Film gives refugees a voice

Apr 13, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — John Ens was just 9 years old when he boarded the Dutch passenger ship Volendam in 1947 for a voyage to freedom and safety. Right from birth, Ens, a member of McIvor Mennonite Breth­ren...

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Libraries spring up in Bolivia colonies

Apr 13, 2020 by and

While access to reading material is easy to take for granted in North America, it’s not so simple for Mennonites living in remote colonies in Bolivia. In response to a growing interest in reading among Low...

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Given a chance to study, young widow perseveres

Apr 13, 2020 by , and

KALONDA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Behind the quiet, strong presence of Tshiela Kalonji at Kalonda Bible Institute lies a story of determination to study for Christian ministry despite many hardships. A...

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Messy Church helps kids, adults have good clean fun

Apr 13, 2020 by and

Some say cleanliness is next to godliness, but others are finding the opposite approach might do an even better job of connecting people with God. Messy Church is a relatively new international network that...

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MCC: in giving, we have received

Apr 9, 2020 by

It is in giving that we receive. — St. Francis of Assisi They who lose their lives shall find them. — Jesus of Nazareth While much of the Mennonite Central Committee centennial celebration is focused on...

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Service Adventure units close; MVS units make changes

Apr 6, 2020 by and

Mennonite Mission Network COVID-19 precautions have resulted in significant shifts among the organization’s five Christian Service programs, including the closure of all Service Adventure units for the...

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Conversion versions

Apr 6, 2020 by

John Stoner’s “Apostles Re- Examined” only tells part of the story about Paul. Stoner cites the blinding-light conversion story as told by Luke in Acts 9 to support his opinion that the church is wrong...

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Online-only congregation draws growing interest

Apr 6, 2020 by and

As churches respond to the spread of coronavirus by shifting temporarily to online worship, one Anabaptist congregation has been exclusively in that position for years. Living Stream Church of the Brethren is...

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May God repay the many who deserve thanks

Apr 6, 2020 by

I stand amazed at the sacrifices made on our behalf amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Front-line health-care workers are like the soldiers of other times: willing to sacrifice their well-being, maybe to the point of...

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Support sought as Tanzania hospital prepares for spread of coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020 by

A Mennonite-run hospital in East Africa is preparing to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic. The first case of COVID-19 in Tanzania was confirmed March 16 after an individual traveled to the nation from...

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That Which Is

Apr 6, 2020 by

“God Controls the Weather,” about Amish skepticism of human-caused climate change, brought back memories of words in a booklet given to me by a hitchhiker I picked up. The title was Love Letters from the...

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Our own Main Street

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Support Main Street” was the cry as the U.S. economy stalled in March. Those with secure jobs and steady income heeded the call to target their spending and help local small businesses survive the...

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Book review: An Unlikely Trio

Apr 6, 2020 by

George J. Lapp (1879-1951) was one of those Mennonite pioneers who emerged at the turn of the 19th century and made a contribution to multiple fields throughout his life. Missions, higher education and...

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The only issue?

Apr 6, 2020 by

Many Anabaptists in the United States have been in a separatist season, leaving one body of believers for another over LGBTQ inclusion. Separation is based on the idea that if our church is affiliated with a...

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Bible: Nevertheless, God rescues

Apr 6, 2020 by

I almost drowned in the ocean once. I consider myself a strong swimmer, and that afternoon I confidently waded out from the beach and slipped under the waves. Except that those waves began to batter me as a...

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Kraybill: Hope amid pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 by

Fear gripped Alexandria, Egypt, in A.D. 260 as a pandemic pummeled the great city. Along with their neighbors, followers of Jesus endured a plague — perhaps smallpox, measles or Ebola — that some people...

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Kriss: Passion week, Pentecost, pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Because of the virus.” I mulled the phrase, letting it sink in. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood, where it’s strangely quiet while the blossoms peak. At the supermarket, an intercom voice...

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Sunday morning, March 22, 2020

Apr 6, 2020 by and

7:20 a.m. — I drove from Lancaster City, Pa., where I live, on 222 North toward Reading. My assignment: photograph the 8 a.m. service at Weaverland Anabaptist Community Church to get an example of worship in...

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Kennel-Shank: Activism and tech

Apr 6, 2020 by

The young woman on the book cover holds the trunk of a tree and looks out from its branches. Julia Butterfly Hill’s The Legacy of Luna details the two years she spent living high aloft on a platform inside a...

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Longhurst: The plague village

Apr 6, 2020 by

During this time of pandemic, many people are worried. They see the hoarding and long lines in grocery stores and wonder if we are in danger of falling apart as a society. Yet there are also stories of hope;...

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Pandemic scrambles plans of students abroad

Apr 6, 2020 by and

As COVID-19 precautions transformed life around the world, college students studying and serving abroad worked to return to the U.S. Eastern Mennonite University’s spring cross-cultural group in Colombia and...

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Calm in anxious times

Apr 6, 2020 by

Pastors pursue a ministerial calling built on presence. In these pandemic times, household isolation presents the challenging new reality of long-distance shepherding. But pastors talk to each other, and they...

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Rocks that talk, angels who uplift

Apr 1, 2020 by

As a farm girl, one of the spring tasks was picking up rocks from our Minnesota acreage. Before we planted soybeans and corn, the black loam needed to be cleared of rocks. It seemed that the winter snows and...

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MCC works to address pandemic amid decreased revenue streams

Mar 31, 2020 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is continuing its work around the world, helping to limit the spread of coronavirus, even as COVID-19 diminishes events and activities that support MCC. Water, sanitation and...

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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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