Benny and Ester Fehr Assigned to Bolivia

by Ken Zacharias, Director of Global Outreach

Benny and Ester Fehr and their four children left for Bolivia in late January to begin ministry with EMC Missions. They arrived safely.

They have been assigned to lead the radio ministry for the MEM in the San Jose/Hacienda Verde area. A secondary assignment is to work alongside the youth in the Hacienda Verde church. The Fehrs are members in the Mount Salem Community Church (EMC) near Alymer, Ont., where they have served in the Pastor of Care position.

A 1688 Protest Against Slavery with a ‘Mennonite-like Conscience’

by Terry M. Smith

On Feb. 18, 1688, four leaders in Germantown, Pennsylvania, signed a petition against slavery and sent it to “the Monthly Meeting at Richard Warrels.” Drawing upon the analysis of J. H. Fretz, the petition had at least seven overlapping arguments: 1) slavery violates the Great Commandment; 2) it violates people’s will by forcing them into slavery); 3) it can involve theft; 4) it separates spouses, causing them to commit adultery; 5) it harms the witness of Quakers by offending some people; 6) slaves had the right to freedom (even to fight for it); and 7) Christians do not have the liberty to enslave. Continue reading A 1688 Protest Against Slavery with a ‘Mennonite-like Conscience’

Terry Smith: In Jesus of Nazareth, God is Revealed

By Terry M. Smith

Prisons and slums, natural and human-made disasters and deaths, wars and other forms of suffering all illustrate that our world is far from what it should be. In the midst of all of this, how can we be aware that God is good and worth knowing? How can we be confident that God cares and cares enough to act? Continue reading Terry Smith: In Jesus of Nazareth, God is Revealed

Two countries, one mission: MCC’s efforts to support all people on the Korean Peninsula

Cober Bauman: ‘Deep importance of ongoing peacemaking’

By Jason Dueck

It’s been more than 60 years since the ceasefire that ended the Korean War, but to this day the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) do not have an official peace and the divide remains great. Continue reading Two countries, one mission: MCC’s efforts to support all people on the Korean Peninsula

Why I’m Glad to be an EMCer

by Brad Brandt

I think the EMC has a rich history and a solid present reality that we need to talk about. In terms of diversity, we have members who speak Spanish, Mandarin, or Tagalog as well as English, Low German or High German. Numerous EMC churches work with Indigenous people on neighbouring reserves. We have churches that range from being quite conservative in practice and worship to those who would be less conservative and more contemporary in worship. We have a conference that works together in relative unity within that diversity of culture and language. Continue reading Why I’m Glad to be an EMCer

South Sudan: Amid a Civil War, He Plants a Church

by Gordon Skopnik

He grew up in war, born into a family that practiced witchcraft and worshiped evil spirits. Even as a boy, he was not happy about this. One time he opposed his grandmother and destroyed her shrine. Suddenly his eyes were forced shut and started to bleed. Somehow he felt God was with him; he believed that God had a plan for him and God healed his eyes. So he committed himself to God and refused to worship at his grandmother’s shrines. Continue reading South Sudan: Amid a Civil War, He Plants a Church

Kevin Wiebe: I Am the Weaker Brother

By Kevin Wiebe

When you believe you are right about something, how do you behave? How do you treat those with whom you disagree? I’m not talking about issues of sin, here. There are a great many things the Bible very clearly defines as sin. So, what of disputable matters, issues that are not very clear? Sure, there are folks who try to make every kind of sin into a “disputable matter,” but like it or not, there are in fact some things that are not as clear-cut in the Bible as we would like it to be. Continue reading Kevin Wiebe: I Am the Weaker Brother

Letters April 2019

Great Issue in January

by Gordon Dyck, Steinbach, Man.

Congratulations on the last Messenger [Jan.]. Front to back, great issue. I was so inspired by Arden Thiessen’s article that I read The Messenger from cover to cover. I went back to reread Arden’s article and like his accuser found a singular expression that could be misinterpreted. Arden used the word “once” in reference to making a mistake. I know I couldn’t make the claim of once I made a mistake. It struck me as a point of irony that even in our defense we can be misunderstood in a different manner, and the cycle continues. Great job, Arden included, and I will say that more than once. Continue reading Letters April 2019

Reflections on Our Connection to the EMC

by Kent Dueck

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Kent and Sandy Dueck with their children

WINNIPEG It’s been close to 33 years since the first ministry initiative in what is now Inner City Youth Alive. I have fond recollections of the willingness of Fort Garry EMC to help launch this initiative. Many EMC churches got on board and soon EMMC and CMC churches. Continue reading Reflections on Our Connection to the EMC