Converts become leaders of growing Garifuna network

Dec 3, 2018 by and

NEW YORK — When Omar Guzman came from Honduras to New York City the month after 9/11, he was an unbeliever, imprisoned by a lifestyle that brought emptiness and despair. His wife, Tania, had moved to the...

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New York’s new generation

Dec 3, 2018 by and

NEW YORK — For 39-year-old Moises Angustia, there is no such luxury as coming home from his day job as a social worker to recline in an easy chair. Like many of his ministry peers in their 40s, Angustia does...

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Leaders set example of forgiveness in Honduras

Dec 3, 2018 by and

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Leaders of the Amor Viviente (Living Love) and Centro Cristiano Internacional churches met Nov. 14 in an act of reconciliation and mutual forgiveness. They embraced in the presence of...

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Colombians pray with rebels who’ve laid down their weapons

Nov 19, 2018 by and

BOGOTA, Colombia — The group stood in a prayer circle, holding hands. Some of the hands, figuratively, were likely bloody. They were the hands of guerrillas — high-ranking, longtime members of FARC, the...

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Ex-members of ultra-traditional groups share stories

Oct 8, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Leaving a highly traditional religious community can exact a high price, but for many participants in a recent conference, the costs of remaining were even higher. Although most of the...

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Immigrants find refuge in Texas congregations

Sep 17, 2018 by and

DALLAS and HOUSTON — When her extended family lost their business in Guatemala because of gang extortion, Bony traveled across Mexico to the Rio Grande River with her 3-year-old daughter, Mily. To evade...

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In Congo, literacy opens doors, including gospel

Sep 10, 2018 by and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — More than 200 teachers have received training in Evangelization Through Literacy initiated by female leaders of three Mennonite denominations. The new teachers are...

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Kansas congregation celebrates building expansion

Aug 27, 2018 by and

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Anne Bailey had waited for years for the moment on Aug. 12 when Peace Mennonite Church dedicated its expanded building, filling worshipers with goose-bump awe over the lively acoustics. As...

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Camps offer faith-building respite

Aug 13, 2018 by and

If Mennonite camping were only about camping, Andrew Michaels would pack up and go home. But since it’s about connecting people to Christ, he remains all in. Michaels directs Camp Luz in Orrville, Ohio, one...

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New York City skateboarders receive a blessing

Jun 26, 2018 by and

NEW YORK — Blessings abounded at the inaugural “Blessing of the Skateboards” outdoor worship service of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship on June 17. Those blessed included about a dozen youth who skated...

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Group seeks forgiveness for trauma of Münster

Jun 11, 2018 by , and

MÜNSTER, Germany — An unprecedented time of forgiveness came in May to the site of a notorious and violent Anabaptist uprising. A litany of healing and exchanges of understanding were part of a national...

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Mennonites mark 60 years in Belize

Jun 11, 2018 by and

Sixty years ago, Mennonites from Chihua­hua, Mexico, crossed the Belize River and landed at a flat area now called the Mennonite Beach. What the settlers saw in 1958 was a dense rain forest on land they...

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Beekeepers learn about caring for creation, community

Mar 19, 2018 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Two co-workers at Mennonite Mission Network have discovered that even with a full-time “city job,” beekeeping is a great way to keep the boy on the farm. Several years ago, when former...

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Still BIC but no longer Brethren

Oct 30, 2017 by and

The Canadian BIC has swapped a noun for a verb. After years as the Brethren in Christ, the 67-congregation Anabaptist denomination has renamed itself the Be in Christ Church of Canada. The change, which had...

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Yoders celebrate 300 years in America

Oct 9, 2017 by and

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. — Perhaps no other name is as closely linked with the American Mennonite and Amish faiths than Yoder. It’s the 598th most common last name in the United States, according to the U.S....

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Tons of clothes await fun-loving volunteers

Sep 18, 2017 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — The payoff for a four-hour weekly round-trip to volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee comes in the joy of service, fun and fellowship. Every Wednesday, some of the volunteers get up...

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Hutterite elder sought progress, lamented division

Sep 5, 2017 by and

Jacob Kleinsasser, a Hutterite elder whose broad vision for the betterment of Hutterite society included embracing education as a positive force, died Aug. 8 at Crystal Spring Hutterite Community in Manitoba....

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Guatemalan seminary leader knows Jesus heals

Jun 12, 2017 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Willi Hugo Perez was 10 years old when he lost his father. During Guate­mala’s 36-year civil war, Marco Tulio Perez was accused of being a communist, tortured in front of his family and...

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Freeman Academy confronts its rural challenges

May 1, 2017 by and

FREEMAN, S.D. — The clanging and clinking of plates, cutlery, pots and pans. The metallic hum of the sausage grinder. The sizzle of New Year’s cookies in the fryer. The wafting strains of music. The...

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Latin Americans learn conflict-response skills

Apr 10, 2017 by and

A Mennonite Brethren leader from Panama described why he was taking a course at SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City. “Our pastor was killed because of conflict over his...

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