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The Canada Summer Jobs changes have sparked debate in many groups, but one person says that we don't have to approach them with anger.

Selwyn Uittenbosch is the CFO of MB (Mennonite Brethern) Mission and C2C Network. He'll be the first to admit that he isn't the right person to argue the politics of the decision but recently wrote a piece in the MB Herald "talking about what is our response."

"The MB church as a whole, we are full of ways that we engage students and others in the summer to be a blessing," Uittenbosch said.

While summer programs at churches are not always funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program, Uittenbosch says that this is an incredible opportunity to rise up.

"It's not a rise up in terms of anger," he stressed. "It's a rising up to say 'let's remember what we are called to, let's remember who we are.'

"Nothing can stand in (God's) way."

Uittenbosch is encouraging people to donate more towards a summer fund in their local churches. He says that if your church doesn't have one, that is OK because God will use that money and put it where it is needed most.

"Many churches have a variety of engagements in their community," Uittenbosch said. "The beauty of this kerfuffle is that it serves as a catalyst for us to begin to think about what actually should we be doing, what are we doing, and what is going to stand in our way."

While Uittenbosch believes this approach is important, he does recognize that it is an 'and' to bringing up the issue with the government.

"I think there is a huge value for having a voice in the public square," he added. "In addition to that, let it not stop us. We ourselves need to rise up and proceed regardless of the outcomes."

He believes that this scenario has created the opportunity for us as a church to think differently.

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