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By Eastern Mennonite Missions
Christ's transforming love compels us to cross cultures, engage the world, and make disciples of Jesus.

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The Bible in their own language
In 1987, Glenna Sollenberger went on a mission trip to San Miguel Chicaj, a village in Guatemala. When they arrived, the team discovered that most of the people spoke a local Mayan language. Their heart language was Rabinal Achí. The missionary told the team that the people respond better when the local pastor preaches in their language, rather than Spanish.
September 18, 2022
Beginnings in Southeast Asia
In 1954, EMM was at a crossroads regarding how it might get involved with ministry to unreached people groups in Southeast Asia. There were two equally important opportunities: Indonesia and Vietnam. In fact, Orie O. Miller, who was the secretary of the organization at the time, made visits to both countries.
September 11, 2022
The right tools for the job
EMM worker Andre Provost asked a group of church leaders in Thailand: “Can you read the label on the bottom of the crate?” They responded, “MADE IN THE USA!” A PowerPoint slide of a Thai person in front of an imported crate appeared on the screen. Andre exclaimed to the crowd, “This is our problem! We are following a model developed in an environment very different than ours.” 
September 04, 2022
Entrance by association?
It was the perfect day for a spontaneous picnic – there was no rain (even though it was the rainy season in Costa Rica). The blue sky beckoned to EMM worker Jen Hoover’s soul. She sun's warmth tenderly touched their skin and the shade promised to cool their sweat-moistened shirts.  Bar-B-Q meatballs, rice, and steamed broccoli would not be Jen’s first choice for a blanketed picnic meal, but it was delicious nonetheless. 
August 28, 2022
Thai church leaders travel to MWC Indonesia
Sarah and Mark Schoenhals serve with both EMM and Virginia Mennonite Missions in Thailand with their two daughters. Recently, Sarah reflected on their trip to participate in the 2022 Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Indonesia. After months of uncertainty about travel restrictions, Covid, funding, and finding an interpreter, the details all came together. 
August 21, 2022
Resourcing a growing church
EMM volunteer worker Gerry Keener recently returned from a two-week trip to Vietnam to reconnect with the Mennonite church in the country. Gerry reflected on how it was a joy to experience the energy of refreshed relationships and … of course, delicious Vietnamese food!
August 14, 2022
Intercession as a foundation for multiplication
Have you ever had an individual's name come to mind? Maybe you hadn’t thought of the person for a long time. Have you felt your heart grieved about the state of a nation you have never visited? Have you shed tears at the thought of the sins of your people? Was the Holy Spirit perhaps trying to get your attention?
August 07, 2022
Fellowship via Zoom
With anticipation, EMM staff member Julia Tsai sits down for coffee with EMM worker Kandace Glenn. She lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with her roommates, Thida and Len. The three friends smile at Julia through her laptop screen— this is sure to be an engaging conversation. 
July 31, 2022
Preparing for a convention
Every month, a small group of believers gathers together for communion at New Life Dangriga Christian Fellowship in Belize. Imagine a tray of about a dozen small plastic cups filled with grape juice and a container of bread on a table at the back of the worship space. But this week, believers in this Dangriga church filled a few more cups.
July 24, 2022
A spiritual encounter at a football game
Wales is a rugby nation. It always has been. It probably always will be. But in early June it was football that captured the heart of the nation. EMM worker Carol Wert is not a football fan. She never has been, and probably never will be. But when she heard that Wales was playing Ukraine for a spot in the World Cup, she found tickets for what she knew might be a historical moment. But Carol was unprepared for was a spiritual encounter.
July 17, 2022
Tuesdays in Lebanon
Tuesday mornings start a little earlier than the rest of the week for EMM worker Michael Clancy. Michael serves as an urban missionary in Lebanon City, Pennsylvania. His day begins at 7 a.m. meeting with a man who recently completed a discipleship program.
July 03, 2022
A change in plans
On February 24, Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. EMM workers Phil and Linda Gottschalk planned to go in August to join the faculty of the Zaporizhzhya Bible Seminary in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. Phil had been administrating the seminary’s Master of Theology program there since 2012. He was there in May 2014 after Crimea and the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk were taken. They have both been to Zaporizhzhya numerous times since then but did not imagine that the conflict would come to a full boil again.
June 26, 2022
An invitation to partner
Did you know that in Southeast Asia alone, there are nearly 674 million people from more than 1,820 different people groups? Of these people, just under 6 percent identify as evangelical Christians. Very simply put, that means that in Southeast Asia alone, there are more than 633 million people who have not experienced the life-transforming power of Jesus. 
June 19, 2022
The movement grows
Jacob E. Brubaker was a pattern maker who frequently traveled to New York City. During one of his trips, he was intrigued watching the banana boats come in to dock and asked someone for more information about where the boats were coming from. Upon learning that someone could pay a small fee to also ride on the boat back to its home country of Guatemala, Brubaker was very intrigued by the idea of Central America.
June 12, 2022
Continuation of a movement
As the post-war world was working to reorganize itself, Mennonites found opportunities to share the peace of Jesus through relief work. Many people think of the Second World War as being fought in European and Pacific theaters but forget about the toll that the war took on the African continent. One of these places was Ethiopia, which had been occupied by Italian forces from 1935 to 1941. Mennonites began working in Ethiopia in 1945, and by the end of 1947, EMM had sent its first missionaries there also, Daniel and Blanche Sensenig.
June 05, 2022
Beginnings of a movement
Elam Stauffer was confused by Chief Nyatega’s invitation to start a church in an empty field. He responded, “To whom shall I preach? The trees? The people are down there.” He was right: the people were down there. But what Elam didn’t realize at the time was that even though the people were down there, the people also went up to Katuru Hill.
May 29, 2022
A Jesus movement
When Marvin Lorenzana shares with congregations, he often says that Jesus came not to launch just a “church,” but rather a “movement.” This movement, Jesus called the “Kingdom of God” and, as He taught in more than one way, it was meant to grow exponentially as generational disciple making takes place.
May 22, 2022
Questions without answers
EMM worker Lucy returned to the U.S. a few months ago after having served in the Middle East. She is living a very different life than she was three months prior.
May 15, 2022
Looking to Nehemiah
Early in January, when Andre and Karen’s first attempt to return to Thailand was thwarted, Andre began to wonder if God would ever allow them to get back into the country. He reflected on the discouragement of Nehemiah in the presence of the king. When the king asked Nehemiah what was bothering him, Nehemiah responded, “The wall in Jerusalem is broken down and I want it repaired.”
May 08, 2022
Context matters
EMM worker Jen Hoover serves in disciple-making in Costa Rica with her family. Recently, she asked the question, “Do we need to rent a mixer?" It was a simple question, asked in the presence of three individuals who processed the question very differently.
