In the lobby of the building where Mount Joy Mennonite Church meets, there is a rough wooden door propped up against the wall.
Salunga, Pa. -- Haven’t renewed your passport? On a tight budget? Is the idea of foreign travel daunting with young children?
No worries. International cultures, exotic foods, and foreign languages are only a short car drive away if you live in Central Pennsylvania.
This is a story of learning God’s heart, bit by bit, like petals unfolding from the center. Since high school, God has taken me on journeys to make His heart my heart. The more I learn, the clearer it becomes — God’s desire is really very simple, though we have quite the way of complicating it. Love God and love others. That’s it. That’s the gospel, that’s what we’re called to do.
My story begins like many others in this circle — I graduated from high school and joined YES. My team was in Southeast Asia from 2009–2010.
SASKATOON, SK, Canada — David W. Shenk, a global consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), served as the keynote speaker for this year’s Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) National Conference on May 26–29, 2016. The theme of the 2016 conference, which was attended by Christian medical professionals from Canada, was “Welcoming strangers.”
“Honestly, I laughed at the thought of going into missions,” said Becky Gant to a crowd of other YES alumni. “Me? I’m not good enough. I did everything in my power not to go into YES. Well, I lost, and I applied.”
This year, EMM is saying goodbye to its long-running and beloved YES program. As YES ends to make way for new short-term missions and discipleship structures, EMM looks back on the whole story of YES.
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, May 14, 2016.
Vincent Van Gogh is credited with saying, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Download a digital edition of the May/June Missionary Messenger issue here.
35 years of YES in graphics
1980 to 1990: Experiments and foundations
1991 to 2000: Pioneering
2001 to 2009: Transitions
2010 to 2015: Transitions
Discipleship training centers
For some: "YES means no" meant yes!
The day after YES
Of course I said yes
They said YES!
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The Lancaster Stroopie Co. makes a delicious traditional Dutch cookie – and the company is also known for employing refugees. The Stroopie Co. won last year’s Great Social Enterprise Pitch, an annual business plan competition in Lancaster, hosted by ASSETS Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Today on the blog, Stroopies manager Adrianne Huber talks about working alongside refugees and finding her calling in unexpected places – like a cookie company.