‘Conference News’ Archive

By Anna Buck, editorTrue “transformation involves both human willingness to offer ourselves for Divine purposes and for God’s gift of renewal” (CAMFell Invitation). The weight of this truth  was felt in tangible ways as pastors, delegates, and church representatives gathered together for Annual Sessions 2018 . As we experienced the words of Romans 12:1-2 in a variety of ways, it became clear that God is ... [ More ]
Posted September 10, 2018 by Anna Buck
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 Communications Coordinator
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 Communications Coordinator
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 Communications Coordinator
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 Communications Coordinator
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 Communications Coordinator
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