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    feel like we have a good cross section he says noting a good balance in district representation gender and ethnicity The Leadership Board identified just some of the participants and district ministers selected others One third of the group is pastors according to Schroeder Representatives of the USMB Leadership Board USMB staff MB Foundation MB Mission Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary are also participating We ve hired George to help us think through a vision for the future of our denomination says Schroeder Our expectation is that coming out of the two gatherings we will have a clearer and shared vision Schroeder adds We don t all see the future the same It s fuzzy for us and we need clarity from God We want to move forward with consensus about a shared vision Prior to the first retreat held Sept 22 23 in Kansas City Kan Bullard interviewed each of the identified participants spending about one hour with each person Bullard then distilled those conversations down to 21 observations that he shared with the participants Bullard uses a very methodical approach that includes small and large group discussions as well as input from individuals says Schroeder After reviewing trends and findings regarding healthy denominations at the beginning of the first retreat Bullard guided the participants in identifying potential strategies that would work well for a denomination the size of the U S Conference The group then narrowed down those strategies to three ministry models that participants found most viable In preparation for the November meeting Bullard divided the participants into three groups and each group is reviewing and analyzing one of those ministry models Bullard is talking with representatives from each of the groups in preparation for the next consultation During the November retreat to be held in Phoenix Ariz the groups will share their conclusions and together they will identify a preferred ministry model Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Leaders ask for prayer Tuesday Oct 28 2014 Prayer involves many in review of USMB ministries structures By Connie Faber As those involved in the process of reviewing U S MB Conference ministries and structures prepare for the second of two working retreats led by consultant George Bullard they are asking for widespread prayer We are calling for your prayers says Steve Schroeder USMB Leadership Board chair While a consultation like this has a limited number of participants in this case 45 individuals everyone can join in praying for the work being done says Schroeder Schroeder lists four specific requests for the Nov 17 18 consultation that participants will come with a humble spirit Schroeder says this attitude was evident at the group s first meeting in September that the group will clearly sense God s vision for U S Mennonite Brethren that consensus for moving forward will emerge That we continue to put aside our own interests and seek God s call says Schroeder that God s

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    affirmed my call to mission and they encouraged me to pursue further training says Ocampo She credits her pastor and other mentors for modelling servanthood a lesson with application for her studies The more you learn about God s Word the more you are able and willing to serve she says and the less you expect others to serve you Yadira has shown leadership in several areas in her local church says MB Mission long term worker Trever Godard She has led through worship ministry youth discipleship and by starting an outreach in a poor area of Guadalajara where she coordinated ministry through sports health training and Bible studies Financial support from the GSF helps Ocampo take her theological training in her mother tongue Spanish at a Mennonite Brethren institution To be a recipient of a scholarship has been an answer to many prayers that we have had since we felt God s call to start our preparation for the mission field says Ocampo When I first started to plan my move from Mexico to Paraguay everything seemed impossible but little by little things started to fall into place and doors were opened Ocampo was one of 10 students from seven countries to receive support from the Global Scholarship Fund Four schools in Congo Angola and India also received funds A total of 35 000 was distributed for the 2014 15 school year In granting scholarships ICOMB gives priority to students and schools in areas of the Mennonite Brethren world where there is less local funding available The scholarship is funded from interest generated by endowments held at MB Foundation MB Mission administers and transfers the funds on behalf of ICOMB ICOMB is a global fellowship of Mennonite Brethren conferences MB Mission is the global mission agency of North American Mennonite Brethren Karla Braun is the associate editor of MB Herald the English language publication of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments ICOMB scholarship supports missionary Tuesday Oct 28 2014 Missionary from Mexico prepares to work in Angola thanks to ICOMB By Karla Braun with files from ICOMB Through the Global Scholarship Fund the International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB is helping the global Mennonite Brethren family foster a heart for mission to the world from the world The Global Scholarship Fund grants annual funds to students primarily from the Global South who are nominated by their national ICOMB church One of this year s recipients is Yadira Ocampo a young leader from the Mexican MB conference who began studies in theology at Paraguay s Instituto Bíblico Asunción this fall A graduate from the University of Guadalajara with nutritionist certification Ocampo is pursuing training to follow her call to mission work in Angola with her husband Mathias Epp Before embarking on her studies Ocampo spoke at great length with the pastor and elders at her church and with other pastors in the Mexico conference They prayed with me as we

