October 2019

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October 2019

MWC walks with family through hard times

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) has worked with Anabaptist partners in response to recent disasters affecting member churches. Long after aid money has been spent, the hard work of restoration quietly continues as churches help the community rebuild, regain livelihoods and recover from trauma.

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Hindi publication resurrected to share Mennonite news

To share news and a sense of identity among the 4,900 baptized members of the 22-congregation Mennonite Church India Dhamtari CG (MCI), a magazine committee resurrected Mennonait Mandli Samachar Patrika – a Hindi-language news magazine for the Mennonite church – in 2015.

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Mission and service workers: ambassadors of peace

From 6–8 September 2019, 23 members of GASN and GMF organizations in 12 Latin American countries met in Cachipay, Colombia to strengthen fellowship and unite under their shared vision of service and mission as extensions of Anabaptist churches.

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Anabaptist testimonies inspire Anabaptist lives

The image of Dirk Willems reaching back to rescue his pursuer from the ice is iconic for Anabaptists. But just as powerful are more recent – and more diverse – stories of Anabaptists who live out peace and reconciliation in ordinary but sacrificial ways as they follow Jesus today.

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Lordship in life

The June protests in Hong Kong against the proposed extradition law brought much attention in the media. Something unique about this protest is how the church has stepped up her role as peacemakers.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

October 2019: Pray for Ecuador where citizens were protesting government cuts to decades-long petrol subsidies and labour and tax reforms that result in reduced wages and social programs. Mennonite churches in Ecuador, rooted in the teachings of Jesus, call for peace that is based on justice, reconciliation, the defense of vulnerable people and affirmation of human dignity, and rejection of violence. May the church be empowered by the Spirit of God to seek the welfare of their neighbours and the transformation of hearts. Read more.

October 2019: Pray for the young people who began their service terms around the world with the Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN!) program in mid-August. May they be willing to take risk and learn without bias as they encounter and serve the church n a new location and different culture.

YAMEN! is a joint program between Mennonite World Conference and Mennonite Central Committee.

October 2019: Praise God for the 4th annual peace camp training session in Angola in July to train leaders from MWC member churches Igreja da Comunidade Menonita em Angola (ICMA), Igreja Evangélica Menonita em Angola (IEMA), and Igreja Evangélica dos Irmãos Menonitas em Angola (IEIMA), with involvement from Mennonite Central Committee. Pray that they would have wisdom and creativity as they teach others the skills they have learned to form peace clubs in schools, prisons, and local communities. Pray for wisdom as they implement trauma healing skills. Read more.

Call for translators

Would you like to serve MWC? We are seeking assistance from native Spanish or French speakers who are fluent in English, for translation of our written materials. For additional information or questions, please contact Karina Derksen-Schrock, Translation/Interpretation Coordinator: KarinaDerksenSchrock@mwc-cmm.org