20 Canadian Mennonite November 30, 2009
Hockey binds Colombian, The children were enthusiastic about
playing and have since asked for a copy of
the rules in Spanish.
Canadian congregations In addition to introducing hockey, the
Canadian group worshipped with the
Story and Photo by Catherine Hunsberger people of Monte Santo, met members
special to Canadian mennonite in their homes and learned their sto-
MaDriD, coloMBia ries, toured the city, slept in the church,
exchanged gifts and enjoyed new foods.
H ow does an English-speaking
Canadian boy make friends with
Spanish-speaking children in Colombia,
Santo, Madrid, this summer. He packed
14 red mini-hockey sticks as his gift to the
children at Monte Santo. After the Sunday
The group quickly felt connected to these
brothers and sisters.
A highlight of the time at Monte Santo
in spite of a language barrier? They play morning service, the chairs in one section was meeting two women who had once
hockey, of course! of the sanctuary were stacked. The rules of been very ill. First Mennonite had prayed
Eric Entz, 11, was part of an inter-gen- ball hockey were explained by Eric and his for these women in their monthly Monte
erational delegation from First Mennonite father—and translated by David Neufeld, Santo prayer time and the women’s group
Church, Kitchener, Ont., to their sister who is currently living in Colombia—and had sent them prayer shawls as a symbol
church, Comunidad Cristiano de Monte the game was on. of those prayers. It was moving to hear
the women’s testimonies of God’s care
and healing. They seemed quite willing to
Λ Briefly noted share stories about their life and faith.
After four days in Madrid the delegation
Living Gift Festival launches for holiday season on Nov. 28 moved on to