Earlier this month, I interviewed an ex-offender who had successfully gone through Mennonite Central Committee Alberta’s Bridges Ministries program.
He mentioned that when you are locked up in prison, you have no internet and no fresh air. He then shared how his ex-offender friends who are currently staying at home due to COVID-19 joke about how it feels like being locked up again, but this time they’re at the Hilton Hotel with Skip the Dishes and Netflix.
These are the conversations that I get to enjoy as the Alberta correspondent for Canadian Mennonite.
My job is to report on what is going on in the churches that belong to Mennonite Church Alberta. I also keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening with other Mennonite organizations in the province.
There is always something interesting going on or someone interesting to talk to.
Now with COVID-19 causing events to be cancelled, not just in Alberta, but across the country, we really depend on hearing those stories to encourage us and strengthen us during this crisis.
Canadian Mennonite brings us together as a national family, and I want Alberta to represent!
In Alberta, I know of multiple women sewing masks, writing books, and children making YouTube videos for fun while stuck at home.
On Easter weekend, Springridge Mennonite Church delivered Easter baskets to their members with canned pluma moos (Mennonite fruit soup), personal handwritten letters and a plethora of other goodies. You’ll get to see pictures in an upcoming issue.
I like to ask everyone I meet, “Who is the most interesting person you know in the church and why?” That question has led me to numerous stories I am currently exploring.
I depend on people to share stories with me, including my husband, who often hears something from one of his fellow pastors but doesn’t realize it’s a story until I say, “That sounds interesting!”
I love working for Canadian Mennonite, and I think I speak for all of the magazine’s correspondents when I say we are grateful for the honor of representing our respective regions to the national church body.
We cannot always depend on the people we know personally for the latest news, so please send us your story ideas. You can find contact information for each correspondent at canadianmennonite.org/contact-us.
Everybody has a story, and I am guessing you are all more interesting that you think.
Joanne De Jong is Canadian Mennonite’s Alberta correspondent. She lives in Edmonton. This article originally appeared on Mennonite Church Alberta’s website.