To explain the dramatic changes in missions engagement over the last half-century, Nelson Okanya, MDiv ’03, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, utilizes a stark image: a sturdy bridge, spanning a flat plain of dirt while the river courses hundreds of feet away.
This bridge actually exists in Honduras: it was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Eng ...More
Greek conjugations, stone cathedrals, and stories from catacombs may not seem relevant to the Mennonite churches in East Africa, which use an assortment of indigenous African languages and meet in structures built of corrugated tin. Still, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) graduate Aram DiGennaro, MDiv ’05, gives testimony to the relevan ...More
Salim Munayer is a citizen of a small nation that casts a giant shadow on the world stage. Small enough to fit four within the borders of Virginia, the modern state of Israel is a land of deep history and intractable conflict.
Munayer’s mosaic of identities gave his four presentations at EMU, Feb. 20-21, the ring of authenticity. Palestinian. Christian. Arab. From a family whose lands ...More
Aaron M. Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Va., was chosen by Virginia Mennonite Missions’ (VMM) 15-member Board of Directors as their next president at the October 18-19 meeting.
Kauffman has extensive local and international mission experience serving most recently as VMM global ministries director and advancement associate since 2011. A seven-member sear ...More
In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her.
Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office of the ...More
Even though Jeanette Nisly fell in love with Guatemala on a cross-cultural with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), she never would have dreamed that she would return four months after she graduated, marry a Guatemalan, have two children, and remain for 17 years.
Nisly, who majored in nursing at EMU, is the in-country coordinator for the Guatemal ...More
A. Grace Wenger, former Dean of Women at Eastern Mennonite College (now University), member of EMC’s board of trustees, and high school English teacher at Eastern Mennonite High School and Lancaster Mennonite School, died at Landis Homes in Lititz, Penna., on Sept. 5, 2012 at the age of 93.
As her bio in Continuing the Journey: The Geography of Our Faith, (ACRS Memoirs, Volum ...More
Two idealistic young people meet at EMU, earn their degrees in pre-med and education, and spend their entire careers serving others – without fanfare – at home and abroad. Now they get some fanfare from a university that values service and promotes the helping professions.
Vic Buckwalter ’73, originally from Cochranville, Pa., went on to medical school at Temple University in Phila ...More
Courtesy Eastern Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Weekly Review
Mary Dunn and her Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) team recently took a break from clinics and lessons about nutrition and sanitation to distribute something just as important — sweets and gifts.
Much of Dunn’s ministry involves working with a Peruvian Mennonite Church team tha ...More