Pregnancy center wages ‘spiritual battle for life’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

Growing up in a Christian home, Kerri Porter had never considered abortion an option. But when she became pregnant at 19, an abortion was the first thing she wanted. “I was very angry when I found out [I was...

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‘Come as you are’ — and meaning it

Jan 30, 2017 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Raymond Gephart grew up in a family plagued by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. His two older sisters were put into foster care. Today, 58-year-old Gephart lives in Lancaster with his new...

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Prisoner, pastor find deeper connection to God together

Jan 9, 2017 by and

NEWTON, Kan. — The first time J.R. Cady met Mennonites, he was in prison at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to suicidal depression, he was sent there for psychological tests as part of his...

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Honduras report: Strong families start with the kids

Jan 2, 2017 by and

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Pastor Porfirio Zelaya Rubio gestured to the street outside the front door of Iglesia Menonita Sion (Zion Mennonite Church). He spoke in a quiet voice, not wanting to draw the...

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Moabites, bonnets and pleas for help

Dec 27, 2016 by

Millions of people will never pick up a book about Mennonites or enter a Mennonite church. But they will visit thirdway.com to get a glimpse of what Mennonites are about. Erwin and Angela Rempel, who...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Birthday wish multiplies joy of giving

Nov 29, 2016 by and

Months before her 60th birthday, Karen Kreider Yoder sat with family around the table discussing how to celebrate. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t just for me,” she said. “I wanted to do...

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Australians speak for the stranger

Oct 24, 2016 by and

Christian activists in Australia repeatedly risk arrest when they call attention to the plight of asylum-seekers suffering mistreatment in indefinite detention. One of the activists is Matt Anslow, vice...

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Armless Archer inspires

Oct 10, 2016 by and

Matt Stutzman was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a world-class athlete. Stutzman, of Fairfield, Iowa, returned home in September from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de...

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Youth keep school-kit tradition going strong

Sep 20, 2016 by and

McPHERSON, Kan. — Berg­thal Mennonite Church has passed into history, but its spirit of service lives. Two of its youngest former members have taken the lead in keeping the legacy going. They’ve revived...

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U.K. reveals Anabaptism without baggage

Sep 12, 2016 by and

What does “Anabaptist” look like when you strip off the Mennonite clothing? That’s the question Joe Miller, lead pastor of Mellinger Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., set out to answer. After hearing...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

Sep 12, 2016 by , and

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since...

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New York pastor begins 780-mile prayer walk

Aug 10, 2016 by

On Aug. 7, Pastor Al Taylor of Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem, N.Y., headed west, on foot, toward Paterson, N.J. — a 20-mile trek from his starting point in Manhattan but just the first leg of a 34-day...

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Serving with Choctaw, couple have seen prejudice, progress

Aug 1, 2016 by and

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A bullet tore through the home of Glenn and Emma Myers. It punctured the frame of a bed set against an outside wall. The shooting happened in 1967 in Philadelphia, the heart of civil-rights...

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Satire news site pokes fun at Mennonite quirks

Jul 4, 2016 by and

The headlines seem too preposterous to be true: “Donald Trump proposes gigantic wall to keep out the Mennonites.” “New policy seen as ‘attack’ on traditional Mennonite...

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Maryland church celebrates 30 years of LGBTQ inclusion

Jun 29, 2016 by

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Hyatts­ville Mennonite Church celebrated 30 years of welcome to LGBTQ people on June 12. More than 170 members and friends gathered to mark Hyattsville’s anniversary of official...

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From refugee to sponsor: a 40-year journey

Jun 27, 2016 by and

As a 5-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now. A life as a doctor in Canada. A life where she is...

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Low German Bible school occupies unique niche

Jun 20, 2016 by and

As far as its administrators and students are aware, Steinreich Bible School in northern Mexico is the only educational institution in the world that teaches about the Bible in Plautdietsch, or Low German. The...

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Legacy of a South American Mennonite state

Apr 18, 2016 by and

EBENFELD, Paraguay — Rain woke me in the night. The roar on the tin roof drowned out the frogs, if any were still singing. Only the thrashing of palms cut across the downpour. In the morning I learned that...

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For Amish, long trip to chiropractor can be fun

Apr 11, 2016 by and

CANISTOTA, S.D. — It’s a common site in Old Order Amish communities: blue dresses, black pants and white socks on a clothesline billowing in a brisk, early spring wind. But this clothesline and its...

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Eggs symbolize lasting impact in West Bank

Mar 14, 2016 by and

BEIT JALA, West Bank — Say the word “Mennonite” here and the first thing many people think of is eggs. At least 2,000 “Mennonite eggs” a day are produced at an open-sided chicken barn on the campus...

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As rural life changes, a church lets go of the past

Feb 29, 2016 by and

In its heyday, First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., saw between 400 and 500 people fill its pews and balcony on a Sunday morning. Built in 1955-56, it was the home of a General Conference Mennonite...

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German history center continuing to preserve, analyze

Feb 9, 2016 by and

The next chapter for the German Mennonite Historical Society is chronicling steps to modernize the group’s research center while digging deeper into the past. In October, University of Regensburg history...

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More drawn to sharing cost of health care

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Health-care sharing has become an attractive option for many people since the Affordable Care Act came into effect in the U.S., but it’s an arrangement many conservative Anabaptists have had long...

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Blogging duo crafts their way onto ‘Rachael Ray Show’

Jan 4, 2016 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — What is the secret to a superb apple pie, worthy of featuring on The Rachael Ray Show? Two tablespoons of French apple brandy, homemade caramel sauce and a blog enterprise run by two...

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