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17 May 2019 - It took about 490 years for government officials in Bern, Switzerland, to ask for forgiveness for persecution of Anabaptists in the region.It took less than two to get a response from Swiss Mennonites.Delegates from every congregation in Konferenz der Mennoniten der Schweiz [Alttäufer]/Conférence... Read more...
23 Apr 2019 - “A chapter of my story was written while with YAMEN,” says Diana Martínez. The young church leader from Colombia served as an educational assistant at Casa Hogar Belén, a children’s home in Managua, Nicaragua, 2017–2018 through YAMEN.YAMEN (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network) is a joint... Read more...
15 Apr 2019 - “We enthusiastically celebrate that we are a Christo-centric borderless faith community, because as part of Mennonite World Conference, we fraternally unite with 107 Anabaptist and Mennonite [national churches and one international association] across 58 different countries in the world,” said... Read more...
2 Apr 2019 - During its 2018 annual conference, Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated its first-ever credentialed leaders: Adriano MBackeh, Sangpierre Mendy, Daniel Djin-ale, and Gibby Mane.More than 200 joyous attendees – the most ever for this type of event – filled Catel Mennonite Church’s new... Read more...
19 Mar 2019 - General secretary César García and executive assistant Sandra Báez Rojas of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) have relocated to Canada in February 2019 to work out of the Kitchener, Ontario, office.MWC is an international communion of Anabaptist related churches with members from around the globe.... Read more...
20 Feb 2019 - “The church must do its job, offering people charity and spiritual teaching, so that a person may be transformed,” says Safari Mutabesha Bahati.Mennonite Association for Peace and Development (MAPD) in Malawi, a member of the global Anabaptist Service Network, supports both through a women’s sewing... Read more...
19 Feb 2019 - For the first time in more than a decade, Anabaptist church leaders from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela gathered together, 9–12 November 2018, in La Cumbre, Valle, Colombia.They studied the Bible, sang in community, and listened to each other around the theme "The Church as an Agent of Hope... Read more...
12 Feb 2019 - Mennonite World Conference lost two leaders currently serving in official roles. Pascal Kulungu, member of the newly formed Global Anabaptist Peace Network steering committee, died 16 January 2019 after a short illness. Manjula Roul, member of the Faith and Life Commission since 2015 and General... Read more...
1 Feb 2019 - Strengthened by emergency food, 700 families displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are preparing to plant crops and to raise pigs to support themselves.In partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and other partners, three Mennonite... Read more...
16 Jan 2019 - Migration is shifting populations around the globe. Motives are diverse, from meeting basic needs, to fleeing violence and seeking opportunities. People balance the hope of a better life for their children against the challenges of dangerous passage, cultural adjustment, and government... Read more...
15 Jan 2019 - As we looked back at 2018, we gathered Mennonite World Conference's most popular news stories based on website views. In case you missed them the first time, here are the most visited stories from the global Anabaptist family in 2018. 1. Benni & Rianna: a GYS love storyChristian parents... Read more...
17 Dec 2018 - The people of Mennonite World Conference are always working to create space for relationship among the members around the world. Meet the newest faces on the team.National co-coordinators for Indonesia 2021 work with the MWC Chief International Events Officer to plan the global Assembly that will... Read more...
14 Dec 2018 - “With the help of God’s Spirit, the retreat has been the means to open and free our hearts of knots and situations that prevent us from fully being women in every sense of the word,” says Gladis Velásqez Maldonado.Velásqez Maldonado is part of an emerging worldwide network of Anabaptist Women... Read more...
10 Dec 2018 - Anabaptist groups and individuals gathered together 8–12 October 2018 at Sammuk Christian Academy, Chonburi, Thailand, for the fourth Thailand Anabaptist Gathering (TAG).The Thai Mennonite Brethren leaders and MB Mission missionaries planned and hosted the biennial gathering attended by almost 160... Read more...
3 Dec 2018 - Mr Kannan kutty, 45, has terminal cancer. His wife is a labourer. She and one of his sons work any job they can find to earn money. Their other son is a student.Already struggling to have enough funds for cancer treatments and living costs, the family was affected by the heavy monsoon flooding in... Read more...
20 Nov 2018 - “Uganda is ripe for evangelism and the church is growing,” says bishop Simon Okoth, national coordinator of Uganda Mennonite Church. The new Mennonite World Conference (MWC) member church (accepted by the Executive Committee in 2017) grew from 310 members in 7 congregations reported in 2015 to 553... Read more...
1 Nov 2018 - “Our global value of peacemaking is expressed in the Declaration of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples,” says Mennonite World Conference general secretary César García. “How a church in South Korea or Colombia lives that out is not something we can legislate. It’s an issue we need to discern as... Read more...
22 Oct 2018 - A brand-new Courier brings Kenya to you while World Fellowship Sunday tells migration stories from Latin America and Indonesia comes to the Bogota office.New ways Mennonite World Conference is connecting churches worldwide:A hopeless church planter, powerful women on mission and a conscientious... Read more...
4 Oct 2018 - Damaris Guaza Sandoval says her year of service in La Ceiba, Honduras, was about equipping young people to be God’s ambassadors of peace where violence is common. The 26-year-old from Cali, Colombia, worked as a social worker with Proyecto Paz y Justicia (PPyJ; Peace and Justice Project), a... Read more...
12 Sep 2018 - Coffee breaks at the triennial Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council, Commissions and networks meetings in Kenya April 2018, allowed Colombia peacebuilder and human rights lawyer Ricardo Esquivia to share with an old friend his desire for the Global Anabaptist Peace Network (GAPN) to... Read more...
10 Sep 2018 - A quiz on global Christianity and Anabaptism (including MWC statistics) prepared participants from Nihon Menonaito Kirisuto Kyokai Kyogikai (Japan Mennonite Christian Church Conference) for a discussion of the Shared Convictions of Global Anabaptists.For the annual Peace Missions Centre seminar 15–... Read more...
21 Aug 2018 - Ten-yea-old Kanku Ngalamulume fled from his home in the village of Senge after armed groups beheaded his mother and father and his siblings too.He was among 1.4 million people in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have been forced from their homes as violence among local... Read more...
6 Aug 2018 - The Constitutional Court of Korea brought an end to 70 years of imprisoning conscientious objectors (COs) when it ruled 28 June 2018 that it is unconstitutional for South Korea not to offer alternative service options for COs.An alternative does exist, but it requires four to six weeks of military... Read more...
24 Jul 2018 - A greeting from the Vietnam Mennonite Church to the world.Throughout its history, the people of the Vietnam Mennonite Church (VMC) have never failed to demonstrate their resilience and their commitment to live out the peaceful way of Christ.First established in 1964 in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City... Read more...
23 Jul 2018 - “We can’t keep our story. We must share.” That’s the message Danang Kristiawan brought home after attending MERK, the European Mennonite Conference (EMC, CME 2018) 10–13 May, 2018.The gathering of European Mennonites that occurs every six years was bigger than ever with a total of 2 300 people... Read more...

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