Why do over 25% of children in Belize stop going to school by age 12? Because secondary school isn’t free. That’s why Miriam Eberly, who formerly served with EMM in Belize, started a scholarship fund to help students get the education they need to achieve their dreams.

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LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster educators know refugee resettlement isn’t just about offering a new home, but also helping refugees navigate the years of readjustment ahead of them. That’s why four local organizations are partnering to hold the third year of the Leap into Language summer program for middle school students from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.

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In 1936, EMM started the Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa (MTCEA) to train young church leaders. Today, the college is run by Tanzania Mennonite Church. But in recent years, the college struggled. In 2016, enrollment had dwindled to just three students.

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podcastEvelyn Hershey has never followed a script. In 1990, as a mother of three, she went to college to get her teaching degree. And after retiring, Evelyn went to Nairobi, Kenya, for a year with EMM. There, her skills in peer mediation were unexpectedly used to break new ground.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

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“When I was 43, a farm wife, and a mother of three, I decided to go to college to get my teaching degree,” said Evelyn Hershey. “Back then, I had no idea that I would ever teach in Nairobi, Kenya!”

Following the death of her husband in 2013, Hershey served a yearlong term with EMM in Nairobi from 2015–2016. But although Hershey officially worked as a hostess at Amani Gardens Inn, her background in art education came into play in surprising ways.

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Ministry with small children is a whole different ball game, especially with language and cultural barriers. Working with kindergarteners in Southeast Asia gave the four teens on the YES team a little trouble but a lot of reward.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

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At PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school in one of the highest cities in the world, Jhon Erik was struggling. How could a volunteer teacher help?

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

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EMM worker Melanie Nofziger is in Honduras to serve. So when God told Melanie not to serve, she wondered what He was up to ….

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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EMM worker Nathanael Davis works with the Ministry of Education to help run a national spelling bee for Deaf students in Belize.

Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

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Nathanael Davis, a mission intern with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Belize, used his skills as an American Sign Language interpreter to work with the Ministry of Education in putting on the 20th annual National Spelling Bee for the Deaf on December 3, 2015.

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