VMC Women’s Retreat focuses on ‘Familiar Blessings, Blowing Spirit’

December 9, 2013

Some 85 sisters considered the spirituality of our parents and grandparents and how we focus on Jesus today during the annual Virginia Mennonite Conference Women’s Retreat, Sept. 27-29 in Lynchburg, Va. Attendees came from some 20 VMC congregations. The retreat was held at the beautiful wooded Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center. Dawn Ruth Nelson, Mennonite […]


Making disciples, creating communities—not just churches

December 7, 2013

Jesus did not call us to build churches but to make disciples. These were the simple and true yet profound words from Bro. Skip Tobin as he commenced the Saturday session of a three-day church planting seminar with members of the Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago (MCTT). The focal point of the Saturday session […]


VMM welcomes two new staff members

December 6, 2013

Virginia Mennonite Missions is pleased to welcome Lynn Suter and Sherah-Leigh Gerber as new staff members. Beginning January 6, 2014, Lynn Suter will begin employment with Virginia Mennonite Missions as Director of Operations and International Ministries. This position will have two key areas of responsibility: assisting the President by providing oversight to the internal operations […]


Ending and emerging

December 6, 2013

I come to the end of my presidency of VMMissions at the conclusion of 2013. As tenures go, eleven-and-a-half years is not so long. Earlene and I for the most part are not record-breakers. Add to these years, however, our years assisting two church plants in Virginia Conference, pastoring other churches, serving overseas with VMMissions, […]


Typhoon Haiyan response and relief

November 21, 2013

We are all aware of the enormity of need emerging from the rubble in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. How would God have each of us respond? Here are some pointers within the context of relationships that we have: Grace Mennonite Fellowship has for many years been closely connected with a Filipino […]


Marine, Mennonite, missionary

November 18, 2013

Adam and Jeanette Strode Couple’s journey to ‘repent and believe’ turns their world upside-down . People often tell my wife and me that our story is incredible. From our perspective, however, our tale is simply what it looks like to come face-to-face with the Gospel. It is characterized by Jesus’ words recorded in Mark 1:15: […]


Bike Shenandoah’s five rides support four organizations

November 7, 2013

Despite some rain starting around midday, 95 cyclists enjoyed the 16th annual Bike Shenandoah ride on September 21. Yearly highlights included the delicious food served at rest stops and after the ride, the beautiful country roads of the Shenandoah Valley, and the partnership among friends, family, and the larger community to participate in an event […]


VMM welcomes intern

November 6, 2013

Lori Doll joined the Virginia Mennonite Missions staff as an intern in September while in her second year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. From Hartville, Ohio, she spent five years in missions and service, which included a two-year term in The Gambia, in an EMM business initiative for women. She returned in 2010 to finish school […]


Motorcycles on the road for missions

November 5, 2013

Motorcycle for Missions 2013, a new two-day cycling event that planners hope will become an annual fundraiser for Virginia Mennonite Missions, left Powhatan June 24, stopped in Roanoke for the night, and arrived at Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly in Harrisonburg on June 25. Participants were welcomed to fanfare and recognized in the evening’s worship service […]


Our Community Farm has opportunity for internship

November 1, 2013

New Creation through Cultivation is a new internship that is partnering with VMM, designed to provide a twelve-month “immersion experience” for those interested in the intersection of Christian discipleship, social justice and sustainable living. The host organization for the internship is Our Community Farm located against the backdrop of the George Washington National forest in […]



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