September 1, 2016

My friend Fattiah

I knew nothing about the Muslim people of the world before I entered into the YES program. I didn’t expect to end up in Mombasa, Kenya, a coastal city distinctive in its unique blend of Swahili and Arabic culture, and heavily populated by Muslims and Somali refugees.

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“When I was 43, a farm wife, and a mother of three, I decided to go to college to get my teaching degree,” said Evelyn Hershey. “Back then, I had no idea that I would ever teach in Nairobi, Kenya!”

Following the death of her husband in 2013, Hershey served a yearlong term with EMM in Nairobi from 2015–2016. But although Hershey officially worked as a hostess at Amani Gardens Inn, her background in art education came into play in surprising ways.

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SALUNGA, Pa. — She wrote countless lesson plans, graded hundreds of compositions, welcomed students who needed a listening ear at all hours, and poured many, many cups of tea. She had a quiet but profound influence on early leaders of Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia, the largest Anabaptist conference in the world today.

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Members of EMM’s Christian/Muslim Relations Team spent time ministering in Kenya in April and May. Learn how the CMRT worked to build bridges of peace between Christians and Muslims on this international trip..

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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NAIROBI, Kenya — David Shenk and Jonathan Bornman, members of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Christian/Muslim Relations Team (CMRT), traveled to Kenya at the invitation of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC) from April 27 – May 8, 2016.

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MIGORI, Kenya – Jackson Okanya, 33, a farmer, businessman, and entrepreneur in rural western Kenya, has spent the past three years building a farming business through his own labor and funds. After graduating from Daystar University in Nairobi with a degree in community development in 2010, Okanya, brother of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) President Nelson Okanya, spent several years working at the EMM offices in Nairobi and studying efficient agricultural methods.

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EMM worker Gloria Bontrager has developed two courses, Women of the Bible and Women in the Work of God, based on biblical women who were examples of faith when confronted with the same issues facing many East African women. Believers are excited to use the new study materials.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

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In 1942 on their school holiday break, two teenage boys felt compelled to share the good news in a number of Kenyan villages near the Kenya-Tanzania border. Their obedience sparked the Kenya Mennonite Church, which now has more than 5,000 baptized members and twice that many church attendees.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, December 26, 2015.

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MUSOMA, Tanzania -- Infertility, single parenting, poverty, the raising and teaching of children, life with an unbelieving or unfaithful husband, and maintaining faith in desperate times: a number of these issues confront many East African women daily.

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Rebecca was one of the first believers in what became the Kenya Mennonite Church. She was advanced in age when she joined the Mennonite Church, but she was known as “the one who never remains behind,” dedicated and persistent in her faith.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

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