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Mennonite mission worker continues to nurture friendships with Shia Muslims in IranInterfaith discussionhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5064/Mennonite-mission-works-continues-to-nurture-friendships-with-Shia-Muslims-in-Iran-Mennonite mission worker continues to nurture friendships with Shia Muslims in IranBy Peter Sensenig
Easter calls us to open the doors of our homes and our heartsEasterhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5061/Easter-calls-us-to-open-the-doors-of-our-homes-and-our-heartsEaster calls us to open the doors of our homes and our heartsBy Joseph Givens
Celebrating Holy Week in multiple cultures can deepen faithHoly Weekhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4879/Celebrating-Holy-Week-in-multiple-culturesCelebrating Holy Week in multiple cultures can deepen faithBy Marisa Smucker
Redefining the future of serviceGP0|#2ab17779-1e85-4ea3-bd7e-1348a1fb087a;L0|#02ab17779-1e85-4ea3-bd7e-1348a1fb087a|United States;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#89f1dfe2-8e50-4b9f-b81a-f3f6dcbc35fc;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebfhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5047/Are-service-programs-dyingRedefining the future of serviceBy Eric Frey Martin
Here with purpose: Henok MekoninQ&Ahttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5044/Here-with-purpose-Henok-MekoninHere with purpose: Henok MekoninBy Mennonite Mission Network staff
The heartbreak of the border: A call for compassion and changehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5043/A-call-for-compassion-and-changeThe heartbreak of the border: A call for compassion and changeBy Joseph Givens

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United in Christhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5026/United-in-ChristUnited in ChristBy Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer<p>​<em>Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have. But answer them in a gentle way with respect. Keep your conscience clear. Then people will see the good way you live as followers of Christ. - 1 Peter 3:15-16 </em><br></p>
Casa del Abuelo: Navigating crisis and compassion in La Guajirahttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5023/crisis-and-compassion-in-La-GuajiraCasa del Abuelo: Navigating crisis and compassion in La GuajiraBy Bekah York
Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part two)https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5019/Counting-down-the-twelve-days-of-service-with-MVS-and-Service-Adventure-part-twoCounting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part two)By Travis Duerksen<div><div><div><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl07_label" style="display:inline;"><p><a href="/Serve/Mennonite%20Voluntary%20Service">Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS)</a> and <a href="/Serve/Service%20Adventure">Service Adventure</a> units across the country got into the holiday spirit by creating photos that represent the 'Twelve Days of Service' for their unit. Below, you'll find the final six entries from units counting down the twelve days of Christmas — but with a service-focused twist! Missed the first part? <a href="/blog/5018/Counting-down-the-twelve-days-of-service-with-MVS-and-Service-Adventure-part-1">Click here to view days one through six.</a><br></p><p>Want to learn more about <a href="/Serve/Service%20Adventure">a gap year with Service Adventure?</a> Curious where you could grow next <a href="/Serve/Mennonite%20Voluntary%20Service">through an MVS term?</a> Mennonite Mission Network service programs give young adults the opportunity to join in a unit house with peers, grow alongside a supporting congregation, and gain real-world experience with non-profit organizations that work toward a more peaceful and just world. </p><p>Don't wait too long to fill out an application! <strong>Apply by January 31</strong> to have the widest selection of placements and locations for the 2024-25 service term.</p><p>Merry MVSmas, and happy Service ADVENTure from the all the units and Mission Network staff!<br></p><h1>On the seventh day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Seven diners dining!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Tucson%20Fellowship.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Every MVS and Service Adventure unit has a support committee that helps the unit navigate the joys and challenges of unit life. For the Tucson, Arizona, MVS unit, that support committee includes Cheryl and Nelson Lehman, who invited the unit over to their house to share Thanksgiving together. Clockwise, left-to-right: Magdalena Wenger, Deborah Yoder, Nelson Lehman, Nely Cotuc, Nidia Martinez, Ally Weaver, and Hannah Nuest. Photo by Cheryl Lehman.<br></h4></div></div></div></div><h1>On the eighth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Eight skiis cross country skiing!<br></h3><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/Service%20Adventure/Rachel%20Musselman%20Cross%20Country%20Skiing.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>Each Service Adventure unit plans activities that the unit takes part in together throughout the service term. For the Anchorage, Alaska, Service Adventure unit, one of those activities is learning how to cross country ski! Left to right: Rachel Musselman (unit leader), Simon Martin, Veronica Schnelesny, and Lukas Tepper. Photo by Rachel Musselman.<br></h4><h1>On the ninth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Nine chores a-choring (and one day off)!<br></h3><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Tucson%20Chore%20Wheels.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>A key aspect of the communal experience of MVS and Service Adventure is managing a household. Each MVS and Service Adventure unit lives in a house together, navigating cooking, work schedules, and chores! The Tucson MVS unit's solution to chore duty was to create two chore wheels that live on the fridge: one for cleaning, and the other for managing household tasks. Photo by Ally Weaver.<br></h4><h1>On the tenth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Ten eggs arranging!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Cindi_Boyer_mvs%2c%2010%20homelaid%20eggs%20laid%20out%20cropped.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Each service unit has its own unique touches — often representing the local community and church that supports the unit. One aspect unique to the Alamosa, Colorado, MVS unit are the unit's five chickens! "Our home chickens hadn't laid any eggs for months," said Jake Myers, a participant with the unit. "[They] just started up again, getting high numbers like 10!" Here, Cindi Boyer arranges out the days eggs. Photo by Jake Myers.<br></h4><h1>On the eleventh day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Eleven friends a-chillin'!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Cindi_Boyer_mvs%2c%2011%20friends%20a%20chilling.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />The communities that support MVS units often include past MVS participants who stayed in the local community after their service term came to a close. These MVS alumni welcome current participants year after year into the communities that they were once welcomed into themselves, extending the hospitality and warm support that has come to represent the units and the people connected with them. Above, the Alamosa MVS unit hosts a Thanksgiving party with past MVSers and community members. </h4><h4>Clockwise from bottom middle: Cindi Boyer, Petra Showalter, Roxy Gerhing, Grantley Showalter, Kyla Nies, Elsa Lantz, Barb Gerhing, Richard Gerhing, Jake Myers, Mark Franchi, Alena Miller. Photo by Cindi Boyer.<br></h4><h1>On the twelfth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Twelve zwieback baking!<br></h3><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Cindi_Boyer_mvs%2c%2012%20zweback%20baked.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>Jake Myers, participant with the Alamosa MVS unit, shows off his zwieback, baked for Thanksgiving. Photo by Cindi Boyer.<br></h4>
Learning to praise Godhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5020/Learning-to-praise-GodLearning to praise GodBy Marlene Martins Milhomem de Oliveira<p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> Advent devotional</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> <a href="#alabar"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">Ver versión en español</span></a></span></p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> <p> <em>This Advent devotional comes from <a href="https://www.anabaptistwiki.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Movimiento_de_Mujeres_Anabautistas_Haciendo_Teolog%C3%ADa_desde_Am%C3%A9rica_Latina%2c_MTAL._%22Devocionales_2022.%22_2022">Devocionales 2022-2023</a>, a book of devotionals produced by the Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (<a href="/partners/MTAL-%20Movimiento%20de%20Mujeres%20Anabautistas%20haciendo%20Teología%20desde%20América%20Latina">MTAL — Movement of Anabaptist Women doing Theology from Latin America</a>) The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mujeres.anabautistaslatinoamericanas">daily devotionals can also be found on Facebook</a>.</em></p></span>
God’s logichttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5017/Gods-logicGod’s logicBy Deusilene Milhomem de Carvalho<p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> Advent devotional</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> <a href="#logic"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">Ver versión en español</span></a></span></p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-3"> <p> <em>This Advent devotional comes from <a href="https://www.anabaptistwiki.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Movimiento_de_Mujeres_Anabautistas_Haciendo_Teolog%C3%ADa_desde_Am%C3%A9rica_Latina%2c_MTAL._%22Devocionales_2022.%22_2022">Devocionales 2022-2023</a>, a book of devotionals produced by the Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (<a href="/partners/MTAL-%20Movimiento%20de%20Mujeres%20Anabautistas%20haciendo%20Teología%20desde%20América%20Latina">MTAL — Movement of Anabaptist Women doing Theology from Latin America</a>) The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mujeres.anabautistaslatinoamericanas">daily devotionals can also be found on Facebook</a>.</em></p></span>
Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part one)https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5018/Counting-down-the-twelve-days-of-service-with-MVS-and-Service-Adventure-part-1Counting down the twelve days of service with MVS and Service Adventure (part one)By Travis Duerksen<p><a href="/Serve/Mennonite%20Voluntary%20Service">Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS)</a> and <a href="/Serve/Service%20Adventure">Service Adventure</a> units across the country got into the holiday spirit by creating photos that represent the 'Twelve Days of Service' for their unit. Below, you'll find the first six entries from units counting down the twelve days of Christmas — but with a service-focused twist! Check back next week for the final set of photos!<br></p><p>Want to learn more about <a href="/Serve/Service%20Adventure">a gap year with Service Adventure?</a> Curious where you could grow next <a href="/Serve/Mennonite%20Voluntary%20Service">through an MVS term?</a> Mennonite Mission Network service programs give young adults the opportunity to join in a unit house with peers, grow alongside a supporting congregation, and gain real-world experience with non-profit organizations that work toward a more peaceful and just world. </p><p>Don't wait too long to fill out an application! <strong>Apply by January 31</strong> to have the widest selection of placements and locations for the 2024-25 service term. </p><p>Merry MVSmas, and happy Service ADVENTure from the all the units and Mission Network staff!<br></p><h1>On the first day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Housemates cooking diligently!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/Service%20Adventure/Shelby_Clarke_IMG_0803.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> Shawna Hurst, a participant with the Colorado Springs Service Adventure unit, takes her turn making dinner for the unit house. Photo by Shelby Clarke.<br></h4><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Cindi_Boyer_cindi%20MVS%2c%201%20housemate%20a%20cooking.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Cindi Boyer, a participant with the Alamosa, Colorado, MVS unit, preps dinner for the house. Photo by Jake Myers.<br></h4><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/Service%20Adventure/Chiara%20Rempel%20Chiara%20cooking.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Chiara Rempel, a particiant with the Anchorage, Alaska, Service Adventure unit, cooks dinner for the unit house. Photo by Veronica Schelesny.<br></h4><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Tucson%20Cooking.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>Magdalena Wenger, a participant with the Tucson, Arizona, MVS unit, shows off her cast iron bread baking. Photo by Ally Weaver.<br></h4><h1>​On the second day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Two moose a-grazing!<br></h3><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/Service%20Adventure/Lukas%20Tepper%20Moose%20in%20the%20garden.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>For the Anchorage, Alaska, Service Adventure unit, moose sightings are a common occurence. Lukas Tepper, a participant with the Anchorage unit, got this photo looking out the unit house window at a mother and calf grazing on the lawn. Photo by Lukas Tepper.<br></h4><h1>​On the third day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Three Ds a-vitamin-ing!<br></h3><p><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/Service%20Adventure/Veronica%20Schelesny%20Vitamin%20D.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><h4>In addition to moose, the Anchorage Service Adventure unit also enjoys the long periods of daylight and darkness that exemplify seasons in Alaska. Here, Veronica Schelesny, a participant with the unit, shows off her tools to get her through the weeks with less daylight: vitamin D3 suppliments and a daylight lamp. Photo by Veronica Schelesny.<br></h4><h1>​On the fourth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Four Sundays Advent-ing!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Tucson%20Advent%20Candles.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Participants with the Tucson MVS unit with the unit Advent candles, each one symbolizing a Sunday in December leading up to Christmas. Left to right: Deborah Yoder, Ally Weaver, Magdalena Wenger and Hannah Nuest. Photo by Nely Cotuc.