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									                                                                                 Canadian Mennonite August 23, 2010                23

B.C. churches to host                                                                        l Briefly noted
                                                                                             Emerging churches
IMPaCT visitors                                                                              receive grant funds
                                                                                             An intercultural urban church in
                                                                                             Ottawa, Ont., and a Sherbrooke, Que.,
Five pastors from Asia on                                                                    church started by a Colombian refu-
learning tour to province                                                                    gee are the 2010 recipients of “ven-
                                                                                             ture capital” grants from the Wilfred
By Amy D ueckm an                                                                            Schlegel Memorial Fund. The Village
B.C. Correspondent                            recent history of Mennonites in B.C. and       International Mennonite Church is an
aBBotSFoRD, B.C.                              compare it to their own country’s church       emerging community in the Vanier area
                                              experience. “What MC B.C. churches have        of Ottawa. Pastor Stefan Cherry says

F    ive Mennonite pastors from four Asian
     countries will visit British Columbia
Sept. 23 to Oct. 7, part of the IMPaCT
                                              always been about is seeing a need in the
                                              community and finding a way to meet the
                                              need,” says Linda Matties of the MC B.C.
                                                                                             the church will use the $3,400 grant to
                                                                                             purchase audiovisual equipment for
                                                                                             use in Sunday services, neighbourhood
(International Mennonite Pastors Coming       church health committee planning the           parties and outreach activities. Refugio
Together) program of Mennonite Church         learning time. The group will visit institu-   de Paz (“Refuge of Peace”) Sherbrooke
Canada.                                       tions of education, mental health and ad-      began three years ago as a house church.
   Coming from China (2), Philippines,        diction treatment that MC B.C. churches        Its leader, Lucy Roca, came to Canada
Macau and Vietnam, the pastors will spend     have supported. “We also want to take [the     as a Colombian refugee and has been
two weeks in B.C., hosted by Cedar Valley,    pastors] to the Vancouver area as we note      reaching the Colombian community in
Eben-Ezer, Emmanuel, Langley Mennonite        the density of the Asian population there,”    Sherbrooke since she arrived. Refugio de
Fellowship and Yarrow United Mennonite        says Matties.                                  Paz now has additional house churches
churches. They will spend time individual-       The guests will conclude their two weeks    in Ville Quebec an
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