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.”

January 12, 2017

Vietnam Mennonite Church elects new president

Written by Emily Jones

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.

January 5, 2017

The Impact Fund helps build healthy teams!

Written by Jimm Derksen

"Healthy teams don't just happen — they are built!"

January 5, 2017

Created to create

Written by Ryan Sommers

A GO! participant in Peru teaches not only art, but self-worth. “I can’t draw that!” my second-grader exclaimed as she slammed down her pencil on the desk.

January 5, 2017

Photos tell the story

Written by Lauren Good

A photo journalism intern rediscovers the power of images. Photography is where I find the words to say.

January 5, 2017

Beauty: the spark of God

Written by Jimm Derksen

An EMM staff member sees God's spark in artists of every kind. I notice this gift of beautification at the home of our friends; their house, inside and out, is like a retreat.

January 5, 2017

A year of art in Kenya

Written by Emily Jones

An art teacher bridges cultures through creativity. I notice this gift of beautification at the home of our friends; their house, inside and out, is like a retreat.

January 5, 2017

President's desk: Art as ministry

Written by Nelson Okanya

“The purposes of art and religion are the same. Transformation." ­— Kenyon Adams, former Arts Ministries Coordinator at the Center for Faith and Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

December 28, 2016

What is your breath prayer?

Written by Karen Baker

Last year, Karen Baker and her family moved back to the U.S. after serving for three years as EMM missionaries in a rural area of Guinea-Bissau. Here are some of her reflections since coming home.

December 12, 2016

A sweet warmth: cultivating a domestic church

Written by Sarah Gingrich

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.

November 29, 2016

New songs

Written by Julia*

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.

November 18, 2016

Footprints of an 80-year missions legacy in East Africa

Written by Emily Jones

SALUNGA, Pa. — On a Sunday morning this past July, four children from the U.S. entered a church in Bumangi, Tanzania, over 7,600 miles away from their hometowns. They were welcomed as family, embraced, and given gifts of intricately woven East African cloth. Then they heard stories of their great-grandparents from those who still remembered.

November 4, 2016

All dressed up

Written by Sadie Beiler

One of the unexpected joys of cross-cultural missions is celebrating new holidays that you’ve never heard of before. As soon as I learned about Kartini Day, I couldn’t wait to celebrate it.

November 4, 2016

I do, I do, I do, I do!

Written by Lucille Zimmerman

It was a happy day for four couples in our church. Wan and Jalt had been living together before they came to Jesus. But now it is official — they are husband and wife!

November 4, 2016

What's in a name?

Written by Stacy Nofziger

This April, something pretty incredible happened: I was invited to join one of my students and her family at a name day party.

November 4, 2016

Celebración de cumpleaños

Written by Amanda Peoples

Manuel* has received a large bag of spicy corn chips, called “churros” here, and he grins from ear to ear holding up his prize. I am sure he will end up sharing the treat with others, but for now the thought of having an entire bag of chips to himself fills his mind. The other boys his age are passing around his box of Legos; ready to play with them, but knowing they have to wait for Manuel to open them.

November 4, 2016

More than just a name

Written by Mike Baker

What happens when accepting Christian beliefs means disrupting an ancient cultural practice? Before the news of Jesus was brought to the village of Catel, each newborn baby was always dedicated to the ancestors. These traditional celebrations are called “coming-out” ceremonies, for in this culture the new baby and mother remain indoors for one week. When they leave the house, there is a naming celebration that includes a sacrificial ceremony to idols.

November 1, 2016

President's desk: Celebrations

Written by Nelson Okanya

"This is how God showed His love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).

October 31, 2016

After West Africa: my story of becoming a missionary at home

Written by Nathanael Thorne

My name is Nathanael Thorne. I am 24 years old and a full-time student and employee. I served on a YES team for a nine-month assignment to Guinea Bissau, West Africa.

SALUNGA, Pa. — Assemblies of God churches in Bangladesh have a profound commitment to peacemaking. Five Bangladeshi church districts welcomed Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) Global Consultant David W. Shenk, a widely recognized interfaith specialist, to visit, teach, and encourage their congregations to become even more deeply rooted in Jesus’ way of peace. From Aug. 29–Sept. 10, 2016, Assemblies of God church members across Bangladesh were encouraged to continue breaking down barriers between people by building bridges of dialogue and friendship.

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