May 01, 2022
Entertaining angels
Jesus calls us to invite the stranger in, to love our neighbor. Come join us on April 28 at 7 p.m. at 450 N Prince St, as we engage with the topic of immigration from a kingdom perspective, featuring Philip Gottschalk, author of the recent book “Entertaining Angels Unaware.” Learn from refugees who were resettled in Lancaster, share your questions and experiences, hear how you can get involved, and enjoy an international snack.
April 24, 2022
Reimagining church
Carol and Alan Wert serve as EMM workers in Wales, which is in the U.K. In March, they had the opportunity to join thirty people from all four nations of the UK gathered to explore the topic of Reimagining Church in a post-Covid setting.
April 17, 2022
Welcome and a wistful longing
Eric and Janelle* are EMM workers who serve in Germany. The month of March was busy for them as they prepared spaces in their church’s building to welcome Ukrainian refugees fleeing the current war.
April 10, 2022
A divinely orchestrated road trip
EMM workers Andre and Karen* had just returned to Thailand after having traveled from the United States. They were immediately asked by two friends if Andre and Karen would take them to a wedding three hours away. Andre was reminded of something he felt God was speaking to him as their flight was landing in Thailand.
April 03, 2022
A documentary for peace
A few weeks ago, EMM worker Jonathan Bornman went for a walk and stopped to chat with two teenage boys, refugees from Syria. Jonathan asked them if they had witnessed the shooting that happened in front of their house. No, they had not, but their younger brother was on the porch and saw the whole thing.
March 27, 2022
Being faithful in the midst of adversity
Esther and Lance are Thai church leaders. The couple’s closest neighbor, who they practically were family with, had a complicated conflict with the couple. Esther and Lance’s neighbor is an older woman who is also a member of the church. Her daughter lives in the same house and became very angry with the church and began verbally attacking Esther and Lance.
March 13, 2022
Looking into their eyes
Michael Clancy is an EMM urban missionary serving in Lebanon City, Pa. Last summer, there was a couple who had been sleeping near the railroad tracks behind Michael’s church parking lot. One of the church members noticed the couple and invited them to a Sunday worship service, enticing them with air conditioning and coffee.
March 06, 2022
Still learning
EMM worker Jen Hoover serves in disciple-making in Costa Rica with her family. Just the other day, she enjoyed her first quiet morning in a long time. She enjoyed a second cup of coffee and had a peaceful conversation with her son on the back porch. It was the first day of a new school year — a year with much-hoped-for in-person learning. On this day, Jen said that the “to-do list” had to wait.
February 20, 2022
Solar panels and stewardship
On January 3, we flipped the switch to begin generating enough solar energy to meet half of the electrical demands of our Hub 450 property. We are delighted to be able to initiate this renewable energy resource as part of our renovations on this historic building!
February 13, 2022
Bus, car, train … camel
EMM worker Carol Wert, who serves in Wales, U.K., was teaching an English lesson one day on different types of transport and asking her students which type was their favorite. Along with the usual mentions of bus, car, train or plane, there was horse and camel, including some fun animal sounds and gestures because the students didn’t know the words in English.
February 06, 2022
The Great Investment
EMM president Marvin Lorenzana refers to this “in” relationship as “the great investment.” Simply put, because we love God we also love our neighbor. We love our neighbor enough to invite him or her to follow Jesus with us (discipleship).
January 16, 2022
Full of the “unexpected”
EMM worker Eric gets excited when he hears the word “mentoring.” He desires human relationships that simultaneously empower and encourage both individuals. Mentoring has formation/transformation as its goal, and that is worth being excited about. However, Eric’s experiences with mentoring have often left him feeling less than satisfied with what he finds conceptually to be such a positive and powerful idea.
January 09, 2022
Building a generous kingdom
When I think about this disciple-making mission that we’re called to — especially in this Christmas season — I am reminded that our goal is to become more like Christ and to invite others on that journey with us.
December 26, 2021
Answers that exceed our askings
Nathan B. Hege of Lititz, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on December 8. You might recall that he founded this very radio program in 1969. To honor Nathan, here are a few words he wrote in October 1992 for his last column in Missionary Messenger.
December 19, 2021
God wants to continue using us
For more than 100 years, EMM has shared the good news of Jesus around the world. Thousands of global workers have gone to dozens of people groups. Decades later, the seeds that EMM workers have sown are multiplying into hundreds of thousands of people following Jesus in places like Tanzania, Ethiopia, Honduras, and many other places around the world.
December 12, 2021
Bringing the right people
You’ve probably heard us talk before about Hub 450, the newly renovated building at 450 North Prince Street in Lancaster City. I’d like to share with you a little bit about Deb Muenstermann who is an EMM worker that oversees the community-centered ministries on the first floor of Hub 450.
December 05, 2021
Moving to a new city
Stacy and Vojta Prknovi, and their daughter, Vikki, serve with EMM in the Czech Republic as regional representatives. For many years they had been living in the capital city of Prague. For a few months, they had been praying about and sensing that it might be time for them to move to another city.
November 28, 2021
We must find our own sheep
Andrew and Kara serve with EMM in northeast Thailand. Andrew will never forget a life-changing event that happened in 1993 while they were planting their first church. A Thai pastor and Andrew set up a Sunday afternoon preaching point in their carport. Gospel tracks distributed in the housing developments surrounding their home brought in believers. Things went fine until the day they announced that they would switch to morning services.
November 21, 2021
A global food tour and teaching religion in school
Darrel and Miriam* are EMM workers serving in Germany with their two daughters. After a one-year break because of the coronavirus, their church, Soli Deo, once again held their annual international tour of food and music called Esskultour. At the event, there were seventeen national foods served. Irom Iranian gormeh-zabsi to Brazilian coconut chicken rice to American funnel cake.
November 14, 2021
Living in community
Michael Clancy is an EMM worker doing urban mission work in Lebanon City, Pennsylvania. Michael had been in a discipleship relationship with a man named Mark before. But Mark walked away from their discipleship time. In April, Michael saw a social media post saying that Mark was looking for a place to live.
October 31, 2021
God pursues us all
EMM workers Jeremy and Jen* first met Pii Prik about a year ago. They were visiting a nearby village that struggles with poverty and sickness. Their language teacher coordinated these visits. Jeremy and Jen delivered food to the individuals and families with the greatest needs.
October 10, 2021
You are worth more than many turtles
Thousands of green sea turtles lay their eggs on the coast of Costa Rica every August, and EMM workers Wendell and Melanie Nofziger hoped to see at least one! When Melanie's parents visited the famly for two weeks in August, everyone took three days and headed to a boat-accessible-only national park on the Caribbean coast.
October 03, 2021
Creative ways to give
When we pay attention to the Spirit’s leading, we often find ourselves doing unexpected things, things that were not originally in our plans or our minds. This is a common occurrence here at EMM — among our staff as we dream of new ways to participate in God’s kingdom work, and in the lives of our workers as they respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those around them.
