Articles

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.

LANCASTER, Pa. – Many Lancaster area residents look forward to Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Global Fair as an opportunity to experience other cultures in their own backyard. 

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

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)

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.

April 10, 2015

East African churches strengthen leadership training for rural pastors

Written by Chris Fretz and Amanda Miller

MWANZA, Tanzania – Bishops in the Tanzanian and Kenyan Mennonite churches are working to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Academia Los Pinares celebrated 50 years of providing bilingual Christian education in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on February 27-28, 2015.

March 19, 2015

Eastern Mennonite Missions hires new discipleship trainer

Written by Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. – Angie Breneman began serving as Discipleship Trainer at Eastern Mennonite Missions on March 2, 2015. Breneman will work at equipping congregations in discipleship and mission, with a special focus on youth and young adults. She will also coordinate pre-field orientation, training, and post-field de-briefing for short-term workers.

NEW YORK CITY, New York – The Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been working to assist numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived in New York since June 2014. To date they have assisted approximately 140 families, helping them with food, clothing, legal assistance, and travel fare to legal and medical appointments.

March 2, 2015

Graduates!

Written by EMM staff

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!”

March 2, 2015

Cornelius experiences

Written by Gabriel and Daria*

"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.

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