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A pastoral letter for Anabaptist-Mennonites in British Columbia (Canada)

Beloved sisters and brothers: Let us remember in prayer the people of British Columbia in western Canada. After a summer of heat waves and wildfires, a series of storms is battering the region, causing serious flooding and landslides. Thousands of... 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

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

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

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

A pastoral letter for the healing of Haiti

Beloved sisters and brothers: Let us join in prayer for peace and stability in Haiti! The island nation is reeling after the assassination of its president in July, a devastating earthquake in August, and ongoing effects from the coronavirus... 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

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

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

A biblical foundation to stand on

Like the chambers of a heart, the four MWC commissions serve the global community of Anabaptist-related churches, in the areas of Deacons, Faith and Life, Peace, Mission. Commissions prepare materials for consideration by the General Council, give... 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 launches “Ambassador Kit” for churches to promote Indonesia 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we travel, Mennonite World Conference representatives and Assembly team seek new ways to bring awareness and excitement for Indonesia 2022, which will be MWC’s first hybrid global assembly. With Assembly 17... 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