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Walking in Receiving and Giving: Judi...

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Economic hardship in Spain strengthens faith By Elina Ciptadi-Perkins Judit Menéndez, MWC Global Youth Summit delegate from Spain, shared her church’s story of Walking in Receiving and Giving as her country experiences its worst economic crisis since the civil war in the 1930s. She belongs to the Comunidades Unidas Anabautistas in Burgos, about two hours […]

Stitched together

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Applique brings chance meeting of friends of friends from Uruguay, Paraguay, and Pennsylvania By Jewel Showalter Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. – Helena Dueck from Akron, Pennsylvania, was quietly stitching delicate applique in the quilting hall when a young woman asked excitedly, “Are you Helena Dueck?” “Yes, I am,” said Dueck, looking up from her quilt. “How […]

Living Out Peace: My Gift

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Mennonite World Conference’s Global Youth Summit is celebrating the gifts that each young adult brings to the global church.  One gift is the encouragement and model of Conscientious Objection: refusing mandatory military service in order to follow Jesus’ way of peace. GYS participants celebrated COs today, writing notes to encourage Sang-Min Lee, the first Mennonite […]

Global Youth Summit Day 2

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I had another good, full day at the Global Youth Summit. After breakfast with Maria, my Canadian roommate Janelle, and Paraguayan Mennonite boys at the delicious Messiah College cafeteria, we went to the Asian worship service. Many on the Asian worship team wore traditional clothing from their country, and I was delighted to see 2 […]

Global Youth Summit Day 1

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My friend Maria first told me about a Global Youth Summit, a 3-day gathering of Mennonite youth from around the world before Mennonite World Conference. I signed up, excited to meet new people from around the world. Since Korea is a pretty homogenous, I get excited about opportunities to be around groups of diverse people. […]

A Gift of Peace from the Persecuted

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As GYS 2015 discusses gifts and calling, a participant shared his church’s story of giving gifts of peace in response to persecution that affected more than 50,000 Christians in his village. Amit Andrew Roul is a young leader in a rural Brethren in Christ (BIC) church in the Kandhamal district of Orissa, India. Growing up […]