News stories

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. 

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. 

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the world faced COVID-19, gathering food for Ramadan celebrations was difficult in places like Nairobi. Many workplaces shut down due to COVID-19, and as a result, many Kenyans lost their income, facing significant food insecurity.

Instead of being a great leveler, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing pre-existing systemic inequalities that benefit some and disadvantage others. How can the Anabaptist family respond?

SALUNGA, Pa. — “Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?” is a perennial question that has led to much division in Christian theological circles. Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) global consultant Dr. David W. Shenk was invited to share his ministry reflections on this question in an October 2019 publication called Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?: Four views.

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau — “Yahweh, Yahweh,” sung with jubilant exultation ricocheted off the stucco walls of the modest Bissau-Guinean Mennonite meetinghouse. Dressed in colorful, traditional West African attire, participants at the annual conference of Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated the growing interest of Christocentric theology throughout the region.