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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...
19 Apr 2012 - Japan—Assistance to residents of temporary housing is one way that Japan Mennonite Fellowship is focusing its ongoing work of relief assistance following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.By the end of December, many shelters had closed and affected people had to move into temporary... Read more...
3 Apr 2012 - Netherlands—On November 6, 2011, the Anne Zernike Fund was established in honour of the first Mennonite female pastor in the Netherlands to mark the centenary of her ordination on November 5, 1911. She was also the first female pastor ordained in any church in the Netherlands.The fund aims at... Read more...
29 Mar 2012 - Lancaster, PA—Both the welcome anticipation and the challenges of hosting the next Mennonite World Conference Assembly were evident in the meeting of the National Advisory Council held here March 22-23.Council members, who represent the four inviting denominations, spoke of the “honour... Read more...
8 Mar 2012 -  Bogotá, Colombia—On Sunday, April 15, some Colombian Anabaptist churches ask congregations in their own country and beyond to worship, pray and reflect for the victims, perpetrators and peacemakers related to conflict in their country.The Internally Displaced Monitoring Center,... Read more...
7 Mar 2012 - Orodara, Burkina Faso – During the second week of February, more than 100 Mennonite women had the time of their lives in Orodara, Burkina Faso. The Eglise Evangélique Mennonite du Burkina Faso annual women’s seminar combines adult continuing education, business training, spiritual... Read more...
6 Mar 2012 -  Mtshabezi, Zimbabwe—A women’s conference held here in April 2011 attracted more than 1,300 women and resulted in the formation of an “interlink” committee to carry forward the vision of the organizers.The purpose of the gathering was to “link and network on... Read more...
28 Feb 2012 -  St. Jacobs, Ont., Canada—Bert Lobe of St. Jacobs, Ontario has announced that he will retire from his work with Mennonite World Conference (MWC) at the end of 2012. He has served with MWC since 2008.During this year he will assist the new General Secretary, César García, with the many... Read more...
27 Feb 2012 - Bogotá, Colombia—In January, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Secretary César García unveiled a new staff structure developed with the assistance of consultants James and Karen Klassen Harder of Bluffton, Ohio.The growth and maturity of MWC, commented the Harders, means that the... Read more...
8 Feb 2012 - “Prayers like a huge ring on the earth” is what Yamanota Fukuin Church, a Brethren in Christ congregation in Japan envisions by asking churches around the world to join in prayer on March 11, 2012 for victims and survivors and all affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that... Read more...
27 Jan 2012 -  Energetic music, lively dance, and passion for the church they belonged to was apparent to those who came, both church delegates and visitors, to the conference held just outside of Johannesburg from April 15-17, 2011.A second celebration was then held from October 14-16, 2011, as this... Read more...
27 Jan 2012 - 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 was getting the feel of Egypt, a friend drove me to... Read more...
26 Jan 2012 -  On Sunday, January 22, Rafael Erasmo Arevalo, a Mennonite pastor in Honduras, was attacked and killed after leading an evening worship service. Arevalo, from Santa Rosa de Copán, drove about 20 kilometres north to Veracruz, where he had led worship services for the past 10 years.According to... Read more...
19 Jan 2012 -  Dhamtari, India — The Mennonite Church in India celebrated its 100th anniversary Oct. 27-30 with a gathering of about 1,000 people at Sunderganj Mennonite Church.The MCI is one of eight MWC member churches in India.The MCI traces its origins to a 1912 meeting in Balodgahan convened... Read more...
16 Jan 2012 -  Madrid, Spain—At their annual gathering, held here in November 2011, leaders of European Mennonite conferences decided to hire a coordinator to serve as their liaison to Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and to fulfill some coordination tasks for the European conferences. They also... Read more...
11 Jan 2012 -  Kolkata, India—Strengthening Anabaptist identity, learning more about Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and their responsibilities and proposing priorities for the future were the main issues that engaged Asian members of the MWC General Council at a training session for the Asia Caucus... Read more...
23 Dec 2011 - Kinshasa, DR Congo—Two separate meetings of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Africa representatives occurred on successive weekends at the end of October and early November 2011 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Together they marked the “end of the beginning” of a five... Read more...

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