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Holdeman tracts sow gospel’s seeds

By and on Jun 18, 2018 in Feature, Featured, Latest Issue | 0 comments

William Brandt replaces a tract rack he had left a few months ago at a business in a Chicago suburb. — Rachel Stella/MWR

CHICAGO — From the outside, it looks like an ordinary suburban home in Elk Grove Village. In fact, it’s a missionary base for the only conservative Mennonite outreach in the Chicago area. In February, William and Margaret Brandt of Halstead, Kan., began their third year of tract distribution for the Gospel Tract and Bible Society, a mission agency of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, also known as Holdeman. They’re the society’s first full-time workers in Chicago, driving around 2,000 miles per month and distributing nearly 1.2...

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Beyond our fears

By on Jun 18, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Anxiety affects nearly one-third of the U.S. population, making it the most common mental-health disorder. Youth particularly feel its crushing weight. Record numbers of college students are seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. Among teen­agers, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason to seek counseling. There’s a growing sense that social media fuels the anxiety epidemic. Relentless comparisons with peers magnify feelings of inadequacy. Constant exposure to others’ apparent happiness builds impossible...

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Understanding ‘seekers’

By on Jun 18, 2018 in Editorial, Latest Issue | 0 comments

An interesting group of people who can be found at conservative Anabaptist events are those who have no Mennonite (or Brethren or Hutterite or Amish) background but want to join a plain church group. They’re called “seekers,” and they’ve begun to organize conventions of their own. At the first “Seekers Gathering,” April 27-29 in McVeytown, Pa., longtime seeker David Bercot expressed frustration at how difficult it had been for him to find Christians who rejected participation in war but held conservative interpretations of the...

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‘Father’ cherished

By on Jun 18, 2018 in Latest Issue, Letters | 1 comment

I would like to give a standing ovation to Tim Bentch for “Yes, God Is Our Father” (June 4). Having a distant father, with whom I never had a conversation, calling God “Father” was difficult. But over time I came to treasure naming God as Father, because it meant I was personally cared for. It was this personal touch that allowed me to heal my emotions toward my earthly father. I cherish the biblical wording. Tim Davis Aurora,...

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Group seeks forgiveness for trauma of Münster

By , and on Jun 11, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 2 comments

A litany of repentance in St. Lambert’s Church in Müenster included, from left, Jörg Hagemann, Keith Blank, Andrea Lange, Jacob Schiere and Ulf Schlier. — David Peters

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 Catholic gathering in Germany that included participation by an international group of Anabaptists in the city that still carries the scars of a nearly 500-year-old conflict. Katholikentag (Catholic Days) drew more than 40,000 Catholics to Münster May 9-13, providing the setting for healing meetings between Anabaptists and Catholics. The...

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Mennonites mark 60 years in Belize

By and on Jun 11, 2018 in Feature, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Tina Dueck and her family enjoy a picnic at the Mennonite Beach on the Belize River in Spanish Lookout, where the first Mennonite settlers from Chihuahua, Mexico, crossed the Belize River. — Gary Smucker

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 purchased to make into farms. Today, the drive to Mennonite Beach in Spanish Lookout passes fertile fields of beans and corn and cattle in pastureland. This year is the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Mennonites in Belize and the settlement in Spanish Lookout. The first settlers cleared the land and built homes, churches and schools. Many...

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U.N. workers killed in Congo honored with medals

By and on Jun 11, 2018 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres lays a wreath at a ceremony honoring fallen peacekeepers June 1 at the UN headquarters in New York City. — Mark Garten/UN

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations who was killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, was awarded the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal on June 1 in New York City in recognition of service to the U.N. The medal was created by the U.N Security Council in 1997 to honor military, police or civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving with a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Also receiving the honor was his colleague Zaida Catalan, who was also killed while the two were leading a U.N. investigation...

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Book review: ‘Congo Shadows’

By on Jun 4, 2018 in Book Review, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

"Congo Shadows"

The story of the Democratic Republic of Congo casts a long, disturbing shadow. The legacy of colonialism thrusts malevolent roots into the kingdoms of the Congo basin, which sustains the second largest country in Africa. Congo’s tragic history towers over most other stories of colonialism, exploitation, human sacrifice and chronic chaos. The March 2017 deaths of United Nations workers Michael J. Sharp, Zaida Catalan and Betu Tshintela in Congo have called people with Africa on their hearts and peacemaking in their souls to reread history and...

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Bible: Blinded by wealth

By on Jun 4, 2018 in Bible, Columns, Latest Issue | 0 comments

Ted Grimsrud

Jesus engaged in numerous conflicts and controversies, leading ultimately to his crucifixion. The Pharisees were his most prominent adversaries. We should note that Jesus often took the fight to the Pharisees. The conflict was definitely two-sided. Why was the struggle so intense? What did the Pharisees have against Jesus? And what did he have against them? We might be helped in applying these stories to our world to think of the Pharisees as standing in for religious leaders in various times and places, including Christian leaders. Our...

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Miller: Things are rarely what they seem

By on Jun 4, 2018 in Columns, Latest Issue, Miller: Properties of Light | 0 comments

Lucinda J. Miller

I recently visited China with my younger brother Chad and returned home with a wealth of sensations and memories. China is a country both traditional and modern, atheistic and Christian, wealthy and poor, respectful and brutal, old and new. It is, above all things, complex. Here are a few of my experiences: We visit the Global Center in Chengdu, all marble and gold glistening under lights, millennials surging past in name brands and trendy outfits, our eyes following the contours of the building up and up and up. We ride to the top floor rink...

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