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When Pastor Trung presented the plans of the Vietnam Mennonite Church to open a four- year Bachelor of Theology class, EMM worker Gerry Keener exclaimed (to himself), “Impossible!”

"We are excited! For over seven years we have invested ourselves in communities in Asia for the purpose of seeing multiplying groups of local believers worshiping together. We’ve asked you to join us in praying for Cornelius-type experiences where households and relational networks come to faith together. We’ve known this process takes many years and so have committed ourselves to prayer, language study, deep relationships, and fully investing ourselves in work and life in this community.

Mennonite pastor and church planter George Nyaundi has worked for peace in Sotik ever since the town erupted in violence during the controversial elections in Kenya in December, 2007. Sotik was the site of intense conflict between two distinct people groups, the Kisii and the Kipsigi, and George worked tirelessly to bring leaders from both sides together.

An after-school program for seven- to fourteen-year-old children in very rural Cambodia expanded into two new villages in 2014. Parents signed up 120 children, more than EMM workers John and Debbie Coats expected.

PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru, initiated by the Mennonite Church in Peru and supported by workers and funds from the EMM community, had an exciting year in 2014.

EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in inner city Baltimore.

Far south of the equator, in the southern third of Chile, one finds a beautiful landscape of mountains and islands in the sea. But this beautiful area harbors an ugly secret. Government studies indicate as many as seven out of ten children are being sexually abused.

A business for transformation project in Asia experienced a 307% increase in sales in 2014! The business manufactures water filters that give villagers access to clean water. The explosion in sales caused great excitement for the EMM team serving within the business.

Many EMM workers cannot be named. And the countries they serve in cannot be identified. Yet God’s work goes on even when we do not see any results or even hear about the work being done.

February 5, 2015

EMM team to return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Written by Chris Fretz

SALUNGA, Pa. - Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is returning to their assignments in the region. On February 9, Michael and Karen Baker and their five children will return to Guinea-Bissau and Dave and Delores Shirk will transition from previous service in Guinea-Bissau to now serve in The Gambia.

February 2, 2015

I knew it was Jesus

Written by Srey Naet as told to Debbie Coats

My name is Srey Naet. I am 15 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in a village in Southeastern Cambodia. My father left my mother many years ago. My mother remarried, but I hardly see her and my stepfather because they both work in Thailand as migrant workers and hardly ever come home. I live with my grandparents. I have a four-year-old sister.

January 22, 2015

Couple finishes 20 plus years of service with Guatemalan indigenous group

Written by Chris Fretz and Linda Moffett

ALTA VERAPAZ, Guatemala - After living among the K'ekchi' people of north central Guatemala for more than 20 years, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) workers Galen and Phyllis Groff have said goodbye to the community they've called home.

January 12, 2015

A quadruple bottom line

Written by EMM staff

Most businesses measure only one bottom line - profit.

Business for transformation measures its impact in four ways - economically, socially, environmentally, and spiritually.

January 8, 2015

EMM Chile YES team disperses for greater impact

Written by Chris Fretz

CHILOE, Chile - Although YES teams sent by Eastern Mennonite Missions often serve all together in one location, the five-member 2014-2015 Chile YES team is discovering greater impact through dividing the team to serve in several island communities in Chiloe, a region of southern Chile.

January 5, 2015

From Missionary Messenger magazine: A beautiful mess

Written by Dan Rice

Nauseous. That's how I was feeling as we navigated the three-hour journey from Tirana to Korce. I don't usually experience motion sickness, but perhaps the lack of sleep and dehydration of my 20-hour journey from Lancaster, Pa., to Albania was now taking its toll. Or perhaps it was the terrible pasta I had on my flight.

MADRID, Spain - The Spanish language version of A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue (Diálogo entre un musulmán y un cristiano, Libros Desafío) by Badru D. Kataregga and David W. Shenk was launched in Madrid by the Evangelical Alliance of Spain, after a seven-year wait. The official launch of the book, sponsored by the Spanish government's Ministry of Justice, occurred on November 24, 2014.

December 1, 2014

Cared for in crisis

Written by Karen Baker

Our family planned to serve in Catel, Guinea-Bissau, for four years. But our time there ended abruptly this September, after only one year, because of the Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa.

November 20, 2014

EMM leaders learn from Central American churches

Written by Chris Fretz

CENTRAL AMERICA - Churches in Honduras and Guatemala recently impressed visitors from Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) as growing and thriving even though they minister in challenging contexts of violence and poverty. EMM leaders connected with Central American church leaders September 20-27, 2014.

November 6, 2014

EMM sends first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years

Written by Chris Fretz

BALTIMORE, Md. - This fall Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in inner city Baltimore.

October 29, 2014

From Missionary Messenger magazine: More than we expected

Written by Justine Nolt

My youth group at Marion Mennonite Church is full of amazing people whom I get to see every Wednesday. But when we spent a whole week together in Reading, Pa., as an EMM K-team, we shared tears and laughter and met amazing people who will not easily be forgotten.

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