Swords into ploughshares

A Moment from Yesterday

March 13, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 6
Conrad Stoesz |
Photo: Klaas Brandt Photo Collections

“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” These famous words from Isaiah 2:4 have been enacted in various ways over the years. Sculptures have been created, jewelry made and roads built with former military machinery. By the end of the Second World War, Klaas Brandt of Steinbach, Man., learned of decommissioned military aircraft in the province. He determined that the Lysander airplanes had the most usable material and purchased 27 to bring to Steinbach. He melted down their 890-horsepower aluminum engines and made farm equipment with the metal.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see archives.mhsc.ca.

Further reading:
Canadian Women in Mission
Chesley Lake accordion
Conscientious objectors tree planting
Women in church vocations

Photo: Klaas Brandt Photo Collections

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