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    itself Islamic State James Fine of MCC Iraq says People were particularly pleased that the packages included tea and sugar essential in Iraqis estimation to a decent life even if for now it has to be in a camp Almost all the recipient families are members of the Turkoman and Shabak minority groups says Fine In June MCC and another partner in Iraq Al Amal distributed food and other vital items to internally displaced persons IDPs living with family members and friends in a nearby province Most IDPs in northern Iraq are with host families but camps like Garmawa which was established by the United Nations are beginning to be set up Fine who was present at the July 17 distribution with another MCC worker in the region says the people in Garmawa Camp fled their homes with either the clothes on their back or at best with what they could fit in the trunks of their cars Despite their misfortune many were both cheerful and philosophic about their situation Fine says But more than anything else they expressed a deep uncertainty about what the future might hold for them and for Iraq People can help Iraqis through MCC by meeting these critical needs Relief kits and hygiene kits http mcc org get involved kits Donations https donate mcc org cause iraq response Sending letters to lawmakers calling for peaceful response in Iraq https mcc org advocate iraq Mennonite Central Committee is an inter Mennonite relief development and peace agency that works around the world in the name of Christ Photo Fourteen year old Yusuf Yahiat carries a food package distributed by MCC partner Zakho Small Villages Project at the Garmawa Camp for displaced people in northern Iraq Like most people living in the camp Yusuf and his family fled the city of Mosul after its takeover by the militant group that now calls itself Islamic State MCC Photo Ryan Rodrick Beiler Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MCC provides aid to Gaza Iraq Tuesday Aug 19 2014 Aid helps hundreds of families displaced by violence By Ed Nyce and MCC staff Mennonite Central Committee MCC through its partners is meeting the needs of displaced families in Gaza and Iraq MCC provided emergency bedding supplies and food in Gaza while the aid in Iraq has been food and personal hygiene items Gaza Families face desperate situation MCC through one of its long time partners in Gaza Al Najd Development Forum provided emergency bedding supplies to about 2 000 displaced people or 150 households in east and north Gaza in late July The 35 000 project included items such as mattresses sheets pillows and plastic mats Al Najd is a community based organization begun by women to provide programs and services for women and their families By the fifth week of the most recent Hamas Israel conflict BBC reported that the Palestinian death toll had risen above 1 900 the majority civilians More than 60 Israelis most

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    for more space is just not feasible For others finding a good location near the original location is crucial so that contacts remain stable And still others wrestle with what to do when they ve invested heavily in the present location Do they just leave that investment behind That could feel like poor stewardship In each of the situations being referred to here the answer is unique There is no one size fits all solution for church plant space issues Our project teams have a big job in helping determine the best moves to make We want to make sure there is adequate space for growth so that momentum is not lost so people feel that there is room for them to come and belong and so that their children will not be packed in small places like sardines If that happens people will stop coming altogether So without mentioning specific church plant projects would you be willing to pray with us for solutions We have confidence that God can and will provide His wisdom but being on our knees together is the most important first step in discerning His guidance To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left See more at http www usmb org departments Mission USA article Project teams html sthash mhQTo8lZ dpuf To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left See more at http www usmb org departments Mission USA article Project teams html sthash mhQTo8lZ dpuf To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left See more at http www usmb org departments Mission USA article Project teams html sthash mhQTo8lZ dpuf Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments We need space Tuesday Aug 19 2014 Currently several of our church plants have an increasing need for more ministry space While that s a very good problem to have and is a result of growth and transformation it also means that creative solutions need to come about quickly For some of our church plants spending more money for more space is just not feasible For others finding a good location near the original location is crucial so that contacts remain stable And still others wrestle with what to do when they ve invested heavily in the present location Do they just leave that investment behind That could feel like poor stewardship In each of the situations being referred to here the answer is unique There is no one size fits all solution for church plant space issues Our project teams have a big job in helping determine the best moves to make We want to make sure there is adequate space for growth so that momentum is

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    So feel free to let us know all the great things God is doing through your church We want to know about life transformation share ideas that have really clicked pray for new ministries and read about your stories We do have some new ideas about how we might enhance the telling of what s going on in our existing churches to stay even better connected and to celebrate what God is doing among us We greatly appreciate all the hard work our pastors associate pastors and ministry leaders provide week after week You are loved and we pray for you for the continued blessing of your ministries and your families To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments Steven Ewert 2014 09 13 09 29 25 0 I think that we as a conference are struggling now because of this oversight I love celebrating our new church plants but we can celebrate what God has done in our mature churches also As we pay more attention to what God is doing among all of us and as we listen more to each other as churches we will find more cohesiveness and support for each other and for more of the projects we want to engage in as a conference Existing USMB churches Tuesday Aug 19 2014 By Don Morris We love our existing USMB churches Sometimes it may seem that a lot of love is given to our church plants but very little to our existing churches That critique is fair However one of the reasons for the emphasis on our church plants is that we do planting together as a conference of churches It s a

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    Article 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

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    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 USA MUSA National Youth

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    was about a cowboy church in Oklahoma City that Stetzer described as so out of my culture zone Concluding this portion of his address Stetzer said Anabaptists have something that people are open to But the question is will you go into the divots Will you send some of your best and brightest to reach professionals or down and outers or cowboys Thinking of church planting in terms of waffle divots resonated with the crowd It became part of the hallway and mealtime discussions and several people used the phrase during their reports Church plant reports a highlight Stories from USMB church planters are frequently the highlight of a USMB National Convention and the Santa Clara convention was no different Mission USA is the USMB church planting and church resourcing ministry directed by Don Morris Mission USA is two years into a 10 year effort to plant six churches annually It takes all of us to do this said Morris One third of our churches are financially supporting the U S Conference I don t understand this Morris said the two thirds that are not supporting are missing out on what we are doing together to plant churches and reach people Noting that the Mission USA report would highlight some of the divots in which churches have recently been planted Morris invited seven church planters or church plant couples to share stories of transformation An eighth church planter reported via video The reports reflected the diverse environments in which USMB church plants are ministering among Filipinos in Las Vegas Nev and Russian and African immigrants in Spokane Wash among Mormons in Utah and in rapidly growing areas in South Texas Mission USA church planters are ministering to the unlikelies addicts atheists and people influenced by spiritism The Aug Sept issue of Christian Leader will include a full report of C one ction 2014 with longer reports posted online Photos by Steve Wiest Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Highlights of the 2014 National Convention Wednesday Jul 30 2014 Delegates approve revision of Article 13 honor retiring executive director By Connie Faber About 200 Mennonite Brethren from all five USMB districts gathered July 24 26 in Santa Clara Calif for C one ction 2014 the biennial USMB gathering that includes the National Pastors Conference and National Convention This year s event was notable according to some because it marked the first time U S Mennonite Brethren voted on a change to the denomination s Confession of Faith and because the USMB executive director retired While a full report of both the National Pastors Conference and National Convention will be published in the Sept Oct issue of Christian Leader this article offers four observations on the National Convention Article 13 revision approved The decision regarding Article 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation of the Confession of Faith was viewed by many delegates as the reason to attend this year s convention This would be the first time since the

