Update October 2022
Earlier this year, our church family generously contributed over $100,000 in response to the crisis in Ukraine. We have been using these funds in a variety of ways: within Ukraine, in European nations close to Ukraine, and to serve Ukrainian people who are arriving here in Greater Vancouver. One of the places we have been able to participate financially is with a few Mennonite Brethren churches in Lithuania. These churches are serving Ukrainian refugees on a daily basis. One church has rented a home for Ukrainians to live. Another church has a big facility and has been housing up to 25 refugees right in the church building. Both of these ministry efforts have stretched these Lithuanian churches beyond their financial capacities. We are thankful to be in a position to help. Pastor John B and Roman B visited these churches in June 2022. This video is an expression of thanks from the people we have been able to serve by contributing financially.
Update June 16, 2023
Our Benevolent Fund enables us to care for tangible needs in our church family and community, including food, shelter and basic daily needs. Through your generous giving to our Benevolent Fund, we will continue to raise funds for different projects like helping Ukrainian refugees in Canada. Recently we mentioned that we have partnered with Journey Home and added funding support for a refugee house just down the block, as one of our new benevolent fund projects. We are excited to tell you that within the next month, the house will be operational and your support will be truly appreciated.
Another project we support through our Benevolent Funds is the Edmonds Community School Summer Camp. This will be our third year supporting this camp. Our intent is to support the sponsorship of 50 children, at $200 per kid (total $10,000.00). This program allows students to have a full-day experience for 3 weeks in July – mornings are Burnaby School District classes. Afternoons are spent with teachers, athletes, and volunteers from various churches in a program split between soccer camp and music, electronics and fine arts classes. Students also receive a lunch, which really helps families with limited resources.
We consider it a joy and privilege to share the love of Jesus in this way. Please consider making a contribution to the benevolent fund today, so that we can keep engaging in opportunities like these.