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 […]


New wineskins, new wine

February 16, 2015

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wine-skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” —Mark 2:22 (NIV) I can’t tell you how many times I have read Mark 2:22, certainly more than I can count. […]


Testimonies shared of suffering and deliverance

December 21, 2014

Lek’s* life has had no shortage of suffering. Prior to his believing in Jesus, ten of his fifteen children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed! Lek shared the gospel in his village, where several other families became believers as well. But evangelism is illegal in his […]


Discipling others to tell the Story

April 3, 2014

It started with a simple request from Pastor Joi, “Please help us make a list of methods Jesus used to make disciples.” Joi and Brother Phonthawee were beginning to prepare what they would teach in a gathering of Isaan church leaders. I was being asked to teach teachers and give theological foundations for their teaching […]


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: […]


Orientation for tranSenders held at VMM

July 23, 2013

The morning of July 9, tranSend participants gathered in the Virginia Mennonite Missions conference room along with the VMM staff, providing a time of getting acquainted with each other. Park View Federal Credit Union brought a full breakfast for everyone to enjoy; PVFCU holds the accounts for all the workers who serve through VMM. Orientation […]


The eye-opening reality of being sent, from everywhere to everywhere

January 7, 2012

As the boat cut through the grey water of Lake Toba, the stiff breeze slapped our faces awake. It was 7:00 am and the volcanic sides of the Northern Sumatran crater were still shrouded in morning mists. It occurred to me that my two Thai friends might need that chilling wind in their faces to […]


The Gospel in cultural context

December 9, 2010

With eyes riveted in wonder at the dancers and their gentle gyrations, Wiang’s heart leapt in longing.  Who are these people who can dance with such freedom and joy?  Did she care who they were?  Not really.  She simply sensed intuitively that she belonged among them. Wiang was attending a gathering of followers of Jesus.  […]



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