Mennonite Youth Organization of Saskatchewan
The Mennonite Youth Organization of Saskatchewan (General Conference Mennonite) was initiated with the help of Olin Krehbiel of Berne, Indiana, largely as the result of the influence of the General Conference sessions held at Saskatoon in 1938. In June 1941 the first youth retreat was held, and in the same year a youth conference at Laird. Here a constitution was adopted connecting the organization with the Young People's Union of the General Conference; but this was changed July 1949 to connect it with the Canadian Conference. In 1942 the daily vacation Bible schools were started and still enjoyed a great popularity in 1956. The executive Committee of the Mennonite Youth Organization of Saskatchewan at first consisted of five members, but in 1946 it was enlarged to nine members.
Most of the interests of this organization centered on the Rosthern Youth Farm, since the activities and projects were mostly on this farm. Here the first and largest projects were started. In 1941 and 1942 the first retreats were held at the Rosthern Dominion Experimental Farm. In the winter of 1943-1944 the experimental farm was bought from the government for $20,000, consisting of 640 acres and buildings that the government built for about $60,000. In 1944 the Invalid Home was opened and in 1954 had about 80 patients in two houses. In 1945 the Elim Gospel Beach in South Saskatchewan was bought and in 1947 paid in full. In 1946 the first children's home was built and in 1953 the Crippled Children's Home was opened. Combined, these homes were able to take about 20 children. In 1951 the Invalid Home in Herbert was started, which in 1954 had about 20 patients. This farm also organized workshops for youth, the first one in 1952. The farm supplied the town of Rosthern with pasteurized milk. Besides this the farm supported missionaries in foreign and domestic fields. The main endeavor in 1954 came from the Youth Organization, particularly H. W. Friesen and J. C. Schmidt.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 643. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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