Mennonite Church Canada has created lasting relationships with indigenous communities such as Cross Lake, Man. In 1943, Henry Gerbrandt served the community in fulfilling his commitment as a conscientious objector to war. In 1956, Otto and Margaret Hamm moved to the community. A church was built in 1957, and a new one in 2005. Pictured, Jeremiah Ross (1909-2002) of Cross Lake was ordained as minister of the congregation in 1968; he retired in 1998. With the many changes to Mennonite Church Canada programs over the years, today no workers remain in indigenous communities. For the past number of years, Sterling Mennonite Fellowship of Winnipeg has been invited to bring a one-week Vacation Bible School program to the children of Cross Lake.
Text by Conrad Stoesz / Mennonite Heritage Centre
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