The Impact Fund is essential to all areas of EMM’s mission. It enables EMM to recruit and send workers, cover some of the cost of worker support, update constituents through publications like Missionary Messenger, provide salaries and benefits for the staff who support these activities, and much more. A charitable gift for which you do not indicate a preference will benefit the Impact Fund.
Everyone fell silent. Games had been played and laughter had been abundant. Then, the narrator shared the Nativity story in the local language. The joyous partygoers — 80 Muslim villagers — were filled with anticipation. They were celebrating their very first Christmas!
Owen and Abby*, EMM workers in Southeast Asia began holding get-togethers to build relationships with their neighbors. After the second gathering, the community was eager to learn more about the celebration of Christmas. This interest in Christian holidays was not normal for this village — so Owen and Abby jumped at the opportunity to have a Christmas party. Everyone was excited!
Their excitement to learn more about Christ brings to mind the Magi who traveled to find Jesus:
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:10–11a).
May we, like the Magi, have this same anticipation for Christ in our everyday lives. May we also be like the neighbors who came to Owen and Abby’s Christmas party, eager to experience Jesus. Lastly, may we be overjoyed in Christ, compelling us to share with others the hope and life that is found in Him.
Merry Christmas to you in this joyous season!
Eastern Mennonite Missions
*Names changed for sensitivity reasons.
|9||Beating Guns tour, Neffsville Mennonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, 6–7:30 p.m.|
|15||Dinner and discussion for pastors and ministry leaders, Petra Church, 565 Airport Rd, New Holland, PA 17557, 4:30-6:30 p.m.|
|15-16||LMC’s Celebration of Church Life, Petra Church, 565 Airport Rd, New Holland, PA 17557|
|23||MST appreciation brunch, EMM Meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538, 10 a.m. — 12 noon|
|7||Honoring Nelson Okanya: Celebrating seven years as EMM's president, Lancaster Mennonite’s Lancaster Campus Alumni Dining Hall, 2176 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602, 2–5 p.m., drop-in reception with a brief program at 3:30 p.m.|
|15||Peaceable Kingdom: An Evening of Storytelling, Akron Mennonite Church, 1311 Diamond Street, Akron, PA 17501, 7:00-8:30 p.m.|
|15-18||EMM prayer and fasting week, EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538, 12 noon–1 p.m.|
|16-19||Soul care retreat, MCC's Welcoming Place, 21 S 12th St, Akron, PA 17501|
|11||Friends of EMM: Brunch with the president, EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538, 9–11 a.m.|
|16-29||Launch intensive, MCC's Welcoming Place, 21 S 12th St, Akron, PA 17501|
|7||EMM commissioning service, Oakwood Chapel at Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pk, Quarryville, PA 17566, 6:30 p.m.|
|8–12||Oasis, Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pk, Quarryville, PA, 17566|
|13||Global Fair, Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA, 17584, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
|19||Friends of EMM: brunch with the president, EMM's city property, 450 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA, 17603, 9-11 a.m.|
|5||EMM vision and fundraising banquet, Eden Resort, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 6:30–8:30 p.m.|
|22||Extraordinary Give, 12 a.m.–11:59 p.m.|
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Help develop and improve the educational program of Bezaleel, a Mennonite boarding school for rural K’ekchi’ youth in grades 7–12. Assist with administrative duties. School year starts in January.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work in a growing bakery in East Asia that supplies baked goods to local coffee shops along the Silk Road, or manage one of the coffee shops. Passion for baking, coffee and training others needed.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Bethlehem Bible College exists to offer high-quality theological education and training for Christian leaders. Explore options here.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Entrepreneurs, business consultants, accountants, and others with business training and experience will use their skills in the marketplace to have a social, economic, and spiritual impact in a small developing country. Various business opportunities abound for people with initiative and flexibility.Read more
