Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Book review: Crash Landing

Sep 16, 2019 by

In the summer of 2014, Liz Jansen set out on a solo cross-country motorcycle trip, hoping to trace her ancestors’ migration across Canada nearly a century earlier. But a serious accident cut her journey...

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Great Trek’s legacy

Feb 18, 2019 by and

The 39 families who followed Claas Epp into the Central Asian wilderness to avoid military conscription and meet Christ’s return in the late 19th century have received undo derision from descendants of other...

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Long-delayed exhibit is set to open in Uzbekistan

Feb 18, 2019 by and

A decade after its opening was canceled, a historical exhibit about a band of Mennonites from Ukraine who migrated far eastward in the 1880s to avoid military service and meet Christ’s return will finally go...

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Showalter: Ambassador in Russia

Oct 8, 2018 by

Russia is in the Western news often. War in Ukraine, interference with elections, Trump/Putin jockeying, poisoning of an intelligence agent, sanctions. Is a new Cold War emerging? It’s actually an East/West...

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Agriculture firm, village church thrive together in Siberia

Jul 2, 2018 by and

GVARDEYSK, Russia — An economic miracle is underway in a western Siberian village founded in 1911 by Mennonite settlers from Ukraine. Two men around the age of 40, Jakob Dirksen and David Epp, have created a...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

Apr 9, 2018 by and

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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A father’s life, from a daughter’s view

Sep 14, 2015 by

“I never saw my father saunter,” says Katie Funk Wiebe as she introduces the hero of her latest book — her father, Jacob J. (Jake) Funk. These few words tell readers we are meeting a man of action — a...

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Russian video seminary addresses religious pluralism

Apr 28, 2014 by and

KURSK, Russia — Trinity Video Seminary recorded a new video course taught by David Shenk, global consultant for Eastern Mennonite Missions, in March. “What Difference Does Jesus Make in a World of Many...

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