At this time of unprecedented anguish and loss for the American
people, we, as followers of Jesus Christ, commit ourselves to pray for
you and other national leaders who must decide how to respond to these
recent horrific acts of violence. We mourn the deaths and the shattered
lives. We utterly reject the brutal tactics of those who inflicted
these grievous wounds.
FRESNO, CA - On this day of national mourning and prayer, we, your
colleagues in ministry pray for you as you minister to your
congregation Sunday, especially that you will bring the reassurance of
God's comfort. We pray for you as pastor. "The Lord is my light and my
salvation -- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life
-- of whom shall I be afraid? . . . when my enemies and my foes attack
me, they will stumble and fall." (Ps 27:1, 26 NIV).
A CALL TO PRAYER - President Henry Schmidt In the midst of the
international terrorist tragedy that has impacted hundreds of families,
friends, neighbours in New York and Washington, I am calling the
seminary community and the Mennonite Brethren churches in the United
States and Canada to prayer. I extend my sympathy, condolence, and
support to those who have experienced indescribable loss. We share in
your pain and the tragic death of thousands of innocent victims at the
hands of the terrorists. The Bible reminds us not "to return evil for
MB Biblical Seminary is delighted to announce the appointment of
Rick Bartlett as the Ministry Quest program director effective June
2003. Ministry Quest is a program giving High School Youth the
opportunity to explore ministry as a vocational option. Ministry Quest
is the High School component of the "Hearing The Call" project directed
by John Neufeld. In addition to Directing Ministry Quest, Rick will
teach courses and lead seminars in youth ministry, leadership
development and discipleship.
The MBBS Presidential Search Committee is pleased to report the
completion of the information gathering process begun in mid-November
2002. Of the approximately 700 surveys distributed, 45% were returned;
half from Canadian respondents, the other half from U.S. respondents.
During a telephone conference meeting on January 13, the committee
reviewed the data tables compiled by its consultant, Rebekah Basinger.
An extensive discussion of the results and their impact on the
presidential profile produced a preliminary profile. (Detailed survey