SALUNGA, Pa. – Angie Breneman began serving as Discipleship Trainer at Eastern Mennonite Missions on March 2, 2015. Breneman will work at equipping congregations in discipleship and mission, with a special focus on youth and young adults. She will also coordinate pre-field orientation, training, and post-field de-briefing for short-term workers.
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." -- Ecclesiastes 3:1
I am not the same person I was when, as a nineteen-year-old, I went into YES. I remember the hot summer training in Baltimore, language study in Antigua, and outreach in Guatemala City.
NEW YORK CITY, New York – The Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been working to assist numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived in New York since June 2014. To date they have assisted approximately 140 families, helping them with food, clothing, legal assistance, and travel fare to legal and medical appointments.
"A wise person changes his/her mind, but a fool never does.” This is one of many sayings that I recall from my parents. It continues to guide me and helps me better understand life. Not all mind changes indicate wisdom, but neither is wisdom indicated by refusing to be open to the Spirit, conversations with others, or personal observation.
EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in inner city Baltimore.
In this issue:
From the president's heart
"His purpose was for the nations to seek after God ..." -- Acts 17:27 (NLT) (Click to view photos)
No longer trusting in magic (click here to read)
EMM workers Jack and Julia* experience God moving in Asia.
Vision within reach (click here to read)
An update on the water filter business in Asia.
Fighting the ugly secret (click here to read)
Chilean couple, Ricardo Ibaceta and Eliana Medina, continue their puppet ministry to prevent sexual abuse.
On our radar (click here to read)
EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014.
Striding forward (click here to read)
PROMESA, a bilingual Christian school in Cusco, Peru, paid off the purchase of land for expansion of the school!
Learning English, experiencing love
Summer English camp hosted by Gehman Mennonite Church.
A sweet influence (click here to read)
An after-school program in rural Cambodia expanded into two new villages in 2014.
A Luke 14 birthday party
A birthday party morphs into a Luke 14 banquet.
EMM workers share about their privilege of working with several of EMM's international mission partners.
A phenomenal job (click here to read)
Mennonite pastor and church planter George Nyaundi has worked for peace in Sotik, Kenya since December 2007.
Graduates! (click here to read)
The first graduates of the Vietnam Mennonite Church's four-year Bachelor of Theology class walked in November 2014!
EMM workers Joe and Gloria Bontrager reflect on their first two years serving in Tanzania.
Cornelius experiences (click here to read)
Over seven years of prayer, language study, developing deep relationships, and fully investing in work and life in a local community, God is transforming lives.
Abandoned houses and broken people are both meant to be dwelling places for life. Growth can appear in the most unlikely places! See how a YES team in Baltimore is finding growth and hope in an urban environment.
Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
EMM's Kingdom Teams (or K-Teams) offer groups of North American youth/young adults the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural mission within a local context for one week during the summer. Kingdom Teams will be accompanied by EMM staff, who will lead them in discipleship training and application of what they have learned through cross-cultural outreach and service. Groups of youth/young adults must be accompanied by a group leader and at least one adult chaperone for every six youth participants.
2020 Kingdom Teams dates
Participants will stay in a community setting near their Lancaster outreach location.
K-Teams will serve refugees and immigrants in Lancaster alongside local community partners involved with the large refugee population. In collaboration with various community groups, K-Teams will work with newly arrived refugee youth in a summer school program, helping them practice their English skills and gain confidence in relating to others. Outreach activities may include serving refugee children and youth through clubs, crafts, tutoring, English conversation activities, sports and games, and other activities that build community and evidence the love of Christ. Outreach is generally from 12–3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
In addition to giving and serving in this ministry context, K-Team participants will also have the opportunity to be filled. Each day starts by being grounded in the word of God through group Bible study. K-Teams will learn and grow together as a group and individually in their journey with Christ as they participate in interactive and engaging discipleship sessions. Other activities may include prayer walks, cultural learning experiences, team-building experiences, or service projects.
For more information contact Krista Martin.
Want a Kingdom Team experience outside of your local context? VidaNet, a Costa Rican discipleship network, has a program similar to Kingdom Teams called “Vida Missions.” Learn more about Vida Missions here.