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Ministry partner update: ICOMB – February 2021

The church in Angola prepares for leadership transition Jean-Claude Ambeke is the current president of Igreja Evangelica dos Irmaos Menonitas en Angola (IEIMA) – the MB conference in Angola. His term expires in June 2021. Jean-Claude has worked hard... more/más/suite

New ways of learning for a new time

Nindyo Sasongko believes theology should be publicly available to a wider audience. His experiment in online discussions began in November 2018; when the pandemic hit, “Theovlogy” increased in frequency to meet the demand for online means of... more/más/suite

Liturgies for gathering and benediction

Gathering/opening Leader: In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I welcome you, our sisters and brothers in this time of worship. People: It is a joy to be together in God’s house. Leader: We raise our voices with a heart full of earnest longing... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – January 2021

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its... more/más/suite

Hong Kong fears for religious freedom

Over the past year, Hong Kong has undergone tremendous political changes. The police crackdowns have been repeated one after another. How should the church manage in these times? How should believers deal with this? When I was growing up, I thought... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – December 2020

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its... more/más/suite

Ambitious dreams for a more just world

In both rural and urban Zimbabwe, the majority of households grow some of their own food. Changes in climate patterns are apparent to everyone. The droughts used to come every 10 years, then every five. And in a global pandemic, and the situation is... more/más/suite

Prayers for ecumenical dialogue

Open our arms and minds to embrace the broad shoulders of a church bigger than we can imagine. more/más/suite

Kindness during lockdown

“We had only rice provided by the state government nothing else and we were having only rice for many days. I was concerned how to feed my family during this lockdown period. I am a daily wage labourer. During this time, our pastor came with a bag... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – November 2020

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its... more/más/suite

Crossing barriers to connect deeply

Technology has cut the distance that has separated us during the pandemic times when we could not meet in person. Even though technology is able to bring us closer, it does not guarantee that we are truly connected and intertwined with one another... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – October 2020

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its... more/más/suite

Receptive ecumenism

Becoming vulnerable to the other There is a moment when everything changes among the students who take the Mission and Ecumenism course at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The student composition of this compulsory course is quite... more/más/suite

A willingness to listen

Victims and FARC dialogue “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet… Righteousness will go before him,” (Psalm 85:10,13). The people of Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia believe in this vision of justice and reconciliation even when it is hard... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – September 2020

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its... more/más/suite

An incessant demand

Like many Mennonites, I hold close the 16th-century stories of Anabaptist suffering. Like many I’m haunted all the more by the dangerous memory of the Cruciform One – ”Take up the cross, and follow me.” more/más/suite

Standing in Solidarity with the Wayana in the French Guyana

Lina lives in French Guyana, in a remote, rainforest community called Taluene on the Upper Maroni river. The food in Lina’s community is contaminated by gold mining. Like Indigenous Peoples around the globe, Linia’s people do not have title to their... more/más/suite

Follow the fire: walking with Jesus in the Spirit’s presence

Side by side, the mighty river of Pentecostals today and the heirs of the Anabaptist stream of the Christian tradition may seem fairly remote from each other, but the underground reality is more closely connected than one would first detect. Photo:... more/más/suite

From teaching math to multiplying churches

School graduations, church conferences, crime awareness and prayer meetings. All these take place in our church building with participation from local churches across denominations. We have many opportunities to be peacemakers in our area, working... more/más/suite

"Peace in my heart"

Esuno Kokoro uchini (The heart of Jesus is reflected in my heart). Esuno Heiwa uchini (I have the peace of Jesus in my heart). Mitsuru Ishido wrote this song to encourage Nasu Keiko, a fellow Mennonite church member who was sewing masks to donate to... more/más/suite