January 27, 2020

A year’s wages

Written by Betsy Stewart

Obedience is rarely what I think. When I say yes to God, I assume the story will take a particular turn or that He is concerned about a specific outcome, only to find new and different treasures He has in store for me. Maybe this is why obedience may cause confusion, disorientation, and pain. But it also brings beauty.

January 16, 2020

Remembering P. T. Yoder, preacher first, doctor second

Written by Micah Brickner

SALUNGA, Pa. — Paul Timothy (P. T.) Yoder Sr. passed away at the age of 91 on December 16, 2019. Yoder and his wife, Daisy, served as missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) from 1956 to 1977.

January 7, 2020

Honoring Richard A. Showalter, a humble stalwart in the faith

Written by Micah Brickner and Linda Moffett

SALUNGA, Pa. On December 14, 2019, the Lord welcomed home his faithful servant, Richard A. Showalter. Having served as the sixth president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) from 1994 to 2011, Showalter left a lasting legacy on both the organization he served and the Global Anabaptist church. 

SAN JERÓNIMO, Peru — While Quechua culture has garnered the attention of American audiences with the recent film “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” one Mennonite school in Peru has worked quietly to educate Peruvian children and protect their culture for nearly 15 years. 

BISHOFTU, Ethiopia — Standing in one of the regional offices of the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), the church’s former president, Tewodros Beyene introduced several LMC leaders to the church’s administrative staff. He explained that the LMC delegation had come to listen to MKC.

August 15, 2019

Record-setting youth group leads camp in Lebanon

Written by Micah Brickner

LEBANON, Pa. After one very long day on the road, having traveled more than 900 miles, the record-setting youth group from Kalona (Iowa) Mennonite Church arrived in Lebanon on Sunday, July 28.

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — On July 13, 2019, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) held its annual missions and culture event at the Hans Herr House and Museum, drawing an estimated 1,600 visitors to Global Fair. Attendees had opportunities to hear a number of international performers on the fair’s new World Stage and to interact with EMM workers and community organizations, purchase food, or play kids games at more than 50 stands representing about 30 different cultures.

July 26, 2019

Tanzania Mennonite college brings fresh water to neighbors

Written by Micah Brickner

MUSOMA, Tanzania — Shouting, singing, and celebration resounded throughout the village. Water came flowing into tanks from Lake Victoria, which is just to the north of the Mennonite Theological College of East Africa (MTCEA). Acting Principal John Wambura recalled people in the village declaring, “God is back in Nyabange Mission.” 

June 14, 2019

Around the world in four hours at EMM’s Global Fair

Written by Linda Moffett

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — A limited budget or scant vacation time doesn’t have to mean a dismal summer. In fact, you can go around the world in just 4 hours at the 24th annual Global Fair on July 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hans Herr House and Museum in Willow Street, Pa.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — A father and his young child sat together in a quiet and removed location. While other conference attendees enjoyed their lunches, the father worked to lull his irascible child to sleep. 

April 1, 2019

Christian-Muslim relations books encourage dialogue in the Horn of Africa

Written by Joyce Maxwell and Micah Brickner

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Two books from “The Christians Meeting Muslims Series” are making new inroads for Christian-Muslim relations in Ethiopia and Somalia.

SALUNGA, Pa. — Rhoda M. Sauder, 83, a pioneer and career missionary, passed into eternity on March 23, 2019, in Ephrata, Pa. Rhoda and her late husband, James Sauder, served with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) for 30 years.

SHIRATI, Tanzania — In mid-February, 50 Tanzania Mennonite church leaders, under the guidance of Palmer Becker, a Canadian Mennonite author and teacher, studied spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and Anabaptist essentials using the translated publication, “Begin Anew: Christian Discipleship Seminars.”

March 15, 2019

EMM appoints Lorri Bentch as new Mission Team director

Written by Micah Brickner

Gerry Keener, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), is pleased to announce that Lorri Bentch has been appointed as the Mission Team director. Bentch will begin employment on April 3, providing leadership to 111 global workers serving in 33 countries, including regional representatives, and five Central Administrative Office staff members.

AKRON, Pa. — Twelve people were gathered closely in a circle as Yvonne Garber uttered a simple Swahili phrase: “Mungu Anajua.” Garber then shared the translation of this short expression — “God knows” — as she and her husband, Joe, elaborated about how they first discerned a calling to serve the Tanzania Mennonite Church: Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (KMT).

February 27, 2019

2018 annual report

This annual report is an overview of EMM’s work in 2018. It provides glimpses of the major events that happened in each of the 12 regions where EMM workers are serving, introduces you to the people working in each region, and shows how EMM funds were allocated throughout the year. For a more in-depth look at EMM’s vision for each region of the world and the work taking place there, visit Stay updated on EMM’s work through news releases, feature stories, podcasts, photo galleries, and more at Thank you for taking the time to engage with EMM’s mission!

February 21, 2019

The nuts and bolts of opening doors in Nairobi

Written by Joyce Maxwell

NAIROBI, Kenya — A little more than a decade and a half ago, Bud and Shari Yordy owned and ran a hardware store in central Illinois. Responding to an urging they felt came from God, they started to actively seek out volunteer opportunities.

February 18, 2019

Authors to “forge” peace at Lancaster church

Written by Andrew Mashas, Eastern Mennonite Missions, and Brook Musselman, Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA

LANCASTER, Pa. Authors Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin will forge guns into garden tools as they release their new book “Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence.” On the first day of their book release tour, March 9, at 6 p.m., Claiborne and Martin will be at Neffsville Mennonite Church in Lancaster.

February 12, 2019

My first Garifuna song

Written by Tim Groff

It’s no surprise that learning a new language is difficult. But add to that task the challenge of trying to learn an endangered language with no official written component that is spoken by only an estimated 200,000 people worldwide — and it seems overwhelming! Where to begin? EMM worker Tim Groff begins by singing.

February 8, 2019

Off the page and into hearts

Written by Glenna Sollenberger

Ethnomusicology is the study of musical styles and their respective cultures around the world. As an ethnomusicologist, EMM worker Glenna Sollenberger is passionate about helping every culture understand the Scriptures in ways that are meaningful to them. Glenna invites you to explore mission work through music among five different people groups.

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