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June 6, 2018

EMM’s Global Fair returning to the Hans Herr House

Written by Emily Jones

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — The sight of alpacas, the sound of bongo drums, and the scent of curry: on July 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM’s) Global Fair will once again bring international flavor and culture to the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa.

NAIROBI, Kenya — “For a global organization to effectively do its work, it has to connect with the globe,” says Nelson Okanya, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM). With its first-ever overseas Board meeting in East Africa from April 18–25, 2018, EMM made new strides in engaging the world.

KAMPALA, Uganda — “How many of you can say you have a friendship that has lasted 40 years?” For four days, professor, university founder, and former ambassador Badru Kateregga asked audiences this question as he toured Uganda with longtime friend and colleague David Shenk, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker.

BROMSGROVE, England — Participants at the Anabaptist Theology Forum applauded when former Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) worker Eleanor Kreider walked into the conference room in Barnes Close near Birmingham, England. Some considered her a spiritual mentor or close friend; others had never met her, but had been influenced in some way by the years Kreider and her husband Alan had lived in the U.K.

NEW YORK CITY — “As a group, we are looking to the future. Our desire is to mobilize leaders to new areas in Honduras to plant new communities of Anabaptist faith, and to cross borders and continents.” That’s how Omar Guzman, the founder of Mennonite Garifuna Mission, described the Garifuna Mennonite Church’s mission vision in a nutshell. And the church is well on its way to fulfilling those missional dreams.

SALUNGA, Pa. — Krista Martin began her role as Kingdom Team director for Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on April 9, 2018. The focus of the Kingdom Team program is to provide opportunities for youth groups to serve refugees and immigrants alongside local community partners in Lancaster, Pa., while also participating in activities and sessions designed to strengthen their walk of discipleship. Kingdom Teams work with refugee children and youth through clubs, crafts, tutoring, English conversation activities, sports and games, and other activities that build community and exemplify the love of Christ.

MORGANTOWN, Pa. — Excitement, danger, and transformation through the gospel: the stories of missionaries throughout the past century still hold inspiration for people today. In the new book “Surviving, Thriving, and Multiplying: Three Decades of Growth in the Honduras Mennonite Church,” former missionaries tell the story of the Mennonite movement in Honduras, which started through the ministries of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) pioneers.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Sara Jane (Weaver) Wenger — faithful servant of God, pioneer Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker, and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother — died at the age of 95 on March 23, 2018, peacefully at her home in Lancaster, Pa.

LANCASTER, Pa. — For Miriam Eberly, a former Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker in Belize, her scholarship fund for Belizean secondary students is a way to invest in the future of the country that captured her heart over 50 years ago.

A member of EMM’s Christian-Muslim Relations Team (CMRT) was invited to the issuing of a new declaration calling religious leaders from all faiths to work together to promote peace, seek reconciliation and healing, and advocate for justice and equality.