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    turned to mud and precious possessions were ruined Efforts to raise mattresses off the ground using cinder blocks and to string clothes from wires inside their tent made little difference as the rain poured in through holes in the tent or seeped in below the walls In response MCC is distributing the relief kits blankets and canned meat it had positioned in Haiti prior to hurricane season to 493 families predominantly located in the southern part of the country In addition food rations will be purchased locally to supply those families for a five week period The relief kits which include soap toothpaste laundry detergent towels and other hygiene supplies are a base line defense against cholera which spreads through unclean water The country is especially vulnerable because it doesn t have proper sanitation and sewage systems MCC Haiti will distribute the supplies through one of its long term partners Network for the Defense of Human Rights Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains a human rights monitoring and education group Contributions to MCC s response in Haiti may be made at the nearest MCC office or online Gifts should be designated for Haiti Emergency Assistance In addition MCC welcomes contributions of relief kits and blankets to replenish its supplies For more information visit mcc org kits In addition to responding in Haiti MCC also is exploring a response in Cuba where more than 300 000 people have been evacuated 200 000 homes damaged and 74 000 acres of crops destroyed MCC constituents in the United States wishing to support the domestic response to Sandy are encouraged to contact Mennonite Disaster Service MDS a sister agency that responds to disasters in Canada and the U S Last week an MCC East Coast partner Kingdom Builders Construction in Philadelphia sent a work group through MDS to Oasis Christian Center in Staten Island N Y a church located in the midst of significant destruction Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MCC responds to Sandy s devastation in Haiti Tuesday Nov 20 2012 Haitian tent camps hit hard by two 2012 hurricanes By Linda Espenshade for MCC Before Hurricane Sandy devastated homes beaches and entire communities in New Jersey and New York the storm dumped as many as 20 inches of rain on parts of Haiti In late October floodwaters flowed through tent camps where people are still living after their homes crumpled in a 2010 earthquake The Haitian government reports Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and caused an estimated 104 million loss to livestock crops and infrastructure The impact of Hurricane Sandy which compounded the effect of Hurricane Isaac in August was especially destructive because 370 000 people are still living in tent camps since the 2010 earthquake says Kristen Chege a Mennonite Central Committee MCC worker from Eugene Ore MCC is an inter Mennonite relief development and peace agency that serves in the name of Christ Whole camps flooded as streams emerged between tents she writes in

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    guests who addressed the delegates included representatives from USMB Kindred Productions MB Mission Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Tabor College Center for MB Studies Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service Kevin King MDS executive director pictured left gave delegates an update on the disaster agency s work in Minot ND following a flood two years ago and on Staten Island NY following last month s Superstorm Sandy Musicians from Bethesda Church pictured below led in times of worship during the conference They were joined Thursday night by musicians from a Hispanic congregation in Huron with which Bethesda shares their youth facility in the north part of the city Crop reports and harvesters Rod Anderson CDC pastor and church planter was the keynote speaker His two morning sermons were based on Matt 9 37 38 and highlighted the convention theme Equipped for the harvest In his Friday message Anderson emphasized seeing the need in one s own community He began by explaining that agricultural crop reports are helpful in determining supply and demand and to assisting the harvester in making appropriate plans Jesus provided one of the earliest crop reports said Anderson The harvest would be plentiful and the workers few Do you really believe his report asked Anderson When you look at your community do you see people who need Jesus or do you just see people Using the city of Huron as an example Anderson said that statistics about American s beliefs and religious practices suggest that there are 311 people looking for Jesus in Huron Anderson said Doesn t that get you excited We have a lot of people out there looking for the church but we aren t looking for them Get your combines ready because the harvest is ready Anderson cited research indicating that churches with 200 members or less are more likely to plant a daughter church Noting that most CDC congregations fall in this range Anderson said We as a conference of churches are poised to reach this generation for Jesus Christ We can make a difference Anderson s Saturday morning message emphasized the importance of more churches and more workers Anderson said We pay attention to the harvest field but what about the workers When was the last time you