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    in Navel Biliran where she lived with her husband and four boys Laurente shared how her husband and brother rebuilt the family home in seven days with a combination of the shelter kit provided by MCC and materials they purchased with their savings In addition to providing materials the MCC funded response is employing local skilled and unskilled laborers to build homes through cash for work and food for work programs and is training them in typhoon resistant construction methods It s an effort to provide short term earnings and construction skills for people whose livelihoods on coconut plantations or in the fishing industry were disrupted by the storm MCC has approved a second project a partnership with ICAN to rebuild 13 schools Campbell Janz says When the typhoon hit agencies started their recovery efforts by providing emergency food and then shelter for families and now they are ready to rebuild schools she says Unlike the more grassroots nature of home shelter repair school reconstruction will require the efforts of skilled contractors she says The schools which as public buildings have different and stricter building codes also will double as typhoon shelters Mennonite Central Committee is an inter Mennonite agency that provides relief development and peace in the name of Christ Laurie Oswald Robinson is a freelance writer from North Newton Kan Photo 1 During a distribution of shelter kits that was part of MCC s Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines the building materials for each kit were separated into a pile for each recipient family MCC Photo Nikko Lacsina Photo 2 Virginia Pagatan is captain of a local government council in San Isidro in Leyte province Philippines In May she talked with MCC staff member Ann Campbell Janz and Dianne May Seva of International Children s Action Network ICAN They are all working together to supply shelter for people who lost their homes during Typhoon Haiyan MCC Photo Nikko Lacsina Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Typhoon recovery aims for lasting results Tuesday Oct 28 2014 MCC efforts focus on rebuilding homes equipping pastors By Laurie Oswald Robinson Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities in the Philippines last November Mennonite Central Committee MCC has been helping residents such as Virginia Pagatan pictured below restore what took only hours to destroy Pagatan captain of a local government council in San Isidro in Leyte province is grateful for how MCC and its partners have been carefully laying the groundwork for typhoon response She cries tears of joy as she speaks about a distribution of shelter kits which are collections of basic home building materials in her neighborhood Others have come and made promises but today you have delivered what you promised Pagatan told Ann Campbell Janz an MCC staff member who traveled to the Philippines in May to monitor MCC funded projects in the hard hit provinces of Leyte and Biliran Early on May 21 community members and Pagatan s volunteer shelter committee unloaded roofing sheets lumber

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    of our sins is the reason for this season and that as his disciples we are commissioned to share this Good News with our neighbors And planting new churches is the most effective way of evangelizing our communities Life transformation is happening as a result of our Mission USA church planting efforts Lives are being changed forever I love being present at one of our church plants when new believers give their salvation testimonies and are then baptized I wish you could join me Many tears are shed tears of joy and gratitude to God For every 15 000 we raise on Giving Tuesday we can assist in planting another new USMB church in 2015 so that even more lives might be changed Our goal is to raise at least 30 000 for two new 2015 church plants Because we advance God s Kingdom when we work together our theme for Giving Tuesday is More Together Look for our hashtag MoreTogether on Facebook and Twitter We know that together we do more and together we give more Our church planting program depends on the financial and prayer support of all of us and working together we can see lives transformed As we look ahead to Giving Tuesday we need your help to spread the word Pastors look for bulletin announcements inserts and PowerPoint slides coming your way shortly Please use these to encourage those in your congregation to get involved Watch for more information on the USMB website and follow MoreTogether for updates It s easy to remember the date the first Tuesday of December We believe that everyone whether a large or small donor can help make a difference in bringing the Good News to our nation Let s do MoreTogether and do something great Dec 2 for God s Kingdom To read stories in the current issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Join us on Giving Tuesday Wednesday Oct 22 2014 By Don Morris I believe that we make a huge impact in our world for God s Kingdom when we join forces That s why I am inviting U S Mennonite Brethren to join a global effort to celebrate generosity as Mission USA joins the Giving Tuesday movement Giving Tuesday Dec 2 is a global day dedicated to giving back Black Friday and Cyber Monday highlight the commercialization and consumerism that characterize the Christmas season We want our Giving Tuesday efforts to underscore that the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of our sins is the reason for this season and that as his disciples we are commissioned to share this Good News with our neighbors And planting new churches is the most effective way of evangelizing our communities Life transformation is happening as a result of our Mission USA church planting efforts Lives are being changed forever I love being present at one of our church plants when

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    into their own language for the rest of the group so that they can better participate It is a good practice of English for them says Borisov but even more important is them being involved in the ministry right after their resettlement into America DC is once again organizing a Christmas party for those experiencing their first Christmas in the United States and Borisov expects about 100 immigrants to come Last year s event DC s first attempt at such a celebration was attended by 40 recent immigrants Photo The 2013 Christmas party at Disciples Church featured a live nativity and choir Borisov also reports that new attendees from Minnesota are now providing live worship music and some youth are organizing a worship band In addition discipleship is expanding through one on one Bible study partnerships DC is a partnership of Mission USA Pacific District Conference PDC and Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church a USMB Slavic congregation in Spokane Thank you very much brothers and sisters of the USMB family for your prayers and for your support of Disciples Church plant in Spokane says Borisov May the Lord bless you richly in your life and ministry and we work together for life transformation To read stories in the current issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Disciples Church connects with immigrants Wednesday Oct 22 2014 Disciples Church Spokane Wash continues to reach out to those new to the United States Most of those who attend this English language church plant are immigrants themselves Slavic as well as others and feel an affinity with newcomers to the country Church planter Aleks Borisov reports that several families from Rwanda and Sudan have been attending Sunday services

