Churches in the North and South need each other

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Larry Miller was quick to point out that though he serves as the representative for MWC, there are people whom, he believes, would be “better faces” for MWC; including two people recently in Canada – a man from Africa, and a woman from India. He went on to explain the importance of MWC for Anabaptists of all stripes – including Canadian MBs.

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Indian Christians flee

Thursday, January 1, 2009

News and relief agencies report some 30,000–70,000 Christians have fled their homes in Orissa, India, due to religious persecution, which erupted in August. Christian refugees are living in makeshift shelters in the jungle, in relief camps, or have fled to neighbouring states. Women have been gang-raped, pastors have been killed, and thousands have been wounded by gunfire, burning buildings, or the rigours of their flight – and almost nothing is being done.

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Indian MB conference celebrates 50 years of autonomy

Thursday, January 1, 2009

More than 7,000 people attended the golden jubilee celebration of the governing council for the MB church in India, November 7–8, making it the best-attended gathering in the history of the Indian MB conference

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Newsbriefs

Thursday, January 1, 2009

MDS to inform and equip churches for pandemic influenza and other disasters; Goshen (Ind.) College accused of being unpatriotic; Anabaptist youth ride bicycles for Global Youth Summit and Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15; MEDA launches human resource expertise to microfinance institutions; Mennonite congregation in the Netherlands celebrated; 800,000 people displaced in Democratic Republic of Congo; Violence in Jos, Nigeria; Amish population grows 84 percent; Truth and Reconciliation Commission; EFC calls for integrity, statesmanship, and grace in political crisis

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Newsbriefs

Monday, December 1, 2008

EFC appears against government of Alberta; Bus Stop Bible Studies; CMU’s membership with AUCC; U.S. Conference of MB Churches doubles membership; General Assembly of World Evangelical Alliance; Marv Frey passes away October 19, 2008; Violence in Orissa; Investors and the environment; MEDA a finalist for Innovation Excellence Awards; MCC discontinues shipping used clothing overseas

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A Bible for the Nanerige

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dressed in bright colours, three teenaged girls strolled up to the well in the middle of a Nanerige village in Burkina Faso. When Phil Bergen addressed them in their language, their faces lit up with delight at the surprise of speaking with a non-African man in their own language, and they giggled as they responded.

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First Austrian MB church celebrates milestone

Monday, December 1, 2008

In a historically Catholic country, Linz MB Church in Austria celebrated their 50th anniversary September 27–28.

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U.S. MBs renew commitment to evangelize

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The U.S. MB conference met in Hillsboro, Kan., July 26–27 under the theme, “Transition Point: From a proud past to a promising future.” The timing of the convention coincided with the 100-year anniversary of Tabor College, the first MB institution of higher education in the United States.

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Mennonites participate in controversial meeting

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, and Mennonite leaders at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, September 25, to discuss the role of religion in responding to global challenges and building peace between societies. This was the fourth time since 2006 that American religious leaders have met with the Iranian leader at his request.

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Newsbriefs

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

MBMSI Redesigned website; Adopt a terrorist for prayer; Global food crisis; Emergency response to hurricanes and tropical storms; Abuse: Response and Prevention booklet; Carbon offset fund; Christians have fled Orissa, India; MEDA in European Market; Lutheran World Federation asks forgiveness; Add a second prayer or mediation to Ontario provincial parliament

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MCC launches $2-million crisis response for Iraq

Monday, September 1, 2008

Five years after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 2.8 million people are displaced from their homes in search of safer locations within the country. “The humanitarian situation of…

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MDS service builds homes and relationships

Monday, September 1, 2008

It’s hot – from 31 to 34 Celsius every day. It’s humid. It’s messy. It’s hard work. So why do some members of Winnipeg’s River East Mennonite Brethren…

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Mother’s wrath cannot dissuade daughter’s faith

Monday, September 1, 2008

AngSila is a small fishing village in Thailand, where Buddhism is dominant, temples and gold idols are widespread—and the young church is drawing believers. But as the numbers of believers grow, so does the persecution.

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MEDA project preserves Peru’s mangroves

Friday, August 1, 2008

A new approach to creation care is being explored in Peru’s mangrove forest by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

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New wine, new wineskins for MCC

Friday, August 1, 2008

That there is “a fair bit of dissatisfaction” among its members and supporters over the “unwieldiness” of an organization that takes a minimum of six months to approve decisions – assuming all 12 boards are in agreement from the beginning – was acknowledged by Arli Klassen at the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) binational board meeting in Waterloo, Ont., June 11–12.

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