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September 15, 2015

Sabbath keeping ...

Written by Darrel Hostetter

"Keeping Sabbath has taught me the deeper truths of God's love as much as any faith discipline I have observed as an adult ..."

September 15, 2015

Real people with real lives

Written by Kaylene Derksen

She sat across from me in the small crowded restaurant and spoke softly. “My husband and I have money. We give regularly, but people are always asking for more. When they look at us, they have dollar signs in their eyes. We are unseen. No one ever asks, 'How’s your marriage or how are your children or can I pray for you?'"

September 10, 2015

The ‘ultimate teacher’ for multiplication

Written by Andrew Mashas

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Multiplication: it’s one of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) three core values. It was also at the heart of a training on “simple church” concepts and “disciple making movements” on July 13-23, 2015, at YWAM’s Athi River base in Nairobi, Kenya.

September 10, 2015

A new song

Written by Julia*

“I had a dream recently which scared me …”

September 3, 2015

Do I have to share my apples?

Written by Jeryl Hollinger

Sometimes my patience with this community of all creatures is sorely tested.

September 2, 2015

​​More than R&R

Written by Bethany Umble

Sabbatical. The mere idea felt like the relief of cool rain after a long, dusty dry season.

September 2, 2015

Living in the shalom of God

Written by Sherill Hostetter

Well-being. One of EMM’s core values. What is it? Where does it come from? Is a person’s sense of well-being determined by a situation, personality, outlook on life, or level of physical, emotional, or spiritual health?

BAINBRIDGE, Pa. — It was standing-room only Sunday, August 16, 2015, as Goods Mennonite Church in Bainbridge, Pa., celebrated its 200-year anniversary. Pastor J. Nelson Bechtold, chosen by lot, succeeded his father as pastor 35 years ago.

August 6, 2015

A heart for God's people in God's perfect place

Written by Sean FitzGerald

“God, what am I going to do? I trust you completely but I thought I was where you wanted me ...”

Corozal, Honduras — Twenty-five years ago, a small group of thirty Garifuna believers met for mutual encouragement and inspiration. In 2015, more than a thousand Garifuna church leaders and believers met for the twenty-fifth meeting of AMIGA (Garifuna Missionary Association) in Corozal, Honduras.

Harrisburg, Pa.—Eastern Mennonite Missions’ staff, workers, and alumni were delighted to participate in the Mennonite World Conference happening in their own “backyard” in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21 through July 25, 2015. 

WILLOW STREET, Pa. —Despite a little rain and a lot of humidity, fairgoers enjoyed sampling a variety of “cool” ethnic foods and learning about many different cultures on Saturday, July 18, at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa.

July 16, 2015

Balkans choir tour brings connections and growth

Written by Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. -- Thirty-nine young people making up the Chamber Choir of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster (MCCL) partnered with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on a choral tour to Albania and Bulgaria from June 10 through June 24, 2015.

July 15, 2015

Close to 60 people commissioned by EMM

Written by Micah Brickner

LANCASTER, Pa. --  EMM staff and attendees pray for the Zguri family and the nation of Albania at EMM's Summer worker commissioning event held on Sunday, July 12, at Wesley Church in Quarryville, Pa. 

July 9, 2015

God at work through 2014-2015 YES teams

Written by EMM staff

One rainy evening in Achao, the members of EMM’s Chile YES team found themselves grumpy and just wanting to go to bed. But Anna, Eliot, Gabi, Gretchen, and Hadassah had to prepare for guests instead. A new friend and a friend of hers were coming to visit.

July 7, 2015

Soul sightings

Written by Arlene Kreider

"As of this moment, this building, the car, everything on this compound belongs to the government." These were the words of the hooded Marxist government official and his armed accomplices as they barged into the Meserete Kristos Church guest house on a Sunday evening in January, 1982.

SALUNGA, Pa. — The practice of taking a gap year between high school and college is growing in popularity, both among young people and educators.

June 29, 2015

GAP YEAR: A parent's perspective

Written by Nita Landis

We talked to each of our three kids about taking a gap year.
Dan didn't take a gap year.
Katie didn't take a gap year.

June 29, 2015

GAP YEAR: A student's perspective

Written by Heath Goertzen

In my freshman year of high school, when my older brother decided to take a gap year, I was quite unsure about the idea. Why would anyone decide to interrupt the normal flow of education to do something else for a year?

June 23, 2015

GAP YEAR: An educator's perspective

Written by J. Richard Thomas

"A wise person changes his/her mind, but a fool never does.” This is one of many sayings that I recall from my parents. It continues to guide me and helps me better understand life. Not all mind changes indicate wisdom, but neither is wisdom indicated by refusing to be open to the Spirit, conversations with others, or personal observation. 

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