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    are rejoicing with them and looking to connect them with mentors for discipleship MVCC Sunnyside is located a few miles south of the main campus on the east side of Fresno The church is reaching out to a diverse culture in this area Many young families and singles are attending As with the mother church Sunnyside maintains a consistent prayer focus with prayer as an integral part of every Sunday morning service as well as established prayer times during the week During Sunday worship people have the opportunity to engage in prayer with church leaders in small clusters Don Morris director of Mission USA says When I ve attended Sunnyside the atmosphere of prayer is contagious It s obvious this young church believes firmly in the power of individual and corporate prayer And it s all about prayer that truly seeks God s power not just for the mundane things of life Miracles are expected Life transformation is expected Richardson will be the featured speaker at the USMB National Youth Conference Named 2015 to be held in Denver Colo April 9 12 2015 MVCC Sunnyside is supported by the mother church with additional support from Mission USA and the Pacific District Conference To read stories in the current issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Committed to Christ Wednesday Oct 22 2014 John Richardson pastor of Mountain View Community Church Sunnyside Fresno Calif a church plant born out of Mountain View Community Church MVCC in Fresno continues to boldly preach the Gospel of salvation and people are responding Photo John and Sarah Richardson Dave Thiessen pastor of MVCC wrote In October in a note to Mission USA Two individuals made first time commitments

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    cost Home groups meet weekly framed around discussion questions from the Sunday sermon a shared meal plus plenty of prayer Pulliam writes in an October 2014 report to the project team New attendees at Christ Church have participated in home groups regularly and the informal time together in conversation over a shared meal has been integral in the development of relationships He adds The congregation enjoys being together and readily embraces newcomers to the church Close relationships continue to develop and there are many opportunities for interaction from roller skate birthday parties and play dates to hospitality in one another s homes and the upcoming Ugly Christmas Sweater party Four new attendees have signed up to take the Christ Church Essentials class on Sunday evenings in the Pulliam s home The class covers basic church goals beliefs and details for membership There are very few like minded churches in this unique city but Pulliam has developed a relationship with one Sellwood Baptist The two churches plan to hold a joint Christmas Eve service hoping and praying that it becomes a community event Christ Church Sellwood is a partnership of Trinity Church in Portland the Pacific District Conference PDC and Mission USA USMB To read stories in the current issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Christ Church Sellwood gains strength Wednesday Oct 22 2014 Church planter Jared Pulliam pictured with wife Julia is feeling positive abou t the trajectory and steady growth of Christ Church Sellwood Portland Ore It s been a good fall for us so far Pulliam said at a recent project team meeting Although growth hasn t exploded more people have made this one year old church theirs In addition

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    school students offers a valuable experience Named 2015 the National Youth Conference is scheduled for April in Denver The USMB Board of Faith and Life will host the National Pastors Orientation an event for new USMB pastoral staff members in March 2015 in San Diego Calif U S Mennonite Brethren involvement this summer in Mennonite World Conference and Assembly 16 Additional funds will be spent so that the new USMB website will be mobile responsive The financial report and post event survey for C one ction 2014 the biennial National Pastors Conference and National Convention Updates on nine current church plants in which Mission USA is involved and a report on possible new church plants for 2015 USMB fundraising efforts including Giving Tuesday a national movement that promotes generosity on Dec 2 Recognition of Connie Faber for 20 years of employment with USMB The Leadership Board also reviewed a proposed 2015 budget prepared by the staff and USMB staff members answered budget questions about their areas of responsibility The staff was then dismissed and the Leadership Board spent the remainder of Monday and Tuesday morning in executive session with the district ministers and Morris Following the meeting Schroeder reported that the board unanimously passed a 2015 budget of 767 740 a 2 1 percent increase over the 2014 budget No other decisions were reported In addition to Schroeder Hohm Box and Hernandez the Leadership Board includes Marv Schellenberg vice chair from Wichita Kan David Hardt treasurer from Bakersfield Calif Tim Hodge secretary from Newton Kan and Clyde Ferguson Jr from Lenoir NC Photos by Connie Faber Photo 1 Rick Eshbaugh Central District Conference minister talks with Aaron Box the newest Leadership Board member from the Pacific District Conference Photo 2 Clyde Ferguson Jr left and Lud Hohm right lay their hands on Aaron Hernandez Latin America MB District Conference pastor and Leadership Board member during a prayer for the five USMB districts Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Leadership Board holds October meeting Wednesday Oct 15 2014 District ministers invited to participate in board meeting By Connie Faber There were new faces around the table when the USMB Leadership Board met Oct 13 14 in Wichita Kan In addition to new board members Lud Hohm Yale SD and Aaron Box Eugene Ore pictured right the board had invited the four USMB district conference ministers DMs to attend In his opening remarks Leadership Board chair Steve Schroeder explained that the current governance model is 10 years old and that in the last year or two the board concluded that it would be better able to serve pastors churches and the district conferences if district ministers were part of the national board We want you to participate as if you were a board member Schroeder of Hillsboro Kan told the DMs And the district ministers Rick Eshbaugh pictured above left Central District Terry Hunt North Carolina District Gary Wall Pacific District and Tim Sullivan Southern District did just

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