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September 2, 2015

​​More than R&R

Written by Bethany Umble

Sabbatical. The mere idea felt like the relief of cool rain after a long, dusty dry season.

September 2, 2015

Living in the shalom of God

Written by Sherill Hostetter

Well-being. One of EMM’s core values. What is it? Where does it come from? Is a person’s sense of well-being determined by a situation, personality, outlook on life, or level of physical, emotional, or spiritual health?

BAINBRIDGE, Pa. — It was standing-room only Sunday, August 16, 2015, as Goods Mennonite Church in Bainbridge, Pa., celebrated its 200-year anniversary. Pastor J. Nelson Bechtold, chosen by lot, succeeded his father as pastor 35 years ago.

Corozal, Honduras — Twenty-five years ago, a small group of thirty Garifuna believers met for mutual encouragement and inspiration. In 2015, more than a thousand Garifuna church leaders and believers met for the twenty-fifth meeting of AMIGA (Garifuna Missionary Association) in Corozal, Honduras.

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. 

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.

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