September 26, 2021
When everything stops
What do you do when everything stops? EMM’s Christian-Muslim Relations Team was familiar with a steady flow of invitations to teach, equip, and train.
September 19, 2021
Battle for the heart
In January 2018, EMM worker Vojta Prkna attended a four-day retreat in the Czech Republic — where he is from and lives — called the Battle for the Heart. It was a kick-off retreat to a longer program that he would go through with a small team of four people. The program consisted of two retreats, individual preparation, and team meetings.
September 12, 2021
Creatively sharing the gospel
Binsa* is a recently appointed EMM worker serving the Buddhist and Hindu community in Lancaster, Pa. She is a Bhutanese refugee from Nepal, who is now creatively sharing the gospel.
September 05, 2021
Returning to the village
John and Debbie Coats’ situation suddenly changed at the end of March. The Coatses serve with EMM in Cambodia. They had been in the city for several weeks because the roads to their province had been closed. Since their children’s work was closed by the authorities due to the coronavirus pandemic, John and Debbie were using the time to prepare to help in the village if the disease got out of hand.
August 29, 2021
A gentle boldness
I’m certain you’ve heard us talk about Dr. David W. Shenk over the years on this program. Perhaps you even know David personally. I’m excited to announce that on September 21, Herald Press will be releasing David’s newest book called, “A gentle boldness: Sharing the peace of Jesus in a multi-faith world.”
August 22, 2021
Finding truth-seekers
While recuperating from surgery, Andrew* decided to watch his favorite missionary film, “Hudson Taylor.” In one scene, a recent Chinese convert addressed Hudson with deep sincerity. He said: “For many years I have sought the truth, as did my fathers before me. But only here, in the words you have spoken, has peace come to my heart. Is the gospel doing well in your country?”
August 15, 2021
Re-digging the foundation
Shovel in hand, Michael Hostetter heaped soil onto a pile in front of him. Rainwaters had been gushing into the foundation of his house. Michael knew that he had to just start digging to solve the problem. Meanwhile, the world had come to a standstill, through ebbs and flows of closures and reopening in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
August 08, 2021
Cross-country trek for Advance
On August 26th, Barry is embarking on a cross-country motorcycle trip to listen to the stories of EMM short-term alumni. Barry’s goal is to raise awareness for EMM’s new short-term mission program called Advance, underscoring EMM’s long-term commitment to raising up young people to live out the gospel.
August 01, 2021
Growing inspiration
Sometimes in mission, visible transformation is incremental and even hard to see, especially when circumstances like a global pandemic disrupt your regular mission routine. This past year has probably been the toughest year in ministry that Alan and Carol Wert have faced since their sabbatical in 2010. That’s why passages like Colossians chapter 1 can be so encouraging. The Werts are reminded of how Christ came to earth and how his presence here allowed his followers to see the God who cannot be seen.
July 25, 2021
Prayer is not second-rate
Sometimes people have told EMM workers Mark and Sarah Schoenhals, with a twinge of regret in their voices, that all they can do to support the work in Isaan, Thailand, is to pray. Others wish they could do something, besides “just praying.”
July 11, 2021
Transfer of leadership
The transfer of leadership is a work of God’s grace that holds its unique challenges. It was 1988 that Joe and Yvonne Garber left for a three-year term to a place in Tanzania that the Tanzanian Mennonite Church had invited them to serve.
June 27, 2021
Serving and partnering
The world is changing, and God is not surprised. He is on the move, shifting things and using Christians from the Global South and East to take the lead in global missions. It’s their turn, and we can partner with them.
June 20, 2021
Discipleship together
We recognize that while we have gifts and resources to offer, we have much to learn and gain from others’ contributions and from walking this path of discipleship together.
June 13, 2021
A good partnership
There are many benefits to a good partnership. Partners focused on a similar mission can provide us with skills we don’t possess alone, help us see from new perspectives, and expand the reach of our efforts. Throughout our history, we have partnered with hospitals, schools, children’s ministries, churches, and mission agencies around the globe who are motivated to share the transforming love of Christ.
June 06, 2021
A turning point
Owen* preached his first message in the local language. He worked hard and his language ability has really expanded since then. Ever since he shared his first message, it seems as if his language has hit a turning point.
May 30, 2021
Pastoral training
On Tuesdays, Kara and Andrew* help a woman from a local church in her evangelistic endeavors. One week, two leaders from the neighboring province, whom they worked with in the past, were there to assist them in expanding that work into their province. Suddenly, Andrew felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit saying that he should take the team with him to this church.
May 23, 2021
If it is the Lord's will
EMM workers Peter and Christy have heard the Arabic phrase inshallah a lot among their time serving among Muslims. This phrase means “if God wills it.” Every time, Peter and Christy hear someone say “inshallah,” it reminds them of James 4:15, which says: “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
May 16, 2021
God's plan always exceeds expectations
The pandemic is still taking its toll on Europe. Germany is still under a shutdown with only the essentials open. Despite the pandemic, Charlotte was thankful to be able to still complete an internship. Due to the pandemic, Charlotte had to find an internship in Germany. As Charlotte describes it, “God’s plan always exceeds expectations.”
May 09, 2021
Almost a year had passed
Almost a year had passed since Jon and Heleen Yoder returned to Alabama from Sierra Leone. The past year has been interesting for them, but they are very grateful for God’s faithfulness and His work of restoration in their lives. But they decided it was time for a change again.
May 02, 2021
When a risk pays off
In 2015, at an EMM workers’ conference at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, Carol Wert picked up a newspaper called Mennonite Weekly Review. In it, she saw an article about a new course starting in Bristol, England, that focused on theology and mission from an Anabaptist perspective. The course was led by a church planter, prolific author, and trainer, Stuart Murray Williams.
April 25, 2021
A journey of transformation
Stephen and Bethany Horst, who are jointly appointed workers with EMM and VMMissions, and their family are preparing to return to their home in Thailand. They have quarantine bookings, visas, documentation and airline tickets to return. After a lengthy quarantine, they should arrive back home in Nam Yuen at the end of April, just shy of a year since they left.
April 18, 2021
A Christian community house
For years, EMM worker Michael Clancy dreamed of starting a Christian community house, much like the one he lived in when he purchased his current house fromJubilee Ministries. The house that his family is now living in was once a program house for Jubilee Ministries Christian Discipleship program.
April 11, 2021
Healing and deliverance
Why are people traveling up to 40 miles to be part of this fellowship in rural South Asia? It's simple. They've experienced the healing and deliverance that only Jesus can bring through His Holy Spirit. And as one comes to faith, and family members or neighbors see the miracle that happened, it's not long until the others begin to follow too.
