Agriculture and improving the lives of people who work in the sector has been a key part of MEDA’s mission of creating business solutions to poverty since its inception in 1953.
One of MEDA’s longest-standing hubs came about in part due to a new employee’s desire to move home, and his personal connections with prominent Mennonite businesspeople. Neil Janzen was a high school teacher before serving two terms with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). During the latter term, he became interested in international development management and subsequently completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Western Ontario.
There is a divide between hourly workers and business owners. They may interact in a work setting, but often there is no natural social interaction between these two groups. I reflected on this gap as I was sitting in church one day and looked down the row. I saw Zach and Dave sitting next to each other. It struck me that there are very few places in our society where these two men, a welder and a CEO, are together in community.
Perhaps you picture your work in the marketplace as funding the kingdom. Kind of like Paul’s tentmaking — it’s there on the side to fuel the real kingdom work. I used to think that way, too. But after many years of researching, teaching, and leading in the marketplace, I have become convinced that many are called to the marketplace not only to fund the work of the kingdom, but to further the kingdom in wise, innovative ways.
At the first meeting of The Upper Deck Company in March of 1988, President Paul Sumner invited the other five men in the room to join him in prayer:
“Dear God,” Sumner began. “Here we are, the group of us, creating a new corporation. The Upper Deck Company — it’s like having a little baby, so fresh and young and tender.
This is the fourth in a series of stories about MEDA hubs across North America. The hubs, more than a dozen volunteer-led groups, organize events and activities to build awareness
Like much of MEDA’s work in applying business solutions to alleviating poverty, its heightened focus on systems change will be groundbreaking. “We are blazing a trail with this important work,”
This is the third in a series about MEDA hubs across North America. The hubs, more than a dozen volunteer-led groups, organize events and activities to build awareness about MEDA’s
MEDA has taken a major step towards building new partnerships in Central America, by hosting a dialogue related to the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit. Forty-three people attended the
Photos by Roxie Ola-Akuma/MEDA Nigeria is one of the larger and wealthier nations in Africa. But economic opportunity is varied and unevenly distributed. Average income of $416USD per month is
Mennonite college students from across North America are riding across the United States this summer to raise awareness of climate change’s impacts and the need to take action to stabilize