From the start of the EMMC Conference outreach and involvement in missions has been a strong priority for leaders and members. Only a few short years after the formation of what was then the Rudnerweider Mennonite Church leaders sought to send out the first missionary. That missions emphasis continues, and as a relatively small conference of churches it is not possible to provide the finances and administrative oversight for all the individuals and families who feel God’s call to full-time missions whether locally, perhaps nationally, and also internationally.
To maintain a contact and to offer some ongoing support, both in prayer and financially, an Associate Missionary program was introduced. With this we are able to provide a continuing amount of financial support from the Conference missions budget to workers in various fields of service. Currently, about 20 couples/individuals are receiving this support.
Pete & Cathy Dyck serve with WEC International. They recently returned to Mexico to continue ministry. Their home church is Aylmer EMM Church, ON.
TONY & JANET ENS
Tony & Janet Ens serve with Northern Canada Evangelical Mission in Whitehorse, YT. Their home church is Morden EMM Church, MB.
New People to Church
The Lord has been bringing some new people to the Northern Collective Church (NCC). A new believer was recently baptized which was a special moment for our church family. We also had a Thanksgiving dinner, lingering around the tables to visit and getting to know each other better. A number in our group do not […]
MARSDEN & MANDY GIESBRECHT
Marsden & Mandy Giesbrecht serve with Healing Hearts Ministry as church planters in Nipawin, SK. Their home church is Sutherland Evangelical Church, Saskatoon, SK.
Conversation and response to God’s Word
It is difficult to describe what it feels like to have God provide vision, and then to watch Him make that vision a reality! We are so privileged to be able to watch Him at work. We are really feeling the effects of your prayers. A Fall renovation project provided us with a cozy living […]
Marsden and Mandy Giesbrecht
Healing Hearts Ministry Church Planting | Nipawin, Sask Home church: Sutherland Evangelical Church, Saskatoon, Sask. Over the course of our years in Nipawin, Sask., we have been in the process of building relationships that point to Christ. We have been preaching and teaching the Good News of our Saviour as God has prompted, and we […]
Travis Harms serves with Interact Ministries of Canada in Thompson, MB and mentors young men through Mid-Way Builders. His home church is Altona EMM Church, MB.
GORD & BECKIE KLASSEN
Gord & Beckie Klassen serve with Inner City Youth Alive. Gord is the Director of Gem Lake Wilderness Camp. Their home church is Nassau Street Church, MB.
Our theme for Mini-Church times this winter at Gem Lake Wilderness Camp was “Not Alone.” We explored God’s reaction to us when we feel alone because we have messed up in life. We also looked at how God can help us when we are feeling alone as a result of bad things that happened in […]
Locals working at camp!
Recently someone asked me what the biggest highlight of summer 2018 was. My answer was: the change that took place in our local leaders. Each week in summer we have 12 to 15 campers come to our island camp. We have three or four cabin groups, with about four campers per cabin. Each cabin has […]
Gord and Beckie Klassen
Program Director / Gem Lake Wilderness Camp Inner City Youth Alive | Winnipeg, Man. Home church: Nassau Street Church, Winnipeg, Man. The summer camp program at Gem Lake Wilderness Camp is done for the season. My staff team is back in the city! I am spending some time here on the island by myself recharging […]
LORI & DAN NEUFELD
Lori & Dan Neufeld serve with Inner City Youth Alive in Winnipeg, MB. Lori is the Bridge Drop-In Coordinator. Their home church is Nassau Street Church, MB.
Safe and Loving spaces for youth
I was reminded again recently that not everyone in the North End of Winnipeg sees Inner City Youth Alive the way I do. Our team works hard every day to create safe and loving spaces for youth to be themselves, be listened to, learn about God and to have fun. But not all of our […]
A wide open damaged door
Lori and Dan Neufeld Bridge Drop-In Coordinator (Lori) | Inner City Youth Live | North End, Winnipeg, Man. I had carved out an entire day to get this work done. Just me and my computer in our home office, working hard to create six thoughtful paragraphs, neatly organized and ready to mail to you, two […]
ANDREW & AMIE REIMER
Andrew & Amie Reimer serve with Inner City Youth Alive in Winnipeg, MB. Their home churches are Nassau Street Church, MB and Altona EMM Church, MB.
Growing local leaders
When I returned from sabbatical in October I stepped into this new role, as a half-time position. I will also continue to serve half-time as a Community Minister. Director of Leadership Development is a role that has not existed at ICYA before, so it will continue to take shape in the coming months. I will […]
This isn’t Bethlehem
One of our associate missionaries, Andrew Reimer, put together a Spoken Word piece for the season. Take a look & listen. Peter Serger
WES & CAROL SCHELLENBERG
Wes & Carol serve with Avant Ministries out of Winnipeg, MB, where Wes is the accountant. Their home church is Glencross Mennonite Church, MB.
