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    of the needs and ministry opportunities of Fresno s urban core The language of the young people is experiential Young people want to experience the gospel says Dina Gonzalez Piña one of the conference organizers who is also a dean at FPU Four FPU staff and students who have been involved in various ministries from MB Mission s TREK program to a neighborhood youth center interacted with the students in a panel discussion after the tour Hispanic youth need to see models of people like them who are following a call to ministry the panelists said They encouraged the youth to start small by looking for ministry opportunities in their own schools and communities and also to connect with mission opportunities such as those offered by MB Mission and Mennonite Central Committee The session ended with the youth gathering in small prayer cells to pray for God s guidance as they move out in mission Worship a significant element Worship through music was a significant part of each of the three general sessions Youth children and adults shared together in the lively music led by three different worship teams Attendees joined in with enthusiasm during Friday evening and Saturday morning sessions where they sang contemporary Spanish language choruses led by young adults backed by electric guitar bass and drums Saturday afternoon however a more mixed age music group brought smiles and murmurs of approval around the room as they mounted the stage with their acoustic guitars bass and an accordion The audience clapped and sang with gusto as the music team led in praise choruses in the norteño style a folkloric music with roots in rural northern Mexico The Hispanic churches organized as a ministry within the Pacific District Conference in 1987 and have been meeting for conventions annually since 1991 They also hold an annual pastors retreat and a summer camp for youth in Central California Photos by Kathy Heinrichs Wiest Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments PDC Hispanic churches hold annual conference Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Speaker Cesar Garcia challenges pastors leaders to have impact by Kathy Heinrichs Wiest You don t have to be big to have an impact conference speaker Cesar Garcia told the Pacific District Hispanic Convention in their annual gathering May 30 and 31 Garcia of Bogota Colombia the general secretary of Mennonite World Conference MWC was the speaker as about 300 adults youth and children gathered at Fresno Pacific University FPU under the theme Impacto 2014 Impact 2014 The annual event brings together pastors and other leaders along with their families from the Pacific District Conference s 34 Spanish speaking churches Most are from Central and Southern California but a vanload of people from Primera Iglesia Hispana Ebenezer made an overnight drive from their home in Portland Ore for this much anticipated annual reunion of churches who share both Hispanic and Mennonite Brethren heritage Connecting with larger family A major goal of this year s event was to connect

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    be linked if we want to have a movement driven by the Holy Spirit The Latin American conference representatives shared the benefits derived from their regional communication and sharing network The European conferences plan to create a similar cohort Each conference report was followed by prayer This was a highlight for Willy Reimer executive director for the Canadian Conference of MB Churches CCMBC especially hearing from the Ethiopian brothers We were inspired by their attitude following detention he says They blessed us with their Holy Spirit filled ministry A new component to this year s gathering was a multi day training session May 16 17 and 19 21 for local church leaders facilitated by global Mennonite Brethren Brazilian missionary Silvio de Campos taught pastors to care for their families and had participants laughing and engaging with the material says Wiebe who presented a workshop on using the Confession of Faith The meetings wrapped up with a celebration service at Igreja Rocha Pinto in Luanda attended by some 500 people including ICOMB representatives local congregants and representatives of the Angola Council of Churches and the department of religious affairs It was truly a gala says Wiebe ICOMB chair Plett enjoyed the closing celebration The many choirs singing in a language I did not understand nevertheless led me to worship God and repent from prejudice I recognized in my heart says Plett I was blessed in this service USMB executive director Ed Boschman as well as representatives from DR Congo were among the ICOMB representatives who were unable to attend because of difficulties in acquiring visas Karla Braun is the associate editor of the MB Herald the English language magazine of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches Photos provided by David Wiebe Photo 1 Sunday morning worship gala Photo 2 MB Mission general director Randy Friesen was the Sunday morning worship speaker Photo 3 A variety of choirs perform at the Sunday morning celebration Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments ICOMB representatives meet in Angola Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Lithuanian conference received as ICOMB member By Karla Braun A 30 hour detention didn t keep international partners from attending the annual summit of the I nternational Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB in Luanda Angola May 22 24 Representatives from Meserete Kristos Church Mennonite in Ethiopia held out against pressure to pay a bribe at customs and eventually arrived at the meeting Participants from Africa Asia Europe and the Americas gave reports from their conferences shared experiences of fostering engagement with the Confession of Faith and selected recipients for the Global Scholarship Fund The Free Christian Church in Lithuanian was officially accepted as an ICOMB member welcomed with prayer encouraging words and hugs as a loved family member says Rudi Plett ICOMB chair of Paraguay ICOMB members also continued to discern the role and authority of ICOMB Ecclesial authority is an important issue that led us to prayer says Plett We need to enter the spiritual battle with a

