From Pastor Brad Roth, on behalf of the West Zion Mennonite Mission Team, Moundridge, KS —
“We are deeply grateful for the Loaves and Fishes grant of $500 WDC awarded our congregation to help cover the cost of food at the K-4 Moundridge Youth Ministries (MYM) program we host at West Zion.
In 2014, we have seen an average attendance of 70-80 children with around 20 helpers and teachers. Children learn about Christ in a safe environment, and we serve them a hearty meal. Volunteers from many different congregations make this ministry possible.
The Christmas program was a particular highlight. Our sanctuary was full of parents coming to see their children perform songs about Jesus’ birth. I gave a simple, relevant presentation of the Gospel message (Jesus was born among us because he loves us!). Afterward, we mingled with parents and kids downstairs while enjoying pizza together. In our rapidly post-Christianizing culture, Christmas is still one holy-day that people get.”
What is a Loaves and Fishes Grant?
During September 2014 – September 2015, the WDC Resource Commission offered Loaves and Fishes grants of $500 to WDC congregations seeking to multiply God’s grace in their communities. Applications from twelve congregations were approved and awarded. These grants were made possible through Vision 2012 funds. More Loaves and Fishes grants will be available in 2016!