PEÑA BLANCA, Honduras — For many young people, summer is a time to sit back and relax. However, this summer, several youth and young adults will have the unique opportunity to work on coffee farms high in the mountains of the Intibuca region of Honduras or minister in the urban setting of Chamalecon on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula.
METAPAN, El Salvador — Plans for a new Anabaptist mission and discipleship training center to serve Central American youth continue to unfold right on track. Following a preliminary meeting in March, Anabaptist church leaders from Central America again met with representatives from VidaNet and Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on Sept. 9, 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to learn about VidaNet’s youth discipleship training program and to hear their proposal for pursuing the vision for the new mission training center.
Making sure the kids have free time, bringing employees life instead of burnout, sacrificing valuable work time to make space for relationships. Jeff and Kendra Nissley can tell you that operating a family farm with a missional mindset isn’t easy. Today the Jubilee Dairy owners talk about restful living vs. to-do lists, building up their workers, and finding the unique ways that they can serve through farming.
This is a story of learning God’s heart, bit by bit, like petals unfolding from the center. Since high school, God has taken me on journeys to make His heart my heart. The more I learn, the clearer it becomes — God’s desire is really very simple, though we have quite the way of complicating it. Love God and love others. That’s it. That’s the gospel, that’s what we’re called to do.
My story begins like many others in this circle — I graduated from high school and joined YES. My team was in Southeast Asia from 2009–2010.
This year, EMM is saying goodbye to its long-running and beloved YES program. As YES ends to make way for new short-term missions and discipleship structures, EMM looks back on the whole story of YES.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
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35 years of YES in graphics
1980 to 1990: Experiments and foundations
1991 to 2000: Pioneering
2001 to 2009: Transitions
2010 to 2015: Transitions
Discipleship training centers
For some: "YES means no" meant yes!
The day after YES
Of course I said yes
They said YES!
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Church and ministry leaders from all around Central America had a dream for an international missions and discipleship training center for Central American youth. In March, they finally met together to make the vision blossom.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
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A husband/wife team of EMM workers share their faith through friendship with a man from the Balkans, and gain more understanding about his Muslim faith over coffee and movie nights.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
EMM worker Gloria Bontrager has developed two courses, Women of the Bible and Women in the Work of God, based on biblical women who were examples of faith when confronted with the same issues facing many East African women. Believers are excited to use the new study materials.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
Sierra Leone was just beginning to heal from the brutalities of an eleven-year civil war. Then it was hit with another major trauma: the ebola virus. Many in the world thought that Sierra Leone was beyond hope. But some in Sierra Leone are catching a vision for God’s compassion and His saving power through Jesus.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, December 5, 2015.