begged God to provide workers for his harvest Anderson encouraged his audience to bring new people into the family of God and into local churches We need these new people and then we need to put them to work in God s harvest he said God specifically designed each person to work in his harvest field said Anderson and it is important to not be distracted from what God has called you to do said Anderson Have you ever said to God I will do this for you and then something happens in life and it all unravels When you take a step for God Satan will meet you head on If you re not doing something for God Satan isn t interested in you Anderson currently pastor of Christ Community Church in Sioux Falls also preached Sunday morning at Bethesda Church The CDC convention began with a focus on foreign missions Thursday evening provided by MB Mission representatives Jon Pritchard Carlin Weinhauer and two missionaries who will be serving in East Asia The opening worship session concluded with small groups of delegates and guests praying for believers and missionaries serving in East Asian countries Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments CDC recognizes Engbrecht celebrates church planting Tuesday Nov 20 2012 Central District delegates approve budget emphasizing church planting By Connie Faber Topping the agenda when Central District Conference CDC delegates gathered Nov 8 10 at Bethesda Church in Huron SD for their 102nd convention was an announcement regarding a change in the district minister assignment and affirmation of the district s commitment to church planting In the first business session Friday morning CDC chair Chuck Todd announced that Roger Engbrecht will be retiring from full time ministry at the end of December Engbrecht has served the CDC in various ministry roles for 33 years the last 12 years as district minister I m proud to have served in a denomination that is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ Engbrecht told the delegates Engbrecht Eshbaugh to share responsibilities Engbrecht will continue working part time as the CDC director of ethnic ministries a new position that will serve the district s eight ethnic congregations Ministry to ethnic churches Todd told the delegates requires establishing long term relationships which is why the CDC Executive Board asked Engbrecht to continue serving in this area Throughout the conference various agency representatives acknowledged Engbrecht s leadership Ron Braun representing Tabor College affirmed Engbrecht for his service on the Tabor College Board of Directors Don Morris representing the U S Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches expressed appreciation for Engbrecht s work at the national level and in district church planting ventures One of Engbrecht s last responsibilities as the CDC district minister was to officiate the Saturday morning communion service He also asked delegates to remember those in the district who died this past year specifically mentioning Pastor Walter Preza Friday morning Moderator Todd also introduced Rick Eshbaugh pastor of Harvey ND MB Church who will begin serving part time in January as the district minister focusing on serving current churches and emerging church plants In his comments to the delegates Eshbaugh noted that God has uniquely prepared him for this new assignment thanks to Eshbaugh s previous experience as a lead pastor intentional interim pastor and with Church Resource Ministries a consulting organization emphasizing evangelism leadership development and renewing and strengthening established churches I m blessed to work with churches that are turning around and with pastors going through difficult times who need to be encouraged and supported said Eshbaugh CDC Chair Todd not pictured Faith and Life Committee chair Roy Burkett right and Quint Hofer Trustee Committee chair and Michael Patrick pastor

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    his love for his daughter The last time I saw JB was in 2010 when he was a pastor a leader in the Congolese MB conference and a liaison with MB Mission says Hiebert He was ever humble and patient still a friend In his passing we have lost a great leader and a bright light in the Congolese church More than that I have lost a friend Mangamba was known as a man of prayer whose petitions provided healing comfort and strength Numerous TREK team members were influenced by Mangamba s commitment to prayer I remember one morning we met up with JB and he had a very tired look on his face When we asked him why he was so tired he told us that he had been praying with a member of his church all throughout the night because they were going through hardship says TREK alumni Moses Li This has always served as an example to me of God s steadfast and enduring love for us Former TREK member Marina Doane has a similar memory of Mangamba She adds His knowledge of God was deep and he would often say I know my God just pray JB loved the Lord he was a prayer warrior a bold and courageous leader MB Mission volunteers were also impressed by Mangamba s love for his family His relationship with Laure and his kids were a blessing to witness says Paul Peters an ACTION and SOAR Heartland team leader and something I strive for in my family when I have one Mangamba is survived by his wife Laure and their children Manuella 11 Hanniel 9 Benjamin 7 Johannie 4 