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October 9, 2017

IMA celebrates 20 years of joint mission engagement

Written by Jewel Showalter, for IMA news service

Coming with first-hand reports of the huge earthquake in Mexico City and Syrian refugees in Turkey — more than 60 international mission leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas gathered at Mount Joy Mennonite Church September 19-22, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Missions Association (IMA).

LANCASTER, Pa. — You’re 55 or older, and you want to put your faith into action. Wondering where to go?

September 7, 2017

When missionaries need help

Written by Kaylene Derksen

I remember it as the time I was the worst possible missionary.

SALUNGA, Pa. — In Latin America, where 90% of people identify as Christian and only 0.1% as Muslim — according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center — Christian-Muslim relations is not often emphasized. However, with an expected 12.5% increase in the Muslim population there by 2050, understanding between Christians and Muslims is a growing need.

LANCASTER, Pa. — At Rivers Edge Fellowship in Lancaster City, children from Nepali refugee backgrounds danced to worship songs with members of Weaverland Mennonite Church’s youth group. Then the group sat together on the floor.

July 28, 2017

Global Fair’s biggest year yet brings together over two dozen cultures

Written by Linda Moffett and Emily Jones

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Whether it was Mahur and Randa Almahasheh, who arrived in Lancaster from Syria a short seven months ago with their four children, or Benuka Tamang, who came from Nepal eight years ago, their opinions were the same. “Everyone is so welcoming here at Global Fair,” they said. Mahur added, “I really like Lancaster; I really like Americans.”

CHICAGO — Last year, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) team that works in Christian-Muslim relations was invited to hold the only booth representing a Jesus-following witness at America’s largest yearly gathering of Muslims.

July 21, 2017

Missionary couple retires after 26 years of service

Written by Emily Jones

DANGRIGA, Belize — After 26 years serving as missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), Galen and Phyllis Groff are retiring from formal ministry in July 2017. They plan to retire in Dangriga, Belize, volunteering in church development and supporting missionary work throughout the region.

July 3, 2017

Messenger has a message!

Written by Kaylene Derksen

How do people stay informed about all the amazing work God is doing around the world? The Impact Fund enables EMM to tell mission stories through the Missionary Messenger magazine.

WILLOW STREET, Pa. —  The international cultures festival — Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Global Fair — is returning to the 1719  Hans Herr House and Museum in Willow Street, Pa., on July 15, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 22nd annual fair celebrates cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina Two members of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team visited Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to present three forums focusing on interfaith relationships and the spirituality of peacemaking.

May 17, 2017

New Tanzania Mennonite Church bishops gather to share and plan

Written by Debbi DiGennaro and Emily Jones

ARUSHA, Tanzania When over half of the Tanzania Mennonite Church’s bishops retired at the end of their terms in January, a number of younger leaders were elected to take their place. Emerging visions for the church’s future were shared and encouraged at an EMM-hosted retreat for the new bishops and their wives on April 2528 in Arusha, Tanzania.

SALUNGA, Pa. Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is organizing its first-ever adventure fundraiser: a six-day trek through the Andes Mountains.

May 1, 2017

Crossing cultures? The Impact Fund teaches how!

Written by Kaylene Derksen

As humans, we are acutely aware when we are in a culture that is different from our own. We know we have come up against something other than our known experience. It affects us all, independent of our age or where we are living.

CAIRO — Since 1980, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk has been helping Christians and Muslims cultivate mutual understanding. On March 15, prominent Egyptian Muslim and Christian leadership gathered at All Saints’ Cathedral to celebrate the official launch of the Arabic translation of the influential book.

AKRON, Pa. — “I think religious minorities in this country, no matter who they are, are feeling under threat,” said Trina Trotter Nussbaum, interim director for Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU’s) Center for Interfaith Engagement.

March 1, 2017

2016 annual report

The annual report provides a window into the work EMM is doing in 11 regions of the world. For a more in-depth look at our vision for each region and the work taking place there, visit www.emm.org/regions. You can also stay connected with our work through news releases, feature stories, podcasts, photo galleries, and more at www.emm.org/stories. Thank you for taking the time to engage with our mission!

EMM’s regional representatives (RRs) are experienced missionaries who specialize, serve, and usually live in a particular region of the world. Due to their insight and experience, each RR provides valuable oversight for the EMM work happening in his or her region. This includes general guidance (for example, forming a mission vision and strategy for a region), and also counsel in specific situations. Recently, RRs were essential in helping two West Africa workers navigate a tricky situation.

LANCASTER, Pa. — It had been two and a half weeks since President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months, suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for four months, and slashing the number of refugees permitted into the U.S. in fiscal year 2017 by more than half.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City has recently become known as “America’s refugee capital,” following a report by the BBC which said that Lancaster takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the U.S. Meet Barbara Witmer, one Lancaster City resident whose longstanding commitment to refugee resettlement has affected hundreds of lives.

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