VMMissions:

Celebrating 100 Years

Recognizing current and former board members at the centennial Donor and Prayer Partners Banquet.

Thank you for joining us in our Centennial celebrations in 2019. Catch up on the latest news and special commemorative content, and browse through a collection of photos and video from our first 100 years.

News & Updates

Extending the Reach to Every Nation, Tribe and Tongue

  By Carol Tobin How does VMMissions direct the missional energy of the church towards those who have not yet heard? With a fan whirring lazily from the ceiling, Michael and Ruthy gathered to pray with their teammates around the map of the South Asian city that was spread out on the table in front of them. After several years of learning language and culture in another city where they were the first…

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The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Our Entrance Into Albania

As told by Willard and Eva Eberly “We were swept along, praising God for opportunities!” Willard exclaimed as he reminisced about the beginnings of the work in Albania. “We didn’t program it! We connected with him and we could hardly keep up with it!” The story of Mennonite mission in Albania begins with Gesina Blaauw, a Dutch Mennonite woman who had moved to Sicily to establish a Christian bookstore with Christian Literature Crusade.…

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Mission worker Warren Metzler with a baptism class in Kingston Harbour, Jamaica, in 1957. VMC Archives

Will You Go? Our Expansion into the Caribbean

By Carol Tobin Twila Y. Brunk’s book, Together in the Lord, is an engaging account of the first twenty-five years of the Jamaican Mennonite Church. The following recounts those beginnings, as well as the expansion of VMMissions’ work into Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. An elderly pastor and his wife from Manitoba traveled to Florida for health reasons. D.H. and Annie Loewen sensed the Lord saying that a mission station should be opened…

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Lewis and Cora Martin (left) with Franca Ceraulo, the first Mennonite baptized in Palermo, Sicily. Photo: VMC Archives

From Virginia into the Heart of Christendom

By Aaron Kauffman “I do not believe that it is above what we could expect, if the Lord tarries, that we would have a native Mennonite Church in Sicily.” These were the words of Truman Brunk in his report to the executive committee of the mission board upon his return from a visit to Sicily in November 1950. He had gone to see for himself something that originated—not in a strategic planning meeting—but…

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From the archives

Mahlon Blosser preached at first service in Good Tidings Church, Kingston, Jamaica 1957, with Roy Kiser (VMC Archives)

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E3 Collective

E3 Collective is an initiative of VMMissions that invites followers of Jesus to participate in healthy and holistic short-term (a week or more) mission experiences. As the name “collective” suggests, these are team-based experiences.