For those who visit MHV from time to time, it will have become obvious that there is much to do in the village to repair and rejuvenate facilities. Buildings need to be painted, window sash needs to be replaced, boardwalks need repair and so on. Every task requires labour and materials adding up to a considerable cost.

Earlier this fall several supporters pledged a total of $40,000 to MHV specifically for the purpose of maintaining and repairing our facilities. Their challenge to us was to find an equal amount to match theirs. Recently we learned that the Steinbach Credit Union has responded to our grant application with a matching grant of $40,000 for this project. We are very grateful for this kind of generous community support.

While the total amount granted will go a long way toward refurbishing facilities, it will not complete all the jobs that need to be done. So early in 2012 we will challenge our constituency to again match the original $40,000 grant. We look forward with enthusiasm to the well being and growth of MHV.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.