Stories

Locked down but uplifted

“The love from Indonesia”: for YAMENers Enosh Rupamajhi, Jeu Song and Olicky Muchindu, the warmth of relationship – from their hosts and each other – is a hallmark of their year. ¡YAMEN! offers young adults from around the world an opportunity to... more/más/suite

Spaghetti and chopsticks: Mutual transformation in YAMEN!

This story was written in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic became a worldwide threat. As of April 2020, Minear Mak is still serving in her YAMEN assignment, remaining in close contact with MCC and MWC administrators as health and... more/más/suite

More curious, more daring

“During this year I have learned to be more curious and adventurous. When I return to my country, I hope to be a better servant for Christ and in my church, and also to be more daring when assuming responsibilities,” says Gerhard Peters, a 2018–2019... more/más/suite

“Every second, God is here, helping me”

“A chapter of my story was written while with YAMEN,” says Diana Martínez. The young church leader from Colombia served as an educational assistant at Casa Hogar Belén, a children’s home in Managua, Nicaragua, 2017–2018 through YAMEN. YAMEN (Young... more/más/suite

A recipe to cure homesickness

Laos and Indonesia are both in South East Asia, so some kinds of food are similar. But sometimes, as Laotian teaching English on YAMEN in Indonesia, I miss Lao food. When I make food from home, it helps me to not feel as homesick. Cooking Lao food... more/más/suite

YAMEN ambassador of peace amid violence

Damaris Guaza Sandoval says her year of service in La Ceiba, Honduras, was about equipping young people to be God’s ambassadors of peace where violence is common. The 26-year-old from Cali, Colombia, worked as a social worker with Proyecto Paz y... more/más/suite

如何運作: 緊急糧食配送

在 Kibwezi, Kenya 附近我看到很多枯乾的玉米。開車兜一圈看農田,看不到能收成的玉米。 2018年 2月,MCC的夥伴 Utooni Development Organization (UDO),就是我當志工的組織,在Kibwezi附近受到乾旱影響的地方開始了一個糧食救濟計畫。他們的糧食配送是給附近的兩個村莊,Kathyaka 和 Ngulu。我們配送的糧食來自MCC在加拿大食物銀行的帳戶。 我在糧食配送過程擔任攝影師。我想到自來水在我南韓的家鄉是如此容易取得的,... more/más/suite

轉化的一年:在YAMEN計畫中遇見神也遇見人

哥倫比亞波哥大 -- 「無論我們在哪裡,福音使我們連結在一起」,勞莉.賽古拉 (Laurey Segura)參與門諾會重洗青年文化交流網絡(Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network,簡稱YAMEN)擔任老師與青年工作者體現了這樣的精神。這是一個門諾會中央委員會與世界大會聯合舉辦的計畫,使得這位哥斯大黎加門諾會會友至哥倫比亞服事一年,2016~2017成為可能。 她說:「過去我總希望可以提供援助,到頭來卻發現自己受助更多。」... more/más/suite

操西班牙語的文化交流學員在拉丁美洲面對獨特的挑戰

加拿大曼尼托巴省溫尼佩市 – 在一個與自己國家鄰近、所使用語言又與自己母語相同的地方服務,似乎比較容易,然而從拉丁美洲來參與重洗派文化交流計畫(YAMEN)的學員們,分派到在同一地區另一國家,有第一手的不同經驗。 YEMAN是MCC與門諾會世界大會--全球重洗派傳統的信仰大家族--合作的計畫,目的是促進不同地區的重洗派教會間的聯繫與交流。 YEMAN的成員來自美國、加拿大以外的國家,又受派至這二國家以外的地區服務。以下是幾則從拉丁美洲來的學員的故事。 Juan Torrico Soliz –... more/más/suite

YAMEN service builds faith

Bogotá, Colombia – Taking a risk and trusting in God are sure ways to grow in faith. For Marisela Dyck and Xavier Chen, serving with the Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) program in 2015-2016 was a year of lessons in relying on God... more/más/suite

Offering our blessings to the world

Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN!) is a joint exchange program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mennonite World Conference (MWC). The purpose of the program is to foster cross-cultural learning and service for young adults... more/más/suite

Healing wounds through art: A YAMEN experience

Bogotá, Colombia – For Keila Viana, seeing how art can heal wounds deepened her understanding of God and his love during her international service in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “I believe that during this time God worked a lot in my life,” says Viana, a... more/más/suite

Church participation enriches cross cultural experience

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Opportunities to fill leadership responsibilities in a local church enrich Yoweri Murungi’s one-year cross cultural service assignment in Lusaka, Zambia. His many new experiences include leading praise and worship services,... more/más/suite

New intern brings Korean voice for reconciliation to UN

New York, New York, USA – JeaHyun Nham from the Republic of Korea (ROK/South Korea) is the latest Mennonite World Conference (MWC) intern to join the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United Nations Office. The intern is a joint... more/más/suite

YAMEN! experience feeds passion for helping children

Joint release by Mennonite World Conference and Mennonite Central Committee Bogotá, Colombia - Within days of her arrival in Bogotá on 21 August 2013 for her YAMEN! term, Rut Arsari already knew it would be difficult for her to leave. The wonderful... more/más/suite

Young adults learn to love God and others through cross-cultural service

Uganda — Among the many memories that Shammah Nakawesi of Uganda brings home from her one-year service assignment in Indonesia is her new understanding of loving God and others. “Even in the uncertainties of life, loving God and loving others is all... more/más/suite

Straddling Lao PDR and Zimbabwe

Vientiane, Lao PDR -- Godswill Muzarabani grew up straddling two cultures in Zimbabwe. His father was from the majority ethnic group, Shona, and his mother was Ndebele, the minority ethnic group – classifications that have led to violence between... more/más/suite

No longer foolish and small

Sukodono, Indonesia--In 2008 I went to Cairo, Egypt, under YAMEN! to work at the Anaphora Retreat Centre of the Coptic Orthodox church. I used my limited English language as a basis for learning Arabic. After a month and a half, however, just as I... more/más/suite