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Canadian Mennonite April 19, 2010 17 struggling of the ‘boat people,’ ” as the across town in 1995 with help from the members lawyers, doctors and business Laotian refugees were called at the time. Laotian community and various arms of people who came to Canada with nothing. Luangrath and his family were the first MCC. Luangrath knows it is time to give back to to be sponsored by St. Catharines United Today, Ontario’s Laotian community is the church, community and country that Mennonite, with much help from then a real success story, counting among its has made this possible. l pastor H.P. Epp. Luangrath attended Bible studies and went on to found Lao Christian Fellowship with the second family of refu- gees sponsored by St. Catharines United l Briefly noted Mennonite. A former Buddhist priest, it took a spiritual experience Luangrath likens Ask and you shall receive: Simple invitation swells Sunday school to having had the Buddhism exorcised from Three years ago, Sharon Schultz, pastor of Eyebrow Mennonite Church, Sask., was pray- his body and replaced with a love for Christ, ing for her tiny congregation and asking God to send a few more people. One of three for him to seek Jesus. churches in the area, and the only Mennonite group, Eyebrow Mennonite was known for Services began in 1980 at Grantham its summer Vacation Bible School. Since it usually drew a large group of children from Mennonite Brethren Church. A pastoral the community, she wondered if those same children would also like to come to Sunday change only a few weeks later led the school. “I figured it’s a lot the same,” she said. So the church sent invitations to the children group to move to St. Catharines United and letters of explanation to the parents. And the children came. On average, between Mennonite. Bibles and song books in the 20 and 25 locals arrive each Sunday morning for the Sunday school hour. “They sing Laotian language were obtained. After together, have a sharing time and pray together, “said Schultz, who has been encouraged sharing space with St. Catharines United by the simple faith of the children. Some are from the other churches in town, and they Mennonite for almost 15 years, the fellow- return there for their own services, but there are other parents who drive in from outside ship was able to a move to a new location Eyebrow to bring their children to the church. Now the need is for more adults to help with all the children, who, before the outreach, only numbered nine. —By Karin Fehder au l Staff change New congregation to be birthed in Surrey AMBS names new Canadian Plans are under
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