Make a tax-free donation to VMM with your IRA

January 5, 2011

If you own an IRA and are at least 70½ years old, you have a significant opportunity to avoid paying taxes on your IRA and make a charitable donation to Virginia Mennonite Missions. The U.S. Congress recently extended through 2011 a provision that allows you to donate to charity up to $100,000 per calendar year […]

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Three baptized in Kemishtaj, Albania

January 3, 2011

The Adriatic Sea wind whipped our faces but the bright sun beamed upon the group of believers from the Lajmetaret e Jesus Krishtit (Heralds of Jesus Christ) church of Kemishtaj, Albania, gathered for the baptism of Lazi, Ilir, and Eva. A deserted beach-side food stand sheltered us from the wind as Allen Umble, VMM worker […]

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Blood revenge claims life of Albanian pastor

December 23, 2010

On October 8, Pastor Dritan (Tani) Prroj died in a busy plaza in the center of Shkoder. Similar to Jesus, he was executed in his early 30s for the sins of others. His crimes? Belonging to the wrong clan, refusing to stay imprisoned in his own home, continuing his public ministry although knowing he was […]

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Shining the light in Hickory

December 23, 2010

Nearly 60 years ago, evangelists from Franconia Mennonite Conference brought the light to Hickory, North Carolina. On Sunday, November 7, the Mennonite churches that grew out of that evangelistic trip celebrated their history and Virginia Conference’s 175th Anniversary. The day consisted of a homecoming celebration for Mt. View Mennonite Church—current members, past members, and family […]

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Our core values

December 23, 2010

Core values are those values we hold dear. They represent the orienting center of our lives, the priorities by which we live. They are usually expressed by how we live our lives and what occupies our attention in terms of time and money. Sometimes core values are also expressed by our words. When our core […]

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The Gospel in cultural context

December 9, 2010

With eyes riveted in wonder at the dancers and their gentle gyrations, Wiang’s heart leapt in longing.  Who are these people who can dance with such freedom and joy?  Did she care who they were?  Not really.  She simply sensed intuitively that she belonged among them. Wiang was attending a gathering of followers of Jesus.  […]

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Baptism as remembering

December 8, 2010

I attended a baptismal service again recently. Four members of the Daniel family went “under the water” as the pastor put it. Father, mother, and two sons all gave verbal witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and accepted the sacrament and sign of baptism in the presence of God and a company of people. […]

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A half-serious lament

December 2, 2010

With a bit of sadness this summer, I witnessed the final decisions associated with dissolving Ohio District of Virginia Mennonite Conference. It made sense since the district had essentially become an “empty set” as Conference Minister Owen Burkholder put it. Chestnut Ridge, the last remaining congregation, had transferred amicably to Ohio Conference earlier. Still, since […]

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First international tranSenders finish well

December 2, 2010

“We’re here to honor Dino & Mara for their service among us this year.” With these words, Centro Koinonia’s usual mid-week meeting suddenly burst into a surprise farewell party! After listing their many accomplishments, we gave them a hearty round of applause, words of appreciation, incomparable party delicacies, plus many embraces and kisses, Italian-style! Here’s […]

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Vision becomes reality for Albanian Christian School

November 18, 2010

Albanian Christian School (ACS), a vision of Klementina and Dini Shahini and an initiative supported by Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite Missions, will open its doors in Lezhe, Albania in September 2011. A Vision Support Team is providing oversight to the school. Klementina Shahini, an Albanian and American educator, will serve as executive director […]

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