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    of mental illness and substance abuse disorders and improve access to high quality care and support Through collaboration and outreach in our shared communities we can provide hope and healing to some of the 65 million Americans personally experiencing mental illness Another serious concern is the scarcity of qualified clinicians We must be responsible stewards of our human resources Kaye says Our staff is the heart of who we are High risk low compensation and emotional intensity make human service ministry very challenging and the risk for staff burnout is high We currently face a scarcity of geriatric psychiatrists child and adolescent psychiatrists addiction treatment clinicians and addictionologists Maintaining these valuable specialties within our organization is critical Kaye says One patient comes to mind One year ago she was in a wheelchair barely able to speak and continuing to decline Though our comprehensive approach to treatment her clinicians were able to diagnose and treat a medical condition that complicated her mental disorder Today she is walking talking a very active participant in her own treatment and involved with various community and church activities Her strong faith together with our individualized services is sustaining her as she deals with issues of grief and loss She says she is unable to imagine her life without Prairie View Kaye says As Prairie View celebrates 60 years of ministry and continues to look toward our future I want the church to recognize us as a transforming ministry an extension of the greater church Our mission statement describes the compassion competence and stewardship we offer in the spirit of Christ Kaye says The main campus of Prairie View remains in Newton Kan with outpatient offices in Hillsboro McPherson and two locations in Wichita Through bylaw and in agreement with the Mennonite Health Alliance a majority of the composition of the Prairie View governing board must be Anabaptist affiliated Misty Elder is director of advancement for Prairie View Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Prairie View celebrates with 60th anniversary dinner Tuesday Mar 11 2014 Faith based mental health care agency traces its beginning to CO experiences By Misty Elder with files from PVI Prairie View Inc a faith based agency that offers behavioral and mental health care services to south central Kansas is celebrating 20 years of ministry this month The organization will honor this milestone with a 60th anniversary dinner on March 13 in Newton Kan The event will honor those who have contributed to Prairie View s history while celebrating a future of innovative opportunities to provide transforming services that improve the lives of individuals families and communities Speakers will include Prairie View president and CEO Jessie Kaye along with special guest Rick Stiffney Mennonite Health Services Alliance CEO from Elkhart Ind Prairie View Inc traces its beginning to World War 2 and events that took place in North America rather than in Europe or the South Pacific Throughout the span of World War 2 conscientious objectors including 1

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    week it s not too late to begin using daily devotional readings that lead to Easter produced by Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary the USMB seminary located in Fresno Calif Walking in the Light is available only online and can be found at https www fresno edu walking in the light The daily readings began on Ash Wednesday March 5 and conclude April 21 the Monday following Resurrection Sunday The seminary produces an annual advent devotional and the popularity of this resource prompted the seminary to publish an Easter season devotional this year the second time the USMB seminary has provided a Lent devotional Lynn Jost former FPBS president and professor of Old Testament and preaching was responsible for securing writers for the 2014 Lent devotional Writers include seminary and Fresno Pacific University faculty staff and students Following Jesus is sometimes difficult writes Terry Brensinger FPBS vice president and dean in his introduction to the devotional To follow Jesus throughout life is to accept his path and purpose rather than our own The devotional is intended to be an aid for your relationship with Jesus as you follow him says Brensinger Using the traditional season of Lent as our timeframe this series of devotionals offers you a passage of Scripture accompanying personal testimony and a prayer each day to inspire and encourage you Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Seminary offers Lenten devotional Tuesday Mar 11 2014 Online devotions intended to help readers prepare for Easter By Connie Faber Even though the season of Lent began last week it s not too late to begin using daily devotional readings that lead to Easter produced by Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary the USMB seminary located in Fresno Calif Walking in the Light is available only online and can be