Provide child care, discipleship, and mentoring for missionary children. A two-month minimum commitment, up to one year, with open-ended start and end dates. Travel with the family, assist with homeschooling, and have a front-seat experience of a pioneering cross-cultural mission. Experience with caring for young children and previous cross-cultural experience preferred. Preferred deadline for applications is March 1 each year.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Intern with the organization We Help Children, focusing on prayer and service in an orphanage setting. Be a part of the healing journey for the children living there. Preferred deadline for applications is March 1 each year.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Help with a children’s character development program, and possibly discipleship and mentoring within a rural house church movement. College degree in education preferred.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work with the Life Enrichment Church (LEC) — a Thai-Issan house church network in northeast Thailand — in giving leadership to developing the church’s ministry to the children, youth, and families of their districts. Engage with other possible avenues of ministry, such as working for child abuse prevention and rescue or broader involvement with the LEC. Position is suitable for an individual, couple, or family interested in serving multiple terms. An initial three- to four-year minimum commitment is required for focused language and culture study.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work with the EMM team and a local Chilean couple to develop a Christian retreat center/camp on a beautiful island property near Puerto Montt. This position is ideal for those with skills in design and creativity, construction, and/or gardening and upkeep. Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is necessary.Read more
Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Join a small group of local believers — a church EMM partners with — who are living and ministering in their village and area. Work may include — but is not limited to — caring for the elderly, working with children at risk, farming and gardening, and discipling new believers.Read more
When you dream about the future, what do you see? If your dreams include more people around the world being reached and transformed by Jesus’ love and given hope where none existed, consider giving to Eastern Mennonite Missions. For over a century, your gifts to EMM have been growing into hope — like the hope-filled situation happening in Kenya right now ….
Kenya is a country rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. However, under British rule from 1895 to 1963, different ethnic groups were confined to specific geographic areas (for example, it was illegal for Kikuyu and Maasai people to go into each other’s territories). This created tensions which exist to this day and peaked after the 2007 elections in which 1,500 people lost their lives.
In this reality, Maasai-born pastor and peacebuilder George Nyaundi lives and works. In 2008, he went to the burned-out village of Chipilat where, even though he was of a different tribe, he planted a church. In January 2017, George once again brought hope when he helped leaders from warring villages meet at a peace seminar in Kilgoris, Kenya. Women and men from various tribes worked together in search of a different way.
Yesterday’s gifts, today’s hope
George first met EMM missionaries in 1989 and became a Jesus follower. After completing his training at Mennonite Theological College of East Africa, he has worked as a church planter, Christian leader, and peacemaker! Through the support of people like you faithfully believing God was at work, George has been able to have an incredible impact on those around him. Yesterday’s gifts have blossomed into today’s hope!
How will your gift grow?
Almost half of 2017 has already flown by! EMM needs to raise $479,594 by the end of June to meet our mid-year goal of $1,083,000. Give toward EMM’s Impact Fund by sending a check, or by giving online. Keep tabs on the fundraising progress here for a weekly update!
When you give to EMM’s Impact Fund, you’re supporting the mission workers, training, and administrative needs of today. But more than that, you’re planting the seeds of the gospel — new believers, restored peace, and transformed lives and communities. Give today, and let your gift of hope grow.
God bless you!
Business for transformation means entrepreneurs being faithful to God's mission in the context of their business. We believe that the result of this faithfulness is community transformation: spiritual, economic, social, and environmental.
With continued globalization, business and work opportunities are becoming available for Christians in places where few people have heard the gospel. In order to establish new outposts for Christian witness in some of the least reached and least engaged areas of the world, skilled entrepreneurs and workers are needed to start a sustainable business or become part of the working community. Our mission is to recruit, equip, send, and support business people to engage in God's mission and transform these communities.
