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    graduating class In a few minutes you will be college graduates and whether you realize it or not you will have had a leg up on such famous college dropouts as Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison said Kyle You will have an advantage over many people in the work force so take advantage of it Yes the tassel will be worth the hassle Kyle said Tabor College s mission is to prepare people for a life of learning work and service for Christ and his kingdom Commence means to begin not to end Thus this commencement marks the beginning of many aspects of your life And given Tabor s mission statement I want to point out three areas that hopefully you have been introduced to during your years at Tabor College Kyle went on to elaborate on three foundations that Tabor College has provided its students Keep on learning Keep growing spiritually Keep thinking globally He closed with the words of Arie Pencovici Graduation is only a concept In real life every day you graduate Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life If you can grasp that you ll make a difference Students involved in the ceremony represented both the Hillsboro and Wichita campuses Anna Reid representing the school of adult and graduate studies gave the invocation Senior Michael Klaassen representing Tabor College Hillsboro and Leilani Schenkel representing Tabor College Wichita reflected on their experiences and challenged their fellow graduates Tynan Honn president of the Tabor College Hillsboro senior class gave the graduating class response President Jules Glanzer presented the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award to Becky Steketee and Michael Klaassen for their leadership abilities Glanzer also presented the graduating class with their diplomas and the Tabor College Alumni Association represented by Allen Hiebert member of the class of 1963 and Marlene Fast Tabor College alumni director presented each graduate with a Bible Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Tabor College graduates largest class in school history Wednesday May 22 2013 Retiring professor Richard Kyle gives commencement address Tabor College news story The largest graduating class in Tabor College history processed May 18 through Joel H Wiens Stadium the site of Tabor College commencement ceremonies In all 127 Bachelors of Arts 11 Master of Business Administration 13 Bachelor of Science 42 Bachelor of Science in Nursing and one Associate of Arts degrees were presented to the 103rd graduating class Richard Kyle long time history and religion professor who is retiring after 41 years in the Tabor College classroom gave the commencement address It s the beginning not the end A prolific author and scholar Kyle is a favorite with students He shared in typical Doc Kyle style wit and wisdom for the graduating class In a few minutes you will be college graduates and whether you realize it or not you will have had a leg up on such famous college dropouts as Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg

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    met Christ through USMB congregations Video testimonies were provided by people like Kimberly who found a life of hope through the ministry of South Mountain Community Church Draper Utah Attendance at both events was lower than anticipated About 120 people attended Plant 2013 Pacific and about 110 attended the Wichita event Epp says that the timing of the April event in Wichita was likely a problem since many other local events were scheduled that same weekend He says USMB leaders will evaluate and consider different timing for future events He adds that getting the word out was a challenge and he expects that having two enjoyable and successful inaugural events will help spread the word for future events This is an event that will grow he says About 45 items were sold in the silent and live auction in Dinuba and about 65 items were sold in Wichita Attendees bid on week long stays at vacation homes in Lincoln City Ore and in Cabo San Lucas Other items included a wheel from Mark Martin s Daytona 500 car a National Football League football signed by New York Giants quarterback David Carr a pair of cleats signed by Carr and his brother Derek who is a quarterback on the Fresno Calif State Bulldog football team and a Wichita Kan State University basketball signed by the final four Shockers team and coach Gregg Marshall Also popular were a number of hand made items quilts antiques home and garden items Hillsboro sausage and baked goods At the Wichita event auctioneer Clint Seibel also offered attendees a chance to bid on nothing an opportunity to simply support church planting and 18 people willingly bid 100 This is a great start says Epp This is an opportunity for everyone to know a little bit more about what s happening to raise resources and become part of the church planting movement Epp anticipates planning similar events next year Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB fundraisers support church planting Tuesday May 7 2013 Plant 2013 Pacific Midwest raise awareness funds By Myra Holmes Two benefit events this spring raised awareness for USMB activities and netted about 17 000 for church planting Plant 2013 Midwest was held April 20 at First MB Church Wichita Kan Plant 2013 Pacific was held Feb 23 at Dinuba Calif MB Church Both events featured a dinner and silent and live auctions The Pacific event raised 7 000 for church planting the Midwest event raised about 10 000 Proceeds from both will go toward church planting projects through Mission USA the USMB church planting and renewal arm USMB s vision is for Mission USA to have an integral part in planting plant six new churches each year for 10 years Church planting is the most effective means we have available for reaching those who don t know Jesus yet says Don Morris Mission USA director He points to Lifeway Research statistics that show that new churches are at

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    in the denominational print category the judge said the content was very personal and essay like and noted the dynamic use of visual content well integrated using color and other unifying effects Judges review three consecutive issues of a publication in selecting Award of Excellence winners and Award of Merit runners up Judges consider all aspects of the publication quality of writing variety and balance in content journalistic creativity design and typography and use of illustrations and photos in making their selections Because the judges look at several issues of the magazine in making this award receiving an Award of Excellence is a testament to the overall excellence of the Christian Leader says Faber This award acknowledges the excellent USMB writers who regularly contribute to our magazine and recognizes the good work of assistant editor Myra Holmes in the news areas and the excellent creative efforts of CL designer Shelley Plett Roger Wien s article Why I am a planetary scientist published in the Aug Sept 2012 issue was award fifth place in the General Article Long category of the Higher Goals Awards Very interesting first person piece from someone with a fascinating career and perspective wrote the judge Scientists typically are not emotive but I could practically hear the excitement and pride ringing through The 36 Higher Goals contest categories drew 988 total entries In the Higher Goals Awards EPA member publications compete against one another regardless of membership category For this reason receiving a Higher Goals Award is a huge accomplishment says Faber Not only do we compete against other denominational publications for a Higher Goals Award our submissions are evaluated along side articles published by Christianity Today Sojourners Christian Research Journal and World Vision Magazine The Evangelical Press Association is a professional association of some 300 North American Christian magazines newsletters newspapers and content rich websites EPA s purpose is to strengthen evangelical periodicals through inspiration instruction and networking Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Christian Leader recognized in EPA contest Tuesday May 7 2013 CL receives Award of Merit Higher Goals award Christian Leader press release The Christian Leader received an Award of Excellence and a Higher Goals Award in the 2013 Evangelical Press Association EPA awards contest The awards were presented at EPA s annual convention held in Nashville Tenn May 1 3 CL assistant editor Myra Holmes was present to receive the magazine s awards The 2013 awards honor the best work done by EPA publications during the 2012 calendar year It is an honor to be recognized for the quality of our work says editor Connie Faber The Awards of Excellence are given in the 10 EPA membership categories and are a best of award for each category for both digital and print In awarding the Christian Leader with an Award of Merit in the denominational print category the judge said the content was very personal and essay like and noted the dynamic use of visual content well integrated

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    proposal by H W Lohrenz Tabor College founding president to the Southern District Conference in 1936 and the efforts of Harry and Sarah Kornelsen Neufeld both Tabor College alumni who moved to South Texas in 1937 to work along the Texas Mexico border The first MB mission was established in Los Ebanos Texas and the first service was held in January 1938 From here the mission work spread to Chihuahua La Grulla Premont La Joya Edinburg Casita and Garciasville Mission Pharr and Donna A school was opened in 1948 49 with 113 students in eight grades and El Faro School was a major influence in the district for 21 years In the early 1960s the South Texas congregations had outgrown their dependence on the Southern District Conference and the churches formed their own district conference Prior to the dinner CMBS is sponsoring a Mennonite Heritage Tour The tour on Saturday April 27 will depart from the Historic church on the Tabor College campus following a Faspa lunch to be served at 12 15 CMBS director Peggy Goertzen will serve as the interpretative tour guide offering insight and narrative to significant historical sites in the area Stops during the afternoon tour will include the Brunk cemetery the Canada Kansas cemetery Gnadenau Krimmer Mennonite Brethren village orphanage and cemetery sites Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church and cemetery historic threshing stone marker in Peabody Walton historic marker Goessel Mennonite Brethren Church site and cemetery and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church The tour is scheduled to conclude at the Historic Church by 5 15 p m Tickets for the tour of significant historical locations are 25 each seating is limited Tickets for the CMBS dinner program featuring a blend of Mennonite and Mexican foods are 15 each Reservations for the tour and dinner were due April 22 To check on current ticket availability contact Peggy Goertzen at 620 947 3121 ext 1212 or by email at peggyg tabor edu Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments CMBS dinner honors LAMB Conference Tuesday Apr 23 2013 Mireles to be keynote speaker at event honoring LAMB s 75th anniversary Tabor College news story with files from Connie Faber The annual meeting of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies will honor the 75th anniversary of the Latin America Mennonite Brethren LAMB District Conference Veteran LAMB leader Rolando Mireles of Rio Grande City Texas will give the keynote address at the April 27 dinner to be held on the Tabor College campus at 6 30 p m We want to honor the LAMB Conference on the occasion of this anniversary says CMBS director Peggy Goertzen and a 75th anniversary only comes once Goertzen says that each of the five USMB regional districts has a unique beginning particular personalities and situations interacting under the hand of God she says The LAMB Conference has its spiritual pioneers and those who have followed in their footsteps to build on the dreams and passions of those pioneers to build a vibrant conference

