Guatemalan seminary leader knows Jesus heals

Jun 12, 2017 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Willi Hugo Perez was 10 years old when he lost his father. During Guate­mala’s 36-year civil war, Marco Tulio Perez was accused of being a communist, tortured in front of his family and...

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Support SEMILLA

Jan 16, 2017 by

Thank you for the articles by Tim Huber on the witness of the Anabaptist churches in Honduras (Special Report, Jan. 2). Many of our Honduran sisters and brothers live and minister in very difficult situations....

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Goshen professor tells story of the church taking root in Spanish world

Feb 15, 2016 by and

Almost a century ago, Mennonite missionaries T.K. Hershey and J.W. Shank undertook a dangerous 27-day sea journey during World War I with their families, facing the threat of submarines and floating mines from...

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Worth the energy

Sep 4, 2015 by

It takes a lot of energy to tend to our large church family. Mennonite World Conference met in Harrisburg, Pa., this summer. That global gathering followed closely behind the Mennonite Church USA convention in...

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Garifuna’s faithful growing fast

Aug 10, 2015 by and

COROZAL, Honduras — When 30 Garifuna believers gathered for encouragement and inspiration 25 years ago, they were the only Christians from that ethnic group that Eastern Mennonite Missions workers knew...

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Women share stories of ordination and peacebuilding

Aug 1, 2015 by and

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anabaptist women discussed the dynamics of gender and theological identities in a variety of workshops at the Mennonite World Conference assembly. Marlene Epp said the Anabaptist peace...

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Guiding straight paths

Jun 22, 2015 by

Several years ago, while strolling through a farmer’s market just outside of Guatemala City, I encountered a group of teenagers dressed in distinctive, conservative Mennonite garb but speaking fluent Spanish...

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Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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Sing unto the Lord an old song

May 15, 2015 by

We walked into an old convent in the town of Cholula, Mexico. A choir from the University of the Americas was rehearsing for an evening concert. The program included music composed by Mexican and Spanish...

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Paraguayan critique

Mar 30, 2015 by

“The press,” writes Franklin Klassen, editor of Chaco-Press, a new monthly newspaper published in the Menno Colony of the Paraguayan Chaco, “is the conscience of a society. When offenses happen, the...

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New York churches assist new immigrants

Mar 16, 2015 by and

NEW YORK — Mennonite Garifuna churches of New York City have been assisting numerous Garifuna immigrants who have arrived since June. To date, they have assisted about 140 families, helping them with food,...

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Network spreads ‘healthy infection’ in Venezuela

Mar 16, 2015 by , and

An ecumenical group of church leaders in Venezuela — led by a Mennonite, Erwin Mirabal — describes its educational mission with a metaphor of the gospel of Jesus as a healthy infection. They say they are...

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Iowa pastor detained, faces deportation to Honduras

Mar 11, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA officials are requesting support for the Honduran pastor of a Mennonite church in Iowa City facing deportation after being arrested by immigration agents March 3. Max Villatoro, pastor of...

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Translation project completes Scripture for Qom

Mar 2, 2015 by and

In Fortín Lavalle, Argentina, 200 people celebrated the arrival of the first complete Bibles in the Qom language Dec. 13. Qom is the original name of the Chaco’s Toba indigenous people — a name they are...

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Supporting the undocumented, hospitality flows two ways

Mar 2, 2015 by and

One day can change a life. A one-day learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 made a big impact on the lives of youth from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., and extended to the rest of the...

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Canned meat provides drought relief

Feb 23, 2015 by and

Central America faced its worst drought in 40 years last summer when an El Niño weather pattern hit. The dry spell affected the first growing season between May and August, causing widespread crop loss. To...

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Locking up mothers and children

Feb 16, 2015 by

“I cannot watch the boy die,” said Hagar as she left her son, Ishmael, under a bush (Gen. 21:16). They had been exiled and were wandering in the wilderness in search of a safe, new home. They had run out...

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Finding hope at the border

Jan 19, 2015 by

There are never enough winter jackets in the stacks of sorted clothes in the salon de fiestas (fellowship hall) at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. The stream of Central American refugees who arrive...

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Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives

Jan 12, 2015 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home in Cabaret, 24 miles outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. There’s room in the yard...

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Opinion: For children of God on the edge, a space to celebrate

Jan 5, 2015 by

QUITO, Ecuador — In my work with refugees, I’ve realized that sometimes simply creating spaces for people is a powerful way to change the human experience. These are spaces where people feel a sense of...

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Opinion: ‘Pawns’ make their move

Jan 5, 2015 by

The pickup truck pulled to the side of the road. We got out and walked to the edge of the cliff and looked down across the valley to the broken line of mountains. A seminarian pulled out his flute and began...

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Anabaptism across borders

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Listening to students at SEMILLA — a multisite seminary affiliated with 10 Anabaptist conferences in Central America and Mexico — Leonor and Jerry Kennell heard story after story of personal transformation...

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Faith shines amid Central America’s violence, poverty

Dec 8, 2014 by and

Churches in Honduras and Guatemala are growing and thriving even in challenging contexts of violence and poverty, Eastern Mennonite Missions leaders observed Sept. 20-27. At Project MAMA, a community...

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Trinidad and Tobago church marks 40th anniversary

Nov 24, 2014 by and

The Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago marked its 40th anniversary Oct. 16-19 with celebrations at four of its five congregations. The celebration was a time for Loren Horst to look back over MCTT’s...

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Haiti doesn’t need another occupation

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The name Haiti conjures images of earthquake damage, people struggling to survive or memories of a service trip to help build houses or bring medical care. Most do not associate it with military...

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