From persecution to education in Ethiopia

Sep 24, 2018 by and

Tigist Alamirew says she has “escaped many deaths” in her journey with Christ. Born to an Orthodox family, she now directs distance education at Meserete Kristos College, the Anabaptist school in Debre...

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When Christians sell out Christians for political power

Sep 3, 2018 by , and

There’s a story in the Old Testament about the king of Babylon, Belshazzar, who hosted a dinner for his religious leaders and royal elites. The blindingly arrogant king, surrounded by adoring sycophants,...

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History: When Mennonites persecuted Mennonites

Jun 18, 2018 by

Since Anabaptism’s birth nearly five centuries ago, adherents have been persecuted for their faith by civil authorities, from Austrian archdukes to American courts to Vietnamese police. For the Mennonite...

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Miller: Things are rarely what they seem

Jun 4, 2018 by

I recently visited China with my younger brother Chad and returned home with a wealth of sensations and memories. China is a country both traditional and modern, atheistic and Christian, wealthy and poor,...

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Shaped by persecution

Jan 29, 2018 by

As part of a privileged Christian majority, do Mennonites in North America still carry remnants of their martyr past? For centuries, persecution shaped the character of Mennonite communities. Early Anabaptists...

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Yoder-Short: Sparrow watcher

Jan 29, 2018 by

“God sees the sparrows.” This phrase’s comforting appeal melted as I watched our cat dining on a sparrow. Life can be bloody and cruel. God seeing sparrows didn’t change this bird’s demise. Jesus’...

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Swiss official offers apology for persecution

Nov 27, 2017 by and

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November, a government official in Bern, Switz­erland, requested forgiveness for persecution by the church and...

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Anabaptists only one facet of World War I dissent

Oct 24, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While many events have honored heroism and sacrifice during World War I, a different kind of conference gathered in an unlikely place to pay tribute to those who opposed the Great War a...

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‘Muted Voices’ conference recalls Hutterite martyrs

Oct 23, 2017 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tale of four Hutterite conscientious objectors who refused even to wear a military uniform, let alone serve in the U.S. Army during World War I, is well known in Hutterite colonies and...

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Mennonite editor charged with sedition

Aug 14, 2017 by

In the middle of World War I, on June 15, 1917, the highly controversial Espionage Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The Act provided for a penalty of up to 20...

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Would we stand strong?

Jul 13, 2017 by and

Six Brethren were arrested 300 years ago in Solingen, Germany. What was their crime? In 1716, the six men, ages 22 to 33, had been baptized as adults. This crime was a capital offense, the punishment could be...

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Showalter: Christianity amid the new nationalisms

Jul 3, 2017 by

Around the globe, nationalism is resurgent to a level not seen since World War II. There are many examples: Brexit in Britain, Narendra Modi in India, Xi Jinping in China, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines,...

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Congo Mennonites suffer ‘major wounds’

May 29, 2017 by , and

The Mennonite Church of Congo has sustained “major wounds” to its people and infrastructure, said Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, the church president. Komuesa was reporting on the annual administrative council...

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Nigerian girls’ release answers Brethren prayers

May 15, 2017 by and

Heartened by the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants three years ago, the Church of the Brethren continues to support thousands of its members affected by the insurgent...

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What big numbers hide

May 8, 2017 by

The numbers betray the humanity within them, because they are simply too big. Some 4,000 members of 30 congregations in Communautês Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Communion of Congo) are hiding in the forests...

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African pastor describes persecution

May 1, 2017 by and

For four years, five Mennonite ministers have been imprisoned in an African country where evangelical churches have been under persecution for 15 years. Speaking by telephone April 24, one of their ministerial...

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History: An antiwar conspiracy?

Apr 24, 2017 by

The president had squeaked by in the general election. A key plank in his platform had been opposition to foreign military intervention. But in a matter of months after his inauguration, he reversed...

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‘From death to life’

Mar 27, 2017 by

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. — Col. 3:15 On Easter morning in April 1528 in Augsburg, Germany, almost 100 Anabaptists were rounded up by...

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Burkina Faso community defuses conflict with love

Jun 20, 2016 by , and

In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools and methods described in the New Testament. They draw...

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The world’s most persecuted religion

Mar 1, 2016 by

There are two options when a member of any of the world’s major religions hears about persecution of its own members: strike back by persecuting the persecutor or tolerance. Contrary to what many believe...

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Following Jesus leads to finding refuge in Spain

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Koroush and his mother, Maryam — refugees from Iran now living in Spain — lost everything but believe they have what they need with Jesus. “I saw the Jesus miracles with my own eyes,” Koroush said. (To...

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Could a Kristallnacht happen here?

Dec 21, 2015 by

After a campaign of fear-mongering antisemitism directed at Jews in Nazi Germany, an enflamed citizenry went on a two-night rampage of burning synagogues and vandalizing Jewish homes, schools and businesses....

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Persecuted Christians

Feb 2, 2015 by

I appreciated “Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014” (World & Faith, Jan. 19). This concern should take high priority in our hearts and prayers and church media. Many of these...

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Nigerian Brethren suffering

Oct 13, 2014 by

More than 3,000 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria have been killed by terrorist forces. The church — known as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN — reported Sept. 29 that attacks by the...

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Burkina Faso churches grow with many Easter baptisms

May 26, 2014 by , and

Baptisms have swelled the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso by more than 12 percent. Siaka Traoré, president of the Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, was surprised and pleased by the large number...

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