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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.