Mennonite Disaster Service closes all projects

Mar 30, 2020 by and

LITITZ, Pa. — Mennonite Disaster Service has closed all current projects and suspended all summer programs due to COVID-19. “It has been a turbulent and challenging time for all of us at MDS, as it has for...

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Coronavirus sparks creativity

Mar 30, 2020 by and

The people who came on Sunday, March 22, to Mellinger Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., never got out of their cars. Pastors Roger Weaver and Dan Cloyd offered drive-through prayer in the carport...

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Paraguay’s president visits farmers in western Chaco

Mar 30, 2020 by

LOMA PLATA, Paraguay — Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez and other political leaders visited Mennonite farms and attended the inauguration of a health post, a school expansion, a new road and a bridge...

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Virus pandemic impacts MCC

Mar 26, 2020 by

Precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus during the global COVID-19 pandemic create significant impacts on the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Nearly every thrift store that raises funds to support...

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Canada’s curling clergy put faith, fellowship on ice

Mar 23, 2020 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — David Martin couldn’t catch a break. Even when he made a perfect shot, his opponent caught a lucky bounce and beat him. Things went so bad, his teammates started quoting the Psalms. “You...

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Clergy unite for mothers and activists who took over vacant house

Mar 23, 2020 by and

LOS ANGELES — Activists, clergy and residents gathered March 15 to pray for a group of mothers and housing activists known as “The Reclaimers” after they took over a vacant, state-owned property as a...

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Anabaptist World seeks executive director

Mar 23, 2020 by and

A search has begun for an executive director to lead Anabaptist World Inc., the independent journalistic ministry being formed by The Mennonite Inc. and Mennonite World Review Inc., presenting a unique...

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The Sunday when worship went virtual

Mar 23, 2020 by and

The pews were empty. But the Word was preached, hymns sung, prayers said. In a scene that played out around kitchen tables and in living rooms across North America, Mennonites didn’t let the coronavirus stop...

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MWC visitors hear a call for prayer in Burkina Faso

Mar 23, 2020 by and

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso — Terrorist attacks have displaced 700,000 people in this West African nation. Many say what they most need is prayer. “Only God can help us find a solution. It will not come...

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EMM worker and his students shaped African theology

Mar 23, 2020 by , and

Donald R. Jacobs, a missionary educator for 20 years in East Africa, where he was the last American Mennonite bishop in Tanzania and founded a Mennonite theological college, died Feb. 11 in Leola, Pa. He was...

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Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Amish have complicated relationship with nature, climate change

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Drive through the farmlands of Lancaster County, Pa., or Holmes County, Ohio, avoiding the frequent horse-drawn buggies, and you may get the impression that the Amish practice a wholesome, back-to-nature...

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MCC helps refugees access clean water in Chad

Mar 16, 2020 by and

With a series of quick, practiced strokes, Aïchatou Hamidou clears the area around a newly built latrine with a long broom made from dry grass. After the trash and waste are swept into a tidy pile and safely...

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Falling brick shows decline of Scottdale landmark, former publishing house

Mar 16, 2020 by

SCOTTDALE, Pa. — No one was injured when a portion of the brick facade fell from the former Mennonite Publishing House building Feb. 19. Several hundred bricks rained down on Walnut Street from the former...

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Coronavirus prompts organizations to make changes

Mar 11, 2020 by and

Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite World Conference is canceling an international gathering in British Columbia. Mennonite Disaster Service is closing all projects....

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Deportation withdrawn for woman in sanctuary

Mar 9, 2020 by and

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz admits there were days she wanted to stay in bed and hide under the covers. For nearly two years the Honduran native took sanctuary from deportation at Church...

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Merger to create ‘Anabaptist World’

Mar 9, 2020 by and

The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review are announcing the name of the independent, multiplatform journalistic ministry they are creating: Anabaptist World. The new ministry’s platforms will include a new...

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Nigerian Brethren mother church burned in attack by Boko Haram

Mar 9, 2020 by

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the town of Garkida, the birthplace of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, on Feb. 21. The militants burned a number of buildings, including the mother church of the...

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Inexplicable terrorism, unshakable faith

Mar 9, 2020 by and

Here in Burkina Faso, we have been confronted with terrorist attacks for more than four years. It is an inexplicable situation, because no one has claimed responsibility. The government has turned to all parts...

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More precious than gold

Mar 9, 2020 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — At the first North American event celebrating the centennial of Mennonite Central Committee, Tabor College unveiled a treasure from MCC’s history. A wooden case on the stage of the Shari...

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Illinois pastors allowed to officiate same-sex marriages

Mar 2, 2020 by and

After a same-sex wedding tested the limits of ambiguity in Illinois Mennonite Conference policies, delegates voted to allow pastors to officiate such weddings at the conference’s annual business meeting Feb....

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Indigenous believers in Ecuador seek Anabaptist identity

Mar 2, 2020 by and

Clever Mashiant and Sofia Gualinga, Shuar indigenous leaders in Ecuador’s Amazon region, asked mission workers Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer, “How can we become Mennonites?” The question arose after they...

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Visitors see how Cuban house churches thrive

Mar 2, 2020 by and

EL CAFETAL, Cuba — They have swept the dirt outside the house in anticipation of our visit to this impoverished village. Sixteen Anabaptist Christians from the United States and Canada have come to Cuba to...

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Acquainted with grief, woman helps the displaced

Mar 2, 2020 by and

In 2016 and 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region was devastated by an armed conflict. Rebel militias gathered around a traditional chief, Kamuina Nsapu, to fight against the central...

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Archive’s new radio program digs into history

Feb 24, 2020 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — In 1927, Johannes Dyck escaped with his wife and nine children from the former Soviet Union. Exit visas were hard to obtain, and Mennonite emigrants like the Dycks were not allowed to take...

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