March 2020

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March 2020

Do not fear: prayers for COVID-19

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) unsettling the global human family, Mennonite World Conference leaders put confidence in the living God who says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10).

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God’s call for our church and mission

“The church will slow down the work of Mennonite Central Committee,” someone told me at the 2008 MCC New Wine, New Wineskins consultative meeting in Winnipeg. “If we want to be a more effective NGO, we need to act independently from the church,” he continued.

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Renewal 2027 and Executive Committee meetings in B.C. cancelled

With the World Health Organization using the word “pandemic” to describe global infection from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mennonite World Conference leadership decided to cancel the March Renewal 2027 public event and April Executive Committee meetings.

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Amnesty for Sangmin Lee

It was Tuesday, 31 December, the last day of the year 2019, when Sangmin Lee called me with excitement to report news of his amnesty.

Early in 2014, Lee was sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing, on the basis of his faith, to complete his mandatory military service.

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People of Burkina Faso call for prayer

Terrorist attacks have displaced 700,000 in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Many in the country say what they most need is prayer.

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Passion for service: meet Shirley Redekop

“Even with all our diversity of culture, language and practice, our Anabaptist theology draws us together as a family of faith through Christ’s love and sacrifice for us,” says Shirley Redekop. She begins a half-time role as MWC chief development officer 23 March 2020.

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A message from 1 Peter

"Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).


MWC general secretary César García and president J. Nelson Kraybill share words of encouragement from 1 Peter.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

Starting 23 February 2020, India has gone through reprehensible violence that has resulted in 45 deaths. Vested political interests and forces of hate have driven rioting on the streets, homes and mosques of the national capital.

We urge the global church to uphold the people of Delhi in prayer for peace and harmony to prevail and for violence to cease. Pray for families who have lost loved ones. Pray for congregations in the Delhi national capital region to open their hearts and facilities for the afflicted and to come to the aid of the helpless and distraught.

Pray for the authorities to ensure the rule of law and the security of vulnerable people of Delhi also for political parties to discipline members who make inflammatory remarks.

—Vikal Rao, Mennonite Church India leader and MWC Deacons commission member


Loving God, who walks alongside the neediest and the little ones of this world, we give many thanks for helping us to accompany our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters. We wish to assist them with bread, with comfort, with a willing and attentive ear and heart. We also desire a more just and humane world where we all have a place to be with dignity and joy. Thank you for your faithfulness; at no point has the oil run dry. Just as you did for the widow and the prophet, you have generously provided. We also thank you because we have felt your presence more closely, and we have become more aware of your being God with us.

—Refugee and Migrant Peoples Project, Iglesia Menonita de Quito, Ecuador

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We are so thankful for the good rains that are covering the whole country of South Africa. They have come late for good crops in areas, but we are glad to get water. The countryside is good and green. We are very thankful. We do need our dams to fill up though.

—submitted by MWC regional representative for Southern Africa Barbara Nkala

Courier: October 2019


Courier: Immigrants revitalize the church


Ministry partner update: ICOMB – March 2020


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