The International International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) began planning its 150th anniversary celebration at its annual meeting, held in Hyderabad, India in November.
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.
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