Stories

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – January 2022

Introducing the Global Family:  Maschayaktyn Jamatty (Disciples of Christ) – Kyrgyzstan ICOMB emerging conference Our Mennonite history in this country goes back to the 19th Century. After World War II, Kyrgyzstan became a place of refuge for many... more/más/suite

How do churches practice creation care?

Our previous stories from the global survey shows that 1) Mennonite-Anabaptist congregations around the world are being impacted by environmental issues such as climate change in diverse ways, 2) are feeling anxious and sad due to those impacts, and... more/más/suite

Peace amid the storms of life

“As followers of Jesus, we follow his example and work to bring peace in the midst of chaos." Member churches around the world celebrated Peace Sunday 2021 using Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Sunday worship resource: “Finding hope and healing... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – December 2021

Introducing the ICOMB Global Family Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Mennonitischen Brüdergemeinden Deutschland (AMBD) – Germany ICOMB Member Conference AMBD is one of the three Conferences in Germany, and it unites 13 congregations and 1568 members. Far... more/más/suite

Are our churches and leaders engaged with creation care?

“In Germany environmental care has been on the public agenda already for a very long time, making it a part of our church’s collective conscience for a while. We are trying different ways to make good on the belief that we are to be God’s stewards... more/más/suite

When the wicked prosper

Take refuge in the Lord This devotional is inspired by the question “What now?” as church leaders assess the changes that have come about due to COVID-19. Psalm 73 reflects the understandable frustration when the expectations of Psalm 1 do not pan... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – November 2021

Introducing the Global Family: Kapatirang Menonita Ng Pilipinas Incorporated – Philippines Emerging Conference Kapatirang Menonita Ng Pilipinas Incorporated or Mennonite Brethren of the Philippines is an Emerging Conference in partnership with ICOMB... more/más/suite

“God’s time was perfect”

“When I first signed up for the program, I never thought a pandemic would happen,” says Elda Antonio Garcia, a YAMENer from Mexico. “Now that I am living in the midst of it, instead of seeing it as a challenge, I see it as a blessing…. It is... more/más/suite

How does climate change intersect with other community challenges?

“The majority of our members do not have jobs; survival is very difficult.” Leontina Mahamba, Paroisse Alegria de Malanje, igreja Comunidade Menonita em Angola “Mental illness is the major factor keeping the people we encounter homeless. Heat,... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – October 2021

Introducing the Global Family 日本メノナイトブレザレン教団 - Nihon Menonaito Burezaren Kyoudan: Japan Mennonite Brethren Conference Member Conference The Japan Mennonite Brethren Conference unites today 29 churches in Japan. In total, the Conference has... more/más/suite

God’s Wisdom and goodness

Perspective: United States Religious difference can bring people together Religion is personal; it expresses our way to be. Religio means “to bind,” so religions are meant to bring people together. To talk with other Christians (Protestant, Roman... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – August 2021

50th Anniversary of the Convención Hermanos Menonitas del Paraguay (Mennonite Brethren Convention of Paraguay) This year, the Paraguayan conference Convención Hermanos Menonitas del Paraguay celebrated its 50th anniversary. Pastor Dario Ramírez,... more/más/suite

Together for dialogue

Perspective: Burkina Faso Testimony of Fabé Traoré’s relations with Muslims Born in a Muslim family in Samogohiri, I was a practicing Muslim before my conversion. Today I am a servant of God, commonly called a pastor and in charge of the local... more/más/suite

God was always there

Perspectives: Guatemala Mayas and Anabaptists: A spiritual encounter Guatemala is a beautiful country with pluricultural, multilingual, multi-ethnic and multi-religious peoples. God allowed my birth to happen here. What God had prepared for my life... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – July 2021

On 23-25 June 2021, MB leaders from around the world, our staff, and special guests gathered at our online Summit to have fellowship, make decisions, and share about how God is working in the global ICOMB family. We heard reports from conferences... more/más/suite

A form of peace, faith, testimony and mission

Perspective: Indonesia The most difficult situation is the best class of life. When the whole world is facing the pandemic, we learn about solidarity and compassion, not only thinking about ourselves but also other people who are weaker. Even amid... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – June 2021

The church in Lithuania Artūras Rulinskas, leader of Laisvųjų Krikščionių Bažnyčia (Free Christian Church), the MB conference in Lithuania, asks the Global Family to pray for Lithuania according to Psalm 22:22-31. Worship ( I will declare your name... more/más/suite

5 lessons from the pandemic

During times of uncertainty, it is normal to be filled with doubt, fear and panic. Remember when Jesus called Peter out onto the water: Peter took a few steps, but as soon as he looked at his circumstances, he was filled with doubt, fear and panic... more/más/suite

The messiness of actual life

Perspectives: Germany Interreligious work in Berlin, Germany Followers of other religious paths are often called “strangers,” but living in Berlin, Germany, that never feels right. Of course, “their” lives are in some sense strange to “us,”... more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – May 2021

The church in Japan Takao Sugi, leader of the Nihon Menonaito Burezaren Kyodan, the MB conference in Japan, invites prayer for the church in Japan. The churches continue to gather, with safety precautions in place. They now hold multiple services in... more/más/suite