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    Tanner Eshleman

    Leadership training

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    Tim and Julie Groff

    Tim and Julie serve in Belize with their three children. They support the local outreach of the Garifuna churches in southern Belize — helping to envision and develop new ministries, mentoring leaders, and walking with an emerging youth movement. They are building relationships with the leaders of the broader Christian community in Dangriga to determine what supportive ministries are needed.

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    Daryl and Jen Hoover

    Daryl and Jen serve in Costa Rica with their four children, supporting the local discipleship network VidaNet. They serve on the leadership team of VidaNet and give leadership to the daily operations at Casa VidaNet. Daryl assists with organizing finances and administrative responsibilities for VidaNet. The programs of VidaNet provide long- and short-term discipleship and leadership training for young people from Central and North America. Jen serves as hospitality coordinator for VidaNet, planning and preparing for individuals and groups who stay at Casa VidaNet. Jen also serves as a counselor for El Nido, VidaNet’s crisis pregnancy center which provides support and resources for mothers and children in crisis.

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    Michael and Nancy Hostetter

    Michael and Nancy serve in Chile as regional representatives for South America. Their mission includes mentoring businessmen and businesswomen who are seeking to conduct their businesses in Christ-like ways, as well as guiding local Chileans in the ministry of planting and leading house churches. They also partner with Christian Chileans who are working to raise awareness of the childhood sexual abuse crisis in Chile, while discussing ways to prevent it and respond to those affected by it. Mike and Nancy are involved in a variety of dynamic friendships and discipling relationships in which they seek to help people discover God’s purpose for their lives as they grow in relationship with Jesus.

    Donations may be sent to Old Road Mennonite Church, 5795 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, PA 17527, along with a note designating it for Nancy and Michael Hostetter.

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    Aaron and Katarina Miller

    Aaron and Katarina are living on Tenglo Island and assisting in the work of a summer camp called Siloé. Part of their job is to maintain the property on the island where they hold the summer camp. They also assist with other various ministries of community outreach and church planting.

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    Wendell and Melanie Nofziger

    Wendell and Melanie serve in Costa Rica with their four children, mentoring and making disciples as directors of VidaNet. They are regional representatives for Central America, overseeing all of EMM’s programs and personnel in the region.

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    Bekka Zehr

    Bekka is participating in Advance Global, a 9-month, international discipleship and service opportunity.

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    Austin Zuercher

    Austin serves with VidaNet, a discipleship training ministry based in Costa Rica. He leads VidaNet’s community outreach programs, and also plans and leads the short-term teams that come through the ministry while traveling to different parts of Central America. Austin builds and strengthens relationships with VidaNet’s partner churches.

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    Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund

    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.

    Miriam’s scholarship fund, called the Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund, provides $200 to $250 scholarships (the equivalent of 400 to 500 Belize dollars) to secondary students who attend Mennonite churches. The cost of secondary school in Belize varies widely, from around $300 per year to $3,000 (USD). When evaluating applications for the scholarship, Miriam takes financial need, Mennonite church attendance and participation, leadership potential, and educational excellence into account.

    Each student sends a letter when they apply for the scholarship. Miriam has received letters from Deaf students, students whose homes don’t have electricity, and students who hope to become doctors to serve the Belizean people one day. “My goals are to graduate and then be able to go to Bible college. One day I also hope to become a missionary in India,” wrote one student named Sally Padilla.

    After four years of running the scholarship fund almost entirely from her own savings, Miriam is beginning to hear from scholarship recipients who went on to pursue their goals. One female student was accepted to the University of Belize to study math, physics, and architecture. Another student is studying at a Bible school in Guatemala.

    For Miriam, her scholarship fund is a way to invest in the future of a country she loves. Would you like to join her?

    $15 helps a student afford transportation to school for one week
    $50 helps a student purchase a secondary school textbook
    $250 provides a student with a scholarship for a full school year

    Give toward the Belize Evangelical Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund
    $15, $50, $250, other
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    Child abuse prevention in Chile

    The beauty of the islands lying off the coast of southern Chile is tainted by darkness. Government studies indicate that as many as eight out of 10 children there are being sexually abused. Throughout Chile, EMM workers have joined with others to help prevent the abuse.

