October 2, 2020

Finding joy on a balcony

Written by Lucy* | April 2020

Our COVID-19 measures have been called some of the strictest in the world. Though sometimes at first glance our city looks lifeless, it is anything but. Life has just moved to the roof.

October 2, 2020

Dreams delayed

Written by Ted Smoker | June 2020

The challenge that the U.S. confronts is magnified for the people here in Guatemala. The transmission of the virus to the villages would be catastrophic, where many people already have compromising health issues. 

October 2, 2020

Do angels work for airlines?

Written by Dave Houser | March 2020

After nine years in Thailand, we were planning to move to Pennsylvania in early April. As reports of an unknown virus grew into a major worldwide concern, flights from many places around the globe were being canceled. When it happened to us, we decided to book new flights and leave as soon as possible.

October 1, 2020

Different ways to connect

Written by Austin Zuercher | May 2020

COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, Costa Rica was not an exception. I was given the opportunity to return to Ohio, but I decided not to.

October 1, 2020

Death is defeated!

Written by Preston* | April 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in Germany was confirmed on January 28. On March 14, our city’s Senate prohibited meetings of more than 50 people. 

October 1, 2020

Closing borders

Written by Owen and Abby* | May 2020

For a few weeks, we watched as borders closed one by one. The U.S. embassy sent out notices asking its citizens to return. We watched the news as the virus started in the capital and spread to the other parts of the country first slowly, but then more quickly.

October 1, 2020

Challenges and unexpected blessings

Written by Alan and Carol Wert | May 2020

On March 23, we went into lockdown with each part of the U.K. enforcing their own rules. In Wales, we were only allowed to leave the house for essential food and medicine, to exercise once a day, or if we must go to work. 

October 1, 2020

Caring for others

Written by Jeremy and Jen* | March 2020

Chiang Mai, as a whole, has done well in managing COVID-19 with 42 confirmed cases reported, and we see restrictions slightly lifting this month. The pandemic occurred during the annual Thai new year called Songkhran, and everyone honored the government’s requests to stay at home and not go out to celebrate.

October 1, 2020

A different prayer closet

Written by Andrea* | April 2020

“Confinement” to our houses in Spain only permits people to leave their living quarters to go straight to work and back, to the ATM machines, to buy food or medicine, or to walk their dogs close to home. As of today, the police have fined around 400 people across Spain for civil disobedience to their orders as they were unable to prove their reason for running around. 

September 18, 2020

New discipleship coach launches fall pilot program

Written by Micah Brickner

SALUNGA, Pa. —  Dave Houser began his role as the discipleship coach for Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on August 3, 2020. Houser’s first major project is launching a pilot program called Advance, which is a short-term, U.S.-based program for discipleship and mission training.

LANCASTER, Pa. — COVID-19 has forced many people to embrace new forms of resilience, often spurring on great creativity. Two Lancaster leaders serving the refugee and immigrant communities have been doing just that: Patience Buckwalter, executive director of the Grape Leaf Empowerment Center, and Krista Martin, Eastern Mennonite Missions’ (EMM) Kingdom Team director. 

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the world faced COVID-19, gathering food for Ramadan celebrations was difficult in places like Nairobi. Many workplaces shut down due to COVID-19, and as a result, many Kenyans lost their income, facing significant food insecurity.

July 10, 2020

“Multiplication of teachings”

Written by JC Ebersole

How can we engage and equip the thousands of church leaders in Africa who have little or no biblical training? How does the church multiply and grow under these circumstances?

July 10, 2020

Renewing the vision

Written by Jan Heindel

In January 2016, I returned to Prague after a year in the U.S. to find Petra, a young woman new to our church, leading a Bible study and mentoring three to four young women.

July 10, 2020

The heartbeat of EMM

Written by Andrew Mashas

Multiplication is the heartbeat of EMM. When my parents were church planters with Eastern Board (now EMM) and Lancaster Conference (now LMC) in northeast Pennsylvania, they were part of a group of church plants that multiplied from Wilkes-Barre Christian Fellowship (out of the Weaverland district of Lancaster Conference.) 

July 9, 2020

Investing wisely

Written by Bethany Tobin

On a blustery afternoon, I grabbed an umbrella as protection from the sun and slid on my flip flops. Leaving my boisterous home-schoolers with my husband, Steve, I walked around the corner to my neighbor’s house. 

June 11, 2020

Christ's transforming love: a statement on racism

Written by EMM Leadership Team

Christ’s transforming love compels us. These are the first five words of our mission statement. We recognize that Christ’s love is not static — it is transformative. This means that we expect Christ’s love to change us to be more like Him. This kind of transformation happens when we approach God with a posture of humility, repentance, and openness to what Jesus might have to show us. 

June 9, 2020

LMC call to prayer

Written by LMC

EMM echoes this call to prayer issued by LMC. Please join us in this prayer challenging all of us to repentance, reconciliation, healing, and peace.

May 13, 2020

Part of a tapestry

Written by Jennifer and Jeremy*

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra O’Connor once wrote a wise statement about how our well-being is reliant on one another. She wrote: “We don’t accomplish anything in the world alone and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that create something.”

May 13, 2020

Caring for others

Written by Kathy Wohlers

A second chance at love brought Jim and me together after both of our spouses passed away from cancer. At our wedding more than 8 years ago, we served our guests communion and told them that as we started our life together, we would be hand-in-hand as husband and wife in service towards others.

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