<br></h4><h1>​On the fifth day of Christmas, service units see...</h1><h3>Five bikers biking!<br></h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Tucson%20Biking%202.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Some MVS and Service Adventure units have a unit vehicle that they share for transportation to service placements and activities, but all units get well aquainted with using public transporation and biking to get where they want to go! Here, the Tucson MVS unit goes on a weekend outing together, biking around Tucson. Left to right: Hannah Nuest, Deborah Yoder, Magdalena Wenger, Nely Cotuc, and Ally Weaver. Photo by Hannah Nuest.<br></h4><h1>​On the sixth day of Christmas, service units see...<br></h1><h3>Six heads a-braided!</h3><h4><img src="https://assets.mennonites.org/PublishingImages/2023/MVS/Cindi_Boyer_MVS%2c%206%20heads%20a%20braided.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Service units spend a lot of purposful time with the community they live in — joining with their local host church, supporting families, hobby groups, as well as the fellow participants they share the unit house with! For the Alamosa MVS unit, the time after Thanksgiving dinner meant games played with friends. "I braided the heads of [those] who were on my team," said Cindi Boyer, a participant with the Alamosa unit. Clockwise, starting on bottom-left: Grantley Showalter, Cindi Boyer, Roxy Gehring, Kyla Nies, Elsa Lantz, Jake Myers. Photo by Alena Miller.<br></h4>

 

 

Here with purpose: Tim Yoderhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5065/Here-with-purpose-Tim-YoderHere with purpose: Tim YoderBy Mennonite Mission Network staff
Mennonite mission worker continues to nurture friendships with Shia Muslims in Iranhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5064/Mennonite-mission-works-continues-to-nurture-friendships-with-Shia-Muslims-in-Iran-Mennonite mission worker continues to nurture friendships with Shia Muslims in IranBy Peter Sensenig GP0|#afafa31d-91ed-4196-9d1d-e0c604c12d23;L0|#0afafa31d-91ed-4196-9d1d-e0c604c12d23|Iran;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#a5aadf4d-78e3-4588-8730-6009d5a6d234;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Easter calls us to open the doors of our homes and our heartshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5061/Easter-calls-us-to-open-the-doors-of-our-homes-and-our-heartsEaster calls us to open the doors of our homes and our heartsBy Joseph GivensGP0|#6a312f97-f5ae-40b6-bfe7-2841a7da186e;L0|#06a312f97-f5ae-40b6-bfe7-2841a7da186e|France;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#e1c6021e-2f25-46dc-91a1-be34789acdf9;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Celebrating Holy Week in multiple cultures can deepen faithhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4879/Celebrating-Holy-Week-in-multiple-culturesCelebrating Holy Week in multiple cultures can deepen faithBy Marisa Smucker
Redefining the future of servicehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5047/Are-service-programs-dyingRedefining the future of serviceBy Eric Frey MartinGP0|#2ab17779-1e85-4ea3-bd7e-1348a1fb087a;L0|#02ab17779-1e85-4ea3-bd7e-1348a1fb087a|United States;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#89f1dfe2-8e50-4b9f-b81a-f3f6dcbc35fc;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Here with purpose: Henok Mekoninhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5044/Here-with-purpose-Henok-MekoninHere with purpose: Henok MekoninBy Mennonite Mission Network staff
The heartbreak of the border: A call for compassion and changehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5043/A-call-for-compassion-and-changeThe heartbreak of the border: A call for compassion and changeBy Joseph Givens
Here with purpose: Karen Horsmanhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5039/Here-with-purpose-Karen-HorsmanHere with purpose: Karen HorsmanBy Mennonite Mission Network staff
Mission partnerships help each participant to experience more of Godhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5037/Mission-partnerships-help-each-participant-to-experience-more-of-GodMission partnerships help each participant to experience more of GodBy Cindy VothGP0|#53f671dc-6b11-4308-ab01-f8c0f7df8786;L0|#053f671dc-6b11-4308-ab01-f8c0f7df8786|Benin;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#4d0e08ea-d1a0-4141-9eba-431183992152;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Unwavering faith in the face of persecution yields harvest of peacehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/5029/Unwavering-faith-in-the-face-of-persecution-yields-harvest-of-peaceUnwavering faith in the face of persecution yields harvest of peaceBy Siaka TraoréGP0|#024ac062-71a9-4b18-9ee6-bca9c86be075;L0|#0024ac062-71a9-4b18-9ee6-bca9c86be075|Burkina Faso;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#4d0e08ea-d1a0-4141-9eba-431183992152;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf