Worker stories

July 10, 2020

“Multiplication of teachings”

Written by JC Ebersole

How can we engage and equip the thousands of church leaders in Africa who have little or no biblical training? How does the church multiply and grow under these circumstances?

July 10, 2020

Renewing the vision

Written by Jan Heindel

In January 2016, I returned to Prague after a year in the U.S. to find Petra, a young woman new to our church, leading a Bible study and mentoring three to four young women.

July 10, 2020

The heartbeat of EMM

Written by Andrew Mashas

Multiplication is the heartbeat of EMM. When my parents were church planters with Eastern Board (now EMM) and Lancaster Conference (now LMC) in northeast Pennsylvania, they were part of a group of church plants that multiplied from Wilkes-Barre Christian Fellowship (out of the Weaverland district of Lancaster Conference.) 

July 9, 2020

Investing wisely

Written by Bethany Tobin

On a blustery afternoon, I grabbed an umbrella as protection from the sun and slid on my flip flops. Leaving my boisterous home-schoolers with my husband, Steve, I walked around the corner to my neighbor’s house. 

February 27, 2020

Stepping out

Written by Amy Herr

Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with believing in the lie that my voice doesn’t matter.

February 17, 2020

Obedience brings blessing

Written by Nancy Hostetter

As a new follower of Jesus Christ in my early 20s, I was drawn to missionaries when they visited my church. A short-term mission trip led to a discipleship training program which led to meeting my husband of 30 years, Michael. We decided to divide the first three years of marriage by living six months in Chile and six months in Richmond, Va. As our family grew, we chose to plant ourselves in Puerto Montt, Chile.

February 10, 2020

Obedience = risk and humility

Written by Janelle Neff

Asher started second grade in the fall. For most second graders, starting school is a familiar process. They may return to the school where they went to first grade and might know the other kids in their classes. They may be a bit nervous about their teacher or disappointed to end vacation but overall not feel too overwhelmed. Asher’s first day of second grade felt a bit different from that.

SALUNGA, Pa. — “Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?” is a perennial question that has led to much division in Christian theological circles. Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) global consultant Dr. David W. Shenk was invited to share his ministry reflections on this question in an October 2019 publication called Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?: Four views.

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau — “Yahweh, Yahweh,” sung with jubilant exultation ricocheted off the stucco walls of the modest Bissau-Guinean Mennonite meetinghouse. Dressed in colorful, traditional West African attire, participants at the annual conference of Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated the growing interest of Christocentric theology throughout the region.

January 7, 2020

Honoring Richard A. Showalter, a humble stalwart in the faith

Written by Micah Brickner and Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. On December 14, 2019, the Lord welcomed home his faithful servant, Richard A. Showalter. Having served as the sixth president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) from 1994 to 2011, Showalter left a lasting legacy on both the organization he served and the Global Anabaptist church.