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.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Srey Naet. I am 15 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in a village in Southeastern Cambodia. My father left my mother many years ago. My mother remarried, but I hardly see her and my stepfather because they both work in Thailand as migrant workers and hardly ever come home. I live with my grandparents. I have a four-year-old sister.
ALTA VERAPAZ, Guatemala - After living among the K'ekchi' people of north central Guatemala for more than 20 years, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) workers Galen and Phyllis Groff have said goodbye to the community they've called home.
CHILOE, Chile - Although YES teams sent by Eastern Mennonite Missions often serve all together in one location, the five-member 2014-2015 Chile YES team is discovering greater impact through dividing the team to serve in several island communities in Chiloe, a region of southern Chile.
Ten years ago, I was blessed to serve on the first YES team sent to a diverse country located in South Asia. As an adventurous 18-year-old, I never assumed those five months of life-changing experiences would still be impacting me today in my role as a full-time wife and mother.
Nauseous. That's how I was feeling as we navigated the three-hour journey from Tirana to Korce. I don't usually experience motion sickness, but perhaps the lack of sleep and dehydration of my 20-hour journey from Lancaster, Pa., to Albania was now taking its toll. Or perhaps it was the terrible pasta I had on my flight.