Screen-free relationships

Sep 21, 2017 by

Last week Makai started kindergarten at the same school where Cody is now in his second year. Though we are very happy with the school — and Cody loves it — a complaint arose for me within Makai’s...

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Opinion: Talking ‘kimchi’ with North Koreans

Jun 19, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — I was grateful for the opportunity in early May to sit around the dinner table on a Manitoba farm and share a Mennonite feast with local friends, some Mennonite Central Committee colleagues...

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Mennonite Brethren affirm international community, mission

Apr 24, 2017 by

The global center of Christianity is trending southeast. For Mennonite Brethren, the hub is somewhere between Congo and India, where the two largest MB conferences are located. Thailand may not be the...

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Kriss: Talking politics in Indonesia

Feb 13, 2017 by

I spent the two weeks preceding President Trump’s inauguration in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. Conversation about the U.S. presidential transition was lively. Some Indonesian...

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MCC assists survivors of flooding in North Korea

Jan 9, 2017 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s partners in North Korea are providing assistance for hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslides in the isolated country. Heavy rains Aug. 28-Sept. 2...

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EMM worker inspires Bangladeshi churches to build bridges of peace

Nov 7, 2016 by and

Assemblies of God churches in Bangladesh have a profound commitment to peacemaking. Five Bangladeshi church districts welcomed Eastern Mennonite Missions global consultant David W. Shenk recently to visit,...

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Martyrs relevant in Thailand

Oct 31, 2016 by and

DET UDOM, Thailand — A simple open-air pavilion at the Life Enrichment Church Center served as the location for the third Thai Anabaptist Gathering Sept. 27-Oct. 1. Most of the 150 people who attended were...

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Showalter: Thailand testimonies

Oct 24, 2016 by

Thailand has Anabaptist Christians of many stripes. In Western terms, there are churches related to Mennonite Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Church Canada, Lancaster Conference, Virginia Conference,...

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Mennonite World Conference regional representative visits churches in Japan

Oct 10, 2016 by and

It was a great privilege to visit churches in Japan as a Mennonite World Conference regional representative. In Japan, there are 73 congregations and 2,801 members. The purpose of my visit was to introduce MWC...

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Hmong in Thailand make an Anabaptist relationship official

Apr 25, 2016 by and

The Mennonite family can now add Hmong to the growing number of ethnic groups embracing Anabaptism in Asia. A group of Hmong churches in Thailand and Mennonite Church USA have agreed to make official a...

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Fixing what the U.S. broke in Vietnam

Mar 28, 2016 by and

While volunteering in Vietnam in the late 1960s as a conscientious objector to the war the U.S. was waging there, Doug Hos­tet­ter saw firsthand the effect of Agent Orange, a dioxin-contaminated herbicide...

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First Anabaptist conference held in South Korea

Feb 22, 2016 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is home to one of the most creative and dynamic expressions of contemporary Anabaptism in the world, with potential for explosive growth. On Jan. 30, nearly 100 people...

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With training complete, 26 pastors ordained in Vietnam

Jan 11, 2016 by , and

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 5. Pastor Nguyen Quang Trung, president of VMC,...

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South Korean CO asked: ‘Can I kill?’

Dec 28, 2015 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — When 27-year-old SangMin Lee, a Mennonite conscientious objector from South Korea, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the global Mennonite church community provided support in the form of...

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Book review: ‘Mennonites Encounter Hinduism’

Dec 7, 2015 by

Fifty years ago there was little public discussion of interfaith or inter-religious dialogue in Mennonite circles or in the Christian community generally. Some academic specialists and missiologists were...

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Worth the energy

Sep 4, 2015 by

It takes a lot of energy to tend to our large church family. Mennonite World Conference met in Harrisburg, Pa., this summer. That global gathering followed closely behind the Mennonite Church USA convention in...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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A gift of peace from the persecuted

Jul 24, 2015 by

Mennonite World Conference’s Global Youth Summit 2015 discussed gifts and calling July 17-19. One participant shared his church’s story of giving gifts of peace in response to persecution that affected...

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Asian Anabaptists celebrated

Jun 22, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches met at Mellinger Mennonite Church June 1 to celebrate the history and growth of Anabaptist communities in Asia through music, food and...

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Peacebuilder missing, feared murdered

Jun 22, 2015 by and

An Indigenous tribal representative opposing corporate logging on ancestral land in the Philippines was murdered April 30, according to his fellow tribesmen. Prior to his disappearance on that date, John...

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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Jun 15, 2015 by and

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

Jun 11, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living...

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By tractor, truck and on foot, aid reaches rural Nepal

May 22, 2015 by

Using tractors and people power to haul supplies where trucks could not go, Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations finished an initial distribution of emergency supplies to Nepal earthquake...

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Shaken foundation

May 11, 2015 by

Natural disasters highlight some of the best, worst and most unexplainable pieces of humanity. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing more than 7,500 and thrusting incredible natural...

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MCC responds with food, shelter, supplies in Nepal

Apr 30, 2015 by and

Mennonite Central Committee will begin its Nepal earthquake response by working with a local organization in the remote, eastern area of the country, providing food and other essential items to affected...

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