News stories

November 30, 2017

New book helps Westerners navigate African culture

Written by Emily Jones

In the new book “Acclimated to Africa: Cultural Competence for Westerners,” author and Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Debbi DiGennaro provides a practical guide to help Westerners navigate the vast cultural differences between Africa and the Western world.

November 17, 2017

Peru trek raises $58,142 for PROMESA school

Written by Emily Jones

During Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM’s) first-ever adventure fundraiser, harsh weather and altitude effects didn’t stop the 10 hikers from finishing the trek — and raising $58,142 to benefit the PROMESA school.

Throughout Nigeria — where 50 percent of the population is Muslim — a new translation of a book series written to help Muslims understand Jesus’ gospel is making an impact among local readers.

October 9, 2017

IMA celebrates 20 years of joint mission engagement

Written by Jewel Showalter, for IMA news service

Coming with first-hand reports of the huge earthquake in Mexico City and Syrian refugees in Turkey — more than 60 international mission leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas gathered at Mount Joy Mennonite Church September 19-22, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Missions Association (IMA).

LANCASTER, Pa. — You’re 55 or older, and you want to put your faith into action. Wondering where to go?

SALUNGA, Pa. — In Latin America, where 90% of people identify as Christian and only 0.1% as Muslim — according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center — Christian-Muslim relations is not often emphasized. However, with an expected 12.5% increase in the Muslim population there by 2050, understanding between Christians and Muslims is a growing need.

LANCASTER, Pa. — At Rivers Edge Fellowship in Lancaster City, children from Nepali refugee backgrounds danced to worship songs with members of Weaverland Mennonite Church’s youth group. Then the group sat together on the floor.

July 28, 2017

Global Fair’s biggest year yet brings together over two dozen cultures

Written by Linda Moffett and Emily Jones

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Whether it was Mahur and Randa Almahasheh, who arrived in Lancaster from Syria a short seven months ago with their four children, or Benuka Tamang, who came from Nepal eight years ago, their opinions were the same. “Everyone is so welcoming here at Global Fair,” they said. Mahur added, “I really like Lancaster; I really like Americans.”

CHICAGO — Last year, an Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) team that works in Christian-Muslim relations was invited to hold the only booth representing a Jesus-following witness at America’s largest yearly gathering of Muslims.

July 21, 2017

Missionary couple retires after 26 years of service

Written by Emily Jones

DANGRIGA, Belize — After 26 years serving as missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), Galen and Phyllis Groff are retiring from formal ministry in July 2017. They plan to retire in Dangriga, Belize, volunteering in church development and supporting missionary work throughout the region.