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SALUNGA, Pa. — Chester L. Wenger, 102, died on October 1, 2020, in Lititz, Pa. He and his wife Sara Jane were pioneering missionaries in Ethiopia.

October 19, 2020

Eastern Mennonite Missions Board of Directors appoints new president

Written by EMM Communications

SALUNGA, Pa. — The Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Dr. Marvin Lorenzana as the organization’s ninth president. Lorenzana brings extensive multicultural leadership, discipleship, and mission experience to his new role as EMM president.

ERSEKË, Albania — Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and its partner Ersekë Evangelical Church (EEC) in Ersekë, Albania, are seeking supporters for projects focused on disadvantaged children. The church’s Foleza after-school program and its sister residential home program are focused on creating safe and stable environments for children to thrive. 

October 2, 2020

“Yes” and “amen”

Written by Lea* | May 2020

Teaching online is not a great way to be present with people. Many have expressed their frustration and are struggling with losing their sense of purpose. For me, I’m mourning the loss of what felt like great momentum with some students and friends this past year.

October 2, 2020

Some people are happy!

Written by Daryl and Jen Hoover | June 2020

February was a month full of ministry in Costa Rica but in March it came to a screeching halt. Six Vida220 teams have been quarantined in their respective countries and Vida Missions teams have canceled for the summer.

October 2, 2020

Redeeming the time

Written by Jonathan Bornman | June 2020

With all meetings and travel canceled, and much lower interaction with people, this has been a fantastic time of progress for writing my dissertation.

October 2, 2020

Life turned upside down

Written by Ben and Lena* | March 2020

Just like the rest of the world, our daily life was turned upside down. In the course of a week, several colleagues who were in the at-risk group hurriedly left the country before borders closed, Ben is leading the process of temporarily shutting down the business, schools shut down, and Lena is adjusting to home schooling our kids.

October 2, 2020

Grieving together

Written by Stephen Horst and Bethany Tobin | April 2020

Gathering at a time of social distancing felt incongruous, but in Thai culture literally camping out with the family at a time of bereavement is one of the highest values. 

October 2, 2020

Fundraising in the time of COVID-19

Written by Michael Clancy | May 2020

I must be vulnerable and say that I have had anxiety, not crippling fear, but worry for our family as we head into the last two months of our fundraising for support for our second term, years three and four as urban missionaries to the city of Lebanon, Pa.

October 2, 2020

Finding joy on a balcony

Written by Lucy* | April 2020

Our COVID-19 measures have been called some of the strictest in the world. Though sometimes at first glance our city looks lifeless, it is anything but. Life has just moved to the roof.

October 2, 2020

Dreams delayed

Written by Ted Smoker | June 2020

The challenge that the U.S. confronts is magnified for the people here in Guatemala. The transmission of the virus to the villages would be catastrophic, where many people already have compromising health issues. 

October 2, 2020

Do angels work for airlines?

Written by Dave Houser | March 2020

After nine years in Thailand, we were planning to move to Pennsylvania in early April. As reports of an unknown virus grew into a major worldwide concern, flights from many places around the globe were being canceled. When it happened to us, we decided to book new flights and leave as soon as possible.

October 1, 2020

Different ways to connect

Written by Austin Zuercher | May 2020

COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, Costa Rica was not an exception. I was given the opportunity to return to Ohio, but I decided not to.

October 1, 2020

Death is defeated!

Written by Preston* | April 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in Germany was confirmed on January 28. On March 14, our city’s Senate prohibited meetings of more than 50 people. 

October 1, 2020

Closing borders

Written by Owen and Abby* | May 2020

For a few weeks, we watched as borders closed one by one. The U.S. embassy sent out notices asking its citizens to return. We watched the news as the virus started in the capital and spread to the other parts of the country first slowly, but then more quickly.

October 1, 2020

Challenges and unexpected blessings

Written by Alan and Carol Wert | May 2020

On March 23, we went into lockdown with each part of the U.K. enforcing their own rules. In Wales, we were only allowed to leave the house for essential food and medicine, to exercise once a day, or if we must go to work. 

October 1, 2020

Caring for others

Written by Jeremy and Jen* | March 2020

Chiang Mai, as a whole, has done well in managing COVID-19 with 42 confirmed cases reported, and we see restrictions slightly lifting this month. The pandemic occurred during the annual Thai new year called Songkhran, and everyone honored the government’s requests to stay at home and not go out to celebrate.

October 1, 2020

A different prayer closet

Written by Andrea* | April 2020

“Confinement” to our houses in Spain only permits people to leave their living quarters to go straight to work and back, to the ATM machines, to buy food or medicine, or to walk their dogs close to home. As of today, the police have fined around 400 people across Spain for civil disobedience to their orders as they were unable to prove their reason for running around. 

September 18, 2020

New discipleship coach launches fall pilot program

Written by Micah Brickner

SALUNGA, Pa. —  Dave Houser began his role as the discipleship coach for Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on August 3, 2020. Houser’s first major project is launching a pilot program called Advance, which is a short-term, U.S.-based program for discipleship and mission training.

LANCASTER, Pa. — COVID-19 has forced many people to embrace new forms of resilience, often spurring on great creativity. Two Lancaster leaders serving the refugee and immigrant communities have been doing just that: Patience Buckwalter, executive director of the Grape Leaf Empowerment Center, and Krista Martin, Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Kingdom Team director. 

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