When Pastor Trung presented the plans of the Vietnam Mennonite Church to open a four- year Bachelor of Theology class, EMM worker Gerry Keener exclaimed (to himself), “Impossible!”
"We are excited! For over seven years we have invested ourselves in communities in Asia for the purpose of seeing multiplying groups of local believers worshiping together. We’ve asked you to join us in praying for Cornelius-type experiences where households and relational networks come to faith together. We’ve known this process takes many years and so have committed ourselves to prayer, language study, deep relationships, and fully investing ourselves in work and life in this community.
An after-school program for seven- to fourteen-year-old children in very rural Cambodia expanded into two new villages in 2014. Parents signed up 120 children, more than EMM workers John and Debbie Coats expected.
A business for transformation project in Asia experienced a 307% increase in sales in 2014! The business manufactures water filters that give villagers access to clean water. The explosion in sales caused great excitement for the EMM team serving within the business.
Many EMM workers cannot be named. And the countries they serve in cannot be identified. Yet God’s work goes on even when we do not see any results or even hear about the work being done.
In this issue:
From the president's heart
"His purpose was for the nations to seek after God ..." -- Acts 17:27 (NLT) (Click to view photos)
No longer trusting in magic (click here to read)
EMM workers Jack and Julia* experience God moving in Asia.
Vision within reach (click here to read)
An update on the water filter business in Asia.
Fighting the ugly secret (click here to read)
Chilean couple, Ricardo Ibaceta and Eliana Medina, continue their puppet ministry to prevent sexual abuse.
On our radar (click here to read)
EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014.
Striding forward (click here to read)
PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru, paid off the purchase of land for expansion of the school!
Learning English, experiencing love
Summer English camp hosted by Gehman Mennonite Church.
A sweet influence (click here to read)
An after-school program in rural Cambodia expanded into two new villages in 2014.
A Luke 14 birthday party
A birthday party morphs into a Luke 14 banquet.
EMM workers share about their privilege of working with several of EMM's international mission partners.
A phenomenal job (click here to read)
Mennonite pastor and church planter George Nyaundi has worked for peace in Sotik, Kenya since December 2007.
Graduates! (click here to read)
The first graduates of the Vietnam Mennonite Church's four-year Bachelor of Theology class walked in November 2014!
EMM workers Joe and Gloria Bontrager reflect on their first two years serving in Tanzania.
Cornelius experiences (click here to read)
Over seven years of prayer, language study, developing deep relationships, and fully investing in work and life in a local community, God is transforming lives.
Whether it’s finding there’s enough rice for dinner after all, or seeing your children healed from sickness, two Thai believers are discovering that God answers prayer! Dee and Loot continue to be amazed at what God is doing!
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, February 14, 2015.
My name is Srey Naet. I am 15 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in a village in Southeastern Cambodia. My father left my mother many years ago. My mother remarried, but I hardly see her and my stepfather because they both work in Thailand as migrant workers and hardly ever come home. I live with my grandparents. I have a four-year-old sister.
Ten years ago, I was blessed to serve on the first YES team sent to a diverse country located in South Asia. As an adventurous 18-year-old, I never assumed those five months of life-changing experiences would still be impacting me today in my role as a full-time wife and mother.
In this issue:
From the president's heart (click here to read)
A beautiful mess (click here to read)
A reflection by Dan Rice, EMM's business for transformation coach
Persecuted believers' courage inspires Thai Anabaptists
Prior to Lek* believing in Jesus, ten of his fifteen children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed!
A quadruple bottom line (click here to read)
Most businesses measure only one bottom line - profit.
Business for transformation measures its impact in four ways - economically, socially, environmentally, and spiritually.
The dream business
Story of how one young man's dream to serve cross-culturally became reality
Mission effectiveness multiplied
An update on how serving through business has multiplied the work in regions around the world
MM asked Dan Rice to talk about what would be true if his wildest dreams about business for transformation came true