Anabaptists respond to violence in Congo

Aug 17, 2017 by

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo with food, household items and shelter...

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Violence escalates in Congo

Aug 7, 2017 by , and

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of Congo — Violence continues to leave suffering and destruction in its wake in Congo’s three Kasaï provinces where most of the Mennonite churches are located. The situation...

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U.N. investigation could shed light on Congo deaths

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Three months after their son Michael J. Sharp was killed while leading a United Nations investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, parents John and Michele Miller Sharp continue his efforts seeking...

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Congo Mennonites suffer ‘major wounds’

May 29, 2017 by , and

The Mennonite Church of Congo has sustained “major wounds” to its people and infrastructure, said Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, the church president. Komuesa was reporting on the annual administrative council...

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What big numbers hide

May 8, 2017 by

The numbers betray the humanity within them, because they are simply too big. Some 4,000 members of 30 congregations in Communautês Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Communion of Congo) are hiding in the forests...

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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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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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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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In a reversal of Babel, languages no barrier to building church in Congo

May 11, 2015 by and

A global village came together in February to raise the rafters of a new building that will house Kanzala Mennonite Church in Tshikapa, Congo. Three years ago, high wind and torrential rain destroyed the...

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Rwandans head home with Congolese help

May 26, 2014 by and

BUKAVU, Congo — In spite of tense relationships between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, two Mennonite Central Committee partner organizations are working together to support the...

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French Connections

May 26, 2014 by and

Hilaire Louis Jean came home from the Democratic Republic of Congo admiring the Mennonites he met there. “I feel that the African Mennonites are more Mennonite than people in Mennonite churches in the...

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French speakers develop their network’s potential

Apr 28, 2014 by and

KINSHASA, Congo — With 235,000, Congo is the only country with a large number of French-speaking Mennonites. Otherwise, francophone Mennonites are usually small minorities in their countries. Through the...

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Modern ‘Mirror’

Mar 21, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — A Congo­lese pastor who forgave the armed men who had forced him to dig his own grave. A Ukrainian Mennonite Breth­ren family displaced to labor camps throughout the Soviet Union and...

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