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Habitat Niagara raises another house

Cindi Powell and her daughters Erica and Emily are the owners of this house in St. Catharines, Ont., built through a partnership between Habitat Niagara and the local Mennonite community.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara has been building houses in the Niagara Peninsula since 1993. This year the house built on Tasker St. in St. Catharines was a partnership Habitat for Humanity and the Mennonite faith community.

Roadblocks for Christmas

Last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson encountered road blocks on his way to church in Chengdu.

On his way to church Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson passed street vendors in Chengdu selling suit-case sized fruitcake.

On his way to church last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson found the police had erected roadblocks to facilitate crowd control. Hanson lives in Chengdu, China, where he and his wife Jeanette are Mennonite Church Canada workers, teaching and providing Anabaptist resources to Chinese students and church leaders.

China to Canada: A Prairie Connection

Karen Cornelius (left), a Winnipeg artist and guest curator of the Prairie Connections exhibit, invited artist Liang Yu (right) to show his art in Winnipeg. Ray Dirks (centre) is curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

Signal Series III, silkscreen by Liang Yu.

The flat lands of Manitoba’s wide Red River valley would seem to have little in common with northern China—unless you’ve seen the expansive silkscreen prints of Chinese artist Liang Yu. The Prairie Connections exhibit of Yu’s art at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery immediately resonates with the prairie dweller.

Food distribution helps widow reclaim dignity 

A food distribution in Mali, implemented by Caritas Mali, with support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace, MCC and the United Church of Canada, targets those most vulnerable in the community, including widows, pregnant and nursing mothers, men who are supporting very large households, and people with physical disabilities.

For Sara Doua of Bamako, Mali, receiving a three-month ration means she no longer has to go door-to-door asking her neighbours for food.

Winners announced

After winning Mennonite Church Canada’s draw for Chris and Selah action figures, Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz place them in the family worship centre. The action figures are based on Mennonite Church Canada’s ‘At-Home’ family worship resources, written by Elsie Rempel, designed by Megan Kamei and sewn by Mary Funk.

Chris and Selah have found a new home. The action figures based on Mennonite Church Canada’s Advent- and Lent-at-Home resources were awarded to Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz, aged eight and 10, respectively, after a draw held on May 1.

MWC church provides aid following tribal dispute

Elderly Kenyan men are among those who receive blankets as part of a relief effort under the auspices of the Kenya Mennonite Church following ethnic clashes in eastern Kenya earlier this year.

In the aftermath of recent border clashes between Luo and Kalenjin ethnic tribes in eastern Kenya, Kenya Mennonite Church is helping to provide aid to displaced persons and participating in peace initiatives.


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