Rolf Kruse Begins as EMC’s Interim DGO

The Personnel Committee of the EMC General Board is very pleased to announce that Rolf Kruse will join EMC national office staff as the Interim Director of Global Outreach. Rolf begins his work in this role on January 4, 2022, in a term anticipated to be between nine and eighteen months.

Rolf’s primary responsibilities will be providing support and guidance for EMC missionaries, developing new outreach opportunities and assisting churches with their missions emphasis. Rolf comes to EMC with more than 20 years of experience working cross-culturally, most of it together with his wife Angela.

He speaks Amharic and greets in many languages including Arabic and Low German. He has a passion for sharing the gospel. Rolf enjoys recreational soccer especially barefoot in the rain.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Rolf as he begins his journey with EMC. You will be able to reach him at rkruse@emconference.ca or 204-326-6401.

– EMC Personnel Committee

Running With the Bears in Churchill

By Albert Martens

MANITOBA

The 10th anniversary Polar Bear Marathon took place in Churchill, Man., on November 20, 2021.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to organize a great marathon in the subarctic again. During the many months of planning, we hoped it would not be cancelled at last minute due to COVID-19. Fourteen runners plus crew people were able to travel to Churchill for the run. Continue reading Running With the Bears in Churchill

EMC Posts Preliminary Financial Results

There has been much uncertainty in our world in the past two years, fueled by the pandemic and the various opinions on how society ought to deal with it. Considering this uncertainty, the General Board requested a reduction in the EMC budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The resulting budget was ten percent less than the previous year, with the hope that donations from churches and individuals would support this reduced budget. Continue reading EMC Posts Preliminary Financial Results

Can We Trust Scientists?

Science is fascinating but how thorough is the process of testing and how trustworthy are the results? What do we do with dissenting voices and scientific claims that don’t agree?

These are some of the questions Layton Friesen asks of Dr. Henry Janzen, researcher in the field of soil science at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | AAFC · Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. Dr. Janzen talks about the process his own research goes through before publishing, the role that skeptics have, and how scientists need the rest of the society when value judgements are required. He also talks about the parallels between his search for truth in science and in faith. Continue reading Can We Trust Scientists?

Can We Trust the News?

Bias in news media is not new. “When popular newspapers began to be published… most of them were pretty clearly slanted and were there to promote a particular political view.”

Layton Friesen interviews John G. Stackhouse, Christian scholar and journalist, about the news – its trustworthiness in the face of bias, Stackhouse’s personal habits and sources as he reads the news, and how Christians can both influence the way news is reported and be a witness in the midst of a cynical and skeptical culture.

Resources mentioned in the interview are linked after the transcript. Continue reading Can We Trust the News?

God as Refugee and Refuge

By Rebecca Roman

God, in Christ, knows the experience of the refugee. “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay here until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matthew 2:13–15).

Continue reading God as Refugee and Refuge

Ordination, Dedications, Baptisms

by Lisa Bergen

STEINBACH, Man.—What a busy fall it was at Stony Brook Fellowship in 2021!

On September 19, we held an ordination service for Pastor Andrew Dyck.

On September 26, we held a parent-child dedication service for three families in our church.

October 3, we had two baptisms and four new members.

We praise God for all he has done during the last year. We continue to look forward to what he will do in and through us this coming year.

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