November 2017

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November 2017

Canadian seniors give for sustainability

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Eighty-nine-year-old John Penner still goes to work three times a week in the business he co-owns with his sons in Calgary. Travelling days are over – he walks with cane and his wife Katie relies on a walker – but “we are trying to keep ourselves busy and also to help other people.”

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MWC financial update

We are grateful for the steady flow of contributions in support of Mennonite World Conference, whether from our national member churches, local congregations, or individuals. During the first part of the year, we received strong support for our core activities; however we still rely on end-of-year contributions to meet our financial commitments.

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Mission Commission calls Anabaptists to urgency in mission

In recent years, Anabaptists have been identified by such distinctives as peacemaking, voluntary choice, simple living, community and discipleship. We believe, however, that a key defining characteristic of the early Anabaptist movement was its fervent embrace of mission.

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Nellie Mlotshwa: Stop and listen – a commanding teacher

Nellie is a woman who has achieved many firsts against many odds in the Brethren In Christ Church (BICC) in Zimbabwe. She has been a valued lay preacher right through life, particularly in large gatherings such as conferences.

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Drama and mission as Argentine Mennonites celebrate one hundred years

Performing before hundreds of Mennonites and passersby at a park in downtown Buenos Aires 16 September 2017, a drama troupe from the Mennonite church in Villa Adelina, Argentina, mimed challenges and struggles facing youth: violence, drugs, promiscuity, greed, and death itself.

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Healing by the Spirit

Some years ago, there was a week-long evening revival conference, which meant the entire church compound was full of people. Tesfa arrived a little late, and by then even the outside tents were full, so he squeezed into one, standing on the side.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

November 2017: “May we pray for Zimbabwe as the political crisis escalates with military taking charge, creating tension and uncertainty as to the outcome. We pray for peace and wellbeing of citizens.”– MWC Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Barbara Nkala, shared this prayer 15 November 2017. On 21 November, Zimbabweans were pleased that long-time president Robert Mugabe stepped down, ushering in hope for change. Read more.


November 2017: Thank God for the leaders of the Mennonite churches in Europe, people who use their talents and give their time and energy for leading the churches. Pray for safe travels and inspired discussions and decisions. as they meet from 24–26 November in Vilnius, Lithuania, for their yearly meeting. Read more.