Michael J. Sharp’s unfinished peace mission

Apr 24, 2017 by and

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed...

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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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We are still willing

Mar 31, 2017 by

I remember Michael J. Sharp (MJ) as a rambunctious junior high kid from the time we overlapped life at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and Scottdale in Western Pennsylvania. I’ve been aware of his work...

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A life in pursuit of peace

Mar 29, 2017 by and

Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust...

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Bodies found in Congo; U.N. worker dead

Mar 28, 2017 by and

Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found dead March 27. Multiple media outlets reported Congo communications minister Lambert Mende...

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Mennonite U.N. worker abducted in Congo

Mar 14, 2017 by and

Prayers for Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, continued into a second week with a March 23 vigil in his parents’ community of...

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Opinion: Evangelism — faithful or offensive?

Feb 13, 2017 by

When Anne and Daniel Garber Kompaoré talk of their work in North America, they are often met with questions. Anne works as a Bible translation consultant with Mennonite Mission Network and has lived in...

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We wear a name

Jan 11, 2017 by

When I was in school, I met an atheist who was planning to work in the Arab world. He said that he was undecided about whether or not to reveal his beliefs. “I think it would be better to say I’m a...

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With MWC’s help, church in Tanzania is built for mission

Jan 2, 2017 by

Budget constraints prevent many church buildings in Tanzania from being completed. Mennonite World Conference’s Global Church Sharing Fund is helping to assure that a mission church in a predominantly Muslim...

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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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Showalter: Stover Kulp, Anabaptist

Dec 5, 2016 by

I love watching God surprise me. Recently I was asked to respond to a scholarly paper in an Asian conference. Written and presented by a Nigerian, the paper explored the history of the Kanuri people of West...

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A hospital without running water? It’s no longer a problem

Nov 15, 2016 by

SHIRATI, Tanzania — For years, leaking pipes and an erratic power grid stood in the way of a steady water supply for Shirati Hospital. Located a little more than one mile from Lake Victoria, the largest lake...

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Washington Witness: Reaching both mother and child

Nov 7, 2016 by

Victor Ncube is a 3-month-old baby at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which provides basic services for abandoned or orphaned children. At any given time, up to 20 children at the home receive free...

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Redeemed opportunities

Nov 1, 2016 by

Where do missed opportunities go? Are they gone forever or does God redeem them by giving us new opportunities? Here in North Africa, where living intentionally should be as easy as breathing, I still miss...

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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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Ethiopian college pushes to finish dorm for women

Sep 6, 2016 by

Debra Zeit, Ethiopia — The college that serves the leadership training needs of the Anabaptist world’s largest cluster of churches is in a final push to complete a women’s dorm. The project is being...

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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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MCC supports children during Ethiopian drought

Jul 18, 2016 by and

ADAMA, Ethiopia — It’s time for lunch at Remember the Poorest Community School, about 60 miles south of Addis Ababa. Students are digging into the pasta and buns on their plates. For some of these...

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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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Kenyans equipped for relations with Muslims

May 31, 2016 by and

Waiting for a taxi at a tea shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jona­than Bornman asked a young Somali refugee if he had any prayer needs. The man replied, “I want to go to paradise.” Bornman responded, “I am a...

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Book review: ‘Crossing the Loange’

Mar 14, 2016 by

One has to have one’s eyes open, one has to ask questions when they come to mind, or one finds oneself finished with a two-year term not knowing what kind of people you were amongst all the time. — John M....

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Women of the Bible set examples in East Africa

Jan 11, 2016 by and

MUSOMA, Tanzania — Infertility, single parenting, poverty, the raising and teaching of children, life with an unbelieving or unfaithful husband and maintaining faith in desperate times: These issues confront...

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Fighters in Congo seek peace at home in Rwanda

Dec 21, 2015 by and

KIGALI, Rwanda — Mwasa Niyon Senga felt trapped as a first sergeant in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group that terrorizes villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of...

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Christmas celebration as protest

Dec 17, 2015 by

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.” (Luke 2:1) The words are so familiar that we don’t give them a second thought. But this is how...

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