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Life-long mission journeys through mountaintop experiences and valleysEnd of term reflectionshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4625/Life-long-mission-journeys-through-mountaintop-experiences-and-valleysLife-long mission journeys through mountaintop experiences and valleysBy Wally Fahrer
Eight-year-old builds church in CongoChild-like faithhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4623/Eight-year-old-builds-church-in-CongoEight-year-old builds church in CongoBy Charles Buller
Expatriate women and house workers helped dismantle Mennonite segregation in CongoLynda's Reflectionshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4612/Expatriate-women-and-house-workers-helped-dismantle-Mennonite-segregation-in-CongoExpatriate women and house workers helped dismantle Mennonite segregation in CongoBy Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
Embodying oneness through the enfleshment of the EucharistGlobal communion https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4614/Embodying-oneness-through-the-enfleshment-of-the-EucharistEmbodying oneness through the enfleshment of the EucharistBy Melody Pannell
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Contemplative spirituality helps to bridge cultureshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4600/Contemplative-spirituality-helps-to-bridge-culturesContemplative spirituality helps to bridge culturesBy Lynda Hollinger-Janzen<p><em>Lynda and Rod Hollinger-Janzen are visiting churches in Benin, Burkina Faso and Congo, through a partnership with </em><a href="https://www.aimmint.org/"><em>Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission</em></a><em>, </em><a href="https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/"><em>Mennonite Church Canada</em></a><em> and Mennonite Mission Network. This is the first in a series of reflections that Lynda is writing as they travel.</em> </p><p>Having woken up at 4:30 a.m. on my first day back in Cotonou, Benin, I climbed the stairs to the roof-top terrace of Benin Bible Institute to walk and pray by the light of the moon. I heard the drumming and syncopated rhythms of a traditional religious ceremony in the distance. Across the street, a Christian praised God and cried out loud intercessions. A half-hour later, the <em>muezzin </em>(the Muslim call to prayer) rang out into the darkness.</p><p>My heart leapt to embrace the world that had been my home for 13 years, when my husband, Rod, and I served with Mennonite Board of Missions, a predecessor agency of Mennonite Mission Network. We came to Benin straight from seminary, in response to an invitation from 30 Beninese denominations for us to be a bridge between them and North American Mennonites. Rod and I grew as we were mentored by our Beninese brothers and sisters, and as we encountered real world challenges and paradoxes. We learned how to parent three children. We matured in our faith, as we encountered a world thoroughly steeped in the spiritual realm.</p><p>Most of our friends in Benin eagerly share their faith. They describe what God is doing in their lives as easily as most of our North Americans colleagues talk about their weekend activities. In Benin, Rod and I learned that the physical world is a doorway to the spiritual world. And little by little, we expanded our dualistic categories of either/or thinking for a more wholistic worldview that enables us to understand the biblical worldview better.</p><p>Several days after we arrived in Benin for our visit, Rod and I walked through sandy <em>vons </em>(streets), as people woke to a new day. Rod, who has spent the past decade immersing himself in contemplative prayer, said that the Beninese traditional worldview sees a spiritual reality everywhere. Similarly, a contemplative worldview seeks to find God in everything. </p><p>"Contemplative prayer helps to integrate the African part of myself and the North American part of myself in a way that nothing else has been able to do," Rod said.</p><p>Rod's reflections help me understand why I have such a sense of wellbeing — or <em>shalom </em>— since I have returned to Benin.</p><p>I think of 1 Corinthians 12, which tells how the Christian community needs one another, extolling the importance of sweaty armpits and dusty feet. The Message version talks about how we say good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives when we become part of Jesus' global body, the church. To paraphrase verse 13, we are all part of Jesus after resurrection. The black-and-white labels we once used to describe ourselves — labels like citizen or immigrant, insider or outsider, capitalist or socialist — no longer work, because we need something larger to describe who we are in Christ. </p><p>Chapter 12, verses 19-26, tells us that understanding our need for one another keeps us from "getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a <em>part</em> of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn't be a body, but a monster. ... The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part ... If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance" (The Message, italics original).</p><p>Jesus, open our eyes so that we may truly see one another, recognizing you in the eyes of our neighbors across the street and around the world. Humble us and elevate us, as we engage in mutual conversion as members of your broken, beloved and glorious global body.<br></p>
