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Project Builders’ ‘100s of Projects’ Make Huge Impact

Tournament marks its 24th anniversary

by Len Barkman

Three church building projects in Nicaragua, a garden tractor to be used in South Sudan, and ICYA building renovations in Winnipeg—these are the projects benefiting from fundraising by EMC Project Builders at its 24th anniversary golf tournament on June 24, 2018.

The church building projects will receive a total of $10,000; an equal amount will support the assembly and production of a walk-behind garden tractor, which can be locally built and sold in South Sudan to aid in agricultural projects; and $13,000 will help ICYA.

Want to know more about the effect of Project Builders’ giving? Funds raised over and above these projects will support a ministry centre in Myanmar, a portable recording studio in Paraguay, outreach in northern Manitoba, office equipment for a Romanian evangelist, radio ministry in Mali, ministry in Afghanistan, several building renovations for ministries in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, a translation project in Myanmar, a school building in Mexico, and camp development in Brazil.

The EMC Project Builders Golf Tournament has been well supported by a great group of generous sponsors, many of whom have contributed to this event in all of these years. It has been well attended by golfers of all abilities who have come from all our Manitoba regions and have shared in the fellowship and camaraderie of this recreational event.

The tournament’s success is because of the dedicated work of planning committees that each year give many volunteer hours to organize an event enjoyable to all who attend. Yet what truly drives the golf tournament is the financial support it gives to the mission and ministry of Project Builders.

Project Builders is a para-EM Conference organization, operating under a separate committee of business and professional people with a heart for supporting special projects and programs initiated by our missionaries and the national churches associated with our EMC missions program.

We are committed to working in association with our missionaries to enhance areas of ministry being developed through their vision and implementation. Over the years we have supported hundreds of projects that have had a huge impact in building Christ’s Church. Project Builders, which started in 1973 as the EMC Missions Auxiliary, has existed much longer than its golf tournament.

The best way to describe the work of Project Builders is to say it considers many wide-ranging applications each year. Typically we support from 12 to 15 projects annually. A new slate of potential projects is reviewed by the Project Builders committee and presented to our membership for approval in November.

The work of Project Builders is financed through our members who each provide an annual donation of $250. More funds are raised through additional donations and an event such as the golf tournament. We welcome members from all our EMC congregations.

We are always available to present the work of Project Builders in adult Sunday Schools, church services, or by invitation to a business breakfast or lunch. For contact and membership information you are invited to visit the EMC website at http://www.emconference/projectbuilders, email the conference office at info@emconference.ca, or contact me at lfbarkman@gmail.com.

Fort Garry EMC turns 40!

by Elaine Kroeker

WINNIPEG, Man.—From a small Bible Study group, that took a leap of faith and bought a tiny convenience store to worship in, to a mid-sized EMC congregation with attendees from around the world, Fort Garry had many reasons to celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past 40 years on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016.

Our weekend of celebration included an evening of reflection and music.  Previous pastors, Al Friesen, David Thiessen and Layton Friesen, shared stories and memories of their time in leadership. We enjoyed flashes from the past, through singing praise music from the 70s and 80s and a slideshow of memories.

David Kruse, former youth pastor, and his family blessed us with their music. It was a lovely reunion surrounded by memorabilia, refreshments, and decorations for current and former attendees who joined us for this event.

Sunday’s worship service included Glen Klassen, one of the founding members, sharing the history of our congregation. Our current pastor, David Funk, spoke and included a story of how God can use weaknesses to make something beautiful.

An oak tree beside the church was the perfect climbing ladder for raccoons who had spent many years wreaking havoc in the church attic, tampering with wiring and insulation.  Reports by our trustees over the years included the latest adventures of these bandits. Finally, the day came when the only solution left was to cut down the oak tree.

The wood from this tree had been dried and at this celebration we enjoyed the beauty of it in the form of a new communion table.

David Funk said in his sermon, “On the crosspiece of our communion table, we have the two triquetras (symbol of the trinity) and in the middle, the Aramaic word ‘Maranatha!’ This word could be translated as ‘Our Lord has come!’ or it could be ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’  It means both!

“When we obey Jesus’ call to come and feast on him, we declare that indeed our Lord has come—God’s future has irrupted into the present. We are tasting fruit plucked from the Promised Land. And as we taste the future in the bread and the wine, we yearn and ache for its fulfillment, and so we cry out at the table, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!  How long, O Lord?’”

Our final 40th birthday song was the full length and full Mennonite harmony version of “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” (known by some as song 606). The future is unknown, but we know God promised to be near us on our journey, as He has in the past.