Maia, daughter of VMMissions workers J and H, walks through thick mud with her family to reach the home of a Rohingya family that had fled Myanmar.

A harvest in the hard places

February 7, 2019

Workers in Asia and Europe share stories of potential harvests in difficult soil, and of immense needs. Is God inviting you to serve?

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Communion on the beach

Grants received for Thailand Anabaptist Gathering

November 30, 2018

Traveling for up to 14 hour by public bus, van and train, Anabaptist believers from Thailand and Laos gathered together in Chonburi, Thailand, for a rich time of lively worship, fellowship and interactive teaching at the 4th Thailand Anabaptist Gathering (TAG), October 8-12, 2018.

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Alternative Christmas Gifts

Consider Alternative Christmas Gifts this holiday season

November 28, 2018

Each year, VMMissions workers propose projects to meet some special or immediate need for our Alternative Christmas Gifts program. Consider a gift to engage their ministry passion and enhance their mission.

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Donor & Prayer Partners Banquet

Donors & Prayer Partners Banquet is November 17

October 10, 2018

As a small token of our gratitude for the ways in which you have prayed earnestly and given generously to the work that God is doing through Virginia Mennonite Missions, we invite you to an evening of food, music and stories of our work in the past year and right now.

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Results of fiscal year end campaign

September 10, 2018

We are seeing the fruit of changed lives and communities that God is producing through our ministries! Like an abundant harvest, a great deal of work lies behind these fruitful ministries. Thank you for making this possible.

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N.T. Wright to give lectures in Harrisonburg, VA

September 4, 2018

Prolific writer and New Testament scholar N.T. Wright will give a series of presentations on “Discerning the Dawn” in Harrisonburg, Va., November 13-14.

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Carol Tobin

From anywhere to anyone

August 16, 2018

At first glance, the idea of all of us “going” sounds like a perfect recipe for chaos! But, somehow, this is what the Holy Spirit does when he gets a hold of us. Our hearts enlarge. Our vision expands. We go beyond our culturally comfortable borders.

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Norma Teles

Called to go: Norma’s story

August 14, 2018

Norma Teles is a Brazilian VMMissions worker in Lezhë, Albania, working with Roma children at the school she has founded, the Joshua Center. By Norma Teles   Norma Teles at the Joshua Center. Courtesy of Janet Blosser   I grew up in a Christian family with nine siblings in Salvadore, Brazil. I was expected to […]

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Francisco and Juanita Machado

Preserved for a purpose

August 13, 2018

Francisco and Juanita came to the U.S. as asylum seekers from Honduras. Now God is using them as church planters in Madrid, Spain.

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Writing calligraphy

A tailor-made niche

May 21, 2018

With J.T’s type of design work, he gets to continue in this “cultural mandate” of developing this language and while doing it, share with his Muslim colleagues this beautiful heritage of how Christianity uniquely uplifts languages.

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Aaron Kauffman

Work as witness

April 30, 2018

Too often we as Christians have adopted our culture’s divide between the spiritual and the secular. We designate what we do at church or in our personal devotional life as “spiritual,” and the rest of life as “secular.” Except for paid ministry, we rarely think of work as spiritual. The Bible, however, makes no such distinction between spiritual and secular.

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Bruce Bennett

Community Church Planting Local Training

March 22, 2018

Attend a training by Bruce Bennett, CCP founder and international church planter, on Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. You can attend one or both days of this two-day training.

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Shenandoah Valley Men's Chorus

SVMC concerts benefit worker family

January 29, 2018

The Shenandoah Valley Men’s Chorus, directed by Jared Stutzman, performed two public concerts on Sunday, February 25, at Eastern Mennonite School and VMRC. Offerings collected to support a VMMissions worker family serving in South Asia raised $1,945.

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Volunteer this summer at Lady Latte!

January 23, 2018

Lady Latte needs summer time volunteers in 2018! A couple is needed to come to the beautiful rural town of Istog, Kosovo, from May 15 – September 1 (flexible) to give temporary oversight to a recently opened coffee shop just for women!