Malika 2 and an unborn child that was due in October Friends ask for prayers for the family residents of one of the poorest countries of the world who now find themselves in greater need with the passing of their husband and father Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Congolese pastor MB Mission partner dies Tuesday Nov 20 2012 JB Mangamba remembered as a generous man of prayer By Connie Faber with files from MB Mission Jean Baptiste Ndjao Mangamba a Congolese Mennonite Brethren pastor educator and MB Mission partner who touched the lives of thousands of people around the world with his faith joy and perseverance died Oct 8 following a diagnosis of liver cancer one month prior to his death Mangamba pictured with his wife Laure was an assistant pastor at Paroisse Missionaire De Kintambo in DR Congo In addition to teaching at the University Centre of Missiology he was involved in various youth leadership programs Mangamba hosted and cared for many young adults through MB Mission s TREK and ACTION programs Those who knew JB as many called him describe Mangamba as a man who shared his dreams hopes and passions for families friends communities and nations each of which pointed towards building the Kingdom of God Mangamba was generous with his time money

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    got reported Chris Eidse pastor of Boone NC MB Church in a Nov 2 email but it probably won t last too much longer The USMB church membership list includes Bethania Telegu Church a small Indian congregation in Bay Shore New York Given that the church address is on Staten Island the congregation is most certainly impacted As of Nov 6 USMB offices report no updates from the church While most USMB congregations are located west of the Mississippi River Mennonite Church USA the largest Anabaptist denomination in the U S with 939 congregations in 44 states has member congregations in 15 of the 17 states impacted by Sandy The storm born as Hurricane Sandy has been dubbed the perfect storm because of its collision with a nor easter and the jet stream with its high tide effects magnified by a full moon This meshing of natural forces caused the storm to linger over the eastern part of the country and cause damage of historic proportions over 10 states and Washington D C much of it from high winds storm surge and flooding Pictured left is clean up efforts along a Staten Island street to remove beach sand left by the storm At least seven other states experienced some power loss and every coastal state had flooding New Jersey and New York received the most damage but the damage elsewhere is significant The death toll from the storm totals 119 many killed by falling trees Fifty of the deaths were in the U S The others occurred in the Caribbean 52 of them in Haiti In Haiti Hurricane Sandy affected 38 000 people according to the relief agency CARE citing the Haitian National Emergency Center CARE staff members report in addition to the casualties that nearly 3 000 homes were destroyed or damaged in Grande Anse province alone and there are some 300 cases of cholera resulting from conditions left by Sandy Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MDS volunteers begin clean up Wednesday Nov 7 2012 MDS response to Superstorm Sandy is widespread By Connie Faber with files from MDS Mennonite World Review and news reports We have boots on the ground reports Kevin King executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service MDS King is referring to various groups of MDS volunteers that are responding to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy Sandy s path of damage is widespread as is the response of MDS volunteers MDS volunteers from units in Pennsylvania Virginia New York Rhode Island and other states are responding locally to clean up and repair needs More than 25 MDS volunteers worked in Garrett County Md last week helping to remove downed trees and branches so that roads could be cleared and power restored Garrett County is one of several counties that was covered by heavy snow and many roads remain closed and residents are without power Volunteers from Eastern Pennsylvania began working in Staten Island NY on Saturday Nov 3 and groups

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    low price is a race to the bottom that nobody wins he said The Law of Influence Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people s interests first This does not mean being a martyr or a doormat simply that people do business with people they like know and trust The Law of Authenticity The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself Each of us must live from our own core of strengths in order to be known liked and trusted The Law of Receptivity The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving Here s where the two sided coin or breathing comes in Breathing out is giving breathing in is getting You ve got to breathe in and out Burg said True to his own philosophy Burg gave his audience value In addition to an animated delivery that used the entire room length stage he presented a sixth law The Law of Left Field The most valuable gifts will come to you at moments and from places you least expect he said There s no magic involved just the profit from persistence as we each touch lives of people who touch other lives You can t know where these gifts are coming from because