Congregational Connections

Welcome to MEDA's Congregational Connections!

MEDA began with a group of Mennonite businesspeople who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Over sixty-five years later, it continues today because of congregations like yours – faithfully sharing their blessings with their brothers and sisters around the globe.

We appreciate the opportunity to stay connected with your congregation. Below are digital resources for you to engage with MEDA’s work, explore the intersection of faith and business, and stay up to date on the impact of your support.

In this issue, you will find...

2022 Resources Available for Sharing

A Prayer for Ukraine and the World

Join us as we pray for the nations around the world currently experiencing conflict. For Ukraine and for the many MEDA project locations which are in the midst of unrest and near and dear to our hearts. Among many things, we are praying for peaceful resolutions to conflicts that seem to have escalated over the past couple of years. Let us continue in the good work of equipping entrepreneurs so that they can strengthen the economy, and to help rebuild a sustainable future for those caught in the middle of violence.

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MEDA Moment: Technolinks+, Nicaragua

Our Technolinks+ project is working to support 35,000 women and men smallholder farmers with increased access to technologies, ensuring farmers have the resources they need to grow their businesses, provide for their families and enrich their communities. We invite you to share this video with your congregation!

Bringing faith to work at MEDA, a staff reflection

Cony Peralta, Country Director for Nicaragua, reflects on the power of faith in the midst of difficult realities.

Offering Request: Support women-owned small businesses in our Spring Appeal

In every country we work, when women business owners gain access to finance, their lives improve. Their businesses grow, they gain confidence in their decision making, their skillsets, and their ability to negotiate fair business deals.

Join us in making a better tomorrow, by giving today.

MEDA joins with Anabaptist partners to alleviate climate change together

We believe that climate change remains a significant threat to global communities, economic justice, and our future generations. As an organization founded upon Christian values, we believe that as stewards of this earth, it is our responsibility to act in this crisis.

MEDA is proud to be on the list of Anabaptist signatories coming together to fight climate change, as organized by the Centre for Sustainable Climate Change Solutions. You can read their full article here, as well as our blog post.

The newest edition of MEDA’s publication, The Marketplace

In this issue, learn about the impact of our BASICS-II project in helping cassava entrepreneurs in Tanzania, and get to know two new members on MEDA’s executive leadership team. This issue also includes stories of Mennonite agriculture around the globe, how a BC woman turned her front yard flowers into a blooming business, and the future of lab-grown meat. The Marketplace is MEDA’s publication exploring business solutions to poverty through a lens of faith. To subscribe, or to update your church’s subscription preferences, please visit meda.org/subscribe.

MEDA Connecters

We’re delighted to launch a new community of “MEDA Connecters” – supporters like you who are focused on building engagement and awareness of MEDA through your own congregation. If you are excited about this opportunity or if you simply want to learn more, fill out this formand we’ll be in touch with additional information and resources.

Request a Speaker: MEDA representative

To request a speaker to share about MEDA’s work in your service, please email communications@meda.org

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MEDA Connecters

We’re delighted to launch a new community of “MEDA Connecters” — supporters like you who are focused on building engagement and awareness of MEDA through your own congregation! Our Christian values are paramount to MEDA’s identity, and we’re eager to be more involved with church communities. If you are excited about integrating your faith and support of MEDA’s mission, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with additional information and resources.

About Us

MEDA’s origins are rooted in the aftermath of the second World War when thousands of Russian Mennonites fled as refugees to the country of Paraguay.

There, they established strong communities that were grounded in Christian values of peace, justice and entrepreneurship. Many were eager to set up their own businesses, but they lacked financial capital and key resources.

MEDA was born out of the need to provide small businesses with capital, business training, microloans and investment. That’s what we continue to do today.