September 2017

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September 2017

Migrant Trail walkers imitate Jesus

“Our Anabaptist history is intrinsically tied to migration, and so is our Christian story,” says Saulo Padilla, immigration education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. “We must keep challenging the narratives that separate us, build borders and invite us to dehumanize others.”

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MWC – new pictures, people and publication

Mennonite World Conference weaves a web of connections within the Anabaptist Mennonite family around the world through website, emails, social media, publishing and relations with other organizations. Here are some new connecting points.

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7 reasons MWC matters for your congregation

Mennonite World Conference gathers and equips member churches and local congregations to be the body of Christ together. Here are some blessings leaders and congregations receive through MWC: A mosaic of a growing church...

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Embracing vulnerability

A renewed peace church calls for renewed commitment to one another; even those who may be our enemies. Building bridges resolves disconnectedness. Without relationship and connectedness peace cannot flourish. This is essential if we want to relate with those who are of a different faith or culture.

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First Mennonite Brethren serves in DRC government

Hillsboro, Kan., USA – Maleghi Lumeya has recently been appointed Ministre des affaires foncières (minister of land [property]) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lumeya, who has served as a national congressman, is the first Mennonite Brethren to serve at this level of government in DR Congo.

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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

September 2017: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult” (Psalm 46:1–2). Lord God, amid extreme weather everywhere – wildfires in North America, hurricanes in the Caribbean, earthquakes in Mexico, floods in Latin America and South Asia – and political unrest in Europe and Africa, be our refuge and comfort. Strengthen us to walk without fear and share your hope with those around us. Read more.

September 2017: Pray for the 1.4 million people displaced by violence in DR Congo, who include at least 8,000 Mennonites. Church leaders report that 36 Mennonites have been killed among the UN-estimated 3,300 deaths since October last year. Church buildings and church schools have been damaged or destroyed. Praise God for the Mennonites in Kwilu province and across the border in Angola who are sheltering Mennonites who have fled. Pray for the local church leaders who are partnering with international Mennonite organizations (MCC, AIMM, EMM, MB Mission, ICOMB, MWC) to bring relief. Click here to read more

As you pray for brothers and sisters suffering violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mennonite World Conference invites your messages of encouragement and solidarity to share with our churches there.

Take a picture with your congregation and a sign labelled “Prions pour la RDC” (“Pray for the DRC). Please email messages and photographs to and post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #mwcmm.