LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster City has recently become known as “America’s refugee capital,” following a report by the BBC which said that Lancaster takes in 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the U.S. Meet Barbara Witmer, one Lancaster City resident whose longstanding commitment to refugee resettlement has affected hundreds of lives.
SAN JERÓNIMO, Peru — On a sunny November day, art teacher Ryan Sommers was arguing with five of his high school students.
In the 1970s, a Marxist military group called the Derg gained control of Ethiopia by force. There followed several years of civil unrest, in which gunfire seemed to resound beyond every horizon, friends and neighbors were divided by fear and betrayal, and the church was forced deep underground.
CUSCO, Peru — Bringing light to the darkness. For Chilean couple Eliana Medina and Ricardo Ibaceta, that is what their childhood sexual abuse prevention nonprofit, Niños Caminando en Victoria (Children Walking in Victory), is all about. As the value of their ministry has become apparent to the Chilean government, Niños Caminando en Victoria has won grants enabling its message to spread further.
Germany — Eastern Mennonite Missions’ Christian/Muslim Relations Team (CMRT) traveled to Germany for 13 days (Nov. 8–20, 2016). The team supported churches in reaching out to new Muslim neighbors brought by the refugee crisis. Some names and locations have been omitted due to security risks.
HALLE, Germany — Now it seems hard to believe, but Kaylene Derksen remembers a time when Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM’s) church plant in Halle, Germany was close to dying out.
LANCASTER, Pa. — Many individuals, small groups, and congregations desire to engage in mission, but do not know how to discern a way forward. Others are already engaged in mission, but do not know where to find the resources needed to increase their effectiveness. Initiated by a conversation about planting new churches, a network called Missional Pathways was developed to help churches think through new ways of engaging in mission.
LITITZ, Pa. — Luke S. Martin, a former missionary to Vietnam, is releasing his new book “A Vietnam Presence: Mennonites in Vietnam During the American War.”
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Quang Trung led a 40-year struggle to see the Vietnam Mennonite Church (VMC) legally recognized, finally succeeding in 2007. Now, after 51 years of service to the VMC and eight years as its first official president, Trung is stepping down. Entrusting its future to the next generation, the VMC elected Pastor Huynh Dinh Nghia as its new president on Dec. 2, 2016.
Coming home late, I can smell if he has already prayed. The beeswax candles leave a sweet warmth in the air for hours. It is always long after the children have been put to bed, with prayers and kisses and toddlers finding their second wind's second wind. It is in that decisive moment between reading one more chapter or laying the book down and heading to bed. We often wait too long, and we go sleepily to our prayer corner, yawning.
A prophetic word becomes worship music in South Asia. For several years, when people prayed for me, I heard this phrase often repeated, “You will write new songs ...” But it wasn't until we were living overseas, worshiping in a place that was longing for true praise of God to arrive, that I really began to see that promise come true.