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"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19


MVSA Mission Statement:

Providing opportunities to act on faith by assisting congregations in service to their communities.

Faith and Values Statement:
MVSA affirms the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective and shares the Mennonite community's Vision for Healing & Hope:

"God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ, and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God's healing and hope flow through us to the world."

MVSA declares Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and as the model for service! Directions for MVSA arise from Jesus' life, ministry and teaching. Jesus worked among the poor and disenfranchised of his day. It is His example that we follow.

We Emphasize:

  • Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
  • Jesus as the model for our service.

We believe that service:

  • is based on following Jesus, the Son of God.
  • involves justice for the poor and disadvantaged.
  • demands compassionate non-violent action as the means for social change.
  • incarnates the unity of words and deeds.

We believe that service is best done in a community of servants committed to: caring for and confronting each other; living simply; recognizing the equality of women and men, young and old; worshiping and learning together.

"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ." 1 Cor. 3:11
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