Supporting service with a pew dollarshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4587/Supporting-service-with-a-pew-dollarsSupporting service with a pew dollarsBy Travis Duerksen<p>NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Mission Network) — When I stood before my home congregation and told them I was preparing to do a year of service, I was greeted with silence.</p><p>Granted, my home church congregation greets most things with silence, be it child dedications, music performances or tearful testimonies. For German/Russian Mennonites, it's practically our heritage. </p><p>The silence after my announcement, however, struck me differently.</p><p>One requirement that I had to meet for my year of service with Journey International, a Mennonite Mission Network program that has since transitioned into <a href="/Serve/International%20Ministries">individual-focused service opportunities</a>, was raising my own funds for my travel and lodging. As part of my announcement, I was asking my church community for financial assistance. As I sank down into my pew afterward, I couldn't help but worry that the stony faces that received my news weren't interested in supporting me at all. Did they think I was too old? Did they think I was piggybacking off another young adult who was also doing a year of service? Were they angry that by leaving the country, I would be cutting short my term on the board of worship?</p><p>In the days after my announcement and throughout my year of service, my fears were proven wrong. The congregation readily supported me through prayer. Our midweek Bible school classes sent me care packages filled with snacks and cards. The church showed my video check-ins during Sunday services. (One week, I remember, I walked them though the mango peeling method that my host dad taught me.) The congregation supported me through generous financial donations, as well.</p><p>When I returned home a year later, I spent an evening making my way through all the donation receipts that the church treasurer had processed, pairing each receipt with a 'Thank You' card, writing a quick note and making a pile of stuffed envelopes bound for church mailboxes. At the bottom of the stack of receipts was a list of each person or group that had supported me, along with the dollar amount they had contributed to the program.</p><p>Like many congregations, talking about money in our church is hard. Topics like giving, tithing percentages and asking for money sometimes feel like conversational land mines that may or may not explode, depending on which day you're forced to tread over them. On the Sunday when I made my announcement, I feared I had set off such a land mine. Looking through the donor list a year later, I realized I had an itemized list detailing exactly how those fears had been totally overblown. My home congregation was more than willing to support me financially. It had just been the spoken acknowledgement that was hard for them.</p><p>In the years since, I've slowly come to realize just how much my service term impacted different aspects of my life. It has influenced where I work, how I relate to others and my involvement in my home congregation. While I loathe putting dollar figures on relationships and experiences, my year of service was absolutely worth the money I put toward it. It would not be a stretch to view the donations my home church contributed to my experience as an investment in their church body. In a broader sense, the service program itself was an investment in the global church, the dividends being paid in broadened perspectives, enriched relationships and a more tangible connection to faith.</p><p>These days, on the Sunday mornings when a young adult shuffles to the front of the sanctuary and quietly announces they're planning on doing a term of service, I stare back at them, as happily stone-faced and silent as the rest of the congregation. I give them two things: a small journal, as a reminder to take time to process their experiences, and a spoken acknowledgement that I was more than happy to donate to their fundraiser.</p><p>Their time of service might be a period of growth and exploration. It might be lonely and difficult. Odds are, it'll be a bit of both. As a member of their supporting congregation, I'm excited to invest in their experience of spiritual growth and their awareness of being part of the global church.<br></p>
Opening My Eyes: Youth Venture Civil Rights Trip 2021https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4583/Opening-My-Eyes-Youth-Venture-Civil-Rights-Trip-2021Opening My Eyes: Youth Venture Civil Rights Trip 2021By Michelle Ramirez<p><em>This blog was edited by Mennonite Mission Network staff in accordance with </em><a href="/resources/publications/books/343/Shared%20Voices"><em>Shared Voices</em></a><em>. It was originally published on the </em><a href="https://mosaicmennonites.org/2021/08/18/opening-my-eyes-youth-venture-civil-rights-trip-2021/"><em>Mosaic Conference website</em></a><em> on August 18, 2021.</em></p><p>The Youth Venture Civil Rights Trip (July 16-24) was an eye-opening experience. I co-led this group, sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network, and we visited landmarks of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950-60s to learn why our faith calls us to stand against injustice and oppression. </p><p>Four youth from Mosaic Conference and I had the opportunity to go on this remarkable trip. . We visited different civil rights locations, from museums to national landmarks. On some of our stops, we spoke to people who experienced civil injustice firsthand during the 1950-60s, providing us a firsthand view on how African American people were treated.