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You Can Be a Photographer! - by Carl Hiebert

You Can Be a Photographer! - by Carl Hiebert
An informal informational guide to taking photographs with your camera.

Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians

Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians
EACH day we start our faith journey anew. New dilemmas come our way. They require us to face hard and unclear choices. Often we must act without specific scriptural direction or common understanding among those with whom we worship. This book explores how we or members of our family and church might handle such situations. At work our colleagues, bosses, employees, customers, and suppliers observe our conduct. Hardly a day goes by when our faith and actions do not intersect. A survey of 2,000 administrative assistants and secretaries reveals an “alarming frequency of ethical misbehavior in the business office today,” says office ethics expert Nan DeMars. As the old saying goes, our actions may speak louder than our words. How then do others view our actions? How does our faith temper our actions?

As president of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), I am privileged to work with businesspeople who earnestly desire to integrate their Christian faith with their lives in the marketplace. From them and others in the church, I hear questions like these: How can we shorten the distance between what we hear on Sunday and what we face on Monday? How can we discuss our workplace conflicts in a church setting? How can we give one another the support and counsel we need to be faithful disciples in our daily work?

We decided to assemble a number of actual workplace dilemmas into a handy format for small-group discussion. I was assisted by Carol Suter, an attorney and our vice-president of Member and Resource Development, and by Wally Kroeker, editor of our magazine, The Marketplace. Both of them, by virtue of their roles within MEDA, regularly deal with the interplay of faith and work.

The result of our efforts is this book. It looks at thirteen workplace situations and asks how persons of faith might respond. The studies emerge out of actual experiences, although we have altered some facts to preserve confidentiality.

Why did we choose case studies? First, when examining dilemmas, it is usually less threatening to observe what others experience. Dilemmas are situations where the right answer or appropriate action is not readily apparent. For the Christian, dilemmas are often dilemmas precisely because specific scriptural imperatives are missing. You will quickly note that, as in life, the book does not give answers. You are invited to find answers using critical as well as reflective thinking in conversation with others. With case studies, you can safely test and rethink what your response or actions might be.

Second, case studies allow us to live vicariously in the shoes of another. Whether studying these alone or in vigorous discussion with others, you can for a few moments live another’s situation. For example, even if you are not a business owner, you can still experience the dilemma of Menno and Vera Wenger as found in case study one. In case study six, you can feel for Warren, who is being pressured to produce more when suddenly an opportunity—though a questionable one—arises. You can test with others what it means to be a person of faith in the workplace. If we walk in another’s shoes, it may help us to be more understanding and less judgmental as others also attempt to be faithful to Christ in difficult circumstances.

Since we are to be Jesus’ disciples, we are also called to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Not all of us are called specifically to church work or active mission work. Yet each day others watch us and draw conclusions about our character and what we hold to be truth. We can learn from each other’s experiences, insights, and challenges. We trust this book will help us grow in understanding of what it means to follow Christ in daily life and in the marketplace.

— Ben Sprunger, President,

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

You're Hired!

Looking for work in all the right places
by Wally Kroeker

Today’s youth face a blizzard of work choices as they enter the job market – up to 600 college majors and 20,000 occupations, and more coming every day as new technologies emerge. As they start their career path they’ll find that a job is more than earning a living. It’s also a place to express values and make a global difference. This short career guide aims to help young people see their careers through Christian eyes and make a difference in the world.

The MEDA Experiment

The MEDA Experiment
Twenty-five Years of Economic Development
by J. Winfield Fretz, 1978
ISBN 0-9690458-5-9

The MEDA Experiment charts the first 25 years of Mennonite Economic Development Associates' history.

For most of the post-war period, a growing group of Mennonite business people and lay professionals have applied their resources, together with interested partners, to help develop agriculture, industry, and small businesses in various communities of developing countries.

The MEDA Experiment tells of their motivation, their vision, and their various projects. Both success and failures are reported and some suggestions are made for the future of MEDA.