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    good space for large group gatherings Participants gathered each evening for worship led by a full worship band Youth pastors Ken Wilkinson from Mountain View Trent Voth from College Community and Brent Sawatsky from Dinuba spoke Ford led a closing communion service For each of the three daytime projects teams partnered with smaller rural congregations in the area Organizers got help from George Ordway who works with Fresno ministry ESA Love INC for help in setting up the projects Youth groups from Mountain View and Dinuba MB served in Tranquility Calif The team helped the church run a basketball tournament for local high school students and a carnival for the community Youth from North Fresno and Kingsburg MB worked with Mendota Calif First Baptist Church a congregation that wants to expand their children s ministry The team worked with youth and volunteers from the church to run a two day Bible camp for about 40 kids from the church and community They also tackled various projects around the church facility Youth from College Community and Bethany MB worked with a congregation in San Joaquin Calif This small congregation is located near a high school and wants to reach out to youth but currently has no youth program So the team organized two days of youth group like activities to connect with teens About 40 youth from the high school attended Ford says that the November conference aimed to bring students together and build relationships while the spring service project aimed to help students look beyond themselves and live out their faith He says that organizers were pleased with the students response to the project Our students got a picture of God s larger mission in the world Ford says Organizers would like to do a similar project again perhaps widening the circle of participating congregations Just how and when will be determined as these youth pastors continue to meet and converse regularly Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Central Valley youth serve three communities Tuesday Apr 23 2013 Spring service week builds on fall conference by Myra Holmes Youth from several Pacific District Conference congregations served together over spring break March 23 27 The service opportunity built on a one day regional youth conference that took place in November 2012 at College Community Church MB Clovis Calif and furthers the relationship building that began there The spring break service like the conference used the tagline Together to emphasize the cooperative nature of the event The effort grew out of ongoing conversations between youth pastors from seven PDC congregations North Fresno Calif Church Mountain View Community Church Fresno Calif Bethany MB Church Fresno College Community Church MB Clovis Calif Reedley Calif MB Church Dinuba Calif MB Church and Kingsburg Calif MB Church Matt Ford youth pastor at North Fresno says that bringing together multiple congregations each with unique strengths and flavor provides a picture of the kingdom of God It was a great picture of unity in

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    chair of U S Reference and Counsel and 29 years as an officer and member of Southern District Conference and Pacific District Conference committees As pastor of two large churches Hillsboro Kan 10 years and Reedley Calif six years he endeared himself to many baptizing and officiating at scores of marriages His sermons mostly text oriented were delivered with great earnestness He spoke from the heart remembers one listener He was known as a wise and trusted counselor in these churches and certainly at MB Biblical Seminary where he taught full time and part time for more that a quarter of a century retiring in 1987 His MBBS course on The Christian Disciplines was so popular that students asked that it become a compulsory course His lectures on Christian spirituality were compiled in a manual Journey into Spiritual Growth 1980 with the help of a student David Wiebe Together with Herb Kopp another student he prepared the manual Deacons and Their Ministry His article Journey into Joy was published in a surprise issue of the MB journal Direction dedicated to Waldo Hiebert on the occasion of his 70th birthday vol 13 July 1984 Hiebert s article as well as the lead article about Hiebert by Phyllis Martens is available online by checking the indices Hiebert was born July 3 1914 at Mountain Lake Minn and died Feb 25 2013 in Fresno He was married to Rachel Wiebe on June 6 1944 who predeceased him He is survived by his children Ted Hiebert James Hiebert Susan Bercilla and Daniel Hiebert After the death of his wife Rachel to whom he had often turned for wisdom on a subject he lived at Twilight Haven a retirement home near Fresno Pacific University A Twilight Haven attendant says He was a sweet quiet gentleman who never complained Like a saint Elmer A Martens is President Emeritus at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary formerly MB Biblical Seminar y Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Waldo Hiebert remembered as a pastor educator statesman Monday Apr 8 2013 Colleagues pay tribute to the soul of Waldo Hiebert By Elmer A Martens Waldo Hiebert who died in February at the age of 98 will be remembered as a pastor a church statesman an influential educator and a devout Jesus follower With his death the world has become less holy observes a seminary teaching colleague Another says Waldo had soul He had an intuitive understanding of life He was a saint in the best sense of the word Hiebert s caring and compassionate heart was on display as a pastor and as dean of students at MB Biblical Seminary MBBS Fresno Calif Working alongside him in administration I learned that simply by his demeanor he invited persons to share what was in their hearts Hiebert s son Ted a seminary professor like his dad opened his eulogy at the memorial service with Of all the things that Waldo meant to the people in the church that

