Blog posts

Wait for the wind

7.19. 2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference. This piece originally ran in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Wait for the wind to blow and then allow this wind to take you. While living in Florida, I often went to Biscayne Bay for a walk, meditation or to enjoy the sea breeze. I remember […]

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What’s in a name?

7.14. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is an apostle serving at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  We sat in the church office, confused and in tears. It was a scenario I have experienced too many times before. My friend trying to figure out what it means to be a pastor. “I know I was called for a reason.” […]

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A witnessing and multicultural experience

5.31. 2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference, based in Texas.  As I visit our established and emerging congregations in Western District Conference, I find myself praying a simple, respectful and honest prayer: “LORD, help me to see you at work in this community of faith and in this neighborhood.”  I try to […]

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Missional Church: The fad that just won’t go away

5.30. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Recently I heard an observation following Ohio Conference’s Annual Conference Assembly in which we focused on becoming a mission-driven (a.k.a. “Missional”) conference. The observation? It seems as though our younger leaders are the driving force behind the passion for this movement. And so the question becomes, “Why?” Why are younger leaders pushing for this change? […]

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Video blog: A glimpse of life as missionaries, neighbors, parents and friends

2.28. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

​In this video, David and Rebekka Stutzman report on their first year of start-up ministry in Mannheim, Germany. The Stutzmans and their three children (pictured above, l to r, Immanuel, Nathanael and Liana) are mission workers with Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions. Some highlights from this year include officially launching a missional leadership […]

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Teaching children the Word in Ivory Coast

10.25. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

James R. Krabill is Mennonite Mission Network’s senior executive for Global Ministries. . In the early 1970s, James and Jeanette Krabill were invited by the Harrist Church to engage in Bible studies with young ministry candidates. Both the Krabill family and the students were profoundly shaped by this encounter. Photo: Harrist Preacher Cyprien N’Guessan, one of  James Krabill’s […]

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Five reasons we get out of bed in the morning: Eric and Kelly Frey Martin

9.29. 2016 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Kelly and Eric live in Goshen, Indiana.  Eric spends most of his time as the youth pastor at Silverwood Mennonite Church and as a student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Kelly is a nurse on the labor and delivery floor at Goshen Hospital.  They will serve with Mennonite Mission Network in Colombia.   1. We […]

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