Hope for the New Year
Prayer for Black History Month
submitted by Berni Kaufman

Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope,
We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us,
But so often passed over,
Those stories that when told are shared because
Of what someone is, not who they are.
This month in our nation's character
Is Black History month.
Help us to realize that Black history is
All our histories.
May the day come when these stories
Are so wildly taught that no month need
Be separately divided.
We know this day will not come until we as a people
Make different choices...
There are so many beautiful stories needing to be told.
And we need to get the chance to hear them.

- Author Unknown
Save the Date!

Mennonite Women USA and Dove's Nest are thrilled to announce the upcoming event Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries. This event will take place on July 26-27, 2018 at the Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. This event is designed for girls ages 13-18 and adult women.
Welcome Grace Tijerina

MW USA is happy to announce that Grace Tijerina has joined our board of directors!  Grace was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Brownsville is located along the Rio Grande River, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. At the age of sixty, Grace retired from the Brownsville School District after 32 years of service to attend Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas. Grace graduated from Hesston in the spring of 2016 with a degree in pastoral ministries. Grace has learned that it is never too late to answer God's calling. Presently, Grace resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she is a pastor starting a church plant.

Pray for Sister Care in Cuba

Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener will be in Cuba from January 25-27 in Havana for an ecumenical group and
January 30-Feb. 1 in Palmira for a Brethren in Christ group leading Sister Care Seminars. Please pray for the women involved in this event for safe travels, empowering education and spiritual growth and renewal.

Winter Timbrel is arriving soon!

Our next issue of Timbrel is scheduled to arrive in mid-February! This issue is focused on immigration and sanctuary churches. Hear from immigrants, immigration writers, immigration lawyers and advocates in this issue.
Remembering Maxine Fast

Sister Care Director Rhoda Keener remembers Maxine Fast, of Kansas, who supported her as she was transitioning into the role of Mennonite Women USA executive director in the past.

Where is the Future?

Hear from Mennonite Women USA executive director Marlene Harder Bogard on the uncertainty and hope of the future.

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