April 04, 2021
Who's at our door?
Do we really see who’s at our door? Or do we see who we expect to see? EMM worker Phil Gottschalk says that much of what we see when we look at the “other” — the immigrant, the refugee — depends on what we are prepared to see and what we expect to see. 
March 28, 2021
Multiplying ourselves
Multiplication is one of the kingdom principles we are all called to live out. We multiply ourselves by making disciples of Christ, and then equipping those disciples to step out in their areas of gifting. As a pastor, Darrel* is called to raise up leaders who will not only work alongside him but will one day step into his role.
March 21, 2021
“I have offered my life”
In his 2015 book, “Animists to Anabaptists,” the late Beryl Forrester wrote, “I have offered my life … to Jesus for the sake of God’s kingdom. That is the model I desire to see replicated in the lives of those our mission reaches with the Gospel.” 
March 14, 2021
Light in the darkness
Every week, Andrew* takes time to talk with a Buddhist temple monk. At the onset of one of Andrew’s weekly discussions with the monk, the monk asked Andrew, “Do you want to see the spirit?” Andrew could not understand why the monk would be talking to him about a spirit in the temple.
March 07, 2021
May Your will be done, not ours
Jonathan Bornman provides leadership to EMM’s Christian-Muslim Relations Teams. Jonathan recently told three vignettes of God at work. What did each of these stories have in common? God keeps connecting Jonathan with people and events that lead to meaningful interactions. 
February 28, 2021
Change: it's inevitable
Change: it’s inevitable. We’re told that change is the only thing that will remain constant in our lives. This past year seems like it was really living into this truth as there was almost nothing that remained unchanged in our lives. The words of the prophet Isaiah remind us that even God is always moving, doing something new. The winds of change are ever-blowing, and so perhaps, are the winds of the Spirit. 
February 21, 2021
What new thing is this?
For Jeremy’s* first birthday in Thailand, he received a gift from his brother in Canada. It was a black and white photo of his grandfather on stage at an evangelistic crusade when he was about Jeremy’s age. He was a very spiritual person, and Jeremy remembers his deep laugh and voice that sounded like Pavarotti when he sang.
February 14, 2021
Green pastures and dark valleys
Since December 20th, Alan and Carol have been doing a lot of walking through green fields and beside small streams once again as human interaction is limited by another lockdown in Wales, which is in the United Kingdom. In this simple act of observing nature, listening to music, or talking and laughing with a family member as they walk, they find the refreshment their souls desperately need.
February 07, 2021
A few weeks ago, while John* was preparing to leave the village for the city, a woman told him that her older sister had developed a new health problem. An hour later, John left to join his wife, Debbie, in the city and they traveled to northwestern Cambodia. A few days later as they were completing their trip, they received a call that Sokaa’s older sister had become much sicker.
January 31, 2021
Our quarter note
Every Christmas season, Eric is reminded of the beauty of the song “Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming”. Eric was practicing this song on the piano, and being an amateur pianist, was having a terrible time with the last two measures of the first two lines. He felt like maybe he should just stick with playing the treble clef notes alone so that it has a semblance of cohesive sound. But the full sound is so much better, so he kept trying, and eventually realized that the quarter note was his steady guide through the disorientation.
January 24, 2021
Sharing Christ's love
Abby and Owen* had a very full and blessed season celebrating the birth of Jesus! It was a lovely time of sharing His love with their friends and neighbors. They had the opportunity to host a party for their neighbors on the weekend after Christmas. They weren't quite sure how to do it but they ended up inviting guests at 3 different time slots. 
January 18, 2021
Surprising, open doors
David and Grace Shenk describe the past 18 years of serving as EMM global consultants as a remarkable journey. What has been especially surprising to them has been the interest of Muslim communities in hearing about the peace of Jesus. All of these open doors have surprised them again and again.
January 10, 2021
Saying goodbye
It hasn’t been an easy last several months for anyone. It has been especially challenging for EMM worker Imogene. There have continued to be more disappointments and frustrations with COVID-19. Imogene had gone back and forth, between online and in-person language classes, had many events be cancelled, and had been in and out of quarantining.
January 03, 2021
Why should I care about Christian-Muslim relations?
Christians may ask, “Why should I care about Christian-Muslim relations?” You may think that you live in an area where there simply are no Muslims. If you live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as many of you do, you may be surprised to find out that Lancaster City resettles 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the United States, many of whom are Muslim.
December 27, 2020
The Word became flesh
Christ’s incarnation — that is what John is referring to when he says that the Word became flesh — that incarnation sets an example of what “mission” means. God chose not to remain distant and detached from humanity. Instead, He chose to make His home among us!
December 20, 2020
May it be so now too
Once again, EMM is experiencing a change as we are in the process of moving to Lancaster City — yet while EMM has been transformed over the years and is still being transformed, the mission remains the same.
December 13, 2020
The peace of Jesus changing lives
At the heart of a movement of the Spirit in the Middle East is the new reality of two peoples learning to become brothers and sisters in the Lord. In the midst of a global pandemic, Michael and Laura* have sought to creatively connect these people through the wonders of modern technology.
December 06, 2020
Partnering to provide relief
On November 3, a category four hurricane named Eta reached the shores of Nicaragua. Continuing on its path, the storm wreaked havoc on Honduras and Guatemala. With the torrential downpours of the hurricane’s rain, the region has seen devastating flooding, landslides, and the displacement of people.
November 29, 2020
Lessons learned from transitions
When Amaris and Stuart Allan first decided to serve with EMM, they didn’t expect to spend time in two very different contexts in the course of their three-year term. Partway into their second year in Zanzibar, they were asked to consider a transition to Nairobi, Kenya. Almost 10 months later, the Allans unexpectedly returned from Nairobi to the U.S. a few months early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amaris shares with us a few of the lessons she learned in those transitions.
November 22, 2020
What leads to transformation?
As Christians, transformation is what we all seek. EMM’s mission statement clearly states that transformation, which comes from Christ, is the foundation upon which all of our work is built. It sounds so simple: “Christ’s transforming love.” But change is not easy. So what leads to transformation? What can we do to be transformed in our hearts and minds?
November 15, 2020
Grammar of sovereignty
Elizabeth* recently celebrated a joyous breakthrough: She can pray in her new language! Elizabeth has only been wanting and trying to do this for about five years, back from when she first spent a year in Central Asia and studied the local language at a university. By the end of that year, she found that she could talk to people in the language, albeit clumsily, but not to God.
November 08, 2020
Finding a new home base
Over the past 20 plus years, EMM has occasionally considered the idea that EMM should move its Central Administrative Office to Lancaster City, Pennsylvania. EMM’s previous efforts at exploring this possibility resulted in no action taken, and EMM continued its operations in Salunga.