    For example, Caminando en Victoria (Walking in Victory) is an organization that holds many workshops to educate adults and children about sexual abuse prevention. Another example is a ministry center for children living in La Vega, a section of Tenglo Island. The center, called Siloe’, is a safe place where children can relax, play, learn, experience healthy ways of relating, and receive affirmation, encouragement, and love from Christian believers. Parents and adult relatives of the children are mostly absent, living below poverty level, and lacking in education and resources. Funds are needed to purchase supplies for workshops, sporting equipment, games, books, art supplies, music-related items, firewood, gas for cooking, and snacks for the children.

    $20 will provide art supplies for the children
    $50 provides swimming classes
    $200 pays for one person to attend a training seminar on the prevention of sexual abuse

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    PROMESA, a Mennonite school in Peru

    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.

    Two reasons to give to PROMESA:

    New building

    The school started in 2005 with 11 students; today, nearly 300 children, both Quechua and non-Quechua, are enrolled. Many children were being turned away due to lack of space and insufficient facilities, so the church purchased land in the mountains outside Cusco to construct a new school building. Volunteers from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) have created a three-phase construction plan. Walk through the planned campus here.

    Just over $1 million is needed for site preparation and phase one of building classrooms. With our support, many more Peruvian students can have access to a safe, high-quality, Christian education. Read stories from the Peru Trek for PROMESA which helped raise money for the school.

    Scholarships

    You can help a bright child with insufficient resources get a high-quality Christian education! It takes $1000 to sponsor one student for an entire school year, but any amount helps.

    In this short video, learn about PROMESA through the story of 15-year-old Jhon Erik — and find out ways to help this Christian school achieve its future goals.

    $50 helps PROMESA expand and reach more children
    $200 moves PROMESA closer to a larger facility
    $2,000 is a generous gift promoting education!

    Give towards PROMESA in Peru.

    $50, $200, $2,000, other

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    PROSIM in Peru

    Children living in the remote villages of the Andean mountains of Peru face a number of health challenges, including malnutrition, parasites, and anemia. Fortunately, these conditions are treatable and preventable with education and assistance.

    Born and raised in Peru, Gloria Mamani Nina is a health promoter who travels six hours by bus to reach the village of San Juan de Cotabambas. She provides the families there with the information and tools they need for better health. Gloria presents lessons on everything from a balanced diet to good dental care to the importance of hygiene.

    Gloria works as a health promoter with PROSIM, a health care cooperative started by EMM and the Peruvian Mennonite Church. Each local church — many in outlying villages and communities — has a health promoter or representative. Every month, the health promoters gather to meet with PROSIM for training, a time of prayer and worship, and a short devotional. Some of the trainings have included CPR training, anemia, medications and how to use them, and dehydration. The health promoters go back and share this vital information with their own communities or an outlying village. In the process they are seeing lives transformed, physically and spiritually! Check out PROSIM’s work.

    Give to PROSIM in Peru.

    $20 covers the travel costs for a health promoter or representative (usually as far as 6-8 hours by bus) to attend monthly meetings
    $30 provides ten elderly individuals with hygiene products and a nutritious meal
    $45 replenishes the medications and supplies in the first aid kits of the health promoters and representatives

    $20, $30, $45, other

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PROSIM in Peru

Children living in the remote villages of the Andean mountains of Peru face a number of health challenges, including malnutrition, parasites, and anemia. Fortunately, these conditions are treatable and preventable with education and assistance.

Born and raised in Peru, Gloria Mamani Nina is a health promoter who travels six hours by bus to reach the village of San Juan de Cotabambas. She provides the families there with the information and tools they need for better health. Gloria presents lessons on everything from a balanced diet to good dental care to the importance of hygiene.

Gloria works as a health promoter with PROSIM, a health care cooperative started by EMM and the Peruvian Mennonite Church. Each local church — many in outlying villages and communities — has a health promoter or representative. Every month, the health promoters gather to meet with PROSIM for training, a time of prayer and worship, and a short devotional. Some of the trainings have included CPR training, anemia, medications and how to use them, and dehydration. The health promoters go back and share this vital information with their own communities or an outlying village. In the process they are seeing lives transformed, physically and spiritually! Check out PROSIM’s work.

Give to PROSIM in Peru.

$20 covers the travel costs for a health promoter or representative (usually as far as 6-8 hours by bus) to attend monthly meetings
$30 provides ten elderly individuals with hygiene products and a nutritious meal
$45 replenishes the medications and supplies in the first aid kits of the health promoters and representatives

$20, $30, $45, other

Additional information

Region

Latin America

Location

Peru

Ministry category

Children at risk, Health and community development

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