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    someone bigger than ourselves to give us inspiration to keep fighting This is why Jeremiah 29 11 is one of the most often quoted passages of Scripture In the midst of hardship we find comfort in a God who promises that he has a plan for us a plan to give us hope Another thought provoking and often quoted Bible verse is Hebrews 11 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see Hope is interesting because usually our desired outcome isn t guaranteed We can hope to get a new job or hope our children are healthy or we can hope the Chiefs win the Super Bowl but none of these is guaranteed Even in The Hunger Games we hope Katniss survives and is able to help her district but there are several points throughout the story where we begin to wonder if she has what it takes I don t know what happens to Katniss I haven t read The Hunger Games books I ve only seen the first two movies But I do know that our hope in Christ is different from Prim s hope in Katniss Our faith is unique and powerful because if we have faith in Jesus we have assurance of what we cannot see Our faith gives us confidence that everything will work out We know how the story ends Jesus himself tells us we will face troubles in this life but our hope is in the ultimate conqueror that has already sealed our fates It can be inspiring to read stories like The Hunger Games but next time you find yourself weary and looking for hope put down your bow and arrow and look to the one who has already overcome the world Matt Ehresman and his wife Tillie live in Wichita Kan where he works as the creative media director at First MB Church Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Hungry for hope Saturday Feb 1 2014 What The Hunger Games trilogy teaches us about overcoming By Matt Ehresman When I first heard about the best selling book series The Hunger Games I thought the title sounded like something a bunch of junior high boys would play at the lunch table Then I was told it was a new fiction series that revolved around young people literally hunting and killing each other Strange The series revolves around teenager Katniss Everdeen who is very skilled with a bow and arrow and her fight to stand up against a corrupt government She lives in a dark era where the government has complete control and most families are destined to a life of poverty Early on Katniss offers herself as a sacrifice in an attempt to save her sister Prim from the Hunger Games a nationally televised event during which contestants are forced to fight each other to the death After Katniss volunteers her bravery and willingness to stand for justice

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    larger square rocks as a base Then I look for other shapes and sizes stacking one upon another higher and higher Sometimes even small rocks are perfect for certain places I find that it s good to take time to observe and know what is needed and then to take time to find the rocks that will fit In order to build a youth ministry you need to take time to identify specific needs then determine which students and volunteers will best fit those needs One student might be just right for leading worship while another might be just right for setting up chairs Strategically placing the right people in the right places will build a great ministry Finally the altar ought to stand on its own and last a long time Altars made by saints of old stood for ages testifying of God s power and guidance from generation to generation However sometimes as I place the final rocks the whole thing tumbles to the ground Many times I dismantle and start over It might end up looking very different than the first or second attempt Those who are willing to persevere build the best altars Youth ministries should also outlast tough times and stormy weather We must be willing to remain rebuild and reinforce And multiple generations should remember how God met them at this youth group Only those who persevere will build a ministry for the ages After 30 plus years I frequently see former students and they often tell me that youth group made the single most significant impact in their lives Ministries are monuments to the glory of God They are significant markers in the story of God and his plan highlighting where we ve been and providing direction for where we re going And it seems like just a pile of rocks Joe L Brown is the youth pastor at Heritage Bible Church in Bakersfield Calif Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments My pile of rocks Saturday Feb 1 2014 Youth ministry has a lot in common with my pile of rocks By Joe L Brown Every year the Pacific District Conference Board of Youth Ministry sponsors a retreat at Lake Mead in Nevada It s a great opportunity to grow in friendships relax and recharge Every year I go into the hills and stack rocks as an altar to God sometimes working on an altar still standing from a previous year other times building a new one Recently I asked God why His reply You re building a youth ministry Why would God compare youth ministry to an altar a pile of rocks An altar requires a location that is a fairly flat and open space with plenty of rocks nearby It s really nice if it s a shady comfortable spot with a gentle breeze But that s not always where God leads Sometimes he leads to a place where I ll have to hunt for rocks even

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    11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission

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    Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and Christian Missionary Alliance Churches AEFMQ along with ETEM IBVIE Mennonite Central Committee Quebec Montreal Center for Anabaptist Studies and Mennonite Historical Society of Quebec organized a one day gathering in November 2013 to discuss the charter and its religious significance The purpose of the gathering was to inject Christian and Anabaptist values into the discussion explains Lougheed The 45 people in attendance heard speakers who support and oppose the charter Pro charter speakers he says had raised concerns about the role of women being negatively affected and the need for clear guidelines to facilitate relations between various groups Meanwhile speakers opposing the charter spoke about the importance of treating all people with respect and the need to protect vulnerable newcomers to Canada Participants at the gathering had discussed the idea of MB churches taking a stand against the charter but Lougheed says they reached a consensus that more discussion is needed to give people on both sides of the controversy the opportunity to express their views The polls indicate that the majority of people in Quebec support it he says Many churches don t talk about it That is fear and fear does not come from God Fear prevents unity Participants at the gathering he says were largely opposed to the charter because they believe it does not reflect evangelical and Anabaptist values or achieve its proposed objectives of increasing understanding harmony and cohesion for all Quebecers regardless of their religion or origin Requiring individuals to abandon religious practices and essential parts of their identity in their place of employment he says creates an atmosphere of intolerance and inequity If it is passed Lougheed predicts that anti religious sentiments and intolerance towards all religious groups will increase I can t see how this charter is protecting religious liberty and harmony he says Gladys Terichow is the staff writer for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Quebec MB churches encouraged to discuss controversial legislation Monday Jan 27 2014 Proposed charter of values has potential to affect MB churches and ministries By Gladys Terichow Mennonite Brethren churches in Quebec are encouraged to talk about the province s proposed charter of values that continues to generate an emotional debate about the place of religion in a secular society If the charter is adopted it would among other things prohibit Quebec s public sector employees from wearing conspicuously visible religious clothing headgear and symbols Richard Lougheed an historian and professor of church history in Montreal encourages Mennonite Brethren churches in Quebec to talk about this controversial charter Lougheed who studies long term trends says if the charter is passed it has the potential to affect the 15 churches that belong to the Quebec MB Conference AEFMQ and the ministries they support Churches need to talk about it says Lougheed There are valid differences in opinion At a minimum level let s talk about it and pray together

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    is more equally distributed and has increased people s access by as much as seven times depending on where they live Steckley says In December 2013 almost all infrastructure was completed and water was flowing either to every household or to one of 36 nearby public water kiosks Steckley says Everyone has access to spring water as much as they want or at least as much as they have containers to hold Franklyn Paulisme a MCC staff member who always had water pipes coming into his house but rarely had water now can collect seven drums 52 gallons each of water each day He uses it to mix with cement for a new house he is building Nearby water will save a lot of carrying time for families allowing them to use that time to earn money Available and reliable water will allow people to establish kitchen gardens which weren t practical or sustainable before Steckley says Chlorination systems still need to be installed says Kurt Hildebrand MCC representative in Haiti with his spouse Wilda Mondestin New government requirements for fencing and erosion control for 1 000 square meters around the springs have to be implemented Hildebrand is from Medford Ore and Mondestin from Haiti Clean drinking water in an area affected by the cholera outbreak in 2010 will be a health benefit to the community Steckley says Even now the water is more drinkable than the canal or river water that some people used before Now you can feel the difference says Emmanuel Fleurine an MCC staff member from Port au Prince who visited Desarmes before and after the water system Before you could see people bathing themselves or washing their clothes in very brown water he says Now clean water is flowing from the faucets Linda Espenshade is the MCC U S news coordinator Mennonite Central Committee works in the name of Christ in relief and development and for peace Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Clean water strengthens Haiti town Monday Jan 27 2014 Rebuilding after 2010 earthquake continues in Haiti By Linda Espenshade Three springs in the mountains around Desarmes Haiti supply abundant water for the 2 002 families who live in or near the small town but until recently that didn t mean that everyone had easy or equitable access to that water People who lived nearer to the springs higher on the hillsides could count on water but people in the valley couldn t Those with more money or with connections to the local water committees were more likely to have water flowing into their houses than those who were poorer and not politically connected Bucket by bucket people would spend a lot of time each day carrying water from the nearest water source for cooking washing dishes bathing and drinking for themselves and their livestock Only about 10 percent of the residents had pipes to bring water into their houses and about half of those households seldom had water

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    Wiebe is inspired and encouraged by how Lithuanians live their Christian faith in a country known for its high rate of suicides struggling economy rising number of orphaned and abandoned children and growing problems related to alcohol abuse These small churches of about 40 to 50 people are reaching out to the community through youth programs and summer camps says Wiebe One church has a daycare for at risk kids God s spirit is always moving It is young people who are finding direction in the middle of a chaotic life through Christ Over the years the churches have received spiritual development training and support from Mennonite families in Lithuania MB Missions Eastern Mennonite Missions Mennonite churches in Germany and many individuals from Canada and the United States A unifying influence has been LCC International University located in Klaipeda Art DeFehr of River East MB Church in Winnipeg Man Otonas Balciunas of Lithuania and Johannes Reimer of Germany established the university in 1991 as Lithuania Christian Fund College Wiebe says friendships developed through the college created an interest for the Free Christian Churches of Lithuania to learn more about the Mennonite faith and join the MB global family The university is a place where many have found faith in Christ and grown in their faith says Wiebe According to the university s website it is the only Christian liberal arts university in the former Soviet Union About 50 percent of the college s 600 students are from Lithuania One third of faculty is Lithuanian while two thirds are from Western Europe Canada and the U S LCCIU president Marlene Wall is a graduate of Tabor College the Mennonite Brethren owned college headquartered in Hillsboro Kan The Lithuania congregations will be official welcomed at the ICOMB summit in Luanda Angola Ed Boschman USMB executive director represents U S Mennonite Brethren Gladys Terichow is the staff writer for the Canadian Conference of MB Churches Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Lithuania churches joining global MB family Monday Jan 27 2014 Free Christian Churches of Lithuania affirm ICOMB confession of faith By Gladys Terichow The two year membership process for the Free Christian Churches of Lithuania will come to an end in May when the small conference joins the International Community of Mennonite Brethren The Free Christian Churches of Lithuania a small conference of seven church plants will be welcomed into the International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB in May They want to be part of the global MB family because they share the theological convictions in our confession of faith says ICOMB executive director David Wiebe They absolutely want to be a peace church The Anabaptist peace position is very important to them it has been embedded in their faith from day one As part of the two year membership process Wiebe visited the churches in April 2012 and November 2013 and the churches sent representatives to ICOMB annual meetings Wiebe says the 200 people in the Free

