August 2017

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August 2017

Anabaptists respond to violence and displacement in DR Congo

Akron, Pennsylvania, USA – A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) with food, household items and shelter supplies.

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MWC facilitates interdependent response to Peru flooding

Bogotá, Colombia – Maria Justa Ipanaque (34) never imagined that she would ride in a helicopter. The small-scale farmer who lives with her husband Ezequiel Ramos Sánchez (40) and five children in Chato Chico, Piura, Peru, became trapped in her house 7 March 2017 when a burst canal released El Niño floodwaters across the plain.

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God’s church and its vocation for peace

Some of the most succinct yet powerful words of Scripture guide the church into its vocation of peace, justice and reconciliation.

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near (Ephesians 2:17).

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Hot chiles and warm fellowship

Recipe: Mole Coloradito Enchiladas

As a Mexican-American, one of the most comforting things about living in Colombia was how similar my Mexican culture is to Colombian culture. My Colombian host family was very interested to learn more when I told them my family is from Mexico.

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Global encyclopedia commits to global content

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – John D. Roth, Mennonite World Conference Faith and Life Commission secretary, was appointed general editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO). The GAMEO board voted unanimously 19 May 2017 to transfer oversight of the project to the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (ISGA), which Roth directs, at Goshen College, Indiana, USA.

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Ministry partner update: IBICA – August 2017

Praise God for the interest and growth of a small group of seekers and new believers in a village in Thailand. Pray that they will take the step of baptism soon.

Thank God that he is using recent pastor installations, fresh biblical teachings and simple recycling lessons to build his church in Malawi.

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Peace Sunday 2017

How does your congregation celebrate Peace Sunday in your worship service? Click here for Peace Sunday 2017 resources. And after you celebrate, share with us!

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

August 2017: “Please pray for us and all the victims,” writes a leader of the Brethren in Christ church in Nepal). Torrential rain caused flooding and triggered landslides in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. BIC church members in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa and Dhanusa districts are badly affected. The BIC children’s hostel compound and ground floor of the BIC Church office building (which also provides housing) in Biratnagar were flooded and the church compound’s walls collapsed. In the aftermath, electrical power was limited and many BIC members sheltered in camps and schools waiting for relief supplies. In India, floods destroyed villages, crops and roads; a leader from the Brethren in Christ Church in Bihar, India, reports that people have taken refuge at the Banmankhi church campus. Read more.


August 2017: America is a dangerous place for activists who defend human rights or natural resources, reports agencies like Oxfam and the UN. Churches are affected when community members who lack safe access to farmland migrate away from their homes. In Colombia, Christian Peacemaker Teams and Justapaz (a Mennonite church organization) support small farming and mining communities where rural residents are affected by armed conflict and resource exploitation. Pray for protection for these people who risk their own safety for the good of wider society. Read more.


August 2017: Praise the Lord for churches who live out an example of peace, breaking the cycles of violence with their witness to the ways of Christ’s peace. May our churches have the awareness to counter injustice against those who are marginalized. Pray that the church would continue to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to grow in its capacity to demonstrate interdependence and love as alternatives to violence. – From Peace Sunday 2017 Worship Resources, click here to see more.