Stories
June 3, 2021

Partnership three decades later

Written by Joe and Yvonne Garber

The transfer of leadership is a work of God’s grace that holds its unique challenges. It was 1988 that we left for a three-year term to a place in Tanzania that the Tanzanian Mennonite Church (KMT) had invited us to serve. After completing language school, Joe was given the task of teaching Theological Education by Extension (TEE) with a local pastor and church leader, Joseph Nyakyema, who was married to Jeanette, a missionary. For two years, we worked closely together in traveling and teaching over 100 students in 12 different locations every two weeks.

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June 3, 2021

God is on the move

Written by Wendell and Melanie Nofziger

The world is changing, and God is not surprised. He is on the move, shifting things and using Christians from the Global South and East to take the lead in global missions. It’s their turn, and we can partner with them.

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June 3, 2021

Learning how to love

Written by Kelly Lapp

The Going Public internship is a ministry of Glenwood Church in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. Interns gain experience in a variety of areas alongside British and expatriate youth. Areas of service include youth or children’s work, community work, social action, teaching and facilitating, sports ministry, or creative arts. Kelly Lapp is currently participating in her second internship with Glenwood Church. Here, she gives us a glimpse into why EMM’s partnership with the Going Public internship is such a critical part of discipling young adults.

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June 3, 2021

What is a Partner?

Written by Micah Brickner

Part•ner (pärter′nər) n. a person who takes part in some activity in common with another or others
— Webster’s New World College Dictionary

Did you know that EMM currently has 59 partners around the world? So what do we mean when we use the word “partner?” A partner is an organization with whom we are mutually and actively engaged. EMM values, nurtures, and pursues partnerships in all our work. We partner with groups and organizations in a variety of ways. Some partnerships have written agreements; other partnerships are more informal. EMM is committed to strong collaborative relationships with all of the partners listed here. The map is comprised of partners with whom there was active collaboration in 2020. While we value other historic partnerships, they may not appear on this list due to inactivity in 2020.

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June 3, 2021

All Hands on Deck

Written by Lorri Bentch

In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul reminds that body of early Christians not to be focused on who gets the credit for ministry that is happening. It’s true, he says, that “I planted.” But “Apollos watered” and, most importantly, “God gave the growth”(1 Corinthians 2:6). EMM’s desire is that the world would be full of disciples making disciples. We want to faithfully do our part in that grand mission. But we recognize that many other organizations are doing their part as well. It’s our joy and privilege to partner with like-minded believers whenever possible, more concerned with the spread of the gospel than who gets credit for it. We recognize that while we have gifts and resources to offer, we have much to learn and gain from others’ contributions and from walking this path of discipleship together.

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LANCASTER, Pa. Do we really see who’s at our door? Or do we see who we expect to see? Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Dr. Philip Gottschalk says much of what we see when we look at the “other” — the immigrant, the refugee — depends on what we are prepared to see and what we expect to see. 

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April 12, 2021

2020 annual report

Written by Micah Brickner

There are countless stories to tell of all the ways that God is at work through EMM workers around the world.
Here is a brief glimpse of stories from these regions in 2020.

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April 12, 2021

Sharing hospitality at Hub 450

Written by Micah Brickner

At the end of 2020, EMM staff began their move to relocate the Central Administrative Office to Lancaster City. We’re calling this newly renovated space, Hub 450, after its physical address at 450 North Prince Street. The first floor is already beginning to be used for meaningful cross-cultural ministry, and the second floor is providing a space to continue carrying out the important work of calling, sending, and supporting workers around the world. Here’s a first look at the new space with some reflections from EMM staff.

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April 12, 2021

Living transformed

Written by Karina Martin

From a young age, “church” was a big part of my life. I accepted Jesus as my savior at the age of 3. My mom says I boldly came to her one afternoon and told her it was something I wanted. She had also accepted Jesus herself just a short time before my request. After a bit of searching, our home church became In The Light Ministries (ITLM), where some of my earliest memories took place. Up until age 13, I was consistently attending services and participating in events. I even participated in a homeschool group for 6th grade held at ITLM. For one reason or another, I had decided to return to public school by the end of the year.

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April 12, 2021

For such a time as this

Written by Brian Martin

“Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13, ESV)

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