October 2016

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October 2016

YABs Fellowship Week in Bogotá and around the world

Bogotá, Colombia – In June 2016, the dream of worshipping together as the global family became a reality, when local young people from three denominations celebrated the inaugural YABs Fellowship Week with a joint worship service in Bogotá.

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Learning with Iraqi refugees in the Department of Ain – France

Moved by the situation caused by the advance of Daesh at the end of 2014, 20 members of three Christian communities in the small town of Bellegarde decided to accommodate a family of refugees from Iraq. After nine months of waiting, the Mikho family with two grandmothers, two parents and three boys was announced in the train station one Saturday evening.

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The road to peace after the plebiscite in Colombia

A plebiscite was held in Colombia on 2 October 2016, for the citizens to approve or reject the agreements reached between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejercito del Pueblo (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army, FARC) after four years of negotiations.

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My spiritual journey

My name is Jessie Francis Kamoto. I was born on 20 November 1975 in a Christian family, members of Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP). I got married in 1993 to Reverend Francis Kamoto. God has blessed us with three children: Memory (22), Vincent (18) and Nancy (8).

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The miracle of unity

How can unity between different nations or communities be achieved? Many methods have been sought since the Tower of Babel times. In that Bible story, the people attempt to achieve unity by having a common vision and a call to work toward the same goal; and as we well know, the endeavour fails.

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Ministry partner update: ICOMB – October 2016

Pastor Fujii leads Japanese MB churches in Fresno and Sacramento, California. Recently he travelled to India and Sri Lanka to renew acquaintance with church leaders he met at a mission conference. God used him and his wife to bring people to salvation and healing.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

October 2016: As a global church, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The Mennonite community in Haiti was affected by hurricane Matthew. Pastor Lesly Bertrand writes: We have two churches in the South that are completely destroyed as well as two others on the central plateau, and hundreds of houses of our church members are destroyed across the country. Two of our pastors are homeless. Once more, we rely on your prayers and understanding! Read more...

October 2016: The Integrated Mennonite Churches of the Philippines ask for prayer for their country. The new president has taken many bold and controversial approaches, polarizing opinions in the church and creating a culture of fear. Pray that local and national leaders would be wise and discerning under pressure from many influences; that people would unite for the sake of their land, for their children and future generations; and for the common welfare and shared future of the people. Pray that the body of Christ in the Philippines will be united in pursuing justice, peace and human rights. May the church overcome through the power of the God of justice and peace, the God of history. Read more...

October 2016: On 31 October 2016 in Sweden, the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church will jointly hold a commemoration of the Reformation, in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Praise God for this joint worship by two world communions. As general secretary César García participates on behalf of Mennonite World Conference, pray that God continues to work on the reconciliation of his church for a better witness to Christ in the world. Read more...

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