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John and Grace Karsten are the volunteer coordinators for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Alberta and British Columbia.

The Karstens, members of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, Lethbridge, Alberta, are excited about the new venture.

“We found ourselves looking to serve the Lord in a more meaningful way that would put our faith life and work experiences to good use,” Grace said.

“Our children and extended families have greatly encouraged us in this new venture,” said John.

The Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 13 Canadian church agencies, including the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. Donations to the Foodgrains Bank of cash, grain, and other agricultural commodities are matched 4-to-1 by the Canadian government. The bank is one of the largest private food-aid providers in the world.

Each year Christian Reformed churches across Canada plant donated acreage to raise cash and crops for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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