Jason Showalter to Join Staff as Global Ministries Director

January 24, 2020

Virginia Mennonite Missions announces the hire of Jason Rhodes Showalter in the position of Global Ministries Director, effective Feb 3, 2020. Jason brings with him 15 years of experience as a cross-cultural worker with a sister Anabaptist agency. His roles included orientation, mentoring, and developing strategic vision with cross-cultural teams.

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Update: Year-end financial goal exceeded

January 9, 2020

VMMissions is delighted to report that we exceeded our year-end financial goal of $100,000 by almost $7,000. Thank you! We are grateful to God and to everyone who has prayed, given financially, and supported our work in many ways.

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In honor of Paul Timothy (PT) Yoder, 12th president of VMMissions

December 20, 2019

Paul Timothy Yoder, Sr., president of Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions) from 1985 to 1990, died on December 16, 2019. He was 91. Paul brought to his presidency the particular perspectives of his medical background, and during his tenure, Paul envisioned VMMissions as a channel through which personnel and material resources would be released for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom.

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Update: Albania Earthquake Relief Fund

December 5, 2019

VMMissions is delighted to report that the Albania Earthquake Relief Fund needs have been met! Thank you! Through December 31, 2019, VMMissions has received $28,712 towards the expenses of a temporary shelter in Lezhë, Albania, for 15 Roma families who lost their homes in Albania’s recent 6.4-magnitude earthquake.

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Catching the Wind of the Spirit: VMMissions Celebrates 100 Years

November 11, 2019

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the centennial year of Virginia Mennonite Missions. Leaders from partner church conferences in Italy, Jamaica, and Trinidad were featured guests at events that included a reunion brunch for present and former workers, staff, and board members, a banquet to honor financial and prayer partners, an evening worship service, and a Sunday afternoon a cappella concert.

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End of fiscal year campaign nearly reaches goal

September 26, 2019

We express a hearty THANK YOU for your generous gifts to our Mission Fund during our fiscal year end campaign! We ended the campaign on August 31 with $146,404 received of the $150,000 goal. As we walk with longtime ministries and chart new paths with Jesus, the prayers and financial support of our donors and friends makes it possible.

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Melba Heatwole

Melba Heatwole, longtime mission worker, dies at 85

September 11, 2019

Melba Frances Kiser Heatwole, longtime mission worker in Jamaica and later Albania, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at her home following a stroke. She served in Jamaica for 20 years and for two years in Albania through Virginia Mennonite Missions.

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VMMissions to co-host Coaching Training event with J.R. Briggs

August 28, 2019

Studies continue to reveal that leaders who participate in coaching are more effective and exhibit long-term vitality in their personal lives. Join us for a Coaching Training event with J.R. Briggs from Kairos Partnership, co-hosted by VMMissions and Virginia Mennonite Conference, October 1-2 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va.

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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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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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