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Peter Eberly

A shared heartbeat for mission

November 3, 2017

If the church is made up of disciples, then everything we are part of should replicate: disciples who can make disciples, small groups who can make new small groups, churches that can plant churches. I have missional dreams that from Eastside would come churches in many locations. That replication process must begin with individual disciples.

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Skip Tobin

Local mission on the map

November 2, 2017

I am excited about all that is happening within VMMissions USA Ministries: my daily interactions with workers and prospective workers, the requests for tranSend interns from local pastors, the interaction with district leaders regarding their missional hopes, the ground work of discipling that happens in my coaching contexts and in the many new huddles.

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Call to Prayer: Teaching children to pray

August 30, 2017

As believers, we are tasked with the job of bringing the little children to Jesus. One of the ways we do this is by encouraging and teaching children to pray. We can spend all the time in the world teaching children about God, but if we don’t teach them how to relate to God, we’re not doing any better than the disciples who tried to shoo the children away.

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Seeking and finding

A knock on the door, seeking and finding

August 19, 2017

“I believe that Jesus is God, and I want to be a Jesus follower.” I couldn’t believe my ears as Yousif prayed a beautiful prayer of repentance, expressing a humble need of Christ. How could this be happening? A Muslim young man, coming to faith so quickly?

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Don Clymer prepares for a seminar

Sharing the good news in Switzerland

August 16, 2017

I wasn’t sure if my writing and work on spirituality in the United States would connect with the people of Europe, but the loneliness, brokenness and hunger for a deeper relationship with God is as evident here as at home. Sharing the good news here in Europe is helping people develop a closer relationship to God and helping them to return to what God created them to be, rather than what the outer world forced on them.

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A family outing in South Asia

Sowing seeds of good news

August 9, 2017

Holy moments right here and now: mission workers and staff share fresh stories of gospel seeds being sown in the course of their everyday lives. “God, may you bring the fruit!”

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Grace reads a Bible story book

In Word and with Power

August 7, 2017

In a slum community in a large Asian city, Anita and Yosiah have gained their community’s trust through deeds of love. Now they ask, “How do we proclaim the gospel holistically?”

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Loving our neighbors in jail

June 15, 2017

Jason Wagner, appointed to serve as chaplain at the Rockingham Regional Jail. Courtesy photo   By Jason Wagner I have seen firsthand the deep hunger for connection to God and loving fellowship that inmates have in the Rockingham Regional Jail. Since being appointed as a VMMissions worker to serve as jail chaplain, I have been […]

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Sarah Showalter

Call to Prayer: Praying Together

June 15, 2017

  By Sarah Showalter “The difference between success and failure is a great team.” —Dave Kerpen “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” —Michael Jordan “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.” —Ifeanyi Onuoha “Sticks […]

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Teachers at Buenos Aires International Christian Academy in Argentina.

Becoming one: God’s purpose for community

June 12, 2017

Crystal Lehman (second from right) works with an international team of teachers who actively support each other to love and effectively educate the students at Buenos Aires International Christian Academy in Argentina. Photo courtesy of Crystal Lehman   By Crystal Lehman ​Missions has always played an important role in my life. I am, however, still […]

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Worker commissioning and Taste of Missions

June 8, 2017

  You are invited to celebrate the commissioning of new mission workers at the Friday evening worship service of Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, held at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave, Harrisonburg, Va. (map), on Friday, July 21. Gathering music begins at 6:45 p.m.; the service begins at 7:00. The 2017 class of tranSend, […]

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Win a VMMissions t-shirt!

Visit our booth at Convention in Orlando

June 5, 2017

If you are attending Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this summer, stop by the VMMissions booth in the display area of the convention center. Staff will be available to connect with you and share some stories of our work. Pick up a mission activity card, complete it, and you will be registered to win […]

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Steve and Bethany’s Isaan friends help with evangelism efforts to share the Good News with other Isaan people over pizza at the Horst’s home in Bangkok. Photo by Steve Horst

Better together

May 31, 2017

Bethany and Steve desire to enhance their evangelism and discipleship ministry among Isaan migrant workers in Bangkok, Thailand, by again bringing a team together.   Steve and Bethany’s Isaan friends help with evangelism efforts to share the Good News with other Isaan people over pizza at the Horst’s home in Bangkok. Photo by Steve Horst […]

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Aaron Kauffman

The wisdom of teams

May 31, 2017

Have you ever tried playing baseball by yourself? Or singing four-part harmony alone? There are some things you simply can’t do without the help of others. And we believe mission is one of them. One of the guiding principles for our work at VMMissions is that team is our preferred mode of engaging in mission. […]

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Steve Campbell outside the church in Montenegro.

