Book review: Exiled Among Nations

Jul 28, 2020 by

Exiled Among Nations: ­German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Trans­national Age is an impressive ­history of two Mennonite col­onies in the Paraguayan Chaco — Menno and Fernheim — during their...

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Washington Witness: Welcome the seekers

Jul 27, 2020 by

After a 16-year-old boy witnessed a gang member murder another young man, gang members came to his aunt’s store where he worked, threatened him and ordered the store closed. Later, another family member was...

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MCC distributes COVID-19 kits in Middle East

Jul 20, 2020 by and

Refugees and other displaced people living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria already were struggling to subsist before COVID-19 became a health and economic threat. They fled violence in Syria, Iraq and several...

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History: Fleeing the Russian catastrophe

May 4, 2020 by

In 1920, Mennonites in Russia were in the middle of a catastrophe. Political and social upheaval, including a devastating famine, had left them dying of starvation and facing a dire future under Communist...

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You can’t stay home if you don’t have one

Apr 20, 2020 by and

It was already hard for un­documented families in South Texas to find work, get groceries or visit the doctor. Staying at home was already a lofty goal for people experiencing homelessness in...

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Film gives refugees a voice

Apr 13, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — John Ens was just 9 years old when he boarded the Dutch passenger ship Volendam in 1947 for a voyage to freedom and safety. Right from birth, Ens, a member of McIvor Mennonite Breth­ren...

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MCC helps refugees access clean water in Chad

Mar 16, 2020 by and

With a series of quick, practiced strokes, Aïchatou Hamidou clears the area around a newly built latrine with a long broom made from dry grass. After the trash and waste are swept into a tidy pile and safely...

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Cleaning out the barn

Jan 13, 2020 by

Politics is kind of like manure. If we tell ourselves we can avoid being political, it piles up in our barns, creates a stink and makes the animals sick. Political interactions are a normal part of everything...

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Bible: Exiles, aliens and six virtues

Nov 13, 2019 by

Both texts for Nov. 17 and 24 are from letters attributed to the Apostle Peter. Both take the gospel of Jesus from its Jewish origins into different ethnic contexts later in the first century. Both emphasize...

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EMM’s move to city marks a shift in strategy

Nov 11, 2019 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — In late 2020, Eastern Mennonite Missions plans to open a cross-cultural center in Lancaster City and move its global ministry headquarters there. EMM will sell its properties in Salunga and...

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Climate change our defining challenge

Sep 23, 2019 by , and

As youth marched in the climate strike last week and United Nations leaders discuss climate change at their summit in New York, the climate crisis is already here. Storms are becoming more powerful, and...

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Survivors rebuild lives

Sep 16, 2019 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four women laughed as they filled a water trough for their pigs — ­animals that hold the promise of income. Their laughter stood in contrast to their experiences,...

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Demand for literacy grows in strife-torn Congo

Sep 2, 2019 by , and

A campaign by Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo to use literacy education as a tool for evangelization is bringing hope to educators and learners alike — and unearthing tales of suffering and...

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Peacebuilders form network, make comforters

Jul 29, 2019 by and

ELSPEET, The Netherlands —More than 200 peacebuilders launched a Global Anabaptist Peace Network at the second Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival June 27-30 at Mennorode retreat...

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Washington Witness: Wall or refuge?

May 27, 2019 by

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has risen sharply in recent months. Previously the majority apprehended at our southern border were single adults seeking work. Now, more than 60...

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Miller: When kindness leaps 30 years

Apr 1, 2019 by

The story starts in 1981 when Grandpa and Grandma picked up the Xiong family — Hmong refugees with a passel of skinny, dark-eyed children — at the Eau Claire, Wis., airport. Well, actually the story starts...

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MCC has led the way to resettle refugees in Canada

Mar 18, 2019 by and

More than 12,500 refugees have been resettled in Canada by Mennonite Central Committee since it negotiated a historic agreement with the government on March 5, 1979. The agreement established the framework for...

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Kriss: Once we were the ones who knocked

Dec 17, 2018 by

This is the great seriousness of the Advent message and its great blessing. Christ stands at the door. He lives in the form of people around us. Will you therefore leave the door locked for your protection, or...

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MCC responds to Rohingya refugee crisis in South Asia

Sep 10, 2018 by and

Nur Jemon remembers that the day she fled her home in the Rakhine district of Myanmar started as it did every other day. The Rohingya Muslim woman was cooking rice when the military stormed her village,...

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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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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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With a leap, children learn new language

Jul 16, 2018 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Lancaster educators know refugee resettlement isn’t just about offering a new home but also helping refugees navigate the years of readjustment ahead of them. That’s why four local...

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Book review: ‘Love in a Time of Hate’

Jul 2, 2018 by

As I write this review, the world is experiencing a refugee crisis unmatched in its history. According to the United Nations, 22.5 million people have been displaced from their homes worldwide; more than half...

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The face of Jesus on the border

Jun 29, 2018 by

I had just completed a week-long Mennonite Central Committee-sponsored learning tour alongside nine other writers and artists in and around Tucson and the border wall that divides Doug­las, Ariz., from Agua...

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Foster care and our own refugee crisis

Jun 28, 2018 by

In our yard is a huge oak tree, its branches shading the sandy dirt underneath. Under the tree, a collection of spoons and cups pilfered from my kitchen litters the ground. My 6-year-old daughter is the queen...

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