Immanuel, God with us!

July 18, 2019

Worker Raleigh offers tender reflections on the gift of God’s presence to their family as they offer a ministry of presence among their Muslim neighbors.

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College students worship in the living room of 264 OSH, a hospitality ministry called Eastside College that invites students into a growing relationship with God.

Nurturing the faith of college students

May 30, 2019

God awakened in me a dream for the dividing walls to be broken down and for all of us—university students and local members of congregations—to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the unique gifts of these students to be nurtured for the sake of God’s kingdom.

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Dr. Aaron Kauffman

Aaron M. Kauffman graduates with Doctor of Ministry degree

May 22, 2019

Dr. Aaron M. Kauffman, president of Virginia Mennonite Missions since 2014, graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary on May 18, 2019. He has served as president of Virginia Mennonite Missions since 2014. His dissertation is entitled, “Thriving: Effective Strategies for the Evangelism and Discipleship of Emerging Adults,” which uncovers five key strategies of local churches that are successfully engaging young adults.

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Michael H. prays for workers at a resource event for Ministry Support Teams. Workers in South Asia, he and his wife Ruthy practiced organized prayer as a foundational aspect of their ministry in a large Muslim city. They are currently exploring future ministry assignments. Photo: Carol Tobin

Seeing the harvest that Jesus sees

April 25, 2019

With one sweep of my husband’s eye on our garden, he sees past investment, present challenges, and future promise. I learn a lot when I ask him to show me what he sees. This is what we do when we pray. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges or exasperated by the complexities—“What do we do? Where do we start?”—we ask, “Lord, what do you see?”

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College students pray at a prayer and worship service at 264 OSH, a ministry of worker Rachel Yoder. Courtesy Facebook

Sowing seeds close to home

March 28, 2019

Workers in the U.S. are seeing transformation firsthand as God’s activity permeates local communities among people of every background.

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The sprawling Moria refugee camp in Lesvos. Photo: UNHCR

“Hello, my friend”

March 14, 2019

I came because I thought that I could do something for God. But I soon realized that God brought me to Greece so that he could do something in me. The stories of bravery and courage I heard have impacted me and changed the way that I see the world.

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Thank you for helping us share the greatest gift ever given

December 20, 2018

Thank you for your generosity as we finished 2018. We raised $103,401, or 92% of our Mission Fund goal. Thank you for helping us share the greatest gift ever given?

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VMMissions staff with SOE

VMMissions short-term programs now accredited

December 5, 2018

VMMissions is excited to announce that it has passed the accreditation process with Standards of Excellence in Short-term Missions (SOE) and is now a fully accredited member of SOE.

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New ways of being church

November 5, 2018

Instead of asking, “Why aren’t people coming to our church? Where is the younger generation? What is the future of the church?” we need to be asking, “Where is God at work? How can we participate in what God is doing in this context? What are we inviting people to be part of?”

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Lynn Suter

A culture of multiplication

November 5, 2018

If you were asked, “What are the irreducible minimums of the church?” what would you say? An assembly of some number? What number? A pattern of assembling? What’s the pattern and what mission and values would it reflect? Beyond discerning that biblically, and agreeing what church should be for a particular context, how would you multiply it?

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