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    Good News in the public realm spending more time in prayer and worship than ever before Mathies asks for prayers for peace and restoration The warring parties need peace beyond understanding he says The many broken lives here need love beyond what can be expected Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers to the ripe fields of fertile Ukraine David Wiebe executive director of the I nternational Community of Mennonite Brethren says Our concern is for seven Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren churches in Ukraine including two in Crimea planted in Kolodzia 2005 and Feodosia 2007 The church is highly active in many services and each local church is important for its social gospel witness in this way Read Wiebe s blog on the Ukraine Family Life Network a creative media ministry affiliated with Mennonite Brethren churches in Manitoba Canada has also issued an urgent appeal for prayer for Ukraine FLN organized a special prayer meeting in Winnipeg Man for Monday March 10 FLN broadcasts in seven languages including Ukrainian on over 2 000 media outlets worldwide FLN projects in Ukraine include Shelter a ministry focused on children and youth and The Bible Today a ministry that uses various forms of media to address current issues from a biblical perspective FLN joined with Kingdom Ventures Inc KVI in sponsoring the evening prayer service KVI is a Canadian based faith mission focused on training Christian youth camp leaders in the former Soviet Union where the group is known as Christian Camping International KVI also reports that its Ukrainian director is asking for prayer saying Now all of Ukrainians are in a state of deep shock Many North American Mennonite Brethren trace their family history to Ukraine formerly the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Catherine II empress of Russia in the late 1700s invited Mennonites and other foreign settlers to populate uninhabited areas in her country including Ukraine and the Crimean region Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB called to pray for Ukraine Tuesday Mar 11 2014 Mennonite Brethren ministries requesting prayer for Ukrainian Christians By Connie Faber Mennonite Brethren serving in Ukraine are asking for prayer regarding the current situation in that country Following months of anti government protests by Ukrainians who favor closer ties with the European Union photo left Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a pro Russian leader fled his country in February In response pro Russian forces took control of Ukraine s autonomous Crimean region and scheduled a referendum March 16 on joining Russia Western nations and the Ukrainian interim government have criticized this action and the standoff has revived concerns of a return to Cold War relations Please pray with us for the country of Ukraine as they are entering a new chapter in their struggle for freedom writes Randy Friesen MB Mission general director in an email to USMB churches last week Pray for the new churches that MB Mission has been serving in Ukraine that they will grow in

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    into their commitment the Wiens had accomplished several of their objectives including establishing what they believe to be Ukraine s only private trade school Last year nine students all orphans or wards of the state participated in the first nine month program on a dairy farm in the neighboring village of Nikolay Pole The dairy farm is run by Garry Verhoog a farmer from Steinbach Man who moved to Ukraine in 2008 with his wife Teresa who teaches English Their ministry is funded through the proceeds of their family run 800 cow operation in Steinbach Garry and Teresa met John and Evelyn almost a year into the Verhoogs ministry and both instantly sensed an opportunity for partnership We met John and Ev in Ukraine in 2009 when John was the speaker at the Thanksgiving service at the village church says Verhoog They invited us to come for dinner at their apartment where John talked about his vision for his work in Ukraine John didn t just plan to start a trade school for orphans he worked hard to see it happen Matthies remembers John for his servant leadership John did not dictate he never withdrew from any sort of task that had to be done Everything from cleaning streets barbequing putting up tables taking people in his van to whatever destination they needed John did it says Matthies I watched him time after time taking long trips to encourage pastors in our network of church plants in the south of Ukraine It was evident that people in Ukraine were longing for this kind of leader a good shepherd after his Lord says Matthies Wiens is survived by his wife Evelyn children Andrea Kenton and Carmen and son in law Phil His memorial service was Jan 18 at Willingdon Church in Burnaby BC For more on the story of John s ministry in Ukraine see http mbherald com dairy farms and church plants Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Missionary John Wiens dies Tuesday Mar 11 2014 Veteran church worker dies during furlough By Connie Faber with files from MB Herald and MB Mission John and Evelyn Wiens were 35 year veterans of church planting and pastoral ministry when they responded to God s call six years ago to serve with MB Mission in the Ukraine planting churches and starting a ministry for orphans In November 2013 while on MINA Ministry in North America John was diagnosed with cancer He died six weeks later At a stage in life when many are slowing down John and Evelyn shifted into a higher gear said Randy Friesen MB Mission director in a January 14 email informing constituents of Wiens death Many Ukrainians have found new life in Jesus and many broken lives have been restored through the Wiens ministry John accelerated across the finish line and he has joined the celebration in the presence of the Lord with the angels and the many people he has led to Christ

