Arizona church builds, not just for itself

Feb 22, 2016 by and

PHOENIX — When Copper Hills Church dedicated its new facility Jan. 10, it marked a significant step in meeting needs of both the congregation and the community. The congregation, the first to be planted in...

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How to be a pastor in exile

Dec 28, 2015 by and

Jessica Reesor Rempel and Chris Brnjas call themselves “Pastors in Exile.” They aren’t officially pastors, but then, their congregation isn’t officially a church. They are the part-time leaders of a...

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Belize deaf church began after hearing God’s voice

Dec 7, 2015 by and

ORANGE WALK, Belize — More than 40 adults and children participated in the 10th anniversary celebration of Jesus’ Deaf Church Oct. 11. Nancy Marshall, a worker with Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern...

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In shadow of death, Nigerians rely on Bible, prayer

Oct 12, 2015 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing death every day in their ministry...

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Kenya church planters are trained to multiply

Sep 28, 2015 by and

NAIROBI, Kenya — Multiplication — one of three Eastern Mennonite Missions core values — was at the heart of a training on “simple church” concepts and disciple-making movements July 13-23. Simple...

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Pastors in Northern Ireland cut church to the core

Aug 31, 2015 by and

Pastoral colleagues Karen Sethuraman and Gordon McDade thought they were doing everything right. Their traditional church in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, had lots of people, programs and a strong community...

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Evana Network covenant describes what’s expected

Aug 31, 2015 by and

Pastors and members of the leadership board of congregations that join Evana Network, a new evangelical Anabaptist group, will need to sign its “personal covenant.” Individuals can also join by signing the...

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Oasis refreshes ministry

Aug 31, 2015 by and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In March, Tom and Carolyn Albright got a phone call from the police. A member of their church had been sleeping in a garbage dumpster and was crushed by a compactor early one morning. He...

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A missionary’s legacy

Aug 11, 2015 by

The name Makanalia is one I’ve known for almost as long as I can remember. My father, Lewis Sider, had a very special relationship with this woman he first met in 1954 when she was a young girl living in her...

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North Americans, Africans weigh partnerships’ strengths, weaknesses

Aug 10, 2015 by , and

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mission partnerships got a report card July 13, and the grade wasn’t always an “A.” Nearly 40 mission practitioners gathered at Silverwood Mennonite Church to discuss best practices for...

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The biggest issue

Jul 20, 2015 by

“What’s the biggest issue your church is facing these days?” It’s a question that gets asked and answered in dozens of ways as Christians cross cultures and engage counterparts in other nations. In...

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Thank you: Spanish ministry training

Jun 29, 2015 by

Mission, leadership development and service are essential parts of church life. Anabaptist Biblical Institute (Instituto Bíblico Anabautista) has been a great partner, a companion and a vessel in my own and...

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EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

Jun 11, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living...

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No corner on peace

Jun 8, 2015 by

I used to think Mennonites and a few other Western historic peace churches such as Brethren and Friends had a corner on peace. Other Christians just didn’t get it. This was our distinctive, just as speaking...

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China, seminary, sacrifice and Sabbath

Jun 5, 2015 by

I was nurtured with stories of sacrifice from my early years — my clan came out of the Russian Mennonite experience. I thought, as a Mennonite, I might know a few key things about sacrifice, but I found...

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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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The beginning of the end

Apr 27, 2015 by

We have, rather erroneously, developed this notion that the Christian life is supposed to be safe and easy. We desire comfort and we think that our Christian faith is the vessel that we can use to accomplish a...

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Prayer by prayer, pastor walks across Ohio for Lent

Mar 30, 2015 by and

Pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman has a bad back and bum knees from a scooter cycle accident. But that is not keeping him from walking 300 miles across Ohio during Lent. On his trek, which began March 23 near the...

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Rethinking the mission trip

Feb 25, 2015 by

During the recent 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live, they did some looking back. Some of my favorite sketches featured Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers. The sketch was so good that...

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EMM workers return to West Africa after Ebola crisis

Feb 16, 2015 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — Four and a half months after leaving West Africa because of safety concerns connected to the Ebola crisis, a team of workers from Eastern Mennonite Missions is returning to their...

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100,000,000 books sold

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice...

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What does ‘missional’ mean, anyway?

Jan 6, 2015 by

“Missional” is a strange new word I, and others in Houston, use a lot these days. But what do we mean when we say “missional”? For starters, it might help to contrast it with the classic...

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The world doesn’t need the early church

Dec 8, 2014 by

If only we could return to the early church, then we’d have it made. This statement, in one form or another, is one that I hear fairly regularly. The sentiment is nice, but it’s just not a notion that I...

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‘Regulation garb’ and the gospel

Nov 24, 2014 by

In February 1959, Chester Wenger and fellow missionaries in Ethiopia — wearing business suits and neckties — met a delegation of Lancaster Mennonite Conference leaders at the Addis Ababa Bole International...

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EMM sends its first U.S. YES team in a decade

Nov 24, 2014 by and

BALTIMORE — This fall Eastern Mennonite Missions sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens...

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