Articles

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.

February 10, 2017

Welcoming the world, right where we are rooted

Written by Nelson Okanya and the EMM Leadership Team

An Eastern Mennonite Missions statement in response to current events

SAN JERÓNIMO, Peru — On a sunny November day, art teacher Ryan Sommers was arguing with five of his high school students.

January 27, 2017

Chilean child abuse prevention ministry travels to Peru

Written by Emily Jones

CUSCO, Peru Bringing light to the darkness. For Chilean couple Eliana Medina and Ricardo Ibaceta, that is what their childhood sexual abuse prevention nonprofit, Niños Caminando en Victoria (Children Walking in Victory), is all about. As the value of their ministry has become apparent to the Chilean government, Niños Caminando en Victoria has won grants enabling its message to spread further.

January 19, 2017

Christian/Muslim peacemakers and refugee crisis in Germany

Written by Emily Jones and Tammy Evans

Germany — Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team (CMRT) traveled to Germany for 13 days (Nov. 8–20, 2016). The team supported churches in reaching out to new Muslim neighbors brought by the refugee crisis. Some names and locations have been omitted due to security risks.

HALLE, Germany — Now it seems hard to believe, but Kaylene Derksen remembers a time when Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM’s) church plant in Halle, Germany was close to dying out.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Many individuals, small groups, and congregations desire to engage in mission, but do not know how to discern a way forward. Others are already engaged in mission, but do not know where to find the resources needed to increase their effectiveness. Initiated by a conversation about planting new churches, a network called Missional Pathways was developed to help churches think through new ways of engaging in mission.

LITITZ, Pa. — Luke S. Martin, a former missionary to Vietnam, is releasing his new book “A Vietnam Presence: Mennonites in Vietnam During the American War.”

January 12, 2017

Vietnam Mennonite Church elects new president

Written by Emily Jones

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Quang Trung led a 40-year struggle to see the Vietnam Mennonite Church (VMC) legally recognized, finally succeeding in 2007. Now, after 51 years of service to the VMC and eight years as its first official president, Trung is stepping down. Entrusting its future to the next generation, the VMC elected Pastor Huynh Dinh Nghia as its new president on Dec. 2, 2016.

January 5, 2017

The Impact Fund helps build healthy teams!

Written by Jimm Derksen

"Healthy teams don't just happen — they are built!"

January 5, 2017

Created to create

Written by Ryan Sommers

A GO! participant in Peru teaches not only art, but self-worth. “I can’t draw that!” my second-grader exclaimed as she slammed down her pencil on the desk.

January 5, 2017

Photos tell the story

Written by Lauren Good

A photo journalism intern rediscovers the power of images. Photography is where I find the words to say.

January 5, 2017

Beauty: the spark of God

Written by Jimm Derksen

An EMM staff member sees God's spark in artists of every kind. I notice this gift of beautification at the home of our friends; their house, inside and out, is like a retreat.

January 5, 2017

A year of art in Kenya

Written by Emily Jones

An art teacher bridges cultures through creativity. I notice this gift of beautification at the home of our friends; their house, inside and out, is like a retreat.

January 5, 2017

President's desk: Art as ministry

Written by Nelson Okanya

“The purposes of art and religion are the same. Transformation." ­— Kenyon Adams, former Arts Ministries Coordinator at the Center for Faith and Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

November 29, 2016

New songs

Written by Julia*

A prophetic word becomes worship music in South Asia. For several years, when people prayed for me, I heard this phrase often repeated, “You will write new songs ...” But it wasn't until we were living overseas, worshiping in a place that was longing for true praise of God to arrive, that I really began to see that promise come true.

November 18, 2016

Footprints of an 80-year missions legacy in East Africa

Written by Emily Jones

SALUNGA, Pa. — On a Sunday morning this past July, four children from the U.S. entered a church in Bumangi, Tanzania, over 7,600 miles away from their hometowns. They were welcomed as family, embraced, and given gifts of intricately woven East African cloth. Then they heard stories of their great-grandparents from those who still remembered.

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