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March 2017

Transformed by the Word

In the midst of the many Reformation commemoration celebrations, especially in Europe, it's important to remember that the Anabaptists also emerged within the context of the Reformation and were decisively shaped by its rediscovery of the Bible as an authority for Christian faith and life.

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Songs, sermons and saucers

Music from other cultures, Scripture readings on a common theme, shared food and special offerings characterize World Fellowship Sunday, a celebration of Anabaptist family in Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches around the world 22 January 2017.

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Congolese counter violence with prayer and workshops

In late 2016, leaders from the Mennonite national churches in DR Congo requested prayer from Mennonite World Conference because presidential elections had been postponed, exacerbating tensions between citizens and government. Some incidents of violence occurred before the intended election date, but destruction was less than had been anticipated.

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Dialogues on baptism close with learning and prayer

Representatives of the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Lutheran World Federation, and the Mennonite World Conference met in Augsburg, Germany, 9–14 February 2017, for the fifth meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission on Baptism. The meeting in Augsburg concluded a five-year dialogue process.

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From a broken leg to a mended heart

I accepted Jesus when I was 19. I got baptized on Christmas Day in 1996. Since then, my life has totally changed. I always want to live my life with my Saviour, Jesus Christ. When I got baptized, I was so happy and filled with joy to be able to start the new life that God gave me.

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World Fellowship Sunday 2017: Songs, sermons and saucers

Photos: "We remember that 500 years ago, brave men and women, motivated by the real teachings of Jesus, decided to follow him even though that action cost them their lives, says Oscar Suarez, member of Iglesia Menonita de Ibagué (Ibagué Mennonite Church), Colombia.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

March 2017: "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:3–5). Praise the Lord for church workers called to serve brothers and sisters around the world. Getting visas is becoming increasingly challenging in many countries; pray that God would open doors to allow this cultural exchange to continue to enrich those who go and those who welcome cross-cultural workers. Read more...

March 2017: MWC Deacons Commission secretary Henk Stenvers, who visited Anabaptist churches in Ecuador in January 2017, calls for prayer for Ecuador. The cities of Manta and Portoviejo were particularly affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the country in April 2016, killing hundreds and injuring thousands; pray for the congregations who are bringing material aid and trauma healing strategies to assist people affected by the disaster. Pray also for members of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana (IEME) who lost homes and family in the disaster. Read more...

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