LMC seeks stronger global links

New relationship-building model begins with delegates assigned to 4 of 23 countries where LMC has partners

AKRON, Pa. — Twelve people gathered closely in a circle as Yvonne Garber uttered a Swahili phrase: Mungu Anajua. Garber then shared the translation — “God knows” — as she and her husband, Joe, elaborated...

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MCC has led the way to resettle refugees in Canada

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee since it negotiated a historic agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. The agreement established the framework for...

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Denver church an intercultural effort

Pastoral couple from Mexico part of bigger conference ties

A Denver area congregation’s efforts to be intercultural go far beyond being merely multicultural. Rather than a collection of cultures and identities tolerating each other but lacking mutual roots...

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Low German speakers seen in need of gospel

As the world’s influences impact communities, doors open for evangelism, too

Many Low German-speaking Mennonites have had little access to the outside world, but times are changing, and a new network wants to capitalize while it can. The goal is to evangelize Low German-speaking people who,...

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MCC projects support healthier students in Burundi

Families are stronger after some students used to go days without eating

NYANGUNGU, Burundi — Gaudence Nzotungandushe’s family faced many challenges before a local school started its health project. “Sometimes life is not easy for us, but it was very hard in the past,” she said,...

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MC USA to revisit Membership Guidelines

HESSTON, Kan. — Mennonite Church USA is considering changes to its Membership Guidelines. Policy and practice no longer match, leaving people dissatisfied on issues of sexuality and inclusion. The Constituency...

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Eyes that watch over us

Idaho-Colombia sister-church relationship has flourished for 20 years

BOISE, Idaho — Though it’s in a remote part of southern Colombia, Puerto Asis Church of God doesn’t go unnoticed. “There are only two pairs of eyes that watch over us here in Puerto Asis: God and Hyde Park...

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Land of the Kanza

Descendant of immigrants gives portion from sale of family land to indigenous heritage society

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Until a retired Mennonite pastor came along, Kanza tribal records indicated it had never happened before. No landowner had ever given something back to the Kanza people, also known as the Kaw...

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Dancing in the street, Africans celebrate God’s faithfulness

Churches in Burkina Faso, Nigeria mark anniversaries

More Mennonites worship in Africa than on any other continent. In this epicenter of Ana­baptist witness, Mennonites in Nigeria and Burkina Faso celebrated anniversaries last fall. Mennonite Church Nigeria...

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Nigerian Brethren rise from loss

Persecution brings growth as church survives trauma

When Joel S. Billi became president of the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria in 2016, the Boko Haram insurgency was beginning to wane. People were returning home to face their losses, including staff displaced...

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Anabaptists: best supporting actors

Zwingli is the leading man in a new Swiss film, but Manz and Grebel — at first his allies, then his adversaries — play key roles

A new film dramatizing the life of Reformation leader Ulrich Zwingli is giving moviegoers a chance to see early Swiss Anabaptist leaders on the big screen — as long as they can get to Switzerland. The Reformer:...

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West Africans celebrate first credentialed leaders

Mennonite Church West Africa advanced its mission to establish Anabaptist churches in three nations on the Atlantic coast when it celebrated the ordination of its first credentialed leaders. More than 200 people,...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

Memory of ‘Great Trek’ Mennonites who lived among Muslims in Central Asia from 1880s to 1930s is preserved

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go on...

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Bearing a light yoke

When we learn from each other, burdens get lighter

Jesus gives light burdens. He says so after telling his followers to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Then he adds, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”...

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Kreider helped start thriving thrift shop network

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Lois Kreider, who helped develop the first U.S. Mennonite thrift stores and was among the first Mennonite Central Committee workers in Europe after World War II, died Jan. 31 in North Newton....

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From persecution to reconciliation

Menno-Hof information center in Indiana highlights relations with Lutherans, Catholics, Reformed

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Persecution of Anabaptists in the 16th century by Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed churches created centuries of mutual mistrust and suspicion. In the last 30 years, however, these churches...

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