God’s worldwide team

May 30, 2017

Steve and Laura work with the leadership team of one of only five evangelical churches in the country of Montenegro, with a focus on discipling believers, and a vision for growth.   Vladimir Cizmanski and Steve Campbell meet to plan various activities at the church. Photo by Janet Blosser   By Steve Campbell When Laura […]

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Eve, Benjamin, and Natacha, teenaged refugees from DR Congo, helped the author distribute cookies to Sentara RMH employees working on Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of Ben Emswiler

Loving our refugee neighbors

March 15, 2017

By Ben Emswiler It was yet another very cold night in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as we searched for a parking space outside of James Madison University’s Convocation Center where JMU was hosting Eastern Mennonite University in a cross-town men’s basketball game. I apologized to my Congolese friends in the car with me for having to park […]

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Aaron Kauffman

Coworkers for the kingdom

March 8, 2017

Our culture idolizes heroes. Hollywood tells story after story with the message, we need heroes to solve the world’s problems. Right now my little boys are fixated on Superman, Spider-Man and Batman—a curious thing, since they’ve never seen them on the big screen. But somehow they’ve caught our culture’s love of heroes. Who doesn’t wish […]

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Elsa Miller with colleagues

Nazareth Village: a living witness to Christ made possible by partnership

March 6, 2017

By Elsa Miller Located in the city of Nazareth, Israel, Nazareth Village is a working historical village that gives visitors to the Holy Land a chance to experience what life would have been like for Jesus growing up in his hometown. One aspect that brings the village to life is the team of historical actors […]

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Rafael and Solange Tartari

Local church, global body

March 3, 2017

Rafael and Solange Tartari serve as pastoral leaders of the Guri I Themelit (Cornerstone) congregation in Lezhë, Albania. Through a partnership that spans three continents, they engage in evangelism, discipleship and mentoring. By Solange Tartari In Ephesians 2:11-22, the Apostle Paul gives us a vision of the church that is not just the local community. […]

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Partners in planting

February 21, 2017

Mennonite Hispanic Initiative is a joint effort to birth, nurture and sustain new mission impulses among Spanish-speaking people in Virginia and beyond. By Lizzette Hernandez and Marvin Lorenzana God’s model for eternal existence is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living in loving relationship with each other. God has modeled this perfect relationship of […]

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Vince Ramella and gym mates, Kosovo

What is church?

December 2, 2016

(From left) Granit, Bledor, Bek, Valdet and author Vince at the fitness center. Vince is holding his training schedule. Photo courtesy of author  Living in an under-reached nation, with no church in their community, Vince and LaVonne Ramella and their children seek to embody the gospel in their daily lives as a picture of church […]

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Stutzman family

Mission and the church in a post-Christian context

November 21, 2016

The front entrance to the Protestant church the Stutzmans relate to, with a crane in the background. Photo courtesy of author  In Mannheim, Germany, Dave and Rebekka and their three children serve in a context where churches have experienced decline, but opportunities for mission abound. By Dave Stutzman One of the things that interested me […]

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Thai Anabaptists gather for encouragement on the journey

November 15, 2016

Some of the participants at the Third Thai Anabaptist Gathering. Photo by J*  By Carol Tobin, VMMissions Asia Regional Director Det Udom, Thailand – A simple open air pavilion at the Life Enrichment Church Center in a far corner of Northeast Thailand (Isaan) served as the location for Thai Anabaptist Gathering, from September 27 to […]

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Perspectives

Get threaded into the story with Perspectives

November 10, 2016

  Since 2008, more than 200 students have been challenged and blessed by taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class right here in the Valley! The Harrisonburg coordinating team is thrilled to bring the Spring 2017 class to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Center, 711 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, Va., on Monday nights, January […]

