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CENTRAL ASIA — After leading a 10-week group study of the book Wisdom for Mothers by Denise Glenn, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker in Central Asia has facilitated translation of the book into the local language and is hosting Glenn and her husband for an upcoming book tour in May.

April 30, 2015

Kenya Mennonite Church launches history book

Written by Jewel Showalter

KISUMU, Kenya — Excited participants streamed into the Ahero Pastoral Care Center on April 17‒18 to launch the freshly-minted history of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC): Forward in Faith: A Seventy-Year Journey, 1942-2012.

April 30, 2015

East African real estate project to fund mission work

Written by Chris Fretz

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Mennonite Board in Eastern Africa Registered Trustees are launching a real estate development project, SkyView Gardens, on the property of Amani Gardens Inn (formerly the Mennonite Guest House) in Nairobi, Kenya.

April 10, 2015

East African churches strengthen leadership training for rural pastors

Written by Chris Fretz and Amanda Miller

MWANZA, Tanzania – Bishops in the Tanzanian and Kenyan Mennonite churches are working to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors.

April 2, 2015

All roads lead to Germany!

Written by Charlotte Yoder Neumann

Me: I really feel called to be a missionary in Europe.
Mom: That's so far away! Couldn't you be a missionary somewhere closer? How about Pennsylvania?

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Academia Los Pinares celebrated 50 years of providing bilingual Christian education in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on February 27-28, 2015.

March 19, 2015

Eastern Mennonite Missions hires new discipleship trainer

Written by Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. – Angie Breneman began serving as Discipleship Trainer at Eastern Mennonite Missions on March 2, 2015. Breneman will work at equipping congregations in discipleship and mission, with a special focus on youth and young adults. She will also coordinate pre-field orientation, training, and post-field de-briefing for short-term workers.

March 6, 2015

For everything there is a season

Written by Brian Miller

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." -- Ecclesiastes 3:1

I am not the same person I was when, as a nineteen-year-old, I went into YES. I remember the hot summer training in Baltimore, language study in Antigua, and outreach in Guatemala City.

NEW YORK CITY, New York – The Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been working to assist numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived in New York since June 2014. To date they have assisted approximately 140 families, helping them with food, clothing, legal assistance, and travel fare to legal and medical appointments.

March 2, 2015

Graduates!

Written by EMM staff

When Pastor Trung presented the plans of the Vietnam Mennonite Church to open a four- year Bachelor of Theology class, EMM worker Gerry Keener exclaimed (to himself), “Impossible!”

March 2, 2015

Cornelius experiences

Written by Gabriel and Daria*

"We are excited! For over seven years we have invested ourselves in communities in Asia for the purpose of seeing multiplying groups of local believers worshiping together. We’ve asked you to join us in praying for Cornelius-type experiences where households and relational networks come to faith together. We’ve known this process takes many years and so have committed ourselves to prayer, language study, deep relationships, and fully investing ourselves in work and life in this community.

March 2, 2015

A phenomenal job

Written by EMM staff

Mennonite pastor and church planter George Nyaundi has worked for peace in Sotik ever since the town erupted in violence during the controversial elections in Kenya in December, 2007. Sotik was the site of intense conflict between two distinct people groups, the Kisii and the Kipsigi, and George worked tirelessly to bring leaders from both sides together.

March 2, 2015

A sweet influence

Written by EMM staff

An after-school program for seven- to fourteen-year-old children in very rural Cambodia expanded into two new villages in 2014. Parents signed up 120 children, more than EMM workers John and Debbie Coats expected.

March 2, 2015

Striding forward

Written by EMM staff

PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru, initiated by the Mennonite Church in Peru and supported by workers and funds from the EMM community, had an exciting year in 2014.

March 2, 2015

On our radar

Written by EMM staff

EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in inner city Baltimore.

March 2, 2015

Fighting the ugly secret

Written by EMM staff

Far south of the equator, in the southern third of Chile, one finds a beautiful landscape of mountains and islands in the sea. But this beautiful area harbors an ugly secret. Government studies indicate as many as seven out of ten children are being sexually abused.

March 2, 2015

Vision within reach

Written by EMM staff

A business for transformation project in Asia experienced a 307% increase in sales in 2014! The business manufactures water filters that give villagers access to clean water. The explosion in sales caused great excitement for the EMM team serving within the business.

March 2, 2015

No longer trusting in magic

Written by EMM staff

Many EMM workers cannot be named. And the countries they serve in cannot be identified. Yet God’s work goes on even when we do not see any results or even hear about the work being done.

February 5, 2015

EMM team to return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Written by Chris Fretz

SALUNGA, Pa. - Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is returning to their assignments in the region. On February 9, Michael and Karen Baker and their five children will return to Guinea-Bissau and Dave and Delores Shirk will transition from previous service in Guinea-Bissau to now serve in The Gambia.

February 5, 2015

Size six sneakers

Written by Mary Boll

As we prepared to go to Albania in the spring of 2014, I checked what clothing and shoes we needed to bring. I was told since we would do a lot of walking, having good walking shoes was really important. I had a good pair of size 5½ sneakers but they were a little short; my toes hurt after I wore them even a short time. I decided I would buy size 6 sneakers. One evening my husband Nevin and I went to Weaver's Store in Fivepointville, Pa. I bought a nice pair of white slip-on Skechers with memory foam insoles. They fit great with or without socks. I hesitated about buying them because they cost more than I planned on spending.

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