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"I've struggled with forgiveness in my life, and through Step Five in the TwelveStep program with [George Schmidt], he made me realize how Christ died for our sins, and with that I was able to forgive those who wronged me," [Dave Kettlewell] said. "I feel totally fortunate I had George there for me. It's unfortunate the new clients at Kinghaven won't have his strength and belief in the Lord to influence them."
Canadian Mennonite March 16, 2009 25 Obituary Lord to influence them.” he “worked to energize people. A ‘quiet rock’ Gerd Bartel, moderator of MC B.C., called Schmidt a “quiet rock.” Bartel told Canadian He was always looking for where the church could look to the next level of involvement.” George Schmidt, Mennonite that Schmidt “was Schmidt was diagnosed with Nov. 21, 1938 – Feb. 9, 2009 able to bring people together, pancreatic cancer late in 2008. create wholeness and share Colleagues at Columbia were By Amy D ueckm an issues. He was a person who was Schmidt able to share their appreciation B.c. correspondent all about being faithful, coming of his life with him at a special ABBotSFord, B.c. alongside people, and always said ‘yes’ time of affirmation several weeks before when he was needed.” he died. Schmidt had chaired the Evangelism and George Schmidt is survived by his wife T he death of George Schmidt, 70, of pan- Church Development Committee for the Karen, three children, seven grandchildren creatic cancer on Feb. 9 will be keenly past three years, and Bartel recalled that and two siblings. Λ felt by many in Mennonite Church B.C. Schmidt was active in MC B.C., serving CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER most recently as chair of the Evangelism and Church Development Committee. The Organization: He had also served for many years as a Mennonite Savings and Credit Union is a progressive and faculty member and dean of students at visionary organization founded on values of stewardship, compassion, and mutual aid. From our modest beginnings Columbia Bible College, and had been as a ‘shoe-box’ operation in 1964, we have grown in size president of one of its forerunners, Bethel to 120 staff members who are dedicated to serving the financial needs of Bible Institute. our 16,200 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish members, with dollars He devoted his life to Christian serv- under administration rapidly approaching three quarter of a billion dollars. ice on several fronts. An active member The Opportunity: of Level Ground Mennonite Church (formerly West Abbotsford Mennonite Accountable to, and guided by the Board of Directors, you will provide
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