News stories

January 16, 2020

Remembering P. T. Yoder, preacher first, doctor second

Written by Micah Brickner

SALUNGA, Pa. — Paul Timothy (P. T.) Yoder Sr. passed away at the age of 91 on December 16, 2019. Yoder and his wife, Daisy, served as missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) from 1956 to 1977.

January 7, 2020

Honoring Richard A. Showalter, a humble stalwart in the faith

Written by Micah Brickner and Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. On December 14, 2019, the Lord welcomed home his faithful servant, Richard A. Showalter. Having served as the sixth president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) from 1994 to 2011, Showalter left a lasting legacy on both the organization he served and the Global Anabaptist church. 

April 1, 2019

Christian-Muslim relations books encourage dialogue in the Horn of Africa

Written by Joyce Maxwell and Micah Brickner

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Two books from “The Christians Meeting Muslims Series” are making new inroads for Christian-Muslim relations in Ethiopia and Somalia.

SALUNGA, Pa. — Rhoda M. Sauder, 83, a pioneer and career missionary, passed into eternity on March 23, 2019, in Ephrata, Pa. Rhoda and her late husband, James Sauder, served with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) for 30 years.

March 15, 2019

EMM appoints Lorri Bentch as new Mission Team director

Written by Micah Brickner

Gerry Keener, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), is pleased to announce that Lorri Bentch has been appointed as the Mission Team director. Bentch will begin employment on April 3, providing leadership to 111 global workers serving in 33 countries, including regional representatives, and five Central Administrative Office staff members.

February 21, 2019

The nuts and bolts of opening doors in Nairobi

Written by Joyce Maxwell

NAIROBI, Kenya — A little more than a decade and a half ago, Bud and Shari Yordy owned and ran a hardware store in central Illinois. Responding to an urging they felt came from God, they started to actively seek out volunteer opportunities.

February 18, 2019

Authors to “forge” peace at Lancaster church

Written by Andrew Mashas, Eastern Mennonite Missions, and Brook Musselman, Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA

LANCASTER, Pa. Authors Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin will forge guns into garden tools as they release their new book “Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence.” On the first day of their book release tour, March 9, at 6 p.m., Claiborne and Martin will be at Neffsville Mennonite Church in Lancaster.

January 30, 2019

EMM Board of Directors appoints Gerry Keener as eighth president

Written by EMM Communications

SALUNGA, Pa. The Board of Directors of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) announces the appointment of Gerald “Gerry” H. Keener as the president of the organization.

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau — During its 2018 annual conference, Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated its first-ever credentialed leaders.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Five hundred fifty Lancaster Mennonite High School (LM) students were challenged to go 48 hours without using their smartphones or social media. Smartphone addiction is becoming an increasing concern for 21st-century society, especially for adolescents.