Mary has been attending Eden Mennonite Church since she married Duane in 1995. She has been involved in various ways at church, and over the years her awareness of the importance of the work MCBC does has been growing. Mary says, “There has been a shift in my appreciation for the work the conference does as I have seen them reach out to congregations and facilitate conversation around being the Body of Christ together. It is apparent that there is a desire for unity that allows diversity and this requires work; God-glorifying and rewarding work, but still work.”

Over the last few years she has been attending more MCBC meetings and learning more about the work that we do. She was considering how she might be supportive of what she calls the “good and sometimes difficult work that the conference is doing,” and then she discovered that our Leadership Board was in need of a secretary; she felt like she didn’t have much to offer, but that she could fill this role.

In her own words, Mary says, “As I learn the workings of the conference (the acronyms alone are a learning curve!), I hope to see more ways I can support the work we do. I see my heart aligning with the work of MCBC in that I desire to continue to work out my faith and to grow in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ – it seems that the purpose of the conference is to facilitate that corporately. My hope and prayer for MCBC is for us to have wisdom and peace as we navigate how to ‘encourage one another to love and good deeds.’’’