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    the pastors in Ieeja says Wall We centered around the themes of faith hope and love first from Romans 5 1 5 and then from Colossians 3 1 17 The pastors while at first hesitant responded to the invitation to share examples of challenges related to living as people of faith filled with hope and devoted to loving God and one another in their particular Indian context Wall says It seems that an ongoing need is for the nurturing of and care for the village pastors We sensed a deep appreciation for our pastoral work and a longing for more opportunities to meet for fellowship prayer and conversation about the practical matters of faith and life in the churches Pastors raised concerns that seemed typical of pastors worldwide We feel alone There are not enough visits by conference leaders We have health challenges but God has supplied One pastor asked if they should provide non baptised believer with a Christian burial Other questions were unique to India Pastors experience pressure by members to vouch that they are non Christian so that they as Dalit class can continue to receive government benefits If they declare themselves Christian these benefits disappear There are also pressures from parachurch and heretical groups who speak against the Lord s Prayer the Lord s Supper and Christ s second coming In two of the centers Randy Friesen and Ray Harms Wiebe North American guests with MB Mission introduced foot washing to the pastors Very few if any had experienced this before and it was truly moving for them MB Mission is seeking to re introduce this traditional Mennonite practice that has fallen off in past decades Read full stories about the weekend activities on the International Community of Mennonite Brethren web site http www icomb org studytogether Bible studies with local pastors http www icomb org hiebertdedication Building dedication http www icomb org MBCBCgradstory Centenary Bible College graduation Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Wall represents USMB at India celebrations Monday Apr 8 2013 India Mennonite Brethren dedicate Hiebert Academic Center Reports from E D Solomon MBCBC and David Wiebe ICOMB with files from Connie Faber Gary Wall Pacific Conference District Minister represented United States Mennonite Brethren at the dedication of the Hiebert Academic Center on the MB Centenary Bible College MBCBC campus in Shamshabad India Wall who joined the North American contingent at the request of MB Mission was also present at other special events held that weekend traveled to the Ieeja community for a pastors conference and attended local church services Wall and the other international guests attended the February 23 ribbon cutting and dedication service for the Hiebert Academic Center Paul Hiebert is a former missionary to India and world renowned mission anthropologist who was born in Shamshabad in 1933 to missionary parents Approximately 100 local and international guests attended the ribbon cutting that officially opened the center Dr P B Arnold president of the Governing Council India MB

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    life in the kingdom the Jesus oriented life that we often miss in our technologically saturated fast paced Western world Morris says There was a sense that even though we were from countries thousands of miles apart we were indeed very close brothers and sisters in the Lord That God had called each of us into the privilege of being his ambassadors within our various contexts and cultures Morris continues Some of those feet were twisted from abuse Some had sores from hard work Some were very dirty It didn t matter We were one family serving God Participants say they frequently cried as they worshiped shared and prayed together Tears were a very common occurrence among everyone during the entire four days says Morris It was extremely emotional at times Direct Holy Spirit encounters were common as people shared Participating in the Missional DNA Summit was a life changing experience wrote Gowling in his journal I will never forget the men and women I have met here Their stories of God working in them have changed my life he wrote They are modern day heroes of faith though they would hate it if you said that to them but their stories are right out of the New Testament They read their Bibles and fully expect that God will use them just like he did Paul Timothy Silas Barnabas and others wrote Gowling And they fully expect that the same power of the Holy Spirit will guide them strengthen them encourage them give them perseverance through the persecution and do miracles in Jesus name And guess what It s happening Wall agrees We may have different challenges in the West he says but these brothers and sisters possess something we need a depth of commitment to Christ and a dependency on him that surpasses our own in so many ways Missional DNA Summit photos are posted on the MB Mission web site Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Connecting with SE Asian pastors a life changing experience Monday Apr 8 2013 MB Mission hosts Missional DNA Exchange in Thailand by Connie Faber Bringing together church planting pastors from North America and Southeast Asia has been Randy Friesen s dream for the past year and thanks to that vision four USMB leaders are bringing renewed energy to their work Don Morris Mission USA director Gary Wall Pacific District Conference minister Chad Stoner church planting pastor of Stony Brook Church in Omaha Neb and Jeff Gowling pastor of The Bridge in Bakersfield Calif along with a contingent of seven Canadian MB pastors and leaders represented North America at the Missional DNA Summit organized by MB Mission They traveled to Thailand Feb 10 15 to meet with 15 pastors from Southeast Asia and 10 MB Mission staff members from North America and Southeast Asia Why pastors from Southeast Asia Most of our pastors from that region are first generation Christians who have experienced God s power in their lives

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