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    half north to south In late June 2011 record flooding devastated Minot forcing nearly a third of the residents to evacuate The flood affected 25 percent of Minot s housing Many of these homes were occupied by low and moderate income families Over 4 100 homes were damaged and over 2 300 homes received extensive damage MDS began a response in Minot in July 2011 At first the work was mucking out and disinfecting then progressing to repair and rebuilding Throughout the two and a half year project 1 556 volunteers from all over the United States and Canada worked a total of 9 246 days Ken and Martha June Graber oversaw the work during the final weeks MDS was in Minot When asked by KX News reporter Olsen why they volunteered Ken said We feel that we can in a small way be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to people It is a service that we feel is important to our fellow man reaching out to our neighbors Martha June added We want to pass on the many blessings that we have received in our lives to people who are in need and want our help The jobs completed in Minot include 55 clean up jobs 33 minor repairs and 29 major repairs One new home was built through the Partnership Home program While all volunteers made a difference MDS was was especially thankful for Dave Demaree a licensed North Dakota electrician who came out of retirement to manage the short term volunteer electricians recruited by MDS Demaree s work saved an estimated 10 000 per home New MDS projects for 2014 are Duluth Minn and High River Alta floods and Sayreville NJ Hurricane Sandy Volunteers are also returning to projects in Bastrop Texas wildfires Far Rockaway and Staten Island NY Hurricane Sandy Crisfield MD Hurricane Sandy Hattiesburg Miss and Shawnee Okla tornados and Braithwaite La Hurricane Isaac Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MDS closes Minot project Monday Jan 27 2014 More than 1 500 MDS volunteers helped North Dakota community rebuild By Barb E Weaver for MDS with files from FX News After working in the North Dakota Mouse River valley for more than two years Mennonite Disaster Service has closed their project in Minot ND Bible Fellowship Church a USMB congregation in Minot housed the 1 500 plus MDS volunteers that came to help the community rebuild following a devastating 2011 flood More than 100 homes in North Dakota s Mouse River valley benefited from the caring touch of Mennonite Disaster Service MDS one of the many faith based groups that descended on the area to lend a helping hand following the 2011 flood In December 2013 MDS closed their flood response project in Minot ND more than two years after sending in the first volunteers to clean up flood ravaged community The departure of MDS and their volunteers has left a void at Bible Fellowship Church says pastor

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    from Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena Calif Hawthorne Kinger currently teaches part time at Wheaton College Ill serves on the board of her local Ten Thousand Villages store and is raising three school age children She and Tim have been members of Lombard Mennonite Church in Illinois since 1995 Leslie Hawthorne Klingler combines a vibrant spirituality with compassionate concern for the world says Wilbert Shenk senior professor of mission history and contemporary culture School of Intercultural Studies Fuller Seminary Leslie s pieces always showed keen imagination and clear thinking to say nothing of superb writing skill says Byron Rempel Burkholder former Rejoice editor now managing book editor at MennoMedia Her cross cultural and ministry experiences brought texture and color to her writing I have found her to be as thorough and sharp as an editor as she is in her writing Previous editor J Janzen concluded his tenure Dec 20 2013 to devote full time attention to the growing Highland Community Church Abbotsford B C where he serves as pastoral elder Hawthorne Klinger began Jan 6 2014 and will work from her home in Illinois Kindred Productions is the North American Mennonite Brethren publishing ministry owned by the Canadian Conference of MB Churches MennoMedia is owned and operated by the Mennonite Church and publishes books periodicals and curricula under the name Herald Press Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments New Rejoice editor apppointed Monday Jan 27 2014 Writer Wheaton College instructor to edit inter Mennonite quarterly devotional Kindred Productions news release Leslie Hawthorne Klinger a Fuller Theological Seminary graduate and current Wheaton College instructor and freelance writer is the new editor for Rejoice a daily devotional published quarterly by Kindred Productions and MennoMedia Leslie Hawthorne Klinger has accepted the position as contract editor for Rejoice a daily

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