5,000 Congolese Mennonites in hiding to escape violence

Apr 7, 2017 by , and

Mennonite church members report increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp, an American Mennonite, died on a United Nations peacebuilding...

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Violence comes to church’s doorstep in Congo

Dec 19, 2016 by , and

Sunday morning, Dec. 4, soldiers grabbed a Mennonite pastor as he stepped from his house at the headquarters of the Mennonite Church of Congo in Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The pastor, whose name...

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First woman to direct Congo Bible school

Aug 15, 2016 by and

Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi’s eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called — the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic Republic of Congo. She...

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Sister Care goes to Africa for first time

Jul 25, 2016 by , , , and

KISUMU, Kenya — The first Sister Care seminars in Africa introduced new challenges for co-presenters Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener. Although they have guided about 3,700 women in 15 countries through...

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Burkina Faso community defuses conflict with love

Jun 20, 2016 by , and

In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools and methods described in the New Testament. They draw...

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Indiana Latinos, police pray together

Oct 26, 2015 by , and

ELKHART, Ind. — Gilberto Pérez Jr. didn’t like seeing a routine litany of run-ins between law enforcement officers and his Latino community in northern Indiana, so he did something about it. Speaking at a...

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North Americans, Africans weigh partnerships’ strengths, weaknesses

Aug 10, 2015 by , and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mission partnerships got a report card July 13, and the grade wasn’t always an “A.” Nearly 40 mission practitioners gathered at Silverwood Mennonite Church to discuss best practices for...

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In a reversal of Babel, languages no barrier to building church in Congo

May 11, 2015 by and

A global village came together in February to raise the rafters of a new building that will house Kanzala Mennonite Church in Tshikapa, Congo. Three years ago, high wind and torrential rain destroyed the...

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In Benin, economic empowerment born out of tragedy

Jan 19, 2015 by and

COTONOU, Benin — It took the death of a child to create a community bank that brings more abundant life to many people in Benin. In the early years of the partnership of Mennonite Board of Missions, a...

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Benin school celebrates 30 years

Dec 22, 2014 by , and

Benin Bible Institute, which Mennonites played a role in starting, recently celebrated 30 years of equipping more than 1,000 church leaders in 70 denominations. The theme for the Oct. 16-19 weekend, “Church...

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Burkina Faso thankful as peace returns

Dec 8, 2014 by and

Mennonite leaders in Burkina Faso are thanking God that peace returned quickly after violence led the West African nation’s president to resign. On Oct. 30, protestors marched on the presidential palace and...

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Bible, soccer at Congo camp

Sep 15, 2014 by , and

Nearly 150 Congolese youth traveled from nine provinces to attend the first Bible camp sponsored by the Mennonite Church of Congo July 14-20. For some, it was a journey of several days by boat, transport...

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Serving God the African way

Jul 21, 2014 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — Succession is part of the grand biblical narrative, Anna and Joe Sawatzky told Mennonite Mission Network board members and supporters June 7. They reported on their nine-year assignment in...

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Burkina Faso churches grow with many Easter baptisms

May 26, 2014 by , and

Baptisms have swelled the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso by more than 12 percent. Siaka Traoré, president of the Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, was surprised and pleased by the large number...

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French Connections

May 26, 2014 by and

Hilaire Louis Jean came home from the Democratic Republic of Congo admiring the Mennonites he met there. “I feel that the African Mennonites are more Mennonite than people in Mennonite churches in the...

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Nigeria’s next chapter

Mar 24, 2014 by and

IKOT ADA IDEM, Nigeria — A burning passion to become active in the global Anabaptist community fuels Victor UmoAbasi, national president of Mennonite Church Nigeria, and his...

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At ‘Big House’ in Benin, no one’s called an orphan

Mar 17, 2014 by

ALLADA, Benin — Despite the presence of more than 200 children within the walls of a spacious compound, the ochre-colored-brick buildings and lush greenery exude peace and harmony. It lives up to the name...

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