Climate-change conflict resolution

Jun 8, 2020 by and

As climate change takes its toll on Zimbabwe, millions who rely on agriculture are threatened with food scarcity. But Edfil Moyo, a subsistence farmer in Gwanda District, has been able to adapt. “For the...

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MDS boosts joint relief fund to meet need

May 18, 2020 by and

A congregational relief fund has grown to $800,000 as more than 300 U.S. Anabaptist congregations have applied for assistance to weather the financial challenges that came with the COVID-19...

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Grants relieve stress, anguish

May 18, 2020 by , , and

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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Visitors see how Cuban house churches thrive

Mar 2, 2020 by and

EL CAFETAL, Cuba — They have swept the dirt outside the house in anticipation of our visit to this impoverished village. Sixteen Anabaptist Christians from the United States and Canada have come to Cuba to...

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Cowboy church reaches ranching culture

Dec 2, 2019 by and

It was Saturday afternoon of the rodeo. Stan Norman climbed into the bull pen, baptizing two bull riders in a stock tank surrounded by the largest bulls and broncs. “All I asked the bull riders was they...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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Gloria Wolfe, BIC leader and roller derby team chaplain

Sep 16, 2019 by and

Gloria Wolfe is chaplain of the Dirt Road Dears. Wolfe has led ministry for more than 20 years at Jemison Valley Church in Westfield, Pa., with her husband, Gary, who now leads there as shepherding pastor. In...

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From Zimbabwe to the world

Aug 5, 2019 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The growth of early shares in companies like Microsoft and Apple pales in comparison to Jacob E. Stauffer’s 1894 investment in Brethren in Christ missions. His $5 gift at a general...

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Youth connect with each other and God in new ways at convention

Jul 15, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While delegates spent days talking about unity at the Mennonite Church USA convention, youth were divided. Some admitted they got out of bed 15 minutes ago, while others were clearly...

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The central purpose

Jul 1, 2019 by

Mennonite Central Committee wasn’t meant to last 100 years. In the beginning, it was, in fact, a committee, with a specific task — to save the lives of starving Mennonites in Ukraine. It proved too good an...

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African evangelist ‘born for mission’

Jun 3, 2019 by and

Madalitso Kaputa of Malawi has an insatiable hunger to share the gospel. With the joy of the Lord as his strength, his life’s purpose — to reach the unreached — is clear. “I was born for...

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Growing up Brethren in Christ

Jun 3, 2019 by

I was born into a Brethren in Christ family in India. I knew about the Brethren in Christ mostly because of the people and events that happened from time to time. People would visit the work my parents, Bill...

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Broad census counts more Anabaptists

May 27, 2019 by

The most inclusive census of Anabaptists in the United States counts 100,000 more members than the 2018 Mennonite World Conference tally. The survey, by the Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society, counts...

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MCC has led the way to resettle refugees in Canada

Mar 18, 2019 by and

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee since it negotiated a historic agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. The agreement established the framework for...

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Book review: Spiritual cousins not so distant

Feb 18, 2019 by

For many Mennonites, the Brethren in Christ are distant spiritual cousins. The BIC, while firmly Anabaptist, have also drawn deeply from the wells of pietism and Wesley­anism, which has created some...

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Evana’s new leader looks for growth, collaboration

Jan 28, 2019 by and

Evana Network’s next executive director foresees the group broadening its tent and continuing a conversation among Mennonites and like-minded Anabap­tists about how to collaborate. The evangelical...

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African evangelist shares ‘new and beautiful life’ in Christ

Oct 22, 2018 by and

MILANGE, Mozambique — The spirit of evangelism is a fire in Laston Bissani Mitambo’s bones. Humble and quiet in disposition, Bissani commands attention when leading a church, sing­ing and dancing with a...

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Evangelical Anabaptist group leaders explore affinity

Aug 20, 2018 by and

About 40 leaders representing six evangelical Anabaptist groups gathered Aug. 6-8 for prayer and worship at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio. The meeting was initiated by John Troyer of Goshen, Ind.,...

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Identity redefinition

Nov 6, 2017 by

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones...

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Still BIC but no longer Brethren

Oct 30, 2017 by and

The Canadian BIC has swapped a noun for a verb. After years as the Brethren in Christ, the 67-congregation Anabaptist denomination has renamed itself the Be in Christ Church of Canada. The change, which had...

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MCC to help restore hope in Cuba after hurricane

Oct 9, 2017 by and

Bonnie Klassen remembers the haunting, howling wind. “It was a deep, threatening growl. I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “That wind was purely destructive.” Klassen, Mennonite Central Committee...

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Mennonite World Conference considers name change

Mar 6, 2017 by and

Conversation about changing the name of Mennonite World Conference has moved beyond the Executive Committee. At meetings the week after the Feb. 12 MWC Renewal 2027 event in Augsburg, Germany, the committee...

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Making sense of a presidential election in 1960

Dec 19, 2016 by

As a volunteer in the Brethren in Christ Church and Messiah College Archives, I am currently working on indexing Evangelical Visitor articles from the 1960s. I recently came across an editorial titled...

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Yearning for God

Jun 6, 2016 by

If asked, “Are you pious?,” most Christians wouldn’t claim to be. Reverence is a virtue, but piety suggests excessive religiosity. The pious, we think, are self-righteous, solemn, sanctimonious. One...

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Brethren in Christ propose changing MWC’s name

May 16, 2016 by and

Mennonite World Conference is considering a request to change its name to something more inclusive of its diverse members. César García, MWC general secretary, said leaders of the Brethren in Christ Church...

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