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Around the world, Mission Network personnel and resources support international churches in development and missional outreach. While many of these churches have roots in mission work from the outside, others are indigenous to the local setting. Mission workers walk alongside these churches, learning from their understanding of God, and participating in studying the Scriptures together for a deeper knowledge of God's word.
"I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love." - Ephesians 3:16-17
The vision statement of the Mennonite team in the Argentine Chaco says in part, "In the power of the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to pursue together with Chaco Native communities a life of wholeness, respecting the sacred spaces of life in indigenous cultures, encouraging appropriate autonomy, and giving priority to the dialogue between the word of God and daily life." The Mission Network recognizes that unity as indigenous Christians is often of higher importance than denominational identity. With these groups, Anabaptist ways of studying Scripture are utilized, but in most cases, emphasis is not given to establishing a Mennonite denomination.
Indigenous church support can include visiting churches and participating in their worship and celebrations; Bible studies in which everyone is involved in learning together what God's word means; leadership development work; and helping make Scriptures more broadly available through translation work, cassettes, and subsidized Bibles and literature. Encouraging relationships among churches across a geographic area can take the form of newsletters, interdenominational training programs, and special celebrations. In some situations, churches have invited workers to also be involved in education ministries, land issues, and other realities of their context.
Adam and Jeanette Strode
Adam and Jeanette will be involved in full-time language and culture study in order to be prepared to participate in a missional community-based ministry in Bangkok.
Anna and Joseph Liechty Sawatzky
Anna and Joe work with Bethany Bible School, an itinerant teaching ministry for leaders of African-Initiated Churches in Eastern Cape Province.
Anne and Daniel Kompaoré
Anne serves various organizations and churches in West Africa in freelance consulting and teaching.
Brian and Kelly McPhail
Kelly and Brian McPhail are called to serve in China as teachers and administrators under Mennonite Partners in China. They seek to live out and share Christian values and calling in the fast-changing environment that is urban China today.
Brian and Noelia Fox
Brian and Noelia are working to support and strengthen the ministries of the growing Mennonite church in Burgos, Spain. They work with youth in the church and in the community, and explore local business opportunities.
Bruce Yoder and Nancy Frey
Bruce and Nancy teach and support local ministry in a variety of settings within Burkina Faso and West Africa.
César Moya and Patricia Urueña
César Moya and Patricia Urueña of Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia serve through the Ecuador Partnership with the Colombian church, Central Plains Mennonite Conference, and Mission Network.
Dale and Bethsaba Nafziger
Dale and Bethsaba serve in a variety of economic development positions. They are also part of the pastoral team in their church congregation in Kathmandu.
David and Rebekka Stutzman
Dave and Rebekka work locally and with the South German Mennonite Conference in the area of missional education.
Deborah and Wesley Bergen
Wes and Deb will live on the campus of the Good News Theological College and Seminary. Wes will teach the regular curriculum of the seminary, while Deb will explore ways for using her gifts.
Dennis and Connie Byler
Dennis teaches at a Protestant seminary near Madrid and edits "El Mensajero" the monthly paper of the Anabaptist network of churches in Spain.
George and Tobia Veith
The Veiths are part of a team of mission and local workers that leads the church in various types of ministry (children's tutoring, English classes, visitation, small groups, outreach, pastoral care, prayer counseling).
Janie and Neal Blough
Janie and Neal serve on the staff of the Paris Mennonite Center in Saint-Maurice, a suburb of Paris. Neal also teaches at the Vaux-sur-Seine Evangelical Seminary, the Mennonite theology school (Bienenberg) and the Catholic University of Paris.
Justin Shenk and Valerie Showalter
Justin and Valerie work as community hosts with Clapton Park United Reformed Church, a creative urban congregation known locally as Round Chapel, in the East End of London.
Laura serves as the JCS International representative for Bayanhongor, a province 630 km (394 miles) from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
Lillian (Haas) and Norm Nicolson
Lillian began serving in Burkina Faso in 1999. She immersed herself in the Siamou language and culture, and helped form a team to promote literacy among the Siamou-speaking people.
Linda is a staff member of the Paris Mennonite Center. She teaches Anabaptist theology, speaks at women's groups throughout French-speaking Europe, and teaches courses at the Vaux-sur-Seine Evangelical Seminary.
Mark and Mary Hurst
Since 1990, Mark and Mary have served as resource people and pastors in Australia with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Martine Audéoud and Gary Wittig
Gary teaches at the International Community School in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Martine serves as associate director of Masters Programs in Holistic Development (HIV/AIDS and leadership) of the Theological Seminary of the Christian Alliance (FATEAC).
Mary Raber is based in Odessa and teaches at Odessa Theological Seminary (OTS), Donetsk Christian University, Tavriskiy Christian Institute (Kherson), and other theological schools in Ukraine and the Russian Federation as requested.
Paulus and Sumatha Thalathoti
Paulus and Sumatha Thalathoti give leadership to Peace Proclamation Ministries in India, an outreach organization dedicated to serve people in India who are unreached by the Gospel.
Taryn And Nathan Dirks
Nathan and Taryn work among the AICs (African Initiated Churches) in Botswana with a particular focus on the young adults
Tom and Disa Rutschman
Tom and Disa are middle-school and high-school teachers in the town of Jokkmokk, Sweden, located on the Arctic Circle. They have been involved in the leadership of Jokkmokk Free Church since 1983.
Tomoki and Angela Yamanaka
Tomoki and Angela (Wenger) Yamanaka are associate copastors of the Asahikawa Gospel Church, a Holiness (Wesleyan) church in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.