December 2015

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December 2015

Prayer transcends barriers

Assembly prayer network connected Anabaptist body to each other and God

Winnipeg, Canada – “When people came together in the prayer room, many times no words were needed,” says Joanne H. Dietzel, Lancaster Mennonite conference coordinator. “A prayer, a touch, offering a tissue for tears, a smile – all transcend language barriers and build up the body of Christ.”

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MWC Assembly balances books

Bogota, Colombia – Assembly PA 2015, the once-every-six-years gathering of Mennonite World Conference, closed financially at break-even, that is, without a deficit.

The MWC operations team continuously made adjustments, maintaining priorities of environmental sustainability and financial stewardship despite unexpected developments.

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European leaders release statement on refugees

Bogotá, Colombia - Leaders of Mennonite conferences in Europe and international guests met in Buhl, France, for their annual gathering of planning and fellowship 23-25 October 2015. The assembled leaders drafted a statement to express their concern about the refugee crisis in Europe.

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Morning Sermons from PA 2015

Read the full text of the morning sermons from PA 2015, by Rebecca Osiro, Tigist Tesfaye Gelagle, Nancy Heisey, Remilyn Mondez, Shant Kumar S Kunjam, Kevin Ressler, Hippolyto Tshimanga, Marc Pasqués and Rodrigo Pedroza. These can also be a helpful resource as you prepare to celebrate World Fellowship Sunday with your congregation.

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World Fellowship Sunday 2015: A testimony of our global family

World Fellowship Sunday is a celebration that brings us close to our roots and allows us to get together with our family of faith to give thanks to God and to worship.

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“We should do this again”

A glimpse of Assembly 2015, a glimpse of God’s intention to bring peoples together, a calling for one multicultural congregation

“We should do this again!” commented a Hmong young adult, a sentiment heard often after Kitchener First Mennonite Church’s Assembly Scattered weekend in early October 2015.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

December 2015: The light of life has shined on those who dwelt in the shadowy darkness of death. (Isaiah 9:2, The Voice translation). We pray for the light of Christ to shine amid the needs of Anabaptist believers around the world. In 2015, believers in Ethiopia and India were persecuted, conscientious objectors in Colombia and South Korea suffered for their choice, the church in Panama struggled to preserve its ancestral lands, Burkina Faso saw political turmoil, a flood destroyed buildings in Malawi, an earthquake rocked Nepal, the crisis of violence and displacement in Syria reached a breaking point and governments discussed responses to climate change. Lord have mercy! Amid this darkness, we give thanks for the light of Christ on us as Mennonite and Brethren in Christ brothers and sisters gathered in Pennsylvania in July, and as the Global Christian Forum unified church leaders in November. May our daily lives also reflect to our neighbours and enemies the light of Christ that has shined on us. This child: God’s promise to David… He will ensure justice without fail and absolute equity. Always. (Isaiah 9:7, The Voice translation). Read more...

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