Reasons to hope this Easter

Saturday, April 15, 2017

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”—Luke 24:5 He is risen, indeed! Resurrection is the ultimate sign of…

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Kidnapped: Vlad’s story

Saturday, July 11, 2015

When war broke out in eastern Ukraine Vlad Makhovskiy decided he could not just sit at home and watch what was happening. He would help. What he did…

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A theology of presence in Ukraine

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What can a church in Fresno, Cal., do to respond to suffering in Ukraine? In December 2014, the Warm Churches project was born out of conversations between pastor Fred Leonard of Mountain View Community Church and MB Mission Europe leader Johann Matthies. Matthies mobilized German and North American churches to help the eight ICOMB churches in Ukraine who were in desperate need.

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Faithful together in civil conflict

Thursday, January 1, 2015

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Roman Rakhuba recounted the latest events in his home country of Ukraine to the gathering of Mennonite leaders of Europe in Lisbon, Portugal.

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MCC increases humanitarian assistance in Ukraine

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is appealing for donations to significantly scale up its humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine.

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A note of hope from Ukraine

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ukraine has a long history of unrest. Countless men and women have fled west, seeking refuge from brutal abuse and bloodshed. In 1919, it was young Marichen, who…

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Logos Canada: 25 years

Friday, June 20, 2014

It was a new day as 70 years of Communism came to an end. The new words sparked formation of a new ministry to answer that gospel hunger. Logos International formed in Germany in the 1985; visionary Johannes Reimer, a Mennonite emigrant from the USSR to Germany, brought the dream to Canada where it has flourished for 25 years.

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My courageous mother

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My German Baptist mother from Volhynia, Ukraine, was a strong woman, a woman of great faith and a compelling storyteller. Of the many stories she shared with me…

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Sharing the good news at home away from home

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stories from MB Mission workers abroad

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Early Retirement…to Ukraine?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

John and Evelyn Wiens had successful careers and only a few years left in the workforce when they chose to spend 10 years in Zaporozhye. Garry and Evelyn Verhoog…

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Dentist “makes ploughshare from sword”

Sunday, December 1, 2013

“My mother never talked about it,” Ed Penner remembers. “She didn’t want to pass on the terror that [her family] had endured in Russia at the hands of…

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Dairy farms and church plants

Sunday, December 1, 2013

It has been almost a century since the Russian revolution and civil war initiated a Mennonite diaspora, and nearly as long since Mennonite Central Committee organized to begin relief operations back to Russia. The setting of both much joy and great pain for Mennonites, the former Soviet Union has long been a destination for an intermediate generation of missionary

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Moviemaker forgoes macabre for missionary memoir

Monday, July 1, 2013

What do a horror film about the Antichrist and a documentary about a Russian-Mennonite missionary have in common? Filmmaker Mike Klassen. Being in the Way the Lord Led…

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Family follows “the way of Jesus” to Ukraine

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

At 16, Henry H. Regehr saw his entire family killed before his eyes. He fled Ukraine, immigrating to Canada, where he became a pastor at Steinbach (Man.) MB Church. Despite that trauma, Regehr “chose the way of Jesus; the way of love and forgiveness,” says grandson Wes Janzen, a member of Bakerview MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C. “His example continues to inspire me.”

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Decades-old film speaks to modern issues

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“It’s a timeless piece,” says David Dueck, producer of And When They Shall Ask. “It’s not just a Mennonite story; it’s a human rights issue.” The feature-length docu-drama about Mennonites, which focuses particularly on the experience in Imperial and Soviet Russia, has been re-released on DVD in 2010 with 50 minutes of bonus features added.

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