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    with providing online reading lists for these events says Doerksen We want it to be an easy experience for people to obtain these resources KP is owned by CCMBC and serves both Canada and the U S Its publishing focus is providing resources unique to the Mennonite Brethren faith You would have trouble finding these books someplace else says Doerksen For example the current KP bestseller according to Doerksen is I t Happened in Moscow A Memoir of Discovery by Maureen S Klassen This book published in June 2013 and already reprinted five times tells the story of the Mennonite Brethren statesman C F Klassen s family and their immigration to Canada in the 1920s and the tale of many lost ones who stayed in Russia and suffered under the rule of Joseph Stalin Patrons interested in knowing about new KP resources can email the ministry and ask to be added to the KP email list Subscribers will be notified of specials from time to time says Doerksen For example subscribers were offered free shipping in early December in celebration of the new website USMB provides a subsidy to help cover some of the costs of operating in the U S and so KP hires a U S representative a position currently filed by Amy Sterk who works from her home in Goessel Kan Sterk represents KP at USMB district and national conventions and conferences mails Rejoice devotionals keeps a stock of the most popular resources and processes U S payments Since KP serves USMB congregations the agency tries to subsidize shipping to the U S For this reason some U S customers may prefer to place their orders by phone 1 800 545 7322 or email custserv kindredproductions com to obtain favorable shipping rates Readers who visit the new website www kindredproductions com can receive free shipping through March 31 2014 on orders up to 100 The coupon code is USMB Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Kindred Productions unveils new website Tuesday Mar 11 2014 Redesigned website offers better user experience By Connie Faber Consumers are continuing to spend more time and money shopping online and Kindred Productions KP the North American Mennonite Brethren publishing ministry has recently updated its website to improve the shopping experience of USMB and Canadian patrons Elenore Doerksen KP manager says the new website unveiled in early December 2013 benefits both customers and the ministry We redesigned the website to hopefully offer a better experience to users to have a more modern look and to allow us more control over the content functionality and layout of the site says Doerksen who works from the Winnipeg Man office of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches CCMBC Because the new website was designed by CCMBC staff using an open platform Doerksen says KP can more quickly update its online shopping site since the agency no longer works with a third party website management company Doerksen anticipates that the new website will

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    11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission

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    Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Fresno seminary student awarded internship Tuesday Feb 25 2014 Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary student will spend 5 weeks at archives Historical Commission press release Yoshio Fujii is this year s recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission s archival internship The selection committee chose Fujii a Japanese graduate student completing a master s of divinity degree in May at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Fresno Calif from a strong field of candidates from various universities and colleges in the United States and Canada As intern Fujii will spend a total of five weeks in May and June visiting each of the four MB archival centers in North America Fresno Calif Hillsboro Kan Winnipeg Man and Abbotsford B C In addition to experiencing a functioning archive he will explore the stories and images housed in these church archives especially as they relate to the church in Japan We are very pleased to award Yoshio the archival internship says Don Isaac chair of the Historical Commission We hope that he will find this an enriching experience and that it will also provide insights for the commission as we document and communicate the story of God s work in our world The internship is made possible with support from U S and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Fresno seminary student awarded internship Tuesday Feb 25 2014 Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary student will spend 5 weeks at archives Historical Commission press release Yoshio Fujii is this year s recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission s archival internship The selection committee chose Fujii a Japanese graduate student completing a master s of divinity degree in May at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Fresno Calif from a strong

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    important to include how the church exists today in the city We needed to demonstrate the construction of these big buildings the new churches that have been coming up he says We tried to cover the life of the community and its various forms from the poor villagers to the affluent city dwellers That spectrum is a running theme The church in India is alive and well Paul says It has people of tremendous diversity tremendous depth tremendous character It is a church that is fully indigenous At the same time it is a church from which we can learn When we meet in Christ s name we become more than the people we are I would like this book somehow in its own modest way to say to the person who looks at the pictures That is a person those are people that is the church in which it is God s great joy to participate Membership figures for India s MB churches vary In its 2012 directory Mennonite World Conference reports 103 488 members in the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in India In this book MBCI reports more than 230 000 members The discrepancy is due to several factors including counting practices and government laws concerning religious classifications The Colors of the Mennonites and the brothers early book In Another Day of the Lord are available from Kindred Productions the publishing arm of the U S and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Church conferences A third book Heirs and Joint Heirs written by Paul and published in 2010 by Kindred Productions offers a thorough and scholarly look at the background challenges and prospects of the MB church in India This article was first published by Mennonite World Review and is reprinted with permission Photo by Rufus Gurugulla from The Colors of the Mennonites Women sit beneath a pandal during a service celebrating the completion of a church construction project in Bijavaram Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments New book captures India s many colors Tuesday Feb 25 2014 Book by Wiebe brothers portrays MB church s diversity through pictures By Tim Huber A new book on the Mennonite Brethren in India casts what the authors hope is a vibrant light on a population from which the Western church can learn much The Colors of the Mennonites in Andhra Pradesh features the subtitle Devuni Prema Idhigo Behold the Love of God Twins David A and Paul D Wiebe who were born in India compiled the book They believe God s love has manifested itself in a vibrancy that is both deep and wide in the state of Andhra Pradesh where many of the MB Church of India s hundreds of congregations make it one of the largest MB bodies in the world It s a colorful world says Paul a sociologist by trade who took some of the book s many colorful photographs India has been too often pictured in the sense of a burden echoes

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