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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty leaders gathered to explore ways to combat anti-Muslim speech and behavior July 11-13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Among the 40 academics, activists, Christians, Jews, journalists, Muslims, non-religious, and politicians present was Jonathan Bornman, global consultant serving with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

July 13, 2016

EMM missionaries commissioned to serve in 14 countries

Written by Linda Moffett

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Thirty-two adults and children were commissioned as missionaries at EMM’s commissioning service on July 10, 2016, at Willow Street Mennonite Church. The workers, both new and reappointed, will be serving in 14 countries including the U.S.

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — More than 1,000 visitors enjoyed learning about the cultures, foods, and customs of countries around the world at Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Global Fair on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The grounds of the Hans Herr House and Museum were filled with exhibits hosted by EMM workers, staff, volunteers, and friends of more than 16 countries around the world. Visitors could purchase delicious food from places like Somalia, Puerto Rico, and Tajikistan. Children enjoyed creating free crafts, petting llamas, and playing a variety of international games.

MILTON, Pa. Inviting a Muslim family to share a meal in your home: is this simple action key to helping Christians build bridges of friendship with their Muslim neighbors? After leading a group of Community Mennonite Fellowship congregants through sections of David W. Shenk’s “Approaches to Islam” video course, that’s just what Ron Geib did. And after a class filled with enthusiastic learning and discussion, about 20 other churchgoers are better prepared to take those simple, significant steps toward making Muslim friends.

July 13, 2016

Welcoming the stranger

Written by Daniel*

If you’ve ever lived in a foreign country, you know how hard it is to fit into the community. Between the language barrier, the cultural differences, and the lack of connections, it can be difficult finding your place. When you’re the outsider, you really appreciate it when people welcome you into their homes.

July 13, 2016

A home away from home

Written by Ryan Umble

For those of us whose life journey has included staying in a college or university campus dormitory, we may remember what it was like to set up “home” in a new and unfamiliar setting. For some, dorm life was lonely. For others, it was exciting and invigorating. For all of us, it was an opportunity to grow.

July 13, 2016

Hospitality and a welcome

Written by Emily Jones

Year-round, tourists stream to the shopping and entertainment options along the Lancaster County portion of the Lincoln Highway.

July 1, 2016

Adventures in hospitality

Written by Nita Landis

In the lobby of the building where Mount Joy Mennonite Church meets, there is a rough wooden door propped up against the wall.

July 1, 2016

Gift of a santur

Written by Karah L.

Sometimes you receive a gift so kind that it's the kindness, not the gift, that brings you joy for years.

July 1, 2016

Sharing life

Written by Bethany Tobin

Steve's phone rang. It was Ja, an Isaan house church leader from the Life Enrichment Church.

July 1, 2016

From the president's heart: practicing hospitality

Written by Nelson Okanya

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it" (Hebrews 13:2, NRSV).

“For me, the Alhambra became a metaphor for what can happen when people work together peacefully across religions and cultures,” said David Shenk, after visiting the historic Moorish palace while on a trip to promote Christian-Muslim relations in Spain. “When there is intercommunal peace, the result can be phenomenal beauty.”

June 9, 2016

Global Fair: No passport needed!

Written by Linda Moffett

Salunga, Pa. -- Haven’t renewed your passport? On a tight budget? Is the idea of foreign travel daunting with young children?

No worries. International cultures, exotic foods, and foreign languages are only a short car drive away if you live in Central Pennsylvania.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada — David W. Shenk, a global consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), served as the keynote speaker for this year’s Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) National Conference on May 26–29, 2016. The theme of the 2016 conference, which was attended by Christian medical professionals from Canada, was “Welcoming strangers.”

“Honestly, I laughed at the thought of going into missions,” said Becky Gant to a crowd of other YES alumni. “Me? I’m not good enough. I did everything in my power not to go into YES. Well, I lost, and I applied.”

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?”

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