Mennonite Men are assisting five new congregations across three
continents with over $107,400 through JoinHands, Mennonite Men's program to
provide grants to help new congregations acquire their first church building.
The board of directors of Mennonite Men approved grants at their board meeting
on March 27 that will benefit Mennonite churches in Colorado, Virginia, Brazil,
and Burkina Faso.
“We’re excited to help provide these new, growing
congregations with the space they need to worship and carry out vital
ministries,” said Steve Thomas, U.S. coordinator for Mennonite Men.
Mennonite Men worked with Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) to
identify Samogohiri Mennonite Church in Burkina Faso and two congregations in
Brazil, Igreja Evangélica Vida Nova and Igreja Evangélica Menonita em Lago
Azul, as congregations that were working to construct a church building.
“In Brazil, the people of Lago Azul and Vida Nova are excited
to receive the JoinHand grant. These funds will help a lot as they are working
hard on their church buildings,” said Linda Shelly, MMN’s Regional Director for
“The members of Samogohiri Mennonite Church dug the
foundation for their building,” said Sharon Norton, co-director for Africa and
Europe for MMN. “In order to keep their costs low, they’ve provided a lot of
sweat equity, and got members of all ages involved.”
In addition to granting funds internationally, Mennonite Men
is also assisting Eastside Church, a congregation of Virginia Mennonite
Conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as Hmong Mennonite Church, a congregation
of Mountain State Mennonite Conference in Westminster, Colorado made up of
Hmong people, a Southeast Asian ethnic group.
JoinHands, which began in 1985 as Tenth Man, has distributed over
$2 million helping churches in the United States, Canada, and in other
countries to build or purchase their first building. Learn more at mennonitemen.org/joinhands.