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    that take us in the direction of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission let s celebrate those If changes challenge some of our core convictions the rich theological bloodlines that we have with respect to what it means to be a follower of Jesus the meaning of baptism and covenant membership if we re being challenged there I think maybe we need to say Whoa Wait a minute There are some good things happening Many of our churches historically have functioned in a very strong congregational governance system where everybody gets to say something about everything and everybody gets to own everything I think we re moving more in the direction of freeing people to operate in their giftedness so that everybody moves with better impact into the position on the team which God has prepared them for I think those kind of changes are good for us More and more of us in our local churches are recognizing that while we are there in part to nurture ourselves and to minister to the gathered community at least as important and some would say even more important is to be on mission It s a balance between nurturing the found and seeking the lost Historically many of us have been more about nurturing the found than we have been about seeking the lost As much as I can see that shifting it s fulfilling CL How do you hope history will remember your time as executive director EB I d be OK if I were remembered as the guy who championed one family one Lord one mission and I don t mean the words I mean the concepts If that initiative that vision should last beyond my generation I d be deeply honored CL What do you hope for personally as you head into this new season EB I want this next season of my life to be driven by affirmation and encouragement for those who are moving into leadership roles I want to be a cheerleader I want to be an affirmer an encourager CL When you look to the future of US Mennonite Brethren for what do you hope and pray EB I hope and pray that the review process that is underway will result in some changes that will align us more effectively as partners that will strengthen our capacity for missional impact that will deconstruct some of the separateness and silo mentalities and that will unite USMB and MB Foundation in a unity of vision and mission I would hope and pray that we will be able to redouble our church planting initiatives Church multiplication in North America is still measurably the most effective way to reach the lost and until they ve got a better way I would hope we would redouble it In addition to that I would hope that existing churches would strengthen their emphasis on the missional part of their assignments I think that there is every reason to believe that our USMB family can strengthen and broaden our impact in our nation even while we are small and scattered Our Anabaptist theological moorings are a powerful foundation for effective ministry for Jesus in today s world in our America We really can make a difference Let s not be too proud to go often to our knees And let s not be too exclusive to partner with other tribes on this mission Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Ed Boschman reflects on time with USMB Tuesday Jul 29 2014 Outgoing executive director reviews big wins during his season as playing coach When Ed Boschman pictured right giving the keynote address at the 2014 National Convention stepped into the role of USMB executive director in the fall of 2007 he described himself as a playing coach who was hoping for big kingdom wins for USMB Now as he hands off the leadership role to Don Morris he looks back at a season of both significant wins and some losses and looks forward to being a cheerleader for those in leadership Morris will serve as both interim executive director and director of Mission USA Boschman reflects on his season as executive director and player coach in an interview with CL assistant editor Myra Holmes Following are excerpts from that interview CL At the beginning of your tenure as executive director you described yourself as a playing coach Is that still an apt description for the role EB That s my preferred way of looking at it team and partnership and being in the trenches There is some responsibility for the leader to say Let s go But in my own soul it s pretty clear to me that right behind Let s go is Let s stay together So I think it still works for me CL As you look back on nearly seven years what part of the job has given you the most joy EB I am still driven by one thing by experiencing both personally and vicariously lives being changed When I have been able to be on site and watch the Holy Spirit break into someone s life and experience their trust in following Jesus that s just the best For me there s no higher octane fuel than that Second to that there s always joy for me when the leaders representing our various ministries gather When leaders gather and there is a clear sense of God s presence by his Spirit and a unity that can only be attributed to us all being passionate about our mission that s a high privilege as well CL Where have you seen big wins for US Mennonite Brethren EB The wins are the healthy churches that we have planted in the last seven years through Mission USA partnership initiatives It s been a joy to see those churches focus very much on penetrating their communities and bringing people to Jesus That s just a big

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    Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Conection 2014 as reported in tweets posts and photos Monday Jul 28 2014 Social media tells the story of national gatherings Compiled by Myra Holmes C one ction 2014 attendees tweeted and posted comments and photos of both the National Pastors Conference and National Convention held July 24 26 at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara Calif USMB social media coordinator Myra Holmes put together three collections of tweets and posts that tell the story of C one ction 2014 via social media National Pastors Conference https storify com usmbchurches stetzer challenges usmb pastors National Convention https storify com usmbchurches conection 2014 highlights Behind the scenes of C one ction 2014 https storify com usmbchurches behind the scenes at conection 2014 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Conection 2014 as reported in tweets posts and photos Monday Jul 28 2014 Social media tells the story

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