South Korean passion for missions inspires IMA leaders

May 7, 2018 by and

SEOUL, South Korea — Christians of the Global South are reimagining and reconstructing mission for the 21st century. The churches of South Korea are in the forefront. A group of Anabaptists recently visited...

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U.N. Witness: Preventing war, one bridge at a time

May 7, 2018 by

As a Vietnamese Mennonite working for peace, I have found Matt. 26:52 — “Put your sword back into its place” — a significant verse. Everybody knows war is terrible, and we should work to prevent...

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Seeking reconciliation in Vietnam

Apr 19, 2018 by

I was amazed during my recent trip to Vietnam to see how the Vietnamese people have moved beyond the war and are committed to seeking reconciliation with Americans. Despite the horrific pain and hardship their...

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MCC marks 75 years in India

Mar 26, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating 75 years of relief, development and peace work in India, making it one of the oldest international aid organizations in the country. MCC began work in India in 1942...

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Showalter: God still tends roots

Mar 12, 2018 by

Fran Martin, a Mennonite woman in eastern Pennsylvania, accompanied a friend to India 10 years ago. She was certain she would never return to India. She was wrong. While there, she met a young West Bengali...

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MCC medical aid reaches North Korea

Jan 1, 2018 by and

PYONGYANG, North Korea — It had been a long trek for eight small bags of medical supplies. They had been packed and re­packed, crossed an ocean, passed through three countries and numerous airport security...

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Workers build peace in South Korea, piece by piece

Dec 18, 2017 by and

As tensions between nations rise and world leaders threaten war, peacemakers all over the world work to make peace on Earth a reality. Jae Young Lee and Karen Spicher, Mennonite Mission Network mission...

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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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