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“We don’t live by fear”

Mennonites stand in the breach through prayer “And I sought for anyone among them who would repair the wall and stand in the breach before me on behalf of the land,” writes the prophet Ezekiel (22:30). On 19 November 2021, more than 110 members of... more/más/suite

Life-changing indeed!

Assembly team reflects on why they keep coming back for more Many people serving the Mennonite World Conference today started as participants or delegates to its six-yearly Assembly. Here, Assembly staff members share how Assembly transformed their... more/más/suite

Mustard-seed faith that moves mountains

“For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) In July 2009, leaders from the three Indonesian... more/más/suite

Many languages, but one in Christ

“The [MWC] logo always reminds me that the whole world is one in Christ despite the many languages,” says Donna Ndlovu. She hosted a couple from India in her home during the 2003 Assembly in Zimbabwe. The simple Mennonite World Conference logo wraps... more/más/suite

6 reasons to attend the MWC Global Assembly in Semarang, Indonesia

Before visiting Indonesia to meet the Anabaptist-Mennonite family in person, meet them through history. A Cloud of Witnesses by historian and MWC leader John D. Roth offers a brief, readable account of the three Anabaptist-Mennonite synods in... more/más/suite

Ongoing conflict cuts off congregations

“MKC has been trying to help MKC members who were seriously affected in parts of Ethiopia that are not currently under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front,” says Desalegn Abebe, president of the Mennonite church in Ethiopia, Meserete Kristos Church... more/más/suite

More than greeters

Training begins for Indonesia 2022 volunteers With only ten more months to prepare and gathering limitations still in place, Assembly’s national planning committee presses on training volunteers virtually. In May 2021, the committee coached 60... more/más/suite

How do environmental problems make people feel?

(...and why does that matter?) “It makes me so sad to see the consequences of environmental damage all across the globe. We have not been good stewards of God 's creation; we have destroyed it rather. It makes me feel guilty to be part of the... more/más/suite

MWC luncurkan “Ambassador Kit" bagi gereja untuk mempromosikan Temu Raya 2022 di Indonesia

Dengan terbatasnya kesempatan bepergian karena pandemi COVID-19, representatif Mennonite World Conference (MWC) dan panitia Temu Raya mencari jalan lain untuk mempublikasikan Indonesia 2022, yang akan menjadi Temu Raya global hibrid pertama bagi MWC... more/más/suite

Safe space in light of COVID-19

*These suggestions come from a North American pastor; in other cultural contexts, variations on practices will exist. See below for comments from around the world. On a cold wintry night in the middle of February around a decade ago, I arranged five... more/más/suite

Only God could turn disaster into ministry

Thousands stream into Holy Stadium: Mennonite congregation sponsors vaccination clinic more/más/suite

Ministry partner update: ICOMB – September 2021

Introducing the Global Family Bund evangelischer Freikirchen (Taufgesinnte Gemeinden) – Germany Member Conference The Bund evangelischer Freikirchen (Taufgesinnte Gemeinden) , is a growing working group of independent churches. The Conference was... more/más/suite

In Memoriam: Ambrocio Ladiana Porcincula (1939-2021)

Ambrocio Porcincula, general council delegate to Mennonite World Conference, died 8 August 2021 at 82 after suffering a stroke. He served MWC as a representative of Asia on the Executive Committee in the late 1990s and represented Integrated... more/más/suite

How environmental crises impact church communities

“These repercussions had a negative impact in my personal life and that of other members of our congregation, because they accentuated the already existing level of poverty in the church. The explosion in the price of food products disrupted... more/más/suite

MWC update

The relationships in Mennonite World Conference are always growing. From the member churches that make up MWC to the emerging networks linking church-supported agencies, MWC facilitates connections between Anabaptist organizations. The Executive... more/más/suite

Assembly team drawing lessons from the Olympics

Despite grave concerns, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics took place in 2021 and gave the world memorable stories of togetherness. From high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) and Gianmarco Tamberi (Italy) agreeing to end the jump-off and share the gold medal... more/más/suite

Love neighbours: share vaccines

In Tanzania – home to 66 744 baptized members of Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania – less than one percent of the population has received vaccination protection against COVID-19. Mennonite World Conference is calling on its members around the world to... more/más/suite

Bimonthly prayer unites across language and location

Despite a two-day headache and recovery from a COVID-19 infection, Madhur Lakra logged on at 19:30 local time to pray. He not only participated in but led a Hindi prayer room for MWC’s bimonthly online prayer hour in July. After a large group... more/más/suite

Politics matters

What Is God’s Kingdom and What Does Citizenship Look Like? A book on Anabaptism and politics by Mennonite World Conference general secretary César García. more/más/suite

7 ways to worship without singing

What can services look like without music? Mennonites express their unity and diversity through singing together. The coronavirus pandemic silenced many voices for the sake of public safety. As congregations cautiously welcome more people back into... more/más/suite