Wes and Carol Schellenberg
Accountant Avant Ministries | Winnipeg, Man. Home church: Glencross Mennonite Church, Man. “Overwhelmed” is a good word to describe how we felt. Friends, neighbours, and colleagues were there to help load the moving truck in Calgary, Alberta and unload in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They worked hard, laughed a lot, and were an incredible encouragement to us. […]
Wes & Carol Schellenberg October 2018
“Overwhelmed” is a good word to describe how we felt. Friends, neighbours, and colleagues were there to help load the moving truck in Calgary, and unload in Winnipeg. They worked hard, laughed a lot, and were an incredible encouragement to us. We managed to fit everything into a 26’ U-Haul truck on a Wednesday, drive […]
HARVEY & BRENDA THIESSEN
Harvey & Brenda Thiessen serve with Operation Mobilization. Harvey is the North America Base Leader and Brenda provides administrative support. Their home church is Winkler EMM Church, MB.
Tami Zacharias serves with Operation Mobilization in Port Colborne, ON. Tami is OM Canada’s Director of Human Resources. Her home church is Winkler EMM Church, MB.
Missionaries in Oceania
DAVE & CHERI BARTSCH
Dave & Cheri Bartsch serve with Youth With A Mission in Ashmore, Australia. Their home church is Aylmer EMMC, ON.
Role Change for Dave & Cheri
In May 2018, after serving with YWAM for 16 years in various roles, Cheri and I were asked to take on the directorship role of the YWAM centre for Gold Coast. We have felt amazing grace on us as we transitioned into this role with support from our co-workers. We had the incredible privilege of […]
Privilege of Training
Dave and Cheri Bartsch Director with YWAM | Gold Coast, Australia | Home church: Aylmer EMMC, Ontario | Elianna and Verity In May 2018, after serving with YWAM for 16 years in various roles, Cheri and I were asked to take on the directorship role of the YWAM centre for Gold Coast. We have felt […]
MURRAY & CAROL HONSBERGER
Murray & Carol Honsberger serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. Their home church is Altona EMM Church, MB.
CARL & PAT WHITEHEAD
Carl & Pat Whitehead serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. Their home church is Nassau Street Church, MB.
Carl and Pat Whitehead
Bible Translation – Menya language Papua New Guinea Wycliffe Bible Translators Home church: Nassau Street Church, Winnipeg Man. Carl was able to spend nine weeks in Langley BC over the summer to serve on staff at the Canada Institute of Linguistics. It was a good opportunity for him to catch up on some of what […]
Correna Janzen serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. Her home church is Morden EMM Church, MB
Missionaries in South & Central America
SCOTT & PATSY BUHLER
Scott & Patsy Buhler serve under Teach Beyond with a camp ministry called Quest in Brazil. Their home church is Niverville Community Fellowship, MB.
DIEDRICH & NETTIE FRIESEN
Diedrich and Nettie Friesen serve with Multi-Nations Mission Foundation (MMF), provide music and teaching resources in the Low German language. Their music ministry, D’ Friesens, takes them to various parts of Canada and Central and South America.
CHRIS & ELAINE HURST
Chris & Elaine Hurst serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They are currently working with a team that is translating the Bible in to the Nahuatl language of Mexico. Their home church is Hepburn Gospel Church, SK.
Finding Scripture in their own language
“People are happy to hear the Word of the Lord in our language.” Comments like that keep Plácido, Esteban, Hilario and David going in their ministry of distributing and promoting the Nahuatl Scriptures in Mexico. It is exciting to tell you that 2018 saw a greater increase in the number of Aztec people benefitting from […]
Chris and Elaine Hurst
Wycliffe Bible Translators Bible Translation – Nahuatl language group Working from Abbotsford, BC Chris and Elaine continue to advise on the translation work of the Nahuatl language, the bulk of which is being done by local translators in Mexico. Chris relies heavily on good technology to continue this work and remain in communication with “the […]
GUILLERMO & MARY-ANN REDDEKOPP
Guillermo & Mary-Ann Reddekopp are in ministry transition, and are looking forward to their assignment in Mexico in fall 2018. Their home church is Aylmer EMM Church, ON.
Missionaries in Europe
Kristen Penner is serving with Avant Ministries in Koper, Slovenia. Her home church is Bergfeld Mennonite Church, MB.
We are ending this year with much rejoicing! From seeing friends become new believers, to seeing Slovenes begin discipling each other, to talking about tithing in the new year as a church. God continues to do the hard work of changing hearts, and we walk alongside in faith and obedience. As I reflect on this […]
Missionaries in Asia
KEITH & LORILEE
Keith & Lorilee serve with Advancing Indigenous Missions. They are based in Canada and travel frequently to work with their mission partners in Asia. Their home church is Nassau Street Church.
Jason and Laura (not their real names) live in Chiang Mai, Thailand providing member care for ministry workers in Asia including some in limited access countries. They travel extensively providing care, encouragement and support for these missionaries and their families.