Stories

“Very good” in troubled times

Saturday morning God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. This is what Genesis tells us when God had created heaven and earth. God is celebrating the goodness of all creation. Is this still true? Is this “very good” still... Selengkapnya

The house of God is never finished

It feels like a big responsibility; however, after four years of being president elect, I don’t know if I’m ready, but let’s begin. In MWC, we work as a team: the officers, Executive Committee, staff – we all work together. I feel honoured and... Selengkapnya

How can I celebrate?

I am tired of war, conflict, hunger, poverty, division, hatred, gun violence, black and white class difference, the oppression of women, slaughter of children and women, fake news, liars and unjust authorities and leaders and so many, many issues... Selengkapnya

Intergenerational solidarity relationships

Saturday morning When we think of older generations, we think of those who came before us, the ones whose shoulders we stand on. However, when we think about the solidarity of our relationship with those generations, there seems to be a gap... Selengkapnya

Let us mutually care for one another

Friday night Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden... Selengkapnya

Interethnic and ecumenical work in violent contexts

Friday morning Ephesians 2:14-17 “ For he is our peace, in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he... Selengkapnya

United in the defence of life: water more precious than gold

Friday morning Once the laws became progressively more flexible during the lockdown we all experienced in 2020, I was able to cycle through the mountains in my home city. Although we were not allowed to mill about on the street, we were allowed to... Selengkapnya

Assembly financial update

As the year draws to a close, MWC is finalizing the numbers on the Assembly in Indonesia. “We are very pleased to report that, as of publication time, we met the financial goal of breaking even,” says Chief Operating Officer Jeanette Bissoon. This... Selengkapnya

Together across barriers

“Our duty is to bring peace and love.” These words, relayed from Indonesian by a translator at the closing worship service of Mennonite World Conference’s Assembly 17 in Indonesia, came not from one of the featured speakers but from the governor of... Selengkapnya

Assembly tours and service projects

Assembly activities Connecting with people is at the heart of MWC Assemblies. Participating in local tourism and serving with local ministries provided another chance to connect. “I get a lot of value and joy out of helping people,” says Daniel... Selengkapnya

We do not lose heart

Thursday night In April, I received an invitation of sharing on the topic “living together in the hostile environment.” The title really stirred my heart. And I think one of the reasons of my invitation is that they know we Hong Kong people were... Selengkapnya

Living the good life is good and even necessary

Thursday morning "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1 is an affirmation of how the biblical David delighted in the company of his brothers. As a social species, humans need the fellowship of others... Selengkapnya

The face of the global church

“ MWC [Assembly] was a really wonderful experience. It showed me the face of the global Mennonite church,” says Peter Buller, a student at Bethel College and a member of Buhler Mennonite Church, Kansas, USA. “Thanks to the great International... Selengkapnya

“We felt the connection”

“I think this type of ‘hybrid’ connectedness has great potential for strengthening the communion of Mennonite-related churches around the world,” says Ray Brubacher.Selengkapnya

Watch for it!

“It was nice to hear something from Indonesia and take part a little bit,” says Erwin Röthlisberger of Evangelische Mennoniten-Gemeinde Bern, Switzerland. He attended Assembly from his home in Europe. Videos from MWC’s Assembly Indonesia 2022 will... Selengkapnya

Gracious welcome on building site

The GKMI synod office is “our home together” and a “house of prayer” for GKMI congregations. The GKMI synod had a longing: to invite the MWC executive committee, Commission secretaries, regional representatives, General Council, and MWC staff to “... Selengkapnya

Temu Raya kecil tapi penuh sukacita

Sebagai negara dengan semboyan nasional “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, Indonesia terbukti menjadi tuan rumah yang tepat dalam Temu Raya Mennonite World Conference ke-17, yang terpaksa harus diselenggarakan dengan skala lebih kecil oleh karena aturan... Selengkapnya

Dibawa oleh kasih Tuhan

"Ketika Yesus datang ke dunia, Dia mengasihi semua orang. Kita semua diciptakan dalam satu gambar, jadi kita perlu memperlakukan setiap orang sebagai layaknya anak-anak Tuhan,” kata Pendeta Yeanny. “Ketika orang membawa tas MWC di tangan mereka,... Selengkapnya

Superar las barreras requiere aprendizaje permanente

Al seguir a Jesús, el cruzar barreras es inevitable. Todos preferimos la seguridad del espacio en el que normalmente vivimos. La vida cotidiana tiene hábitos que reproducimos sin, necesariamente, examinar sus implicacias y sus significados; de... Selengkapnya

Follow the way that Jesus teaches

In recent times, churches have faced persecution from the Hindu extremists. But persecution is not only in the form of physical harassment or damage to the property. Christians as a minority are mentally persecuted: our voices are not heard…. Even... Selengkapnya