November 01, 2020
Announcing EMM's new president
We are excited to announce that the EMM Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Marvin Lorenzana as our ninth president. Dr. Lorenzana brings extensive multicultural leadership, discipleship, and mission experience to his new role as EMM president.
October 25, 2020
A choice we can always make
Jeremy and Jennifer* realize that the greater the suffering, the greater the potential for hope. And most importantly, they realize that looking beyond themselves to others is a choice they can always make.
October 18, 2020
Being a blessing right where you are
As COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, Costa Rica was no exception. EMM worker Austin Zuercher was given the opportunity to return to his home in Ohio, but he decided not to. The Costa Rican government put out a restriction for driving, social distancing was in place, grocery stores had limited entrance, and soap could be found everywhere. Obviously, this also affected ministry — Austin did not leave the base very often but God still opened doors in spite of this.
October 11, 2020
The little nest
Foleza is a small program with an ambitious vision: to see each student succeed in school and life. Translated “little nest” from the Albanian language, Foleza was started in 2013 when the Ersekë Evangelical Church saw first-hand the need for children to have extra support in order to thrive in school.
October 04, 2020
A temporary home
For a few weeks, Owen and Abby watched as borders closed one by one. The American embassy sent out notices asking its citizens to return. They watched the news as the virus started in the capital and spread to the other parts of the country first slowly, but then   more quickly.
September 27, 2020
Collaborating during a pandemic
COVID-19 has forced many people to embrace new forms of resilience, often spurring on great creativity. Two Lancaster leaders serving the refugee and immigrant communities have been doing just that: Patience Buckwalter, who is the executive director of the Grape Leaf Empowerment Center, and Krista Martin, who is EMM’s Kingdom Team director.
September 20, 2020
Urban ministry and COVID-19
Michael Clancy is an urban missionary serving in Lebanon City, Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, Michael had some anxiety as he was in the last two months of fundraising for support for his second term, just as COVID-19 had just come to the forefront of everyone’s lives.
September 13, 2020
A stranger's kindness
After nine years in Thailand, Dave and Summer Houser were planning to move to Pennsylvania in early April. As reports of an unknown virus grew into a major worldwide concern, flights from many places around the globe were being canceled. Instead of having a week — or even a few days — they had mere hours to tie up their loose ends. They frantically packed, gave things away, and even sold their car that day! 
September 06, 2020
His history of faithfulness
Polio was once the most feared disease in the U.S. Particularly in the 1940 and 50s, parents were sometimes fearful of letting their children even go outside. Each summer, polio seemed to strike without warning. Swimming pools, movie theaters, and Sunday school classes were closed. Almost 100 years passed from the first polio outbreak of any size in the U.S. through the development of a vaccine in 1955 to the eradication of the virus in the Americas in 1994.
August 30, 2020
Jesus, the reason for their action
As the world faced COVID-19, gathering food for Ramadan celebrations was difficult in places like Nairobi. Many workplaces shut down due to COVID-19, and as a result, many Kenyans lost their income, facing significant food insecurity. Christians in the Eastleigh neighborhood of the city decided to bless their Muslim neighbors by distributing free food.
August 23, 2020
Exponentially increasing training
How can we engage and equip the thousands of church leaders in Africa who have little or no biblical training? How does the church multiply and grow under these circumstances?
August 16, 2020
Investing wisely
On a blustery afternoon, EMM worker Bethany Tobin, who is also jointly appointed with Virginia Mennonite Missions, grabbed an umbrella as protection from the sun and slid on her flip flops. Leaving her boisterous home-schoolers with her husband, Steve, she walked around the corner to her neighbor’s house. 
August 02, 2020
Partners in God's mission
Despite the interruptions, the changes in our plans, and the disappointments of unfulfilled expectations, the mission of God goes on. EMM workers continue to cross cultures, engage the world, and make disciples of Jesus.
July 26, 2020
A range of human resilience
Lucy has been amazed at the range of human resilience she has seen from her perch on the balcony. It is amazing how God has made humans to be able deal with life's circumstances. People have been creative with entertainment, their spaces, and their resources. They can find community when they are not allowed to leave their homes. 
July 19, 2020
Multiplication is our heartbeat
Multiplication is the heartbeat of EMM. EMM has a more than 100-year history of establishing churches in many parts of the world, that are now planting communities and fellowships of believers in their own contexts and cultures.
July 12, 2020
Connected to each other
We are connected to each other. And we believe this because Paul told us so. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as the body of Christ. There are many members, all different, but they all come together to form the body and without any one of those members, the body is missing an important function.
July 05, 2020
Mission in Wales amid COVID-19
COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for Alan and Carol Wert. On March 23rd, the U.K. went into lockdown with each part of the U.K. enforcing their own rules. So what does this mean for the way the Werts minister to people?
June 28, 2020
Remembering the call
Forty years ago, May 31 was a Saturday. It was the last day of the week, of the month, and of a lengthy personal quest for clarity for EMM worker Andres Prins. He was 22 and had returned from a youth meeting of a Mennonite Brethren church in Montevideo, Uruguay, to the nearby Bible school dormitory where he was living.
June 21, 2020
One year later
Just a few weeks ago, on April 22, a ministry in Sierra Leone called Nyandengoh! saw its first anniversary. Starting with just a few children in Mattru Jong, the ministry now serves more than 70 children in neighboring villages.
June 14, 2020
Showing the Jesus video
Seeing people watch the Jesus video and hear the gospel for the first time was well worth the effort it took to plan the event!
June 07, 2020
Making disciples, locally
Did you know that EMM has a church revitalization coach whose main role is to help churches develop healthy personal and corporate spiritual lives? It’s true! His name is Antonio Ulloa and he frequently speaks in churches to equip and support them in their spiritual health and development.
June 04, 2020
Church isn't an exclusive club
A few months ago, a couple showed up at Michael Clancy’s church, easy to identify because they were obviously under the influence of heroin. Michael is an urban missionary serving with EMM in Lebanon city, Pennsylvania. During the service, the man kept drifting off, unaware of his surroundings, only to wake up, look around, and nod off again. The woman, on the other hand, was engulfed in the message. As tears rolled down her face, it was obvious that Jesus was speaking to her.
May 31, 2020
The tapestry continues to weave
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor once wrote a wise statement about how our well-being is reliant on one another. She wrote: “We don’t accomplish anything in the world alone and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that create something.”
May 19, 2020
Hand-in-hand, in service to others
A second chance at love brought Jim and Kathy Wohlers together after both of their spouses passed away from cancer. At their wedding more than 8 years ago, Jim and Kathy served their guests communion and told them that as they started their life together, they would be hand-in-hand as husband and wife in service toward others.