</p><p>This opportunity allowed me to see and learn about things and people in a whole new way. Most impactful for me was visiting the Lynching Memorial at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. At the memorial were pillars filled with the names of lynching victims from almost every U.S. county. Reading the names was so moved me deeply as I thought about what they suffered.  It was truly eye-opening to learn about all the struggles people went through in the past simply because of the color of their skin. I realized I didn't know as much about civil rights as I thought after reading some of the stories.</p><p>We also visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the famous motel where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on the balcony in 1968. While journeying through the museum, we were able to see things King and other civil rights activists did in the 60s. It was a truly an educational experience.</p><p>The trip challenged my way of thinking and gave me a new perspective on events I previously thought I understood, including learning more about injustice that African American people went through during this time. </p><p>This trip challenged to remember that I have a voice to speak up and defend those who are oppressed, just like the Bible instructs us to do.</p><p>This trip was also impactful for the youth who joined me. The value of knowing and understanding history allows us to work to make a difference in society today. Working alongside Mission Network for this trip was great, and I hope to partner with the agency in similar ways in the future. </p><p>A big thank you to everyone who made this trip happen!</p><p><em>Youth Venture is the service program of Mennonite Mission Network that gives young people, ages 15-22, the opportunity to serve, learn and worship in local communities around the world, through 1- to 3-week terms each summer. For more information on future trips, </em><a href="/Serve/Youth%20Venture"><em>click here</em></a><em>. For more photos from the Civil Rights Learning Tour, </em><a href="/news/The-Youth-Venture-Civil-Rights-tour-in-photos"><em>click here.</em></a><br></p>
Students in Burkina Faso write African church historyhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4577/Students-in-Burkina-Faso-write-African-church-historyStudents in Burkina Faso write African church historyBy Anicka Fast<p><em>Sibiri Samuel Zongo, a student at LOGOS University in Burkina Faso, lamented that the church in Africa is "like a canoe that passes without leaving a trace." Anicka Fast, serving with Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Mission Network, is committed to changing this reality, through teaching courses that hone skills in writing oral history.</em><br></p><p></p><p>A class of 34 students from 10 denominations was studying Christianity in West Africa at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Universite-Chretienne-Logos-De-Ouagadougou-1308478559263373/">LOGOS University</a> in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. As the teacher, I wanted the students to become aware of the central role of African Christians in sharing the Christian message in Africa. At the same time, I wanted them to recognize their own potential role in preserving the stories of this missionary activity. To integrate these two goals, I organized the course around biographies. We explored key historical themes — colonialism, independent church movements, persecution, and African missionary initiatives — through the lens of life stories of African Christians. These included people like <a href="https://dacb.org/stories/tunisia/felicitas-perpetua/">Perpetua</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcellus_of_Tangier">Marcellus</a>, <a href="https://dacb.org/stories/congo/kimpa2-vita/">Kimpa Vita</a>, <a href="https://dacb.org/stories/liberia/harris-william/">William Wade Harris</a>, <a href="https://dacb.org/stories/nigeria/legacy-crowther/">Samuel Crowther</a>, and Alfred Diban, the first Burkinabè Christian. In practical exercises, we focused on interview techniques, such as asking good questions and requesting consent, and on archiving and writing.</p><p>The students were fascinated by the lost kingdoms of Nubia and the shocking statistics of the slave trade. They grasped the significance of prophets like Kimpa Vita and William Wade Harris in rooting Christianity in African cultures and contexts. Their shoulders slumped in discouragement as they contemplated the betrayal of Bishop Crowther by his young White colleagues. </p><p>"Can reparations be made for this?" one student poignantly asked. </p><p>During the week, the students identified a long list of post-independence themes that could be topics for future research by African scholars. And, in daily practical sessions, they began to plan their own biographies of African Christians. These would be the first biographies of Burkinabè Christians to be added to the <a href="https://dacb.org/sort/stories/burkina-faso/">Dictionary of African Christian Biography</a>, an electronic, open-access resource that uses biography to document the 2000-year history of Christianity in Africa. </p><p>At the end of the class, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction. This was my first time teaching a course directly related to my doctoral studies (completed in 2020). I felt like I had arrived at a destination that I had been seeking for years. It was a vindication of years of biking through cold Boston traffic, countless moments of disorientation with, and temptation by, ivory tower elitism, and many weary Saturdays slogging through papers in which I wrote about — but could hardly imagine — the shimmering reality of friendships and conflicts within missionary encounters in Africa.</p><p>On the last day, I asked students what they would take away from this class. Their feedback was powerful and thought-provoking. </p><p>Sibiri Samuel Zongo, one of the oldest students, and a member of the Burkina Faso Assemblies of God Church, commented on how many important contributions of the church in Africa remain unknown and undocumented. He lamented that the church in Africa is "like a canoe that passes without leaving a trace." At the same time, he and others expressed their sense that they now had "tools to write the story." They spoke of the empowerment they felt in having clear steps to produce a biography.</p><p>Many students were amazed to learn that the church in Africa had been present prior to colonial powers. This felt like a game-changer. Yet they asked pointed questions about the ongoing inequities of access to sources and stories, inequities that continue to divide African Christians from many Western counterparts. </p><p>I have many ideas to improve the course. I need more input on pre-colonial kingdoms, more on Islam, and a more nuanced presentation of the Rwandan genocide and South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. I need ways to better ensure that more women are selected as biography subjects. </p><p>I am excited about working alongside these African historians. But I am also sobered by the ongoing barriers that make some stories so much more influential than others. I am grateful for the opportunity to be in Africa and to participate in the diverse, faithful, Spirit-led missionary movement that has flourished on this continent since ancient times.<br></p>
Becoming human to each otherhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4576/Becoming-human-to-each-otherBecoming human to each otherBy Joe Sawatzky<p>​<span style="font-size:1.4rem;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;font-style:inherit;">Lynda Blackmon Lowery was 15 years old in 1965, when she marched for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. On July 20, 2021, Lowery had lunch with Mennonite Mission Network's Youth Venture team, during our Civil Rights Learning Tour.</span></p><p>"During the civil rights movement, we used to say that we were putting the 'unity' in 'community.' Today, we need to put the 'human' back in 'humanity.'"</p><p>Based in their hometown of Selma, Lowery and her younger sister, JoAnne Blackmon Bland, lovingly expose pilgrims like us — five young adults from Florida and North Carolina, and my wife and me from Indiana — to the cruel realities of racism. </p><p>With her words, Lowery drew a bridge from the past to the present. She lamented that she sees the same hatred on the faces of some White people in 2021 that she endured from the Alabama state troopers 56 years ago. That's when they blocked her path to freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on "Bloody Sunday."</p><p>As a cure for the sickness of racism, Lowery prescribed the medicine of "learning to see each other as human."</p><p>This human-to-human connection resurfaced as a major theme throughout our trip. In our nightly debrief, team members often interpreted the events of the day in terms of their personal relationships. For example, the Legacy Museum in Montgomery traces the evolution — not the end — of the enslavement of human beings, from colonial times to the unjustly disproportionate incarceration rates for people of color today. In one haunting exhibit, visitors encountered speaking holograms that portrayed persons of African descent behind iron bars, pending sale at slave auctions. There we heard, as from the ghosts of real people, the stories of children separated from parents, husbands from wives, siblings from siblings. For our own team, which included biological siblings and cousins, as well as members from the same church, this rupture of human community seemed to strike us as racism's cruelest effect.</p><p> "I can't imagine losing my sister," and "What would I do without my parents?" were typical reactions among our team.</p><p>But if the sin of racism is the dehumanization of people, salvation from racism requires the power from beyond humanity. I was reminded of this when listening to Lowery tell her story about Bloody Sunday. "Usually," she said, "when we would sing, we would feel so powerful, and we knew that nothing could turn us around. But on that day, something didn't feel right." </p><p>Her words, about the evil that had infused the whole atmosphere, reminded me that "our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12 NRSV).</p><p>Therefore, I believe, that to overcome the attacks of people who are in the grip of evil, and not to be overcome by evil ourselves, we need to "be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power" (Ephesians 6:10 NRSV). We need to "lay aside the works of darkness," the weapons of the flesh, and "put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:12)., We need "to put on the Lord Jesus Christ," the divine presence who makes us fully human to one another (Romans 13:14). </p><p><em>Youth Venture is the service program of Mennonite Mission Network that gives young people, ages 15-22, the opportunity to serve, learn and worship in local communities around the world, through 1- to 3-week terms each summer. For more information on future trips, </em><a href="/Serve/Youth%20Venture"><em>click here</em></a><em>. For more photos from the learning tour Sawatzky co-led, <a href="/news/The-Youth-Venture-Civil-Rights-tour-in-photos">click here.</a></em></p>
