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29 Dec 2012 - Babiya, Nepal – Believers from the Behelwa Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church were eagerly waiting for the day to worship the Lord in a newly constructed concrete church building. Hundreds, including leaders from neighbouring churches and the BIC Executive Board, gathered 30 November, 2012 for a... Read more...
24 Dec 2012 - Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico – Josefina (Chepina) Rempening Diaz, her sister and two nieces were found dead on December 14 as victims of violence. They were on their way to the funeral of a relative in Guauchochi, a village in the mountains southern of Chihuahua.She pastored Ebenezer... Read more...
14 Dec 2012 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Four years after completing official registration with the government, leaders of the Vietnam Mennonite Church met November 21-22, 2012 to review their work and to project ministries for the next four years.The conference was held at the Cong Doan Hotel in the city... Read more...
10 Dec 2012 - St. Jacobs, Ontario – After four and a half years in various Mennonite World Conference staff roles, Bert Lobe will complete his service at the end of 2012.Lobe was first appointed in May 2008 as the MWC Global Church Advocate in North America. He provided leadership in the restructuring and... Read more...
10 Dec 2012 - Bogota, Colombia – Lynn Roth of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has been appointed as the North American Representative for Mennonite World Conference beginning part time in January 2013.The appointment was announced by César García, MWC General Secretary. “Lynn’s international experience... Read more...
12 Nov 2012 - Cuttack, India—Indian and Asian women theologians officially formed two networks on October 26, 2012, at the All India Mennonite Women Conference (AIMWC) in Cuttack, India.Twenty women theologians participated from India, Indonesia, Japan and Nepal. Following the declaration of formation, Rev... Read more...
26 Oct 2012 - Awassa, Ethiopia – The Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) hosted the 16th annual meeting of the International Missions Association (IMA) in Awassa, Ethiopia, September 18-26, 2012, on the beautiful shores of Lake Awassa. The IMA consists of 22 Anabaptist groups dedicated to fellowship, prayer... Read more...
24 Oct 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya – Mennonite bishops from Kenya and Tanzania formed a mission board during their annual meeting, held in August at the Mennonite Guest House. “We are no longer churches which just receive missionaries, but churches which send missionaries,” the church leaders stated.... Read more...
23 Oct 2012 - “A story of inspiration, courage and grace of God that gives life and growth to the seed that really wants to do God’s will.” These are the words that Peter Stucky used to describe a Venezuelan Mennonite group which recently invited him to teach a course in its seminary program.... Read more...
4 Oct 2012 - The North American Mennonite history, the fifth and final volume in the Global Mennonite History Series, was released in late September 2012. Seeking Places of Peace by Royden Loewen and Steven M. Nolt, completes the Mennonite World Conference History Series, which has been overseen by historians... Read more...
22 Sep 2012 - Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico—Delegates from the six national church conferences that form Iglesia Anabautista Menonita Unida de México (IAMUM, United Anabaptist Mennonite Church of Mexico) gathered here August 2–5 for their third assembly. The meeting drew nearly 120 participants from... Read more...
10 Sep 2012 - Kitchener, Ontario—Arli Klassen of Kitchener, Ontario began serving as Development Manager for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) beginning October 1, 2012.Until May or June of 2013, she will work half time with responsibilities for MWC fundraising and donor relations in North America. Then her... Read more...
17 Aug 2012 - Nyanga, Democratic Republic of Congo – When a Belgian school inspector needed to recruit singers for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, he entrusted the task to two missionary women, one of whom was Lodema Short. Short served from 1947–1981with Congo Inland Mission, now Africa... Read more...
17 Aug 2012 - In 100 years, the Communauté Mennonite au Congo has thrived, growing to include 110,000 members, 798 congregations, 95 schools and seven hospitals.Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo—Fifty-some young musicians walked nearly 160 kilometerscarrying their drums, luggage and a few babies to... Read more...
26 Jul 2012 - Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Rukimba Furaha fled her home and fields in the village of Kabuya in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), out of fear for the safety of her eight children.Her husband had left home several days earlier to avoid being... Read more...
21 Jul 2012 - In collaboration with Mennonite World Conference, the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen (Indiana, USA) College is launching a two-part research initiative.Combining data and personal stories, organizers hope to develop a more accurate understanding of the MWC constituency... Read more...
20 Jul 2012 - Arauca, Colombia—A grassroots peace-building model, initially developed by Ricardo Esquivia, a Mennonite leader in Colombia, is being utilized in a growing number of places. The model, called Citizen Commissions for Reconciliation (CCR), now links 220 organizations on the Caribbean coast of... Read more...
22 Jun 2012 - In early April 2012, members of Iglesia Evangélica Unida Hermanos Menonitas de Panamá (United Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church of Panama), requested prayer for the peaceful settlement of land claims, following a confrontation between members of the Wounaan community and loggers. The... Read more...
21 Jun 2012 - Sumiswald, Switzerland – Every six years, Mennonites in Europe gather for their regional assembly known as the Mennonite European Regional Conference (MERK). This year’s meeting, held from May 17 to 20, preceded the meetings of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council at the... Read more...
13 Jun 2012 -  “Like an infectious laugh that spreads throughout a room full of people, one after another, theological networks have been formed by Anabaptist women in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe,” reports Ruth Guengerich, co-director of Mennonite Women USA (MW USA).Guengerich, who... Read more...
13 Jun 2012 - 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 the groups at worst and a recognized... Read more...
9 Jun 2012 - Liestal, Switzerland—Representatives of Mennonite World Conference and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists met in dialogue May 28-31 at the Bienenberg Study and Conference Center in Liestal, Switzerland. The four days of conversation were characterized by both Christian warmth... Read more...
1 Jun 2012 - After the General Council selected J. Nelson Kraybill (second from left) as MWC President-elect, the MWC officers—President Danisa Ndlovu (left) and Vice-president Janet Plenert (right), along with representatives from North American MWC churches such as Ervin Stutzman (second from right),... Read more...
1 Jun 2012 - Bettingen, Switzerland—Swiss Mennonite historian Hanspeter Jecker stood on the bank of the Limmat River in Zurich, Switzerland, near the site where Anabaptist martyr Felix Manz was drowned. He was speaking passionately to a group of international church leaders about the 16th century drowning... Read more...
24 Apr 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya – Nine Kenyan delegates and three editors gathered together at the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi the last week in January. Their task: to proof the manuscript of a history of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC), a Mennonite World Conference member church. The idea for this book... Read more...

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