‘Conference News’ Archive

By Laurie Oswald Robinson, editor Almost 85 years ago, the first Mennonites went to Tanzania to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. This past summer, a delegation of Tanzanian Mennonite bishops came to remind their brothers and sisters in North America that their “family” relationship still matters. Amos Muhagachi, a bishop from Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (KMT, the Tanzanian Mennonite Church) was ... [ More ]
Posted November 7, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
By Laurie Oswald Robinson, editor Will Fitzgerald, pastor of Kalamazoo (Mich.) Mennonite Fellowship, is discovering there is no match for prayer when it comes to connecting across miles. Every two weeks or so since late June, Fitzgerald has connected with Phil Bontrager, pastor of Grand Marais (Mich.) Mennonite Church, by e-mail to ask for Bontrager’s prayer requests and to encourage and support him. This ... [ More ]
Posted October 12, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
By Laurie Oswald Robinson, editor When Jeremiah Chuiha met Max Ediger in Thailand in 1999, they had no idea that connection would blossom 15 years later within Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. After immigrating in 2010 from India to a refugee resettlement program in Canada, Chuiha became pastor of Emmanuel Living Christian Church in Indianapolis, a congregation that consists of Chin refugees from the Dai ... [ More ]
Posted April 7, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
By Laurie Oswald Robinson, editor For years, Chris Birky has offered bread, pastries and other foods at Birky’s Bakery and Coffee Shop in Kouts, Ind. Recently, he’s added Bible study to the menu. Birky, a local farmer and lifelong member of Hopewell Mennonite Church in Kouts, is leading a Sunday morning Bible study on discipleship in his bakery for people who are unchurched or who are not regular ... [ More ]
Posted February 2, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
By Laurie Oswald Robinson for Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference Small congregations are often swamped with more ministry tasks than there are hands to do them. Though small, the 25-member Fellowship of Hope (FOH) in Elkhart, Ind., for an entire year explored what it means to stop and to open one’s hands to receive the “enough-ness” of God. For 12 months through October 2016, FOH explored the theme ... [ More ]
Posted December 22, 2016 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
By Laurie Oswald Robinson for Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference Without warning, they began showing up. About two dozen unchurched teenagers in fall 2015 began coming to Mennonite Youth Fellowship (MYF) at North Main Street Mennonite Church in Nappanee, Ind. The influx of neighborhood kids more than tripled the Wednesday evening youth group. Typically, no more than a half dozen other churched teenagers ... [ More ]
Posted October 11, 2016 by Dan Miller
Re-published with permission from MAH News and Notes for October 2016. Author Rich Preheim will speak at the October 15 meeting of Michiana Anabaptist Historians at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. For more information, see www.michianaanabaptisthistorians.org. In Pursuit of Faithfulness Review of Rich Preheim’s New Book DOUGLAS KAUFMAN Conference Pastor for LeadershipTransitions, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite ... [ More ]
Posted October 6, 2016 by Dan Miller