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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MCC cuts programs as coronavirus hits income

May 26, 2020 by , and

With income falling short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mennonite Central Committee is ending programming in several countries, cutting its workforce and canceling for this year an international exchange...

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Empowering women, demystifying ‘mission’

May 18, 2020 by and

Pamela Obonde has worked with children’s and women’s rights organizations in Kenya for 17 years. Three years ago she switched her focus to women in the church when she realized the issues in the world...

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EMM worker and his students shaped African theology

Mar 23, 2020 by , and

Donald R. Jacobs, a missionary educator for 20 years in East Africa, where he was the last American Mennonite bishop in Tanzania and founded a Mennonite theological college, died Feb. 11 in Leola, Pa. He was...

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Mission leader saw dreams for global church realized

Jan 13, 2020 by , and

Richard A. Showalter lived to see his dreams for the global Anabaptist church come true. “It seemed that all I had ever dreamed, and more, began to appear before my eyes,” he wrote in his final Missionary...

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Jubilation greets installation of first bishop in Uganda

Oct 7, 2019 by and

MUKONO, Uganda — Mennonite Church Uganda consecrated Okoth Simon Onyango as its first bishop Aug. 11. Onyango was already the body’s national coordinator, but the young church was still relying on...

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Sin of patriarchy

Jan 7, 2019 by

I read with sadness “Every Child of God” (World & Faith, Dec. 3) about the pressure on Kenyan women to have sons. They are considered “barren and cursed” if they bear only daughters. Some church...

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Goshen graduate was influential peacemaker

Dec 3, 2018 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College alumnus and adjunct professor Philip Thomas of Goshen died on Nov. 29 of natural causes due to a heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Thomas was a peace advocate who had traveled to...

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Opinion: Lives of Jesus, Muhammad teach care for those on the margins

Sep 10, 2018 by and

For several years, Kenya has been a flashpoint of Christian-Muslim conflict. With each incident of terror, the tension increases. Kenyan Mennonites are finding hope in small incidents of transformation. Kenya...

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MWC’s Renewal 2027 in Kenya celebrates revival

May 7, 2018 by and

KISUMU, Kenya — Seeking renewal, Mennonite World Conference representatives found it in Kenya, a nation whose Anabaptist history is defined by the Holy Spirit’s presence. As a band played “You are the...

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Kenyans equipped for relations with Muslims

May 31, 2016 by and

Waiting for a taxi at a tea shop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jona­than Bornman asked a young Somali refugee if he had any prayer needs. The man replied, “I want to go to paradise.” Bornman responded, “I am a...

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Women of the Bible set examples in East Africa

Jan 11, 2016 by and

MUSOMA, Tanzania — Infertility, single parenting, poverty, the raising and teaching of children, life with an unbelieving or unfaithful husband and maintaining faith in desperate times: These issues confront...

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Turning to Jesus, everything changes

Apr 27, 2015 by

George Nyaundi grew up as a traditional African in Enemesi, Kenya. He and his family knew nothing of Jesus. His tribal background was Kisii, though he lived among the Maasai. His grandfather had moved into...

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Kenyan births peace churches in wake of violence

Oct 13, 2014 by , and

SOTIK, Kenya — One man has transformed the warring town of Sotik into a community of reconciliation and peace. George Nyaundi, a Mennonite pastor and church planter, has worked for peace in Sotik ever since...

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