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Harrisburg, Pa.—Eastern Mennonite Missions’ staff, workers, and alumni were delighted to participate in the Mennonite World Conference happening in their own “backyard” in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21 through July 25, 2015. 

WILLOW STREET, Pa. —Despite a little rain and a lot of humidity, fairgoers enjoyed sampling a variety of “cool” ethnic foods and learning about many different cultures on Saturday, July 18, at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa.

July 16, 2015

Balkans choir tour brings connections and growth

Written by Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. -- Thirty-nine young people making up the Chamber Choir of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster (MCCL) partnered with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on a choral tour to Albania and Bulgaria from June 10 through June 24, 2015.

July 15, 2015

Close to 60 people commissioned by EMM

Written by Emily Gingrich

LANCASTER, Pa. --  EMM staff and attendees pray for the Zguri family and the nation of Albania at EMM's Summer worker commissioning event held on Sunday, July 12, at Wesley Church in Quarryville, Pa. 

SALUNGA, Pa. — Scott Sundberg began serving as communications director at Eastern Mennonite Missions on June 24, 2015. Sundberg will direct the envisioning and production of EMM communication pieces.

July 9, 2015

God at work through 2014-2015 YES teams

Written by EMM staff

One rainy evening in Achao, the members of EMM’s Chile YES team found themselves grumpy and just wanting to go to bed. But Anna, Eliot, Gabi, Gretchen, and Hadassah had to prepare for guests instead. A new friend and a friend of hers were coming to visit.

SALUNGA, Pa. — The practice of taking a gap year between high school and college is growing in popularity, both among young people and educators.

June 29, 2015

GAP YEAR: A student's perspective

Written by Heath Goertzen

In my freshman year of high school, when my older brother decided to take a gap year, I was quite unsure about the idea. Why would anyone decide to interrupt the normal flow of education to do something else for a year?

June 29, 2015

GAP YEAR: A parent's perspective

Written by Nita Landis

We talked to each of our three kids about taking a gap year.
Dan didn't take a gap year.
Katie didn't take a gap year.

June 23, 2015

President's pulse -- GAP YEAR

Written by Nelson Okanya

"As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” — Mark 1:16 (NRSV)

GORKHA, Nepal — Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families.

June 1, 2015

Drawn from “Surprising Conversations”

Written by Jonathan Bornman

My friend Andres and I visit regularly with the imam of the mosque in downtown Lancaster, Pa., and occasionally with others who are part of the community that worships there.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply and positively impacted by his recent service among and his ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Burma living in Lancaster, Pa.

May 1, 2015

President's pulse -- Obedience

Written by Nelson Okanya

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me ... My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." ­— Jesus in John 10:14, 27

You don't need a passport and a visa to be "a light to the nations" (Isaiah 49:6)

What people groups have come to your county? How will you welcome them? Share Jesus with them?

May 1, 2015

Transplanting roots

Written by Bethany Geib

Return. Retornar. Kutimuy. I can say it in three languages, but living it and trying to explain to you how it feels right now is much more difficult. Returning is a tearing apart, a tearing up of roots. It is painful.

May 1, 2015

Hanging on each word

Written by Sheryl Martin

What does one talk about when Muslim friends come for dinner on Good Friday? We hadn’t planned our meal together specifically to fall on this Christian day of observance — it was the only evening our families had free that week.

CENTRAL ASIA — After leading a 10-week group study of the book Wisdom for Mothers by Denise Glenn, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker in Central Asia has facilitated translation of the book into the local language and is hosting Glenn and her husband for an upcoming book tour in May.

April 30, 2015

Kenya Mennonite Church launches history book

Written by Jewel Showalter

KISUMU, Kenya — Excited participants streamed into the Ahero Pastoral Care Center on April 17‒18 to launch the freshly-minted history of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC): Forward in Faith: A Seventy-Year Journey, 1942-2012.

April 30, 2015

East African real estate project to fund mission work

Written by Chris Fretz

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Mennonite Board in Eastern Africa Registered Trustees are launching a real estate development project, SkyView Gardens, on the property of Amani Gardens Inn (formerly the Mennonite Guest House) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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