North American MBs to gather in Vancouver to celebrate 150th anniversary
Celebration 2010 news release
When Mennonite Brethren from the United States and Canada gather this summer to celebrate the150th anniversary of the Mennonite Brethren Church, they will hear a global perspective through three international MB speakers.
Mennonite Brethren around the globe began celebrating the anniversary Jan. 6. National celebrations are taking place throughout the year in India, Panama, Brazil, Japan, Paraguay and in Germany, which will host International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) meetings and celebrations.
North America will host Celebration 2010: The 150th Anniversary of the Mennonite Brethren, July12–18, in British Columbia. Celebration 2010 participants will hear three international Mennonite Brethren on Wednesday and Friday evening.
Nzuzi Mukawa is academic dean and professor at the School of Missiology in Kinshasa, DR Congo, and associate pastor of Batela MB Church of Kinshasa. He was born and raised in a Mennonite Brethren family and church in Kinshasa. Mukawa’s passion is to “see the Anabaptist family united, sharing resources to fulfill the great commissionby reaching the unreached of the world.”
John Shankar Raois the director of evangelism and church planting within the India MB Conference. He brings a fresh perspective on mission as he serves the largest mission field in the world. India has 4,000 people groups who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ.
The thirdinternational speaker, whose name is not being reported here for security reasons, serves Arabic-speaking communities in North America and beyond through radio, television and printed materials. He is well known in North Africa and is committed to a peaceful witness to Muslims.
The registration deadline for Celebration 2010 is June 20 and a discounted registration fee is offered until May 1. Registration forms were printed in the February/March issue of the Christian Leader.
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