Tidewater Virginia: Our Antioch

December 2, 2019

“We know that in the time of the early church, ministry began in Jerusalem. Later, Antioch became an important mission center. The Shenandoah Valley is the Jerusalem of Virginia Mennonite Conference. But, realize, Tidewater Virginia is our Antioch!” What made that particular context so special? How did VMMissions contribute to the picture, promoting greater faithfulness and fruitfulness?

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Beginnings: Called to the Mountains

November 21, 2019

In the early days, mission vision emerged at the district level of Virginia Mennonite Conference. Middle District was exemplary in mobilizing witness over the mountains into West Virginia. Though many declined the invitation to serve, a steady stream of workers labored over the years, eventually giving birth to over a dozen churches.

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College students at a prayer and worship service of Eastside College, a discipleship ministry of worker Rachel Yoder. Photo: Rachel Yoder

One Hundred Years of Sharing Jesus with Neighbors Near and Far

November 5, 2019

This year marks 100 years of Virginia Mennonite Missions helping the church share Jesus with neighbors near and far. How did it all get started? What has God done through our work? Where might God be leading in the future?

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The River and the Sea: Making Sense of the Story

November 2, 2019

For one hundred years, VMMissions has existed to help the church know itself as sent. It is when we look back that we are best able to see an unfolding storyline that can then help us to orient toward our future. What do we see when we look back?

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Call to Prayer: No junior Holy Spirit for children!

September 26, 2019

By Priscilla Gnanamanickam Children don’t have a junior Holy Spirit.” This is what we were told by a missionary couple when we were young parents in India, as we were learning to listen to the voice of the Lord and follow him. “Encourage your children to listen to the voice of the Lord speaking, like […]

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Family treasure hunting

August 22, 2019

As a child, I loved treasure hunts. Almost as fun as finding my treasure was continuing to search in order to hide the knowledge of the treasure from my siblings and to share in their joy when they found it. Discovery, amazement, wonder and joy are all unmistakable markers of those who have discovered the Kingdom of God made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.

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Carol Tobin

Family on mission: God’s business over busyness

August 20, 2019

My husband Skip and I believe that God will pour his life through us in dynamic ways as we take steps to integrate our family lives into the family life of God. One place where we see deep desire for this kind of integration is in a “family on mission” huddle that we host in our home.

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Laura Green (left) has developed a friendship with neighbors Michele and Maria, sharing the love of Jesus with them. Photo courtesy of Shawn Green

Not here to raise a family?

August 2, 2019

Worker Shawn Green sees godly parenting as an integral part of bearing witness to the gospel in Termoli, Italy. “Because teachers, as well as neighbors, notice our parenting, we have had opportunities to speak into their lives,” he writes.

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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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