Read more about business for transformation and find resources here.
|3–6||Short-term post-field training|
|20–21||EMM Board meeting. Fairmount Homes Retirement Community, 333 Wheatridge Dr, Ephrata, PA 17522|
|23–30||Launch intensive (short-term). Immerse International, 321 Manor Ave, Millersville, PA 17551|
|28||Representative Council meeting. EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538|
|13||Welcoming refugees event, Alive Church, 510 Stevens Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522, 6:30 p.m.|
|17||Book release: A Vietnam Presence: Mennonites in Vietnam During the American War, EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538, 6:30 p.m.|
|17–18||Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s Celebration of Church Life, Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Rd, East Earl, PA 17519. March 17, 7 p.m.; March 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|18||crossing cultures. making disciples. a breakfast for pastors and ministry leaders. Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Rd, East Earl, PA 17519. March 18, 7:30 a.m.|
|25||Annual Missionary Support Team resourcing event. The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St, Mount Joy, PA 17552, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.|
|10–13||EMM prayer and fasting week. EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538, 12 noon–1 p.m.|
|11||EMM prayer and fasting event. Westview Community Room, Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543, 6:30 p.m.|
|6||Representative Council meeting. EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538|
|19–20||EMM Board meeting. Akron Mennonite Church, 1311 Diamond St, Akron, PA 17501|
|18 – July 1||Launch intensive. MCC's Welcoming Place, 21 S 12th St, Akron, PA 17501|
|1||(Continued) Launch intensive. MCC's Welcoming Place, 21 S 12th St, Akron, PA 17501|
|4–8||Visit EMM at the Mennonite Church USA Convention. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819|
|9||A sending celebration: EMM worker commissioning. Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602, 6 p.m.|
|9–14||Oasis. Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pk, Quarryville, PA, 17566|
|15||Global Fair. Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA 17584, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
|18–19||EMM Board meeting – location TBD|
|19–26||International Missions Association conference. Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552|
|15–24||Peru Trek for PROMESA. Ausangate Trek, Peru|
|28||Representative Council meeting. EMM meetinghouse, 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538 (rescheduled from September 23)|
|1||EMM vision and fundraising banquet: everyone moving in mission in a changing world. Eden Resort Courtyard, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 6:30 p.m.|
|4||Discipleship Conference 2017: Remember, refocus, relaunch! Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E Penn Grant Rd, Willow Street, PA 17584, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.|
|17–18||EMM Board meeting. 53 W Brandt Blvd, Salunga, PA 17538|
What began the process of EMM deciding to purchase a building in Lancaster City?
Over the years, various EMM personnel have explored the idea of relocating the EMM administrative offices to Lancaster City. Personnel explored various options and opportunities, but did not move forward with any of them. The discussion for a possible relocation emerged again in 2013 when President Nelson Okanya and the EMM Leadership Team commissioned an Innovation Group of EMM staff members. The Innovation Group was given this single question, “How might we create a stronger organizational culture of creativity throughout EMM?” One of the things coming out of the Innovation Group was a rebirth of the idea of EMM moving to the city. This included looking at several properties as well as delving into reasons/strategies for moving to the city.
Why would EMM move to the city?
Our vision for a city presence is continuing to develop. Key statements from our original vision document include:
How does this property purchase fit into the broader EMM vision?
EMM’s presence in Lancaster City is a commitment to be involved in discipleship and mission locally. We aim for local involvement to complement and support our work elsewhere around the world. Increasingly, our constituency tells us that they want to be involved locally as well as globally. We see our potential involvement in Lancaster City as one expression of our local involvement.
Is EMM planning to move all of its staff to North Prince Street?
Yes, EMM is planning to move its administrative offices downtown as progress allows.
What funds did EMM use to purchase the building?
Nearly half of the funds came from a property fund account that had been set up years ago when EMM sold buildings in Salunga and elsewhere. The remaining funds came from equity funds (reserves). The purchase was a board-approved decision.
Does EMM have a comprehensive business plan for creating a presence in Lancaster?
EMM leadership created a full business plan early in 2015. The business plan includes vision statements and rationale, the relocation process, stakeholders’ perspective and communication with them, property assessments, and other practical details. Initially the plan called for a capital campaign to occur before EMM purchased a property. EMM dropped the capital campaign as outlined in the plan when the seller reduced the price of the building by nearly 50 percent. We have developed a capital campaign to renovate and partially endow the building's use.
Why did EMM purchase the building on such short notice?