Running with epilepsyhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4562/Running-with-epilepsyRunning with epilepsyBy Lynda Hollinger-Janzen<p>​<em>Teresa Ross Richer celebrated her high-school graduation by running a marathon on June 5. She is preparing to study at Goshen (Indiana) College in the fall.</em><br></p><p>Teresa Ross Richer and her family have been part of a two-way mission, serving in Ecuador and the United States since 2015. They live among Indigenous communities half of the year in the eastern rain forest region of Ecuador, and during the other six months each year, they serve as mission educators in the United States. Teresa and her siblings have an important role to play in this ministry. They have learned the Cofán language and integrated into cultural life in ways that have come less easily for their parents, Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer. In a family, whose trademark is thinking outside the box, Teresa Ross Richer, especially, is known for stretching her limits.</p><p>Jessica Rios, a friend, said that Teresa is "by far the most courageous person I have ever met. She teaches me to persevere in the face of hardship." </p><p>However, occasionally, Teresa's body doesn't do what she expects it to, and epileptic seizures take control. Given this reality, her sister, Naomi, said that Teresa's positive attitude toward life is a miracle. </p><p>"My faith in God has grown a lot stronger … throughout my journey with epilepsy," Teresa said. "Epilepsy has opened my eyes, and in some ways taken me farther than I could have gone without it."</p><p>Although Teresa would have never asked for epilepsy, she says that the limits put on her life have shown her that the small things are the biggest blessings ever. </p><p>"Epilepsy is a blessing in disguise," Teresa said.</p><p>Watch this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn5KTwWvm1s">video</a>, that Teresa made for a senior class project, in which she talks about trusting those who surround her and her faith in God. <br></p>

 

 

Mission-wary to Missionary: Mistakes were madehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4629/Mission-wary-to-Missionary-Mistakes-were-madeMission-wary to Missionary: Mistakes were madeBy Travis Duerksen
Mission-wary to Missionary: Where do we start?https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4627/Mission-wary-to-Missionary-Where-do-we-startMission-wary to Missionary: Where do we start?By Travis Duerksen
Life-long mission journeys through mountaintop experiences and valleyshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4625/Life-long-mission-journeys-through-mountaintop-experiences-and-valleysLife-long mission journeys through mountaintop experiences and valleysBy Wally FahrerGP0|#2a52dead-2172-482e-ade6-5a558f17a31b;L0|#02a52dead-2172-482e-ade6-5a558f17a31b|England;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#e1c6021e-2f25-46dc-91a1-be34789acdf9;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Eight-year-old builds church in Congohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4623/Eight-year-old-builds-church-in-CongoEight-year-old builds church in CongoBy Charles BullerGP0|#56820307-b67b-48b5-88de-c584651a1da1;L0|#056820307-b67b-48b5-88de-c584651a1da1|Congo;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#4d0e08ea-d1a0-4141-9eba-431183992152;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Expatriate women and house workers helped dismantle Mennonite segregation in Congohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4612/Expatriate-women-and-house-workers-helped-dismantle-Mennonite-segregation-in-CongoExpatriate women and house workers helped dismantle Mennonite segregation in CongoBy Lynda Hollinger-JanzenGP0|#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
Embodying oneness through the enfleshment of the Eucharisthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4614/Embodying-oneness-through-the-enfleshment-of-the-EucharistEmbodying oneness through the enfleshment of the EucharistBy Melody Pannell
Serving Jesus as Mary and Marthahttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4609/Serving-Jesus-as-Mary-and-MarthaServing Jesus as Mary and MarthaBy Deb Byler GP0|#2a27b1dc-8def-4ad2-909d-1fe815e70829;L0|#02a27b1dc-8def-4ad2-909d-1fe815e70829|Guatemala;GTSet|#f1c3ac69-6cd4-4109-8ba8-137477ba8a7d;GPP|#e2a61412-b024-41d7-adeb-1c4e0b790c03;GPP|#62ebb633-b401-4243-a537-1a85230e4ebf
Blood brings both suffering and healinghttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4607/Blood-brings-both-suffering-and-healingBlood brings both suffering and healingBy Lynda Hollinger-JanzenGP0|#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
Trans-Atlantic slave trade seen through the eyes of a Beninese artisthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4603/Trans-Atlantic-slave-trade-seen-through-the-eyes-of-a-Beninese-artistTrans-Atlantic slave trade seen through the eyes of a Beninese artistBy Lynda Hollinger-JanzenGP0|#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
Contemplative spirituality helps to bridge cultureshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/4600/Contemplative-spirituality-helps-to-bridge-culturesContemplative spirituality helps to bridge culturesBy Lynda Hollinger-JanzenGP0|#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