May 11, 2020
He didn’t give up on you or me
Sometimes as an urban missionary, Michael Clancy feels like his task is an uphill battle. He envisions his work of discipleship like being a pitcher on the mound, and his students are the batters who keep striking out as they fall back into their addictions. Michael is presented with a new “batter” every three or four pitches. Over the past 14 years, he can count a small handful of men who are continuing to live transformed lives.
May 05, 2020
Refusing to believe the lie
Ever since she can remember, Amy Herr has struggled with believing in the lie that her voice doesn’t matter.
April 27, 2020
Living courageously in the hope of Christ
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact many people in nearly every country around the world. And EMM workers, serving in 30 different countries, have each experienced this outbreak in different ways. But in the midst of the unknown realities that lie ahead, EMM workers live courageously in the hope of Christ.
April 20, 2020
A new kind of mission in Alabama
This summer, EMM Kingdom Teams will venture into a new region in Phenix City, Alabama. However, Alabama is not new to EMM — we began work there in the 1940s when we began sending evangelists.
April 06, 2020
New Mennonite churches in West Africa
Part of the Mennonite Church West Africa’s annual conference included a commissioning service for two men who are going out as missionaries. Less than one year after credentialing its first pastors, the church has discerned a call to start several new congregations.
March 30, 2020
Letter from President Gerry Keener
Over the past fews weeks, I expect all of us have been following the developments of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world.
March 23, 2020
Reflections from an evening walk
After a full day of engaging in her role as a teacher, Shirah Burns often likes to take a walk on the track of a nearby school. On this one particular night, there were a lot of people on the track. It was a beautiful night to exercise and as Shirah looked around she began to observe the people near her.
March 19, 2020
Great love and obedience
After almost four decades of walking with Christ, EMM Mission Team Director Lorri Bentch has learned that the cost of disobedience is always greater than the cost of obedience. Twenty-five years ago, she said “yes” to following her husband to Hungary to serve with EMM just one month after they were married.
March 09, 2020
A lifelong process
As a new follower of Jesus Christ in her early 20s, Nancy Hostetter was drawn to missionaries when they visited her church. A short-term mission trip led to a discipleship training program which led to meeting her husband of 30 years, Michael. As their family grew, they chose to plant themselves in Puerto Montt, Chile.
March 02, 2020
Do they all worship the same God?
Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God? This is a perennial question that has led to much division in Christian theological circles. It’s also a question that EMM global David Shenk was invited to write about in a book called “Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?: Four views.”
February 24, 2020
Restoring life
Gibby Mane, pastor of the Catel Mennonite Church in Guinea-Bissau was visiting his in-laws in a village 5 miles from the church. During this trip, Gibby quickly became aware of a young man, named Milo, who was suffering from an overdose of alcohol.
February 17, 2020
Obedience is beautiful
In 2017, Betsy Stewart said “yes” to Jesus and went to Kenya for 6 months. Betsy’s term with EMM was spent at the Amani Gardens Inn in Nairobi, where she served as a hostess to guests who were traveling through the country. Betsy’s “yes” to Jesus was a “yes” to learning more about Kenya and its people — a place Betsy had visited several times before. But this kind of call wasn’t difficult for Betsy to obey.
January 27, 2020
Names are significant
Names are significant in the Dinka culture in South Sudan. Nicky Hess, who served as an EMM worker from 2016 to 2019 learned that early on when she was trying to learn the names of students and people from the community.
January 21, 2020
Reflecting on a legacy
On December 14, 2019, the Lord welcomed home his faithful servant, Richard A. Showalter. Richard served as the sixth president of EMM from 1994 to 2011. He left a lasting legacy on both the organization he served and the Global Anabaptist church.
January 16, 2020
Despair turned into worship
A few months ago, Bethany Tobin, who serves with both EMM and Virginia Mennonite Missions in Thailand, had a particularly tough week of poor sleep. After several tiring nights, a man in the village called for Bethany to come and help calm his wife who had become very emotional to a point of almost becoming violent. It was already 8:30 p.m. and Bethany was in her pajamas. Fearing her tendency toward insomnia, Bethany answered the phone with hesitation.
January 06, 2020
Breaking the ice
Paper maché. Country western line dancing. Skits and games involving superhero costumes. What do these seemingly unrelated things have in common with each other? In the Czech Republic, these activities are just a few of the ways that workers “break the ice” with students participating in an English summer camp.
January 03, 2020
Moving forward with hope
When Ted Smoker first arrived in Guatemala, he had ideas and hopes for how he might impact the lives of the K'ekchi'. He also had many questions on how to benefit them most effectively without causing harm to their beautiful culture and their self-reliance.
December 23, 2019
Changed and defined
How did living in East Asia change and define Emma, her husband, Ethan, and their family? The better question to ask is, “How did living in East Asia not change and define them?”
December 16, 2019
Unlearning and learning
Carol Wert is never quite sure if her own redefining occurs primarily because of the place where she lives or her continuing desire to follow Jesus authentically. But she can think of a few ways that living in Wales may have helped shape who she is today.
December 09, 2019
Our mission statement lived out
Did you know that when you give to EMM and support our workers around the world through your dollars and prayers, you too are bringing transformation to a world in desperate need of good news? We are incredibly thankful for your partnership in this important work. Check out these three short stories that highlight some of the work God has done through us together in 2019.
December 02, 2019
Fiesta de quinceañera
While living in Belize, the Davises became aware of a celebration called “la fiesta de quinceañera.” This event — which is sometimes referred to as a quince — is the tradition of celebrating a girl turning into a woman in Latino culture on her 15th birthday.
November 25, 2019
Going to a Garifuna conference in Belize
During a two-day conference hosted by the Garifuna churches in Belize Tim Groff was excited and encouraged to watch Orelle Castillo from Dangriga, lead the youth part of the conference, lead worship and preach!
November 18, 2019
Transforming into green
Stacy Nofziger Prknová has served with EMM in the Czech Republic since 2011. Just like the colors yellow and blue turn into green when blended, Stacy is finding that she is being transformed as she lives and serves in Prague - the land of 100 spires.
November 11, 2019
Making “noise” by breaking ground
While Quechua culture has garnered the attention of American audiences with the recent film “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” one Mennonite school in Peru has worked quietly to educate Peruvian children and protect their culture for nearly 15 years. In the shadow of the live-action adventure film that features the Quechua language, The PROMESA school made a little more “noise” as they broke ground for the construction of a new academic facility.
October 30, 2019
Created in the image of God
A small, new initiative has begun for children with disabilities in Sierra Leone. The initiative seeks to create value for children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, those who are blind and/or deaf, and others.
October 21, 2019
Reflecting on 20 books commending Christ
David W. Shenk, who serves on EMM’s Christian-Muslim relations team, had a note sitting on his desk. It read, “You are invited to participate in dialogues with Muslim university students in the United Kingdom. Your books are okay.”
