Stories
February 5, 2015

Size six sneakers

Written by Mary Boll

As we prepared to go to Albania in the spring of 2014, I checked what clothing and shoes we needed to bring. I was told since we would do a lot of walking, having good walking shoes was really important. I had a good pair of size 5½ sneakers but they were a little short; my toes hurt after I wore them even a short time. I decided I would buy size 6 sneakers. One evening my husband Nevin and I went to Weaver's Store in Fivepointville, Pa. I bought a nice pair of white slip-on Skechers with memory foam insoles. They fit great with or without socks. I hesitated about buying them because they cost more than I planned on spending.

February 2, 2015

I knew it was Jesus

Written by Srey Naet as told to Debbie Coats

My name is Srey Naet. I am 15 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in a village in Southeastern Cambodia. My father left my mother many years ago. My mother remarried, but I hardly see her and my stepfather because they both work in Thailand as migrant workers and hardly ever come home. I live with my grandparents. I have a four-year-old sister.

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Growth in unlikely places!

podcastAbandoned 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.

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January 22, 2015

Couple finishes 20 plus years of service with Guatemalan indigenous group

Written by Chris Fretz and Linda Moffett

ALTA VERAPAZ, Guatemala - After living among the K'ekchi' people of north central Guatemala for more than 20 years, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) workers Galen and Phyllis Groff have said goodbye to the community they've called home.

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Sweet rolls and Salaam

podcastWhile handing out bread and rolls to refugees in Germany, one EMM worker has an unexpected conversation about peace.

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 17, 2015.

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January 12, 2015

A quadruple bottom line

Written by EMM staff

Most businesses measure only one bottom line - profit.

Business for transformation measures its impact in four ways - economically, socially, environmentally, and spiritually.

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January 8, 2015

EMM Chile YES team disperses for greater impact

Written by Chris Fretz

CHILOE, Chile - Although YES teams sent by Eastern Mennonite Missions often serve all together in one location, the five-member 2014-2015 Chile YES team is discovering greater impact through dividing the team to serve in several island communities in Chiloe, a region of southern Chile.

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January 8, 2015

Prepared for motherhood

Written by Melissa Zimmerman

Ten years ago, I was blessed to serve on the first YES team sent to a diverse country located in South Asia. As an adventurous 18-year-old, I never assumed those five months of life-changing experiences would still be impacting me today in my role as a full-time wife and mother.

January 5, 2015

From Missionary Messenger magazine: A beautiful mess

Written by Dan Rice

Nauseous. That's how I was feeling as we navigated the three-hour journey from Tirana to Korce. I don't usually experience motion sickness, but perhaps the lack of sleep and dehydration of my 20-hour journey from Lancaster, Pa., to Albania was now taking its toll. Or perhaps it was the terrible pasta I had on my flight.

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God is at work, even in our weakness

podcastWe want to be in control; we want to be successful. But sometimes God has other things to teach us. Through illnesses and disappointments, 5 EMM workers choose to trust God and see where He is at work.

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 3, 2015.

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