Micah Brickner

Micah Brickner

podcastWhat’s a conversation couch? Wait … 60 nationalities in one church? Why? Because Jesus transforms! Where? Amsterdam - where one large church is messy but bubbling with life!

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 7, 2015.

A Biblical perspective

“ ... immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:22)

Although taking a gap year is becoming more common, it might still be considered an unconventional next step. But if you feel called to spend a year outside the usual cycles of work and formal education, don’t worry! Sometimes God’s calling in our lives takes us beyond the “normal,” and that’s okay. For some examples of disciples being called to serve outside the boundaries of regular life, read Matthew 4:12-25, Matthew 25:35-40, Mark 10:17-31, James 2:14-17, and Acts 13.

Advice from colleges

“We attempt to be flexible and supportive, and we regularly have students who take a gap year before beginning their studies. We encourage them to go through the admissions and financial aid process prior to their gap year so that they know these details and don’t have to handle all of the paperwork during their gap year (especially when they are living internationally). We also work with students who choose to take a gap year during their four years (instead of beforehand).”
— Jason Good, director of admissions at Eastern Mennonite University

Hesston is “so supportive of gap years that we are willing to hold scholarships for persons choosing to take a gap year. Many of our students have taken a gap year either prior to Hesston or between Hesston and their bachelor’s degree institution. Students can defer their financial aid package (institutional aid) for one year. Their acceptance is also held for a year.” 
— Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, vice president of admissions and financial aid at Hesston College

“We will defer a student’s enrollment for up to two years without him needing to reapply, should he choose not to head directly to college after high school. For students who pursue a gap year mission opportunity that will take them away from home, we recommend that they complete as much of the college application process as possible before they go. It is just logistically easier to navigate the admissions process when a student is still plugged into his high school guidance office.”
— Michael Dziedziak, undergraduate admissions at Eastern University

To defer enrollment at Messiah College, a student “needs to notify her admissions counselor and we can code her for deferment. Everything then freezes and stays the same for her for the next fall as long as she doesn’t take any college credits after high school.”
— Shayna Reichert, admissions counselor at Messiah College

Find out what educators and others have to say about taking a gap year.

Fears that a gap year will interfere with attending the college of your choice are understandable but unfounded. Many colleges and universities believe that gap year experiences are valuable!


Follow these easy steps:

  • Apply to colleges.
  • Once admitted, call the college to request a deferment (putting something off until a later time, usually one year later in the case of college admission). Most admissions offices gladly grant deferment.
  • Identify your goals and find a gap year option that matches your personal interests.
  • Check out EMM's short-term programs here. They are strong gap year options.

In this issue:

From the president's heart 

"His purpose was for the nations to seek after God ..." -- Acts 17:27 (NLT)
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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. 

Endless possibilities 
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!

Encouraging results
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. 


podcastFrigid temperatures can cause us much frustration – cars that won’t start, exercise routines disrupted, or frozen water pipes. Kosti and Ori Zguri, serving in Albania, recently experienced the frustration of frozen pipes. But God caused something good to happen!

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 28, 2015.

podcast A steep mortgage. A very steep mountainside. These “mountains” were not too big for PROMESA, a small bilingual school in Cusco, Peru.

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 21, 2015.

Quechua children in Peru face discrimination in local schools due to their ethnicity and their evangelical faith. The Peruvian Mennonite Church decided to establish an alternative to the local school system by founding PROMESA, which offers an academically advanced, Christian education that also frees children from experiencing discrimination at school.

podcastWhether 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.

podcastNoah’s assignment was to go to South Africa as a “learning teacher.” Now people from all over the world are catching the ideas of simple church and intense, rapid transformation!

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 7, 2015.

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