Articles

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.

LANCASTER, Pa. — At Rivers Edge Fellowship in Lancaster City, children from Nepali refugee backgrounds danced to worship songs with members of Weaverland Mennonite Church’s youth group. Then the group sat together on the floor.

July 31, 2017

Sit and wait

Written by Colin Wenger

One of the hardest things for me to do when I was little was to sit and wait. I had nap time after lunch every day, but I never fell asleep. I would try my hardest to sit still, but I always had too much energy. I have trouble being still to this day — but that is exactly what God has been leading me to do lately. I know I'm not the only one to notice that our God has quite the sense of humor!

July 28, 2017

Global Fair’s biggest year yet brings together over two dozen cultures

Written by Linda Moffett and Emily Jones

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Whether it was Mahur and Randa Almahasheh, who arrived in Lancaster from Syria a short seven months ago with their four children, or Benuka Tamang, who came from Nepal eight years ago, their opinions were the same. “Everyone is so welcoming here at Global Fair,” they said. Mahur added, “I really like Lancaster; I really like Americans.”

CHICAGO — Last year, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) team that works in Christian-Muslim relations was invited to hold the only booth representing a Jesus-following witness at America’s largest yearly gathering of Muslims.

July 21, 2017

Missionary couple retires after 26 years of service

Written by Emily Jones

DANGRIGA, Belize — After 26 years serving as missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), Galen and Phyllis Groff are retiring from formal ministry in July 2017. They plan to retire in Dangriga, Belize, volunteering in church development and supporting missionary work throughout the region.

July 3, 2017

Messenger has a message!

Written by Kaylene Derksen

How do people stay informed about all the amazing work God is doing around the world? The Impact Fund enables EMM to tell mission stories through the Missionary Messenger magazine.

WILLOW STREET, Pa. —  The international cultures festival — Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Global Fair — is returning to the 1719  Hans Herr House and Museum in Willow Street, Pa., on July 15, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 22nd annual fair celebrates cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina Two members of Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team visited Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to present three forums focusing on interfaith relationships and the spirituality of peacemaking.

May 17, 2017

New Tanzania Mennonite Church bishops gather to share and plan

Written by Debbi DiGennaro and Emily Jones

ARUSHA, Tanzania When over half of the Tanzania Mennonite Church’s bishops retired at the end of their terms in January, a number of younger leaders were elected to take their place. Emerging visions for the church’s future were shared and encouraged at an EMM-hosted retreat for the new bishops and their wives on April 2528 in Arusha, Tanzania.

SALUNGA, Pa. Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is organizing its first-ever adventure fundraiser: a six-day trek through the Andes Mountains.

May 1, 2017

City of millions

Written by Sadie Beiler

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:10–13).

May 1, 2017

Crossing cultures? The Impact Fund teaches how!

Written by Kaylene Derksen

As humans, we are acutely aware when we are in a culture that is different from our own. We know we have come up against something other than our known experience. It affects us all, independent of our age or where we are living.

April 3, 2017

From Khmer to Karen

Written by Chris and Dawn Landes
Since we served with EMM and MCC in Cambodia for seven years, the people of Southeast Asia have been close to our hearts. Living with our Cambodian brothers and sisters, we worked with education, youth ministries, and the local church. During that time, our priority was learning the language, culture, and story of the Khmer, a people who had lived through genocide and 20 years of war. Our end goal was to encourage and build up local leadership among them.

CAIRO — Since 1980, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk has been helping Christians and Muslims cultivate mutual understanding. On March 15, prominent Egyptian Muslim and Christian leadership gathered at All Saints’ Cathedral to celebrate the official launch of the Arabic translation of the influential book.

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