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Stories of Mission

Explore mission themes in our quarterly magazine as workers tell stories of making disciples in the way of Christ.

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Recent Worker Appointments and Reappointments

See a list of mission workers that VMMissions appointed or reappointed in 2023.

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VMMissions Launches North Africa Earthquake Relief Fund

Our hearts are broken for the people of North Africa who recently suffered a catastrophic earthquake. Your gift by October 15 will enable the body of Christ to respond with compassion in a time of staggering loss and critical need. Let’s join in prayer for comfort and hope in the midst of grief.

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Worker Profile: Kate Miller

Kate (not her real name) is a computer programmer for a U.S. company that is partnered with a company in Central Asia as business for transformation (B4T). She is working with the office in Central Asia to help strengthen the relationship between the two companies, and lives with a local family.

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Call to Prayer: Sowing Seeds in the Dust

Sarah Schoenhals, serving among the Isaan people in Thailand, writes, “It’s a lot easier to pray when we’re buoyed by seeing tangible results! And yet, so often, the results we seek are not immediate, nor the kind of results we imagined.”

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Perspectives

2024 Perspectives Course Offered in Harrisonburg

Learn about God’s heart for mission and your part in the story. Save the dates for the next Perspectives course, with classes each Wednesday evening from January 10 to May 1, 2024, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

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Riders Hit the Road to Support VMMissions

Thirty-nine riders from 18 different churches came together from all across Virginia to spend a beautiful weekend riding in the 11th annual Motorcycle for Missions event through the Blue Ridge mountains. This year’s ride raised over $14,000 towards the Mission Fund, which helps VMMissions recruit, equip, send, and support workers all over the world.

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VMMissions Awarded $1.2M Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for The Soil and The Seed Project

Virginia Mennonite Missions has received a grant of $1,222,766 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support and expand the work of The Soil and The Seed Project, a faith formation project based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Project is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative. The aim of the initiative is to help parents and caregivers share their faith and values with their children.

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Great Community Give

Great Community Give Fundraiser Raises $11,000+

VMMissions joined over 100 other local organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in the Great Community Give, a special online day of giving on April 19. The event was a success, with a total of $11,380 raised. VMMissions hosted a lunchtime open house cookout and welcomed around 50 people to enjoy food and fellowship.

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Aaron M. Kauffman

Invest in God’s Harvest

At VMMissions, we step out in faith with the God who can do more than we ask or imagine. This spring, we invite you to invest in God’s harvest with a gift to VMMissions. Can you help us raise the $65,200 we need by the end of April to keep pace with our budget?

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God’s Mission Has a Church

Our church history is shaped by the legacy of Christendom: the church aligning with political power to protect and maintain our position in society. This is vastly different from understanding the church being shaped as a missionary church whose calling is to be embedded as “sent ones” in our own societies.

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David Gingerich

David Gingerich Named Director of Partner Development

David Gingerich has assumed a new leadership role as Director of Partner Development, focusing on fundraising, donor cultivation and church relations. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to nurture and grow relationships with our community of partners,” David writes.

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This Christmas, Share God’s Greatest Gift

With your support, we were able to appoint 18 new mission workers in 2022, bringing our total number of those serving to 61 – kingdom ambassadors representing 12 countries, yet all with the same goal of sharing the peace that Jesus makes possible. This Christmas, help us call, equip, send and support more ambassadors of reconciliation through a donation to our Mission Fund.

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