October 16, 2019
Training the trainers
Phil and Linda Gottschalk serve in the Netherlands training pastors and missionaries at Tyndale Seminary. From time to time they have the opportunity to share the exciting stores of some of the people they have been privileged to help train.
October 07, 2019
Glimpses of “home”
For the first two months that Eric and Janelle* were in Germany, they were living in a makeshift apartment. The apartment consisted of a small kitchen, a bathroom, and two open rooms where their family of five slept, ate, sat, and played. They were thankful for the space even if it was temporary.
October 02, 2019
Déjà vu
Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines the term “déjà vu” as “an uncanny feeling that one has been in this same place or had this same, specific experience before, although it is actually new to one.” Some of EMM’s newest workers are experiencing this feeling — like they’ve done this before — getting ready to relocate to a new place to serve in cross-cultural mission.
September 23, 2019
Sharing the gospel in Romanian
What happens when an EMM worker serving in Spain meets a Romanian-speaking man in a Spanish prison? For Rolando,* he looked back to the formative mission experience he had twenty-three years ago. Rolando was an EMM YES team leader for a team that was sent to Romania in 1996.
September 16, 2019
Sing, eat, and celebrate … on earth and in heaven!
As the recent school year was wrapping up, there were picnics and celebratory meals for Lea.
September 09, 2019
Dreams and following Jesus
Perhaps you've heard stories of people who don’t yet know Jesus having strange dreams. In many of these stories, people encounter a message to follow Jesus. Sometimes we might pause and ask, “Is it really happening like this?”
September 03, 2019
Nine hundred miles
After one very long day on the road, having traveled more than 900 miles, the record-setting youth group from Kalona (Iowa) Mennonite Church arrived in Lebanon on Sunday, July 28.
August 27, 2019
Debriefing for peacebuilders
Debriefing after the conclusion of a military operation is commonplace. In fact, the term “debrief” originates from military usage. So, how do peacebuilders debrief after serving in one of the most war-torn regions of the 21st-century world? For one Iraq-based team, they start with Paula*, an EMM worker based in Spain.
August 19, 2019
“God is back in Nyabange Mission”
Shouting, singing, and celebration resounded throughout the village. Water came flowing into tanks from Lake Victoria, which is just to the north of the Mennonite Theological College of East Africa. John Wambura, the acting principal of the college, recalled people in the village declaring that “God is back in Nyabange Mission.”
August 12, 2019
Grandparent visits
Visits with grandparents can be special … whether they live close by or far away.
August 06, 2019
A safe place
Jayden and Anika, along with their two children, served in Central Asia in business for transformation and education. They are now preparing to embark to a new region in Asia but reflected on a ministry they were involved with for the past year.
August 02, 2019
Boldly shared faith
One night, as Pedro and Rolando were visiting with Ben, they boldly shared their faith in Christ and encouraged him to make a decision to follow Christ. That night he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior by saying a simple prayer!
July 24, 2019
A new chapter for mobilizers
Ethan and Emma* serve as EMM’s regional representatives for East Asia. At the beginning of 2019, it seemed like the right time for their family to leave the country in which they were serving. Due to some family health concerns and increasing challenges in their region of East Asia, Ethan and Emma moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
July 17, 2019
I want Christ!
Somwang struggled for years with mental illness. She fluctuated between periods of silence to fits of violent anger. Her husband, her sons, and her neighbors all learned to ignore her and had given up caring.
July 08, 2019
Broken glass and forgiveness
Tim told himself to relax, as he was sitting in the driver’s seat of his van with a rowdy crowd of youth inside and another rowdy crowd surrounding the van on the outside. Then it happened. Unexpectedly, the peal of shattered glass brought the noise to its sudden ruckus crescendo.
July 03, 2019
Blessed to be the giver
EMM worker Melanie Nofziger often meets with house cleaners to help them find work. One day, she had hopes to start a Bible study with these women, but felt a call to only begin with two women in particular: Juanita and Mariela.
July 03, 2019
Never would have guessed
Kandace Glenn has served on two assignments as an EMM mission intern in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, over the last two and a half years. She never would have guessed that God would have kept her in Cambodia for as long as He has. And now, she is preparing to go back to Cambodia as a long-term missionary with EMM.
June 19, 2019
A great sense of admiration
Leon and Naomi Zimmerman, who are non-resident EMM workers, were teaching about marriage and parenting. However, they left Vietnam feeling a great sense of admiration for the way the Vietnamese culture is so family-oriented.
June 12, 2019
Behind the scenes
There is an African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child.” It may not take a village to prepare and send EMM’s mission interns and workers, but it does take a committed and experienced team who seek God’s voice and the best for all involved.
June 03, 2019
Intentional living in Cardiff, Wales
One EMM mission intern in Wales keeps busy by not only serving the community through children’s programs and meals for the elderly but also through intentional living communities. And it’s changed the way she views the world!
May 28, 2019
From coffee farms to busy streets
For many young people, summer is a time to sit back and relax. However, youth and young adults will have the unique opportunity to work on coffee farms high in the mountains of the Intibuca region of Honduras or minister in the urban setting of Chamalecon on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula.
May 23, 2019
Blessed and grateful
Joanne and Werner De Jong may not fit the typical profile of an EMM mission intern. They are the parents of three young adults and have established careers. Werner has served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada, for over 12 years and Joanne served as an associate pastor for 7 years.
May 15, 2019
God’s message was so clear
In the fall of 2016, Becca Lapp Wierwille traveled to Cusco, Peru, to be a mission intern with EMM teaching English at PROMESA, a school connected with the Peruvian Mennonite Church. Becca was looking for adventure, for a chance to serve others, and to grow closer to God’s heart. She was able to use the internship for credit to complete her college degree. Becca’s semester in Peru did meet all of these expectations.
May 06, 2019
An opportune time
Leaders of the Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia were eager to launch the new Amharic translation of “A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue.” However, publishing was put on hold so the church could secure the participation of the leadership of the Amharic-speaking Muslim community.
April 22, 2019
New life in Dangriga
When Julie and Tim Groff arrived in Dangriga they were aware of the fact that their local church had shuttered its doors and was no longer functioning. Local leaders had burned out for various reasons, and new life was needed.
April 15, 2019
God knows
Twelve people were gathered closely in a circle as Yvonne Garber uttered a simple Swahili phrase: “Mungu Anajua.” Yvonne then shared the translation of this short expression — “God knows” — as she and her husband, Joe, elaborated about how they first discerned a calling to serve Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania.
April 08, 2019
Translated into Swahili
Gathered in a simple one-story building, surrounded by a grassy courtyard, and shaded by an enormous fig tree, pastors and leaders of the Shirati Diocese of the Tanzania Mennonite Church explored Anabaptist essentials.
