Articles

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.

January 27, 2017

Chilean child abuse prevention ministry travels to Peru

Written by Emily Jones

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.

January 19, 2017

Christian/Muslim peacemakers and refugee crisis in Germany

Written by Emily Jones and Tammy Evans

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.”

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.

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