June 29, 2017

Finding your "why"

Written by Steve Martin
 
When we first meet someone, "What do you do?" is usually one of the first things we ask. Janet is a banker, Stan is a farmer, Karen is a dentist. If you ask what people do, they can easily tell you. But what if you were to ask why? Why are you a banker, a farmer, a dentist? For many of us, the why is harder.
June 5, 2017

9 ways business is a vital mission field

Written by Jason Hurst

Ever since I was young, I planned to go to the mission field someday. I made a promise to myself never to own a business, as I wanted to live a life that impacted people around me. I saw owning a business as a trap: the lure of money, success, and wealth would only distract me from the real purpose of life.

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).

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.

March 7, 2017

A heart and a home for Somali refugees

Written by Emily Jones


Omar Khamis stands with Lamar and Barbara Witmer in 2007. Khamis, a Somali refugee, temporarily lived on the first floor of the Witmers' home in Lancaster City. Photo provided by Barbara Witmer.

Lancaster City has recently become known as “America’s refugee capital,” following a report by the BBC which said that Lancaster takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the U.S. Meet Barbara Witmer, one Lancaster City resident whose longstanding commitment to refugee resettlement has affected hundreds of lives.

February 21, 2017

Put on, put off

Written by Karl A. McKinney

Sally and I knew El*  would be the first woman to arrive for worship every Sunday morning. She’d be out front of the church with her headphones on, dancing wildly to “Stomp” by Kirk Franklin.

In the 1970s, a Marxist military group called the Derg gained control of Ethiopia by force. There followed several years of civil unrest, in which gunfire seemed to resound beyond every horizon, friends and neighbors were divided by fear and betrayal, and the church was forced deep underground.

February 3, 2017

The legacy of welcome

Written by Kaylene Derksen

What does “welcoming refugees” mean to me?

Tuesday night, on the last day of January 2017, I stood on Penn Square in the setting sun with 2,000 of my neighbors in support of refugees and immigrants in our city and in our country.

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