you don t know how many seeds you ve spread he said Burg also touched lives on the main FPU campus speaking at a College Hour chapel and a luncheon in Ashley Auditorium The FPU Business Forum is among the largest events of its kind in Fresno inspiring the community on topics central to the university leadership ethics and values creating healthy communities and organizations Past speakers include Blake Mycoskie Ken Blanchard Daniel Pink John Maxwell and John Wooden Among the 2012 sponsors were Wells Fargo The Business Journal Robert K Kolbert ChFC AEP Dumont Printing Bank of the West Commercial Banking BNP Paribas Group and the Zinkin Family Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Burg offers five laws for the Go Giver Wednesday Nov 7 2012 FPU Business Forum speaker bases talk on best seller Fresno Pacific University news story Shifting one s focus from getting to giving is not only a nice way to live life but a profitable one Bob Burg told approximately 800 business and other leaders gathered Oct 24 at the Fresno Convention Entertainment Center for the 2012 Business Forum hosted by Fresno Pacific University Giving and getting are not opposites believes Burg a sought after speaker and author They are two sides of the same coin and people who flip their focus from the get side to the give side will actually receive Lest members of the audience chuckle over their morning sausage and eggs Burg means what he says Not only is it not naïve but it s quite practical he said Taking a page from his own book literally Burg based his talk on his best selling The Go Giver which defines giving as constantly

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    Actually it was my struggle to see how could I make it work not in a political way but as an artist she adds I kind of wanted to share the pain and also the courage of the peacemakers I want to highlight that aspect Chin says Eisenhower represents something of a balance between conflict and peacemaking The double portrait she created of Eisenhower for the War Peace exhibit aims to communicate that balance I used the words that he said in England that he is from the very heart of America she says He had a humble upbringing from Kansas So I have the horizontal line between the two images It is kind of juxtapositioned Chin says the hardest part of developing the exhibit was to incorporate Eisenhower into her theme without making a political statement My works seek to valorize the small tasks that together yield a greater sum in positive energy yet are overlooked or dismissed by history she says In addition to recognizing the work of the unsung heroes of wartime my work also seeks to acknowledge the trials endured by victims of war Sharing a parallel One more connection not realized by many Americans is that the 38th parallel that forms the border between South Korea and North Korea also runs through Kansas The 38th parallel is what divides North and South but also it s kind of a canvas line Chin says in reference to her work Somehow we are all connected so I wanted to share that interconnectedness The Korean War is a forgotten war to American people Chin adds but 1 8 million soldiers served in Korea and 35 000 people died in Korea So it also made trauma for American families As a Korean immigrant I want to appreciate the sacrifice that the American family made for Korea Don Ratzlaff is editor of the Hillsboro Free Press This article is reprinted with permission Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Presidential Museum exhibit features Tabor s Shin hee Chin Wednesday Nov 7 2012 Fiber art pieces explore conflict peace and interconnectedness By Don Ratzlaff At first blush the casual observer might not think the fiber art of Tabor College professor Shin hee Chin is tailor made for an exhibit on war and peace at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene Kan But closer inspection reveals the artist the former president and the topic are intricately interwoven War and Peace The Art of Shin hee Chin opened in early August at the Eisenhower Presiden tial Museum in partnership with the Arts Council of Dickinson County and will remain open for viewing until Jan 6 The Tabor College alumni office is organizing a Nov 14 day trip to visit the exhibit Chin will make a presentation as part of the tour Perhaps the most significant connection between the 34th president and the artist is that Eisenhower is held in high esteem by South Korea which is Chin s native land

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    would care more and work more to stay together and further the kingdom together The one day event scheduled from 8 30 am to 5 p m will open and close with a time of worship led by Steve Bomar worship pastor at North Fresno MB Church Teens will spend the bulk of the morning involved in an activity of their choice The options include a service project coordinated by Ken Wilkinson youth pastor at Mountain View Community Church of Fresno Calif a prayer and learning tour of downtown Fresno facilitated by Matt Ford pastor at North Fresno MB Church and workshops on mission worship leadership and theology Workshop leaders include Bomar who will talk about leading and facilitating worship Mark Thompson of MB Mission who will share stories about missions and explore how one can participate in missions Rhonda Dueck of Ministry Quest who will