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NZÉRÉKORÉ, Guinea — Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is saddened to share the death of volunteer worker Beryl Forrester. While teaching and resourcing a young church plant in Nzérékoré, Guinea, Forrester experienced a brief illness and passed away on Tuesday, March 2, at the age of 80.

December 21, 2020

Welcome neighbor

Written by Michael Booth

God is taking EMM in a new direction. EMM is venturing forth into the city — to an ideal location on North Prince Street. Lancaster City is a beautiful place that I have come to appreciate. I am so grateful our God has called me into Lancaster, and I’m encouraged that God has called EMM too.

December 14, 2020

Same country: new village and hope-filled ministry

Written by Betsy Stewart

 

 

Albania is not new for EMM worker Sonya Harnish. Although Sonya’s current term began in 2017, her initial exposure to Albania was in 1997 when she was part of a YES team in the country. Sonya would then go on to serve there as a long-term worker from 2000 to 2009. 

December 7, 2020

Missionary Messenger changes, yet stays the same

Written by Linda Moffett

Our renovated offices are not the only change happening at EMM. The Missionary Messenger (MM) magazine is also being “refurbished!”

November 30, 2020

God is in each place

Written by Amaris Allan

When we first decided to serve with EMM, we didn’t expect to spend time in two very different contexts in the course of our three-year term. We started out in a town setting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where we spent almost two years. 

November 23, 2020

From the editor

Written by Linda Moffett

Going right instead of left. Taking an unexpected path. Saying “yes” instead of “no.” Small steps, small decisions can often result in life-changing events.

November 16, 2020

A journey begins with a single step

Written by Linda Moffett

A journey begins with a single step … and EMM’s journey culminates in a new location in downtown Lancaster! But the journey is not ending; it is only beginning.

November 12, 2020

Central America Mennonite churches seek hurricane relief

Written by Micah Brickner

SALUNGA, Pa. — On November 3, category four Hurricane Eta reached the shores of Nicaragua, and continued its path, wreaking havoc on Honduras and Guatemala. Torrential rain throughout the region has caused mass flooding, landslides, and displacement.

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.

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