Blogspot #6 November 16,2013
As we evaluate our time in Ukraine these past months, we are struck by the variety of impressions we will take with us: economic, geographic, historical, and of course the many heart-felt expressions of gratitude for the help received from Mennonite Centre donors.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Perhaps. But that does not diminish the work of the Mennonite Centre in Molochansk. The weather in the last few days is serving notice that the hot, dry summer is nearing an end. A recent rain has been much anticipated by the farmers as they wait for moisture before seeding their winter wheat. Harvesting has been mostly completed with the exception of a few sunflower fields. However, the crops have been generally quite poor in this area. Even garden produce such as tomatoes have not done well this summer while the grapes on the drive-way arbors seem to be abundant. Small rural villages like Dolina (formerly Schoenau) struggle as their school closes and other services are threatened.
We also received a visit from a German historian interested in the life of Dr. Tavonius, well-loved doctor in the Muntau hospital in the early 20th century (presently Molochansk). Many Mennonites in the Molotschna Colony were helped by his expertise, skill and compassion. A published German interview with his grandson, now living in Germany, has been forwarded to us. I could forward this article if anyone has a particular interest in it. More frequent than visits from historians, however, are the numerous requests for assistance that come to the Centre from individuals as well as institutions. Any assistance we can offer is always gratefully received.
Donations to the Mennonite Centre may be directed to “Friends of the Mennonite Centre” c/o George Dyck 3675 N Service Rd Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B1
Monday, May 7, 2012
May 8, 2012
One of the challenges for the Mennonite Centre is to find local leaders who will be able initiate strategies that will further develop their own civil society. We feel fortunate in having developed positive working relationships with a number of such leaders in Molochansk. On Friday, May 4, a number of these, together with their spouses joined us for a delightful evening at the Mennonite Centre. This group consisted of school principals, deputies of town council, hospital and care home directors, etc. Ira, our head cook, together with our staff, prepared a lovely meal, delicious and beautifully presented. Following the meal, we enjoyed the wonderful music performed by Sergei Lokotkov (guitar) and his daughter (flute). The purpose of this gathering was to show our gratitude to these leaders who are serving the people of their community and to encourage them. Secondly, we wanted to present a challenge that all of them could be involved with at various levels. The challenge was to make Molochansk “A Clean City”. This could involve students in various ways, encourage volunteerism, rewards for the best “clean” project, helping elderly neighbors, being an example to others, etc. The potential for beauty is abundantly evident. The deputy in attendance agreed to set up a meeting for Mennonite Centre and the mayor to further explore this idea. Those in attendance appreciated the positive atmosphere and pleasant entertainment of the evening.