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Thanks to Departing Staff

EMC is grateful for the dedication and service of Ken Zacharias, who has served as Foreign Secretary to the Board of Missions, and more recently as Director of Global Outreach. During his 16 years of service, Ken supervised the expansion of EMC Missions into Guadalajara, Mexico and ministry in Bolivia. He also spearheaded the more recent expansion efforts to south Spain. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Ken and his wife Val and wish them joy as they enter retirement.

EMC is grateful to Andrew Walker for his eight years of service on the national office team. Andrew has provided graphic design and video production expertise to the communications team. He also served as Assistant Editor of The Messenger. Andrew is returning to school for further training in graphic design. We extend our thanks and best wishes to Andrew and his wife Aubrey in this new phase of their lives.


Missionary Fellowship and Recognition Banquet

by Tim Dyck

Blumenort, Man. How do you celebrate a lifetime of service in cross-cultural ministry? What is an appropriate response to those who have sacrificed so much in service to the mission of the Church? This September, EMC Missions attempted to do just this, as we recognized Paul and Lois Thiessen for their ministry of Church Planting through Bible Translation for the Siamou people in Burkina Faso. Continue reading Missionary Fellowship and Recognition Banquet

Gary Schellenberg Retires after 45 Years at Providence


Gary Schellenberg

OTTERBURNE, Man.—After 45 years of dedicated service, Gary Schellenberg retired from Providence University College and Seminary and on May 30, 2019, was among five people honoured at a Retirement Dinner (along with Hendrik van der Breggen, Daryl Climenhaga, Edmund Neufeld and Deborah van Duin). Gary was made Prov’s first ever Vice President Emeritus, a lifetime designation. Gary’s father, Rev. Dave K. Schellenberg, was the first editor of The Messenger (1963-1987) and a proud parent who found ways to include his children and grandchildren in its pages. Rev. Schellenberg likely would have been glad to see his son mentioned.

Stony Brook: Special Service for Retiring Pastoral Couple

by Lisa Bergen

STEINBACH, Man.—On Jan. 27, 2019, SBF held a special service for Pastor Earl and Caroline Unger as they retire from serving at SBF. Pastor Earl has worked at SBF for 20 years and three months. We had an emotional and bittersweet kind of morning together as a congregation. We celebrated them at a come and go retirement party on Sunday afternoon. We wish them very well in their future endeavours. SBF says a great big thank you for all your service, dedication and sacrifices you made for us!