Washington Witness: Progress toward ending hunger falters

Sep 30, 2019 by

When Halita Gambo’s baby, Janada, was born with a low birth weight, she turned to a Mennonite Central Committee-supported organization in northeastern Nigeria for assistance. Women and Youth Empowerment for...

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You give them something to eat

Jul 15, 2019 by

I spent part of the morning of May 31 packaging and delivering bread. Every three years, the Mennonite-ish churches in our area pool their time, talent and resources to organize a relief sale for Mennonite...

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Slam-bam cookies

May 6, 2019 by

We left Hillsboro, Kan., more than three decades ago, but we still think of it often. Fondly, I might add. Especially while cooking. When Millie and I moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1982, after working for the...

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Zwieback and leprosy

Apr 18, 2019 by

The beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. A half dozen men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air,...

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Peanut butter

Apr 8, 2019 by

About a month ago, I posted a meme on Facebook about peanut butter. Along with the photo, I said this: “The most U.S. American part of me — peanut butter! How many years have I been deprived of peanut...

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Mississippi church tends garden ministry

Apr 1, 2019 by and

Something new is growing at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Miss. Seeking ways to engage residents in the city of 180,000 people, the small congregation teamed up with Hugh Hollowell, formerly of...

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Mennonite food

Feb 8, 2019 by

I grew up on a small mixed farm on the prairies, with a large garden that provided all of our fruits and vegetables for a year as well as providing some produce for market. I definitely took it for granted...

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Eat our way to joy

Jun 30, 2017 by

Joy strikes out of the blue nothingness. You can’t expect it or manufacture it or capture it. For Christians, the completeness of our joy comes from Jesus. After he taught on his abiding in us and our...

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Vote with every bite

Dec 19, 2016 by

I hope every individual claiming faith in God and the Bible would agree that God cares not only about the lowliest of people but also the little creatures creating nutrition we depend on. This hits...

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Not by bread alone

Feb 1, 2016 by

People do not live by bread alone, Jesus tells Satan when he is tempted in the wilderness. Though Jesus “was famished” — or perhaps because of that — he knows in his body that food is not all that we...

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Tomato theology

Jun 4, 2015 by

Over the last few weeks I have planted 30 tomato plants in the garden — another important rite of spring, and an increasingly important part of the rhythm of my life. Here in Seattle, we rarely have...

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Reconciliation soup

Jun 2, 2015 by

I never knew you could make chicken noodle soup from scratch. Like sliced bread and chewy chocolate cookies, I thought there were secrets to making comfort foods that only grocery stores knew. In my family, if...

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Not on French fries alone

May 20, 2015 by

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight. — Jeremiah 15:16 I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. — Job 23:12 Jesus answered, “People...

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A deadly sin Mennonites seldom talk about

Jan 26, 2015 by

It may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! ....

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I am a bacon lover

Jul 24, 2014 by

I. Love. Bacon. Seriously. Other words I use for it are “meat candy” and “crispy fried yum.” I cannot remember any time in the past when I have not loved bacon. I would say that my brain was hard-wired...

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The second most interesting topic

Jul 7, 2014 by

If the previous lesson was about sex, the next two concern the second most interesting topic: food! But the two texts are different. Chapter 8 asks if it’s OK for believers to eat idol-meat. Chapter 10 warns...

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Eating our way to the great banquet

Jan 20, 2014 by

Should one serve hummus to a hog farmer? Clashing food “shoulds” fill our conversations. Mennonites are divided. Some of us refuse to eat meat; others raise meat. Some of us protest the size of chicken...

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