Oksana Kittrell is greeted and receives a gift from Aaron Kauffman

Sowing and harvesting: VMMissions kicks off centennial celebration at special service

July 26, 2019

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, a crowd of over 450 gathered at Lindale Mennonite Church to kick off a series of events celebrating the 100-year history of Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions). The evening’s theme was “cultivating good soil,” based on Jesus’ parable in Mark 4:1-9.

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Centennial Celebration

VMMissions Centennial Celebration Photos

July 20, 2019

VMMissions is celebrating one hundred years of equipping the church to share the good news with neighbors near and far. View images from the celebrations at Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly on Thursday, July 18.

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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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Call to Prayer: Can prayer make your family unique?

July 5, 2019

Our priority on prayer is guided by clear biblical principles. We emphasize the fact that God hears our prayers and that we can hear from him. But principles are not enough; we need to practice. Here are a few family-friendly prayer ideas that we have used to develop our family prayer life.

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Teachers: God’s love in the community

June 27, 2019

All Kids Club volunteers love the children who come, and there is something special about teachers who choose to be at Kids Club each week. They are experts at giving and receiving the love of God in our local communities who are competently leading both at school and at Kids Club.

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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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Jim and Pam Beachy

Seeds of transformation

May 22, 2019

I soon came to realize that my primary purpose for being at LAC was to build relationships. Teaching my subject area well was important; but the real substance of our time there was in the one-on-one conversations with students, other teachers, and persons in the community. Students watched us closely and asked deep questions, trying to understand our faith and our relationship with God.

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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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Aaron Kauffman

The school of obedience

May 3, 2019

Discipleship is about the most important kind of learning possible, learning to follow after Jesus. Yet too often, we see it as an add-on rather than an essential part of Christian faith. Perhaps if discipleship were only a matter of acquiring information, we would be less inclined to neglect it. But it’s more than that.

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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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