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    national championship The redshirt junior hit 378 with a team high 22 doubles 51 RBI and a 575 slugging percentage He finished second on the team in home runs 4 and on base percentage 432 and also stole eight bases The Hanford High School product earned numerous accolades after the season being named NCCAA West Region Player of the Year First Team All American NCAA Division II NCBWA All West Region ABCA Rawlings NCAA Division II All West Region and All PacWest Conference This whole year has been one of the most fun baseball years of my life says Banuelos FPU is definitely the hardest working program that I ve ever played at and I know I wouldn t be where I am right now without the coaching staff It s just been a memorable season FPU is a great program to come to and is definitely on the rise Banuelos brings superior contact and plate discipline to the Royals system He went the first 60 plate appearances of the season without striking out and stayed hot throughout the year shining during the stretch run for the Sunbirds by finishing the season on a 13 game hitting streak and collecting hits in each of FPU s eight postseason wins Josh is certainly someone we re going to miss says Coach Hirschkorn but we re so happy for him that he s going to be able to live out every player s dream and go to a first class organization like the Royals Banuelos is the sixth FPU player to be selected in the MLB Draft since the program s inception in 2006 and the first since 2012 when catcher Michael Vaughn 14th round and shortstop Alec Mehrten 25th round were both selected It s the second time in three years that FPU has had an underclassmen position player drafted Press release link http fpuathletics com news 2014 6 7 BB 0607143736 aspx Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments TC FPU baseball players drafted Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Atlanta Braves draft TC s Webb KC Royals select FPU s Banuelos Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University press releases The two U S Mennonite Brethren colleges have both seen a member of their respective baseball teams drafted in the Major League Baseball first year player draft earlier this month Tabor College sophomore pitcher Jacob Webb was selected in the 18 th round by the Atlanta Braves becoming the first pitcher to be drafted in Tabor College history Fresno Pacific University junior first baseman Joshua Banuelos was selected by the Kansas City Royals as the team s 28 th round pick making him the sixth MLB draft pick in FPU s nine year program history The draft was held June 5 7 at Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus NJ Tabor s Webb goes to Atlanta Webb the ace of the Tabor College staff helped lead the Bluejays to a third consecutive Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference KCAC

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    BC Yoshio Fujii this year s archival intern reported on his summer internship He spent one week at each archive helping with ongoing archival tasks and doing his own research on Mennonite Brethren mission theology in Japan Yoshio is a pastor teacher from Japan who graduated in May from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary He is the second archival intern the internship was first launched in 2013 The Commission agreed to fund the program again in 2015 Besides the two funded initiatives the archival internship and the Katie Funk Wiebe research grant the Commission agreed to launch a new funded initiative the MB studies project grant It is designed to support historical and theological research and publication on topics of interest to Mennonite Brethren globally Details regarding the internship and the new MB studies project grant will be released on the Commission website In addition ongoing digitizing and publication projects were also approved at the AGM advancing the service that the archival centers can offer their constituencies On Saturday afternoon the Commission toured several landmarks of the first MB communities in the area Hillsboro Gnadenau Florence and Peabody The tour reminded the Commission of the value of preserving interpreting and making accessible the stories and records related to one particular segment of God s people the segment known as Mennonite Brethren Since its formation in 1969 the Commission has helped coordinate the collection preservation and interpretation of Mennonite Brethren archival records congregational meeting minutes conference proceedings personal papers periodicals and photographs More information about the work of the Commission is available on its website www mbhistory org PHOTO by Jon Isaak MB Historical Commission 2013 2014 standing l to r J Janzen Jon Isaak executive secretary Abe Dueck Yoshio Fujii archival intern Wilmer Harms Hillsboro advisory council Dora Dueck vice chair sitting l to r Valerie Rempel recording secretary Don Isaac chair Julia Reimer Richard Thiessen and Peggy Goertzen Photo by Jon Isaak Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Historical Commission launches new initiatives Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Commission hears reports approves new research project grant By Jon Isaak Reflections from an archival intern decisions on new initiatives and a tour of one of the first Mennonite Brethren meeting places in North America were all part of the annual general meeting of the MB Historical Commission in Hillsboro Kan May 30 31 The Commission works with a network of four archival centers offering research and archiving services to MB congregations in North America The four include Center for MB Studies Hillsboro Kan Center for MB Studies Fresno Calif Centre for MB Studies Winnipeg Man and Mennonite Historical Society of BC Abbotsford BC Yoshio Fujii this year s archival intern reported on his summer internship He spent one week at each archive helping with ongoing archival tasks and doing his own research on Mennonite Brethren mission theology in Japan Yoshio is a pastor teacher from Japan who graduated in May from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary He is the

