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

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…

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

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…

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Lloyd Weaver, Sr., (center) ministered to Japanese military officers in Newport News.

Robert Mast, having served a lifetime with Virginia Conference and VMMissions, says of eastern Virginia, “We know that in the time of the early church, ministry began in Jerusalem. Later, Antioch became an important mission center. The Shenandoah Valley is the Jerusalem of Virginia Mennonite Conference. But, realize, Tidewater Virginia is our Antioch!” What made…

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