On June 1, 2015, the seller offered the building to EMM at a significantly lower price than had been previously listed. The seller gave EMM a few days to make a decision. EMM leadership (including the board) considered the options: Do we let this opportunity pass or do we purchase more quickly than we had anticipated? The location, size, quality, and greatly reduced price of the building led EMM leadership toward a decision to purchase the building. EMM acquired the building for $1,044,000. The original list price was $1,940,000.
How old is the building? Is it in good shape? Has it been inspected?
The building was inspected by fire, building code, and city inspectors prior to the purchase. The building is fully up to code including the fire sprinkler and alarm system.
How is the interior of the building constructed?
The building is a total of 32,000 square feet. This includes 21,000 square feet of finished space and 10,000 square feet of indoor parking. The indoor parking spaces are in an underground and first floor parking area accessible from the rear of the building. The finished internal layout is primarily office space. There is a large open area on the first floor. There is a second floor three-bedroom apartment on the Water Street side (rear) of the building.
What is the history of the building?
The North Prince Street building was built in 1923 as an auto dealership. Eventually it was sold to a land developer, who leased it to Newsletters Ink, a marketing company. The building has been mostly vacant for the past number of years.
Does the building have adequate parking?
The building comes with 12 outdoor parking spaces and 39 indoor parking spaces.
For comparison purposes, what does EMM own in Salunga?
EMM owns three adjoining properties in Salunga, Pa. The appraised value of the Salunga properties totals approximately $1 million. The Salunga campus includes a total of approximately 20,000 square feet of building space; the primary working space is used for 35 individual offices, three conference rooms, a mailroom, and a large assembly room. The Salunga campus includes 62 parking spaces.
|5–9||GO! training, Immerse International, 321 Manor Ave., Millersville, PA, 17551|
|23||Representative Council meeting, Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602|
|19–20||EMM Board meeting, Martindale District; check back for more information|
|19–20||Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s Celebration of Church Life, Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602, March 18, 7:00 p.m. and March 19, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m|
|19||Pastors’ Breakfast, Lancaster Mennonite School (Cafeteria), 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.|
|21–24||EMM prayer and fasting week, EMM meetinghouse, 53 West Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA, 17538|
|21||Prayer and fasting community event, EMM meetinghouse, 53 West Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA, 17538, 12 noon to 1 p.m.|
|22||Prayer and fasting community event, 450 North Prince St., Lancaster, PA, 17603, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.|
|23||Prayer and fasting community event, EMM meetinghouse, 53 West Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA, 17538, 12 noon to 1 p.m.|
|7||Representative Council meeting, Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster, PA, 17602|
|13–14||EMM Board meeting, location TBD; check back for more information|
|15–20||YES post-field training, Immerse International, 321 Manor Ave., Millersville, PA, 17551|
|21||35 years of saying YES, Lancaster Mennonite School (Fine Arts Center), 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602, 6:30 p.m.|
|23||“Peace Clan” book release, Weaverland Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 210 Weaverland Valley Road, East Earl, PA 17519, 6:30 p.m.|
|12||World Missions Institute (continues through July 2), Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place, 21 South 12th St., Akron, PA, 17501|
|15||Welcoming refugees youth night: learn to lend a hand, 450 North Prince Street., Lancaster, PA, 7:00–8:30 p.m.|
|1–2||(Continued) World Missions Institute, Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place, 21 South 12th St., Akron, PA, 17501|
|9||Global Fair, Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA, 17584, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,|
|10||Commissioning service, Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Rd., Willow Street, PA, 17584, 6:30–8:00 p.m.|
|10–15||Oasis, Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA, 17566|
|28–31||Re-entry retreat, Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA, 17566|
|12–13||EMM Board meeting, location TBD; check back for more information|
|17||Representative Council meeting, EMM meetinghouse, 53 West Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA 17538, 1:00-4:00 p.m.|
|21||Good news in a broken world: EMM vision and fundraising banquet, Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet, 14 South Tower Road, New Holland, PA 17557, 6:30 p.m.|
|28–29||EMM Board meeting, EMM Meetinghouse, 53 West Brandt Blvd., Salunga, PA, 17538|
|12||Thanksgiving from the workplace, Fellowship hall, James Street Mennonite Church, 323 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603|