Author makes peace with chronic illness

Jul 20, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — What’s it like to be a person of faith with a chronic illness? That’s one of the questions explored by Allison Alexander in her new book Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness. In...

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Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

Jul 6, 2020 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the...

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Coronavirus leads to new connections around the world

Jun 1, 2020 by and

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Anabaptists to respond to challenges locally and around the world as they connect in new ways. Die Mennonitische Post reported Mennonites in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico, initiated a...

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Churches promote healthy habits to prevent virus spread

Jun 1, 2020 by , and

Mennonites in the West African nation of Burkina Faso are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to untouched regions of the country. As part of $20,000 in emergency aid to help global partners, Mennonite...

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Indonesian church members respond to virus in hospital, hotel

Jun 1, 2020 by

The Mennonite community is working with the local government to mitigate the risk and manage the spread of COVID-19 cases in Kudus, a city of more than 800,000 people in Central Java, Indonesia. Mardi Rahayu...

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12 considerations as you prepare to reopen your church doors

May 1, 2020 by and

As stay-at-home guidelines are eased and church doors and sanctuaries reopen, worship and church ministries will, undoubtedly, look different than before the coronavirus outbreak. And so it should — so that...

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Coronavirus a test for us all

Apr 22, 2020 by

In our home for years we laid out a table runner with three simple words, “cleanliness is health.” The words were in German, and the runner was a family heirloom. It came to Canada with my wife’s...

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Coronavirus prompts organizations to make changes

Mar 11, 2020 by and

Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite World Conference is canceling an international gathering in British Columbia. Mennonite Disaster Service is closing all projects....

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Church groups respond to virus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 by and

Mennonite Church Canada reports that 10 North American English teachers serving with Mennonite Partners in China have not been able to return to their placements in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, as...

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King: Surrender’s blessings

Dec 23, 2019 by

Though we’d just met when hospital orderlies called us each from waiting room to pre-op, she and I agreed: We didn’t want to go. Trained by a culture that prioritizes control over surrender, I asked my...

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Amish pose challenges for providers of health care

May 13, 2019 by and

Amish and conservative Mennonite communities might get identified as “Plain,” but health-care providers have found offering services to them can be anything but simple. A patient might pay with cash rather...

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MCC nurses in Haiti help malnourished children

Oct 15, 2018 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On the steep, rocky path to Degrave, pieces of old asphalt, collected from a road demolition project many years ago, act as makeshift cobblestones. Like the road to Degrave, families...

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Bipolar research studies Mennonite genetics

Oct 8, 2018 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “The Mennonite game” — tracing the genealogy of a new acquaintance to find a common ancestor — might be a fun pastime for people with Mennonite backgrounds, but such a relatively...

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A hospital without running water? It’s no longer a problem

Nov 15, 2016 by

SHIRATI, Tanzania — For years, leaking pipes and an erratic power grid stood in the way of a steady water supply for Shirati Hospital. Located a little more than one mile from Lake Victoria, the largest lake...

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Washington Witness: Reaching both mother and child

Nov 7, 2016 by

Victor Ncube is a 3-month-old baby at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which provides basic services for abandoned or orphaned children. At any given time, up to 20 children at the home receive free...

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Generosity’s benefits

Jun 6, 2016 by

Once in a while, when I can’t sleep at night, I channel surf. Occasionally, I find a channel with a preacher promising that if I just send some money, I’ll get more money in return. I’ve been warned...

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The prayer of faith shall save the one who is sick

Jun 3, 2015 by

James 5:14-15 has always been a difficult text for me: James 5:14-15a NIV Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord....

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Community will save the world

Feb 11, 2015 by

I once read a blog post by a Unitarian pastor who said she believed community would save the world. I think she may be right. In fact, I think this is just another way of saying what Jesus said: that the...

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MEDA uses mobile phones to fight malaria in Tanzania

Jun 9, 2014 by

WATERLOO, Ont. — Mennonite Economic Development Associates is working with a partner in Tanzania to combat malaria with mobile phone vouchers. Since 2011, the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme has used text...

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