -  

Dec 10                  Human Rights Day -  

Dec 24/25            Christmas Eve/Day -  

Jan 1                     New Years Day –  

Jan 6                     Epiphany -  

Jan 19                   Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday -  

Jan 19-25             Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -  

Jan 27                   Holocaust Memorial Day -  



Advent begins this Sunday! If you’re looking for resources to help you plan for the season, visit this link. With over 100 advent worship items, CommonWord is here to help! 


Share your works

Are you writing an original resource for Advent or Christmas? CommonWord would love to share it further by posting it on our site. Please visit this link for more information about our community-developed materials. 


Featured Resources 

Looking for a new study for your small group in the new year? Herald Press recently released the study guide for Fire by Night. In this book, pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler invites readers to marvel at the Old Testament. Using stories from Scripture and from her ministry, Florer-Bixler braids together the text with the sometimes ordinary, sometimes radical grace of God. She argues that the same passages that confuse and horrify and baffle us can, if we are paying attention, lure us closer toward God. You can download the study guide by visiting CommonWord here


Book Launch 

CommonWord presents “An Evening with Don Neufeld and friends” on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Marpeck Commons at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Join Don, co-editor, with friends Harry Lafond and Dan Epp-Tiessen, as they reflect on healthy masculinity from an Anabaptist perspective and launch Peaceful at Heart: Anabaptist Reflections on Healthy Masculinity, available here