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    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 Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive LEAD ONE coming up Tuesday Jun 17 2014 LEAD ONE events regional one day leadership training events which provide key leadership ideas for MB pastors elders and ministry leaders are coming to Sioux Falls SD on Friday Sept 5 and to Lenoir NC on Saturday Sept 20 The Sioux Falls event will have the added bonus of a Rural Church Ministry Seminar presented by Ron Klassen on Friday evening and Saturday morning These are great opportunities for learning more about leadership in the church but more than that to connect with other MB leaders Plus when churches bring several people it s a great time to build their teams and to implement new ideas together Bring a van load Don Morris Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments LEAD ONE coming up Tuesday Jun 17 2014 LEAD ONE events regional one day leadership training events which

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    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 Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Sellwood fruit Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Christ Church Sellwood has been striving to help people in this Portland Ore community connect with the changing power of Jesus Church planter Jared Pulliam wrote recently Things are going well for us here The most exciting recent development has been the desire of one of the ladies who went through Christianity Explored to be baptized She s been coming to Sunday morning worship since the class finished and we ve had a number of good conversations and she s trusting in Jesus So we re very excited about that Also a couple who lives in the neighborhood is coming into membership this month as well We re thankful to God for the fruit and we certainly appreciate the continued support and prayers of the MB community Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Sellwood fruit Tuesday Jun 17 2014 Christ Church Sellwood has been striving to help people in this Portland Ore community connect with the changing power of Jesus Church planter Jared Pulliam wrote recently Things are going well for us here The most exciting recent development has been the desire of one of the ladies who went through Christianity Explored to be baptized She s been coming to Sunday

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    Ed while in seminary while reading his book Planting Missional Churches and since then I ve read several of his books two personal favorites being Transformational Churches and Transformational Groups Ed s heart and compassion for the local church is astounding A pastor researcher and heartfelt disciple of Jesus I enjoy learning from him as often as possible I recently had a conversation with someone who has known Ed personally for years and he started off our conversation by saying He is just incredible His heart and love for people is amazing and it s fun to see what God does through him It s because of this that I ve registered for C one ction 2014 this summer I want to hear from Ed and I want to hear from you I want to hear how God is shaping and calling us as his family to influence and disciple a world that is desperately in need of some good news I want to hear Ed share his heart and passion about making disciples and planting churches I want the chance to pray with you and for you that we as a denomination may be found faithful in fulfilling the great commission and I have no doubt that Ed will help us do that Jesus frequently told his followers to count the cost of following him He wanted people to know what they were signing up for It was worth it but they had to know it would cost them something Our gathering is the same There is a cost attached but I have no doubt that it is worth it It will require a sacrifice of time and energy but I believe it will also lead to increased desire and faithfulness for all of us I hope to see you there Justin Hiebert is pastor of Garden Park Church a USMB congregation in Denver Colo He blogs at www empoweringmissional com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Is Conection 2014 worth it Thursday Jun 12 2014 By Justin Hiebert Many people wonder if there are benefits to attending a conference Is it worth the cost Will I learn something What s the point A similar question is asked of mission trips Why should we fly our group to Haiti for 2 000 a person when we could just donate that money to an agency already there Wouldn t that be better The answer is two fold yes and no Maybe it depends on our perspective Many have felt a call while on a mission trip I know this was true of me While my trip was domestic as opposed to foreign I remember walking away from a week in the heart of downtown Fresno Calif as a young high school student and telling my dad I m not sure what it looks like yet but I think God is calling me into the ministry Refining that call at Tabor College and later at the MB

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    9 Article 10 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

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