April 03, 2019
Getting to know EMM’s eighth president
Pastor. Board member. Executive director. Missionary. Head of school. Theology teacher. Executive vice president and chief operating officer. Gerry Keener has been all these things ... and all while serving with EMM. It is exactly this wealth of 40 years of experience that makes him so uniquely qualified to serve as the eighth president of Eastern Mennonite Missions.
March 25, 2019
A year in review
Justice. Did you know it was voted the 2018 word of the year? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, justice was looked up online 74% more often than it was in 2017. Like the year before, 2018 certainly had its time of hardships and sorrows. Justice seemed elusive. Wars and rumors of wars. Floods, earthquakes, famines. Political, racial, and economic divides.
March 18, 2019
Free coffee and new friends
A coffee house outreach is providing English-language practice for youth and young adults, with opportunities for leadership training, and of course, free coffee. EMM workers Jayden and Anika*, serving in Central Asia, hope that this outreach will provide opportunities to share God’s word with nonbelievers, and as a way to disciple those who already are believers.
March 12, 2019
A different kind of Christmas
Living overseas during Christmas can be a challenging time. But this past Christmas, EMM workers serving in Sierra Leone, Jon and Heleen Yoder, decided to embrace Christmas in a different place.
March 04, 2019
Nuts and bolts
Short-term EMM workers serving in Nairobi, Kenya, learn that their valuable experience of once owning a hardware store has impacted their ministry in a very unique way.
February 25, 2019
First days in a new place
Have you ever thought about how overwhelming moving to a new place can be? Perhaps, you’ve experienced it a few times in your life. Experience the first couple of days of a mission intern serving in Wales, U.K. Victoria Derosier.
February 18, 2019
Newly credentialed pastors
During the last week of December, more than 200 joyous attendees filled the Catel Mennonite Church in Guinea-Bissau. The meetinghouse resonated with jubilant singing, inspiring messages, and a special celebration. What was this special celebration? Mennonite Church West Africa, or MCWA, credentialed its first pastors and was gathering for an annual conference.
February 11, 2019
Created to create
On November 30, 2018, Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands hosted the event: “A dialogue comparing the divine and the human in Islam and Christianity.” Exploring a unique aspect of Christian theology, EMM worker Jonathan Bornman highlighted the concept of “Imago Dei” — the belief that humanity is created in the image of God.
February 04, 2019
Help me Lord to be strong
Learning a new language is never easy. Especially when it’s Garifuna, a dying language derived from five other languages! But somehow, learning to sing a praise song is the first step in EMM worker Tim Groff’s journey toward fluency!
January 28, 2019
Using music for mission
Music can evoke emotions of joy, sadness, and reverence. It is also an effective way to share the gospel and get Scripture into the hearts and minds of people in any culture around the world. EMM worker Glenna Sollenberger is passionate about helping every culture understand the Scriptures in ways that are meaningful to them.
January 23, 2019
Eager to sing
In 2008, John and Debbie Coats started a pilot program for children which focused on character training in a rural village in southeastern Cambodia. The program included music which helped the children realize that not only can worship be very beautiful, but that they can be a part of those beautiful sounds.
January 17, 2019
Two choirs, three languages
Brook Hostetter served with EMM from 2014–16 as an English and music teacher at the PROMESA school in Cusco, Peru. She connected a North American children's choir with a Peruvian children's choir. The result was an original song and music video, recorded and filmed in Cusco!
December 31, 2018
Dinner with the King on Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, nearly 2,000 people — many of whom are homeless — will be invited to a beautiful white-linen meal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
December 31, 2018
Waiting for this
EMM workers Steve Horst and Mark Schoenhals, along with 20 people from Life Enrichment Church, attended a house church planting conference where they were inspired to create some ambitious goals.
December 17, 2018
A quiet prayer or a simple song
Kevin Ruhf served as an EMM mission intern in the Netherland in 2012. Several years after serving with this hostel ministry, a trip to Tanzania reminded Kevin of what peace looks like.
December 11, 2018
Two days without cell phones
EMM staff members Jimm and Kaylene Derksen challenged high school students to go 48 hours without using their smartphones or social media.
December 06, 2018
Multiplied like loaves and fish
Kefa Moirore, a Kenyan pastor and entrepreneur multiplied a grant from EMM by 4,000 percent, helping to fund his ministry to street families.
November 19, 2018
Training the trainers
Multiplication is an important part of discipleship. Phil and Linda, through their work at Tyndale Theological Seminary, are investing in students who will then be investing in others!
November 12, 2018
Fifty years later: The K'ekchi' Mennonite Church
The first K’ekchi’ believers in Guatemala grew from a small little group in 1971 to a self-governing network of 130 Mennonite congregations today. Larry Lehman, one of the first pioneer workers among the K’ekchi’, says they learned much from one another.
November 05, 2018
Language is not the most important thing
Before moving to Lancaster County 18 years ago, Donna Becker had little exposure to Mennonites. This summer, Donna’s understanding of Mennonite identity was expanded when she met the people of Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa
October 29, 2018
Christian-Muslim dialogue in the “land of the waterfalls”
Foz do Iguaçu, a Brazilian city known as the “land of the waterfalls” has a growing Muslim population. This summer, Brazilian evangelicals in this city explored new ways of relating to their Muslim neighbors with some members of EMM’s Christian-Muslim Relations Team.
October 23, 2018
Hospitality at the border
EMM and VidaNet mission intern Brock Rohrer had an unforgettable experience of hospitality with new friends at the Honduras-Guatemala border.
October 15, 2018
Three languages of peace
The Chamber Choir of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster made new friends in Indonesia with singing, smiles, and taking pictures.
October 08, 2018
Worlds Apart
The differences between living in a village and a city can be stark and a bit disconcerting. But the Wert family is intentionally choosing a lifestyle in Wales that is rooted in community and service to others.
October 01, 2018
Close proximity: urban ministry
Cities can be crowded places filled with a wide variety of people, viewpoints, and ethnicities. But cities are efficient places to share the good news and often people are surprisingly receptive.
September 24, 2018
Called where the people are
EMM worker Michael Clancy discovers that the needs and issues in the city of Lebanon aren’t any different than those in Philadelphia or New York City. Everyone needs the light of Christ
September 17, 2018
Ancient city, new hope
In a centuries-old North African city where any mention of the gospel is banned, an Eastern Mennonite Missions worker sees the start of a movement — beginning with one new believer.
September 10, 2018
EMM’s Kingdom Teams and non-native English speakers have fun and learn from one another during the Leap into Language program.
September 04, 2018
Inside the cloak of secrecy
A former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker found his call to Burma during an EMM assignment among refugees in Lancaster, Pa. Now Sean FitzGerald is preparing to follow that call halfway around the world.
August 27, 2018
A radical movement
A small village in West Africa is experiencing a transforming movement reminiscent of the early Anabaptist church.
August 21, 2018