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Donor and Prayer Partners Appreciation Banquet

October 31, 2016

  Thank you! As a small token of our gratitude for the ways in which you have prayed earnestly and given generously to the work that God is doing through Virginia Mennonite Missions, we invite you to honor us with your presence at an evening of food, music and stories of our work in the […]

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christian-muslim-relations-team

EMM Christian/Muslim Relations Team to present at public forum

October 11, 2016

  David and Grace Shenk, Andres Prins and Sheryl Martin, members of the EMM Christian/Muslim Relations Team, will present at a public forum at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in Martin Chapel (Eastern Mennonite Seminary) (map). The goal of the forum is learning how to be better equipped to know, love, and share Jesus […]

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Festival of Praise

Festival of Praise to benefit VMMissions on November 6, 4:00 pm

October 6, 2016

  The Festival of Praise is an annual praise-filled concert of men’s a cappella singing groups and combined chorus directed by Jared Stutzman. This year, the Festival celebrates 15 years of song and raising money for Virginia Mennonite Missions. Join us on November 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, […]

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Dr. Scot McKnight

Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life with Dr. Scot McKnight

September 13, 2016

  Dr. Scot McKnight, author of The Kingdom Conspiracy, will speak in a series of events in Harrisonburg, September 28-29, 2016. Hosted by a partnership of agencies (Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions) and co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Augsburger Lectureship, Dr. McKnight will […]

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A tidal wave is coming!

A tidal wave is coming!

September 1, 2016

Story by Megan* James and Megan* live in a guesthouse for Muslim pilgrims, immediately adjacent to a shrine which is packed from morning until night with devotees and seekers from all over the region. They see a ‘tidal wave’ movement to faith in Jesus coming in their country and region, built upon God’s promises to […]

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Finding life inside

Finding life inside

August 19, 2016

Story by Opal*   In the North African context where Raleigh and Opal* and their two children serve among Muslims seeking to overcome their debt to God, they are finding open doors.   We live near a gated community, of sorts. The first time we walked past its medieval-type turrets, sun-baked stucco walls, and arched […]

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Mission Fund goal met

Mission Fund goal met!

August 18, 2016

  On behalf of Virginia Mennonite Missions, I want to thank you for your generous support. You helped us not only meet our goal, but exceed it! What a surprise! With God’s help and your gifts, we have successfully completed another year of making disciples in the way of Christ among neighbors near and far. […]

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Bike Shenandoah to benefit VMMissions and others on September 17

August 3, 2016

  Bike Shenandoah is a family-friendly and healthy way see the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, connect with other riders, and support seven local agencies: Mennonite Central Committee, Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Our Community Place, Roberta Webb Child Care Center, and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center. Bike Shenandoah draws more than 100 riders each year for rides ranging […]

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tranSend service of commissioning July 14

June 13, 2016

Join in blessing and sending the 2016 class of tranSend into their service assignments on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 pm at the Hershberger Barn (location map). There will be a dinner provided for persons serving on MSTs (by invitation) beginning at 5:00 pm. Friends, family and supporters are invited at 6:30 for a meaningful […]

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Long roads to leadership

May 6, 2016

By Nancy Marshall All photos courtesy of Nancy Marshall Nancy Marshall has discipled several potential leaders for pastoral ministry and church planting at Jesus’ Deaf Church in Belize, with major setbacks along the way.   The first verse I tacked on my wall here in my house in Belize is Ephesians 3:20 from The Message: […]

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Seeds of multiplication

May 4, 2016

By Carol Tobin All photos by Mark & Sarah Schoenhals Where the Mark and Sarah Schoenhals family serve in the Isaan region of Thailand, seeds of a multiplying church planted over 20 years ago are beginning to sprout.   Throughout the long, dry months when the only rain that can be expected in Northeast Thailand […]

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New workers appointed

May 2, 2016

Two VMMissions workers have recently been appointed for service assignments. Francisco and Juana Machado have been appointed (jointly with Mennonite Mission Network) to church plant in Burgos, Spain. They have been invited by Anabautistas, Menonitas y Hermanos en Cristo – España following a one-month exploratory visit to Spain in early 2015. Alisha Brubaker has been […]

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