talk about preparing for leadership and understanding God s call to ministry and Trent Voth who will explore the Christian s place as citizens of God s heavenly kingdom and citizens of an earthly nation as it relates to voting immigration abortion homosexual marriage and non violence Following lunch the students and sponsors will gather for a time of sharing prayer worship and a message presented by Forrest Jeanan family pastor at Neighborhood Church in Visalia Calif A communion service and blessing will conclude the day Planning team members come from seven California congregations Matt Ford of North Fresno MB Church Jason Kinzel of Bethany MB Church in Fresno Eric Young of Reedley MB Church Jordan Ringhofer of Kingsburg MB Church Trent Voth of College Community Church MB in Clovis Ken Wilkinson of Mountain View Community Church in Fresno and Brent Sawatsky of Dinuba MB Church The PDC Board of Youth Ministries is covering most of the costs for the one day conference and participating churches are invited to contribute a donation as they are able Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Central Valley youth gather Saturday Wednesday Nov 7 2012 PDC Board of Youth Ministries thankful to see the fruit of relationships By Connie Faber Fruit abounds in California s Central Valley one of the world s most productive agricultural regions But when Jordan Ringhofer chair of the Pacific District Conference PDC Board of Youth Ministries talks about fruit in this region he s not referring to grapes or apricots Ringhofer is describing a one day youth conference Nov 10 hosted by California s Central Valley Mennonite Brethren youth pastors Increasing our connection as youth pastors and youth groups has been on our Board of Youth Ministries heart for the last 10 years says Ringhofer It takes time to build relationships and this event is the fruit of relationships that we ve been praying for and hoping for Building connections among the 115 congregations in the PDC is challenging for a number of reason says Ringhofer Distance is one The PDC encompasses USMB churches in Arizona California Washington Oregon

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    Calif in a restart of The Grove a church plant that closed several months ago Mountain View Sunnyside is led by a group of MVCC interns and pastoral staff members Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church a Russian speaking USMB congregation in Spokane Wash will be partnering with Mission USA and the Pacific District Conference to plant an English language church in that city Morris also reported on ten additional church plants that are at various stages in the process from prelaunch to becoming financially independent USMB congregations Encouraging staff reports Another encouraging report came from J Epp who had been serving as the USMB director of development for just 10 days when he attended the board meeting Epp spoke about various significant events in his life and outlined the approach he plans to take as the director of development Donations follow relationship said Epp referencing Donors Are People Too by Timothy Smith Donations are the byproduct of having an interest in someone s life and caring about individuals said Epp The Leadership Board also heard reports from Ed Boschman executive director Aleks Borisov Slavic ministries coordinator Connie Faber Christian Leader editor Myra Holmes social media coordinator Donna Sullivan administrative assistant bookkeeper and event planner and Lori Taylor who is researching how best to update the USMB website Following each staff report Leadership Board members gathered around that staff member for a time of prayer Pictured left A prayer of blessing for Epp In other business the board encouraged the staff to develop an email list of individuals who are active in USMB congregations asked the staff to research the implications of shifting the USMB fiscal year to the calendar year and affirmed a suggestion that came from 2012 Leadership Summit participants that the number of Leadership Summit participants be reduced for one year The Leadership Board meeting concluded with staff members gathering about board members for a time of prayer led by Boschman Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB Leadership Board adjusts 2012 13 budget Tuesday Oct 23 2012 Board hear encouraging reports from new returning USMB staff members By Connie Faber When the USMB Leadership Board met Oct 12 14 in Denver Colo the board approved budget adjustments and heard from USMB staff members including new staff member J Epp who began working Oct 1 as the USMB director of development Pictured right Leadership Board vice chair Marvin Schellenberg Wichita Kan and board member Jodi Thomas Rapid City SD Before hearing ministry updates from the eight USMB staff members Ed Boschman USMB executive director and David Hardt Leadership Board treasurer outlined current budget realities and identified several reasons for adjusting the 2012 13 budget The director of development position went unfilled for the first four months June through September of the 2012 13 fiscal year and this has negatively impacted the projected income budget Church contributions are also almost 20 percent lower than budgeted Meanwhile USMB is planting six churches pursuing new ministry initiatives and

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