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The Marketplace magazine July-August 2019 issue

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Armed conflicts reinforced by social instability

As Printed in The Marketplace - September/October 2017

By Mike Strathdee

Dr. Samantha Nutt, the founder of War Child Canada, is one of the keynote speakers at MEDA’s upcoming convention: Building Bridges to Enduring Livelihoods — Business as a Calling 2017, to be held November 2-5 in Vancouver, B.C.

The excerpt below is from her book: Damned Nations: Greed, Guns Armies & Aid.

Business shows “everybody wins” when a country embraces newcomers.

By Mike Strathdee

As Printed in The Marketplace - September/October 2017

HALIFAX — A Syrian refugee says his family’s thriving chocolate business should serve as an example of the value of Canadian “openness” in a world that has increasingly closed off its borders to refugees.12975869

By Mike Strathdee

As Printed in The Marketplace - September/October 2017

Southwestern Ethiopia reveals an entire value chain at work. First, there’s the cotton plants along the road, their bolls bursting like popcorn. Village women spin the fibres into yarn. In the next town people bleach the yarn pure white so it will better accept dye.010 Werkinesh 01

As Printed in The Marketplace - September/October 2017

Welcome to So What?, a periodic look at MEDA’s long-term impact around the world. What really changed as a result of our development efforts? What got better for families and communities? This issue looks at the EDGET program in Ethiopia, which ran from 2010 to 2016.'

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Wally and MikeMEDA editors are a rare breed, partly because there are so few of them. Thus far the organization has had only two people occupy the editor’s chair — Calvin Redekop, who founded The Marketplace in 1980, and Wally Kroeker, who came on board in 1985 and will retire on June 30.

We are delighted to announce our third. Seasoned journalist Mike Strathdee joined MEDA on May 1 as publications editor.

Feeding the spirit, feeding the hungry — for Bob Engbrecht, both are God’s will

As printed in The Marketplace July/August 2017

For many people, one “calling” in life is enough. Bob Engbrecht has had two — one to pastoral ministry, the other to feeding the world.

Today, at age 78, Engbrecht has retired from one but not both.bob

GORPFuel for the journey: Colleen Dyck in her basement kitchen where protein, fibre and Omega 3 are packed into tasty GORP bars.

Popular adventure product has a dual mission — furnish clean energy and get people out into God’s creation

Colleen Dyck got a call one day from a retailer: “Did you just pay three people to come into our store and urge us to sell your bars?”

It’s a business owner’s dream — to have customers help with marketing.

That’s what has happened in the four years since Dyck started manufacturing GORP Clean Energy Bars.

Who would have thought the soy fields of Africa could yield benefits in a seniors’ home across the globe

by Linda Whitmore

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At first blush, you might wonder what a Canadian organization of seven long-term care homes could learn from women soy farmers in Ghana that they could apply back home. But learn, they did, and the experiences of a dozen peopleCare staff who visited MEDA's Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in 2014 have been incorporated into its culture and practices.

As featured in The Marketplace - 2015 - May/June:

Civil disruption has not deterred MEDA from working in global hotspots. The following edited report from a strife-torn region suggests what it’s like to work amid constant danger. For reasons of security the MEDA staffer and her location are not identified.

Cavelle in boatAs featured in The Marketplace - 2016 - May/June:

by Cavelle Dove, Myanmar

I grew up in the most eastern part of Canada, in Newfoundland. My early years were in a very small homogenous rural community, where the most exotic thing that ever happened was that once a month we would drive to a larger centre and buy bananas. Bananas! It was a luxury and a reminder of a larger world somewhere out there.

Cavelle DoveCavelle DoveAs featured in The Marketplace - 2016 - May/June

Cavelle Dove is passionate about empowering impoverished women. As director of MEDA’s new project in Myanmar, she helps women seize new business opportunities in the country’s changing economic environment.
Even before working for MEDA she was active in similar pursuits in Yangon, Myanmar. She and a Canadian friend, Kelly MacDonald, opened the Bakehouse, a catering business that gives struggling women a foothold in the new economy.

As featured in The Marketplace - 2016 - November/December

German firm rolls out the welcome mat for refugees

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35 NRSV).

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It requires a company of angels to keep any single one of us in the life to which we are accustomed. We are each like a tightrope walker who thinks she’s balancing by sheer skill, only to find a forest of hands supporting each end of her horizontal pole and some gentle shoulders keeping her ankles steady.

1 minute readBaptism site Dalla Steiner shot bestAl-Maghtas is a United Nations World Heritage site in southern Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus and carried out his ministry. Pope John Paull II named it as the top site Christian pilgrims should visit - photo by Dallas Steiner

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.”
(Matt 3: 13, New International Version)

This site, Bethany beyond the Jordan, was visited by Pope John Paul II in March 2000, and named by him as the number one of eight holy sites that all Christians should try to visit.

Christians should care about equity in the workplace

By Joanna Meyer
Men and women work side by side, wrestling with the same business challenges, attending the same meetings, and walking the same hallways. But as a recent Wall Street Journal article suggests, the common ground ends there: