A Church of Many Cultures Celebration

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, Virginia Mennonite Missions celebrated nearing the end of a campaign raising $3 million for new initiatives through a service of worship and commissioning new workers. The service was held as part of Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly at Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va.

Discipling along the way

David Stutzman shares about ministry in Mannheim, Germany, where he serves with his wife Rebekka and their three children.

Christmas message from President Aaron M. Kauffman

Highlights from VMMissions President Aaron M. Kauffman’s message of joy and hope as we celebrate God-with-us in Jesus this Christmas.

VMMissions workers were invited to share what they are thankful for in a short video to celebrate the Thanksgiving 2020 season.


Armando and Verónica Sánchez extend gratitude to their supporters

Armando and Verónica Sánchez are pastors and planters of the Shalom Church “New Beginning” in the Waynesboro, Va., area. In this video, they extend their gratitude “for all your support, your prayers, for embracing us, and believing in this vision.”

Tyler and Kendra Yoder share about Garden City Church, Richmond, Va.

Tyler and Kendra serve in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond, Va., planting Garden City Church and reaching out to a diverse community to invite people into love and reconciliation through a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Their partnering congregation is Eastside Church, Harrisonburg, Va.

Shawn and Laura Green share about ministry in Italy during COVID-19

Shawn and Laura Green serve with VMMissions in Termoli and Vasto, Italy. In this update, they share about how their ministry has changed and thrived in spite of COVID-19.

Alfonso Alvarado shares about planting Monte Moriah Mennonite Church

Alfonso serves as a church planter, and has planted a new Spanish-speaking congregation called Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah in Harrisonburg, Va., in partnership with Grace Mennonite Fellowship, Lacey Spring, Va.

Juan José Lagos, planting Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Juan José and his wife Cecilia have planted Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo (Renewal Christian Church) in Winston Salem, N.C., in partnership with North Carolina districts and congregations of Virginia Mennonite Conference.

Lee and Peg Martin, serving with MCC’s SWAP program

Lee and Peg Martin serve with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as SWAP (Sharing with Appalachian People) location coordinators in McDowell County, West Virginia, in partnership with VMMissions. SWAP addresses sub-standard housing in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia by coordinating volunteer teams.

Mike and Risha Metzler, serving as church planters in Harrisonburg

Mike and Risha Metzler are church planters establishing a new Anabaptist congregation in Harrisonburg, Va., called Mosaic of Grace Church. This new church plant relates to Eastside Church as a sister church and is a congregation in formation in Virginia Mennonite Conference’s Harrisonburg District.

Norma Teles, serving in Albania

Norma serves as director of the Joshua Center, a children’s education ministry to the Roma community of Lezhë, Albania.

Steve and Laura Campbell family, serving in Montenegro

Learn more about the ministry of Steve and Laura Campbell and their daughters Ruth and Esther, in Podgorica, Montenegro. They invite your prayers and financial support as they prepare for a new term in fall 2020.

Albania Food Drive

Dan and Mary Hess share about a food drive for needy families in Albania. Learn how you can get involved.

Ministering in Mannheim

Dave Stutzman shares reflections on his family’s ministry in Germany during the COVID-19 crisis.

Update from Lezha Academic Center

In this June 2020 update, Principal Jim Beachy talks about how the school is and will be functioning through the ongoing pandemic, and highlights a fundraiser for the school.

Celebrating Christ’s Resurrection in Thailand

Steve and Bethany Horst and their family share some glimpses of their life in Thailand and what God is doing around them.

Dini and Klementina Shahini share updates during COVID-19 in Albania

How is the Mennonite church in Albania continuing to serve Jesus and neighbors under quarantine?

Albania Earthquake Relief Fund

On November 26, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Albania, causing loss of life and damage to buildings, including in the town of Lezhë, where VMMissions has a number of workers and ministries. VMMissions is establishing an Albania Earthquake Relief Fund to help provide food, lodging, clothing, medicine, counseling, and other necessities in the town of Lezhë. We invite you to join us in this effort to share God’s love with our global neighbors in need.

VMMissions Centennial Celebration (full version)

A look back at what God has done through Virginia Mennonite Missions over the past one hundred years, and where God may be leading into the next century of VMMissions, featuring interviews with current and former workers and staff members.

VMMissions Centennial Celebration (short version)

As Virginia Mennonite Missions celebrates 100 years of making disciples in the way of Jesus, this video provides a brief look at the past and present of VMMissions, featuring interviews with current and former workers, and VMMissions President Aaron M. Kauffman.

The Miracle of Albania

The opening of Albania after the fall of communism enabled faith in Jesus to take root. This is the story of how Mennonites and other groups have responded in faith to share the Good News in that country, and how the Albanian church has grown through the miraculous workings of God. Video from 1993. Produced and directed by Richard C. Hiett.

Why Italy? Why Now? – The Green family in Italy

Shawn and Laura Green and their sons Lucas, Emmanuel, and Matteo, serve with a church planting team in Termoli, assisting with worship and discipleship, reaching out through home Bible studies, and developing relationships to expand the work into new areas.

Introducing the E3 Collective

E3 Collective is a new program of teams embarking on a short-term experience of encouraging others and learning to engage the work of the kingdom for a lifetime.

The Horst family in Nam Yuen, Thailand

Steve and Bethany are working at evangelism and discipleship among Isaan believers in Nam Yuen, in partnership with the Life Enrichment Church. They serve in partnership with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

LaVonne Ramella introduces Lady Latte

Lady Latte provides a safe and loving space for relationship-building and conversation, borne out of a need for a social space specifically for Kosovar women. LaVonne Ramella, and her son Bradie, introduce this ministry. The Ramella family uses their strong relational skills to form friendships and carry the love of Jesus while studying the Albanian language and culture.

Jason Wagner shares about his jail chaplain ministry

A jail chaplain in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham (Virginia) Regional Jail, VMMissions worker Jason Wagner leads Christian services, offers pastoral care and coordinates visiting ministries.

Norma Teles leads singing at the Joshua Center

Norma Teles, VMMissions worker in Albania, leads the Joshua Center Girls Club in singing a praise song. The educational ministry of the Joshua Center is for children from the marginalized Roma population, whose parents often face underemployment and discrimination. Norma teaches and models the love of Jesus to these elementary age children and their parents.

Vignettes from Albania (2016)

Richard Bowman, former teacher at Lezha Academic Center, shows us around the school during finals week in 2016.

David and Rebekka: a glimpse of life as missionaries, neighbors, parents and friends

David and Rebekka Stutzman report on their first year of start-up ministry in Mannheim, Germany. Some highlights include officially launching a missional leadership network, starting a small group for women, discipling a young man struggling with addiction, and organizing several small church services. They serve in partnership with Mennonite Mission Network.

Steve and Bethany in their context (2015)

Virginia Mennonite Missions workers Steve and Bethany serve with their children in Bangkok, Thailand. This video is a brief overview of how they are ministering and learning to adapt three years into their term.

LaVonne Ramella working on Albanian language studies

Workers Vince and LaVonne Ramella and their children serve in Kosovo, where they are learning the challenging Albanian language. In this clip, Lavonne is learning various phrases and sentences with her teacher/tutor Serbeze.

Explore tranSend

Learn more in this video about the 1-2 year mission internship program of VMMissions and how you can get involved.

tranSend Alumni Stories

The story of Jessica and Caleb’s call and experiences serving at Lezha Academic Center.

tranSend 10 Year Celebration (2015)

Experience the vision, history and impact of VMMissions’ tranSend program which celebrated 10 years in 2015.


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