Although her home congregation was heavily peopled with German immigrants at the time, the seniors at Sherbrooke would also attend the English service after gaining their spiritual nourishment in their native tongue. "They came to support us," recalls [Anna Rehan], referring to the congregation as "progressive.""In the late '60s, early 70s, youth ministry [in Saskatchewan] was dissolved," Rehan notes. "There was nothing for a number of years.""She helped to guide our faltering baby steps as an organization," said [Eldon Funk]. "She is the first person I met who actually lived by her belief that youth work is indeed a calling, not merely a stepping stone to 'more important' church ministry."
24 Canadian Mennonite May 31, 2010 Photo BY Peter BeUg God at work in Us hesitated to apply. To her surprise, Erwin Cornelsen, her pastor, encouraged her Not just a to consider it. By 1982, she found herself working part-time at Sherbrooke and part- stepping stone time for the B.C. conference. Rehan was also part of a group that brought other provincial youth workers Youth worker looks back together. One of the group’s jobs was to on 25 years of ministry organize a national youth event called the Great Trek. It ran every three years Story and Photo throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, by Karin Fehder au and brought teens from across Canada saskatchewan Correspondent together. sasKatoon, sasK. Through this network, she met Eldon Funk from Saskatchewan, who told her A nna Rehan sits behind her desk at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan of- fices. This past February, during the con- about the conference’s desire to start a provincial youth ministry again. “In the late ’60s, early ’70s, youth min- ference delegate sessions, the area church’s istry [in Saskatchewan] was dissolved,” youth pastor was recognized for 25 years of Rehan notes. “There was nothing for a work with Saskatchewan youths and young number of years.” adults. “SMYO [Saskatchewan Mennonite MC Saskatchewan youth minister Anna Not native to the province, Rehan Youth Organization] was formed out of Rehan, right, is congratulated by area spent her formative years growing up at a provincial meeting of youth and young church moderator Renata Klassen fol- Sherbrooke Mennonite Church, Vancouver, adults at Shekinah around 1983,” said Funk lowing the tribute to Rehan’s 25 years of B.C. She credits those early church experi- in his February tribute to Rehan. youth ministry in Saskatchewan. ences with equipping her with the under- Rehan encouraged the group to continue standing and wisdom needed to work in with its efforts to resurrect the youth pro- Canada’s youth culture. gram. In 1985, she accepted the position Although her home congregation was to help make that happen. First living in admitting that there is an attitude that heavily peopled with German immigrants Rosthern, she spent time meeting with stu- sets young people to the side until they at the ti
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