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February 19, 2018

2017 annual report

This annual report is an overview of EMM’s work in 2017. It provides glimpses of the major events that happened in each of the 11 regions where EMM workers are serving, introduces you to the people working in each region, and shows how EMM funds were allocated throughout the year. For a more in-depth look at EMM’s vision for each region of the world and the work taking place there, visit emm.org/regions. Stay updated on EMM’s work through news releases, feature stories, podcasts, photo galleries, and more at emm.org/stories. Thank you for taking the time to engage with EMM’s mission!

After going without regular X-ray technology for over 20 years, staff at a rural Sierra Leone hospital celebrated the opening of a new X-ray department on January 24, 2018.

February 1, 2018

Brooke in Guatemala

From March to July 2017, Brooke Leaman spent part of her gap year between high school and college serving in Guatemala at a children's home called Casa Shalom in partnership with the organization We Help Children. In an interview after her mission internship, Brooke told us about her experience, which included toddlers, friendships, and lots of dancing!

January 5, 2018

Learning to say "Welcome"

Written by Jenni Wagler

Over the past seven years, I've met inspiring, resilient, kind, hilarious, hospitable, hard-working friends who all have one thing in common: they've come to North America as refugees. 

On December 2, 2017, 90 students celebrated their graduation from Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa (MTCEA) with singing, speeches, recognitions, and even a rap that recounted the year’s experiences. The celebration was all the sweeter because, in the last year, the college has experienced a dramatic turnaround that took it from a dying establishment of just three students to the thriving college of today.

December 29, 2017

Renewed vows and washed feet

Written by Emily Jones

In Peru, fifteen local pastoral couples were invited to their first marriage retreat.

December 28, 2017

A gift of time

Written by Emily Jones

A mission intern in Germany learns that offering an invitation, or just a listening ear, can sometimes mean the world.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, about 525 people from 49 nations celebrated Christmas and cross-cultural friendship at Mount Joy Mennonite Church’s (MJMC’s) third annual international Christmas feast on December 3, 2017.

December 5, 2017

The practice of not knowing

Written by Kaylene Derksen

In 1999, when my husband Jimm and I were on our way to Halle, Germany, to help start a community of believers, we did our research.

November 30, 2017

New book helps Westerners navigate African culture

Written by Emily Jones

In the new book “Acclimated to Africa: Cultural Competence for Westerners,” author and Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Debbi DiGennaro provides a practical guide to help Westerners navigate the vast cultural differences between Africa and the Western world.

November 28, 2017

Zachary in Guatemala

Written by Micah Brickner

At the beginning of 2017, Zachary Ranck served as a mission intern for three months at a rural Guatemalan orphanage called Manos de Compasión ("Hands of Compassion").

November 17, 2017

Peru trek raises $58,142 for PROMESA school

Written by Emily Jones

During Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM’s) first-ever adventure fundraiser, harsh weather and altitude effects didn’t stop the 10 hikers from finishing the trek — and raising $58,142 to benefit the PROMESA school.

November 2, 2017

Making an impact through Kingdom Teams

Written by Kaylene Derksen

What are Kingdom Teams? These teams are made up of church youth groups who have signed up for a one-week service opportunity during the summer. Participants stay in a community setting, close to their outreach location in Lancaster, Pa., and receive discipleship training. They apply these discipleship and kingdom principles as they serve refugees and others. Activities have included serving refugee children and youth through a number of different activities and collaborations with local agencies as well as setting up an apartment for an arriving refugee family, sorting donations, or other projects that benefit local organizations serving refugees.

Throughout Nigeria — where 50 percent of the population is Muslim — a new translation of a book series written to help Muslims understand Jesus’ gospel is making an impact among local readers.

October 9, 2017

IMA celebrates 20 years of joint mission engagement

Written by Jewel Showalter, for IMA news service

Coming with first-hand reports of the huge earthquake in Mexico City and Syrian refugees in Turkey — more than 60 international mission leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas gathered at Mount Joy Mennonite Church September 19-22, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Missions Association (IMA).

October 3, 2017

Tyler in Germany

Written by Micah Brickner

Tyler Auker served as a discipleship intern for three months in an eastern German city, working with a local church by building meaningful relationships with refugees, immigrants, and other locals.  

LANCASTER, Pa. — You’re 55 or older, and you want to put your faith into action. Wondering where to go?

September 7, 2017

When missionaries need help

Written by Kaylene Derksen

I remember it as the time I was the worst possible missionary.

September 7, 2017

The privilege of being a missionary

Written by Phyllis Groff

After a total of 26 years serving with EMM in Maine, Guatemala, and Belize, Phyllis Groff and her husband Galen have retired this year. Here, Phyllis looks back on the missionary journey that spans over four decades of her life.

SALUNGA, Pa. — In Latin America, where 90% of people identify as Christian and only 0.1% as Muslim — according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center — Christian-Muslim relations is not often emphasized. However, with an expected 12.5% increase in the Muslim population there by 2050, understanding between Christians and Muslims is a growing need.

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