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NAIROBI, Kenya — David Shenk and Jonathan Bornman, members of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Christian/Muslim Relations Team (CMRT), traveled to Kenya at the invitation of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC) from April 27 – May 8, 2016.

May 11, 2016

Albael

Written by Emily Gingrich and Kate Grieser

Milk: a story in process

HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Five Central American church leaders, along with three EMM workers and the founders of the Costa Rican VidaNet discipleship network, met on March 10–11, 2016, to develop plans for an Anabaptist mission and discipleship training center that will serve all of Central America.

April 4, 2016

Visiting the land where Jesus walked

Written by Jonathan Bornman

Israel-Palestine: a land revered by so many, and yet a land torn apart by the different claims made upon it. From March 2–10, I traveled there with David Shenk. Wherever we walked among Palestinians and Jews, among evangelicals and Muslims, through ancient holy sites and through cities under occupation he asked his standard question, “What are the signs of hope?”

SAN PEDRO CARCHÁ, Guatemala – Like many small-scale Guatemalan coffee farmers, K’ekchi’ coffee growers have been plagued in recent years by a destructive Central American coffee fungus known as “la roya.” Hoping to promote solutions, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Ted Smoker has been helping to link K’ekchi’ farmers with education opportunities through Anacafé, a nonprofit organization that represents thousands of coffee farmers throughout Guatemala.

MIGORI, Kenya – Jackson Okanya, 33, a farmer, businessman, and entrepreneur in rural western Kenya, has spent the past three years building a farming business through his own labor and funds. After graduating from Daystar University in Nairobi with a degree in community development in 2010, Okanya, brother of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) President Nelson Okanya, spent several years working at the EMM offices in Nairobi and studying efficient agricultural methods.

March 14, 2016

2015 Annual report

Written by EMM news service

A financial look at the work of EMM in 2015.

March 11, 2016

2015 timeline

Written by EMM news service

A glimpse at world and EMM events throughout 2015.

Nathanael Davis, a mission intern with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Belize, used his skills as an American Sign Language interpreter to work with the Ministry of Education in putting on the 20th annual National Spelling Bee for the Deaf on December 3, 2015.

March 8, 2016

2015 ministry highlights

Written by EMM news service

The following are story and photo highlights from some of EMM's ministries around the world 2015. 

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau – After two and a half years of construction, a Catel clinic began operating out of its new building on February 29, 2016.

LITITZ, Pa. – Many first-time meetings between members of the different faiths are characterized by “a tremendous amount of fear,” says Jonathan Bornman, a member of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team who has facilitated many interactions between Christians and Muslims. As part of his efforts to reduce fear and increase understanding, Bornman, along with his colleague Andres Prins, held a workshop titled “Understanding your Muslim Neighbors” at Lititz Mennonite Church on February 27, 2016.

MIAMI, Fla. – Eastern Mennonite Missions Christian/Muslim Relations Team member Andres Prins helped to facilitate a meeting between Hispanic church leaders and members of a Miami area mosque on January 29, 2016.

March 1, 2016

EMM had 231 workers serving in 36 countries in 2015

Written by Emily Gingrich
March 1, 2016

From the president's heart: Our year in review

Written by Nelson Okanya

“Jesus doesn't give an explanation for the pain and sorrow of the world. He comes where the pain is most acute and takes it upon himself. … He brings healing and hope. … He allows evil to do its worst to him. He exhausts it, drains its power, and emerges with new life.” — N. T. Wright

WHEATON, Ill. — In the midst of controversy surrounding Wheaton professor Larycia Hawkins’ comments regarding Christianity and Islam, Jonathan Bornman, member of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team, visited Wheaton, Illinois, to speak with Wheaton College students about Christianity and Islam from a peacemaking perspective on January 21, 2016.

January 26, 2016

A different path

Written by Jonathan Bornman

Andres Prins and I were at the tail end of a 15-day trip throughout Germany, sharing with pastors and congregations as well as meeting with imams and other Muslims.

January 18, 2016

A visit to a mosque

Written by Elizabeth and Sara Martin

When your mother is a member of the Christian/Muslim Relations Team at EMM and you have lived abroad, you might be used to stepping outside your comfort zone.

January 15, 2016

A family says yes

Written by Karen Baker

We are obedient to God no matter what He asks or where He takes us.

January 13, 2016

The Syrian exodus

Written by EMM news service
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