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28 Oct 2019 - Earthquake. Famine. Flooding. The headlines catch attention, and people respond with prayers and donations to emergency appeals.A few days later, the reporting stops and the event fades from memory. But for those directly affected, it is only the beginning. Mennonite World Conference (MWC) has... Read more...
22 Oct 2019 - How do our churches and service agencies work together? How does the gospel illuminate our witness in our context? How do we make explicit the invitation to follow Jesus as part of our social and mission work? How do we bring our justice witness to government agencies and policies?These questions... Read more...
18 Oct 2019 - To share news and a sense of identity among the 4,900 baptized members of the 22-congregation Mennonite Church India Dhamtari CG (MCI), a magazine committee resurrected Mennonait Mandli Samachar Patrika – a Hindi-language news magazine for the Mennonite church – in 2015.Pastors, bishops, women... Read more...
16 Oct 2019 - The image of Dirk Willems reaching back to rescue his pursuer from the ice is iconic for Anabaptists. But just as powerful are more recent – and more diverse – stories of Anabaptists who live out peace and reconciliation in ordinary but sacrificial ways as they follow Jesus today.Through worship... Read more...
17 Sep 2019 - Gathered and scattered. Mennonite World Conference creates space for the global Anabaptist family to worship together, together in body in one location, and together in spirit in many locations.One way is through publishing worship resources. Each year, MWC partners with church leaders from around... Read more...
13 Sep 2019 - Earlier this year in Tshikapa, DR Congo, four Congolese women laughed together as they filled a water trough for their pigs – animals that hold the promise of income for them in the year to come.Their laughter stands in contrast to their experiences, just two and three years ago, when they fled... Read more...
5 Sep 2019 - “During this year I have learned to be more curious and adventurous. When I return to my country, I hope to be a better servant for Christ and in my church, and also to be more daring when assuming responsibilities,” says Gerhard Peters, a 2018–2019 YAMEN participant.The young man from a Mennonite... Read more...
26 Aug 2019 - From 25–27 June 2019, leaders and members of the four Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Commissions met together for a time of face-to-face discussion, reflection, worship and strategic planning to advance the mission of MWC.Approximately 40 women and men from around the globe gathered for the... Read more...
19 Aug 2019 - “Normally when I am away from home, I only want to go home again. Now, I just want to stay here,” said one participant in the first European Menno’s Global Youth Assembly.From 30 May to 2 June 2019, 45 young Mennonites from The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine met in Dopersduin... Read more...
13 Aug 2019 - “The global church works best when all her parts are engaged in sharing their stories,” said Patrick Obonde, director of missions at the Anabaptist Leadership Education Centre in Kenya.On 17–19 June 2019, historians, pastors and archivists did just that at “Power and Preservation: Enabling Access... Read more...
22 Jul 2019 - “Why would you help us? Who are you Mennonites?” A family from Colombia asked this of their friends at Grantham Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church in St. Catharines, Ont., Canada. With bureaucratic assistance from Mennonite Central Committee and linguistic support from neighbouring Scott Street MB... Read more...
22 May 2019 - “Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord,” said Mennonite World Conference (MWC) President J. Nelson Kraybill. At the Executive Committee meetings, eight pastors and leaders from Asociación Iglesias Cristianas Menonitas de Costa Rica shared about how their congregations are growing together and... Read more...
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...

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