Mission and Service Workers

Many CMC members are serving people all around the world. On this page, you can read updates on their adventures.

 Lindsay and Asher Fast – Serving in Botswana with Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions

  • Simple Kindness October 7, 2017
    I recently finished reading the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, an easy read with a great message about kindness. (I think they have made it into a movie, coming out in the States soon). I won’t give a …
  • Bots Winter Months August 9, 2017
    Dumelang borra le bomma! Our last blog wasn’t much of an update on how and what we are doing, so here’s a recap! The last few months have been going well and we are pleased to have moved into a new ho …
  • Immigration Office: A Cultural Melting Pot July 7, 2017
    Sitting, waiting. When will our names be called? Cultures and languages diverge. What are you seeking? Time, money. Is this how it is everywhere? We’ve been to the immigration office in Francistown to …
  • Snapshots from Bots May 8, 2017
    Dumela friends! Often pictures say more than words.  So, here are some pictures that hopefully give a glimpse into our first couple of months in Botswana…along with some words. Please note, if some of …
  • Wrong Lane… April 10, 2017
    I have been itching to drive lately.  Last week, it had been 6 weeks since I last drove a car (just before Lindsey and I left the States).  Lindsey and I do not have a vehicle right now and have been …

Jay and Sheri Hartzler – Serving in Romania

  • On being grateful November 25, 2017
    The summer months in the U.S. in 2017 were unusual.  Instead of actively doing all of my normal activities, I …Continue reading → …
  • Back to Work in the Woodshop November 12, 2017
    We’ve been back in Romania a month.  It felt like we were gone a very long time but the language …Continue reading → …
  • Reflecting on retirement March 11, 2017
    This weekend is the bi-annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association.  Two years ago this weekend I was sitting …Continue reading → …
  • Merry Christmas! December 25, 2016
    Dear Friends A Christmas blessing to all of you!  We won’t recount the experiences of the past year because many …Continue reading → …
  • A Day at the Woodshop October 5, 2016
    There have been many “Romanian” days but this one is right up there with the best.  The day started off …Continue reading → …

Amy & Giles EanesServing in Colombia with MCC’s SEED program

  • An Update September 16, 2015
    In all of the busyness of the past few months, we’ve abandoned ship in terms of blogging. Other things have quickly filled up our schedules and thoughts, and it’s only occurring to me now, in our fina …
  • Privilege and the Little Blue Book May 18, 2015
    I first came to Colombia in December of 2012 as a tourist. My husband’s college roommate and friend is Colombian, and a few months after his wedding in Virginia, he and his wife planned to visit his f …
  • A step in the right direction May 13, 2015
    Glyphosate has been in the news a lot lately. Also known as Roundup, this chemical has been used for the past twenty years as part of the U.S.-funded Plan Colombia, a program supposedly designed to de …
  • Pasteles February 24, 2015
    One amazing aspect of living in Chocó is witnessing the community and work ethic among the church ladies. The hermanas are organized, both within each church and regionally, and they frequently hold c …
  • A year in December 3, 2014
    It has been a year. One year ago today, Amy and I landed in Quibdó and hauled our suitcases into a van for the curvy hour and a half ride to Istmina. I remember remarking on our arrival how much I lov …

David, Rebekka, Immanuel and Liana StutzmanServing in Germany with Virginia Mennonite Mission


Hanna Heishman – Serving with Habitat for Humanity

  • the art between us March 23, 2017
    A few days ago, I found myself at an event called “the art between us.” It was an eclectic gathering of souls: women shared hard-learned truths in the form of slam-poems, some shared original music, a …
  • "The Day After The Election I Did Not Go Outside" November 16, 2016
    by HANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIBBUT for a moment, to drive to the soulfood spot on Congress ave. where utensils,large & made for the hands of no one living amongus, hang on the walls & where the woman behin …
  • the dust settles. October 6, 2016
    Recently, one of my housemates posed the most seemingly benign question toward me.We were marching down the street, recanting through memories and noting how delightfully odd it was to feel as though …
  • Balance: A Reflection on the last two years — and a launch into the next chapter August 16, 2016
    I have forever gravitated toward adventure, and my pull to explore and to know difference has made me feel like a restless wanderer. I perceive myself as one who loves deeply, but sporadically, and be …
  • newness and familiarity October 7, 2015
    I’m seated back in the valley that cradled me for so many years; the weathered Blue Ridge mountains are holding me once again. I cannot shake one of my most recent memories: winding through roads I kn …

Tabea Zimmerman – Serving with Serving in Bolivia with MCC’s SEED program

  • When Zambia Became Home October 19, 2017
    Having grown up in Mozambique, Nicaragua, Georgia, and Virginia, I considered myself pretty good at making transitions into new communities and navigating cross-cultural differences. During university …
  • A field trip to Zimbabwe July 27, 2017
    After Mozambique, my travels continued into Zimbabwe for a few days in Bulawayo, and then an exchange visit in Binga, the home of a fellow Seeder. Maureen Chitungu, my Zambian colleague, joined me for …
  • Seed – Southern Africa Reunion July 24, 2017
    Finally, finally, after nine months of living and working in four different countries, with nothing but WhatsApp holding us together, Seed Southern Africa was reunited in Tete, Mozambique. We eight pa …
  • CA Field Days in Suntwe and Halumba March 4, 2017
    Most farmers have ploughed/ripped/pot-holed, planted, fertilized, and weeded their fields by now. We are watching the rain pour down, monitoring our fields, keeping weeds and pests at bay, and waiting …
  • Extension Work March 4, 2017
    With the growing season in full swing, I’m busy visiting farmers in their fields and doing extension work. Most of the time I either walk or bike to meet up with a farmer at their home, and then toget …

 


Selena McCoy Carpenter and Rand CarpenterServing in Kenya with Mennonite Central Committee

  • Shots from the past few months December 11, 2015
    A few shots from the past months. If the picture is a good one, Reid probably took it. In October we took a trip with good friends and colleagues, Cristina and Doug, their boys, and friends, Glenda an …
  • In Reid's Words April 27, 2015
    Hello, beautiful people who spend their precious time reading the blog of some weirdos in Kenya. My name is Reid, and today, I’ve come to the blog because many people have told me to write for the blo …
  • Poetry April 7, 2015
    It has been a difficult few days in Kenya. The siege and killings in Garissa in Northeast Kenya have been difficult for many to even contemplate. I talked to at least two friends today who essentially …
  • If Mary were Maasai December 1, 2014
    Happy Advent: Come, Lord Jesus, come!For this blog, we are posting an article that our colleague, Corinna ClymerOlson wrote for The Mennonite World Review. It’s beautifully written and demonstrates th …
  • Swahili, Tanzania, and khat-chewing bus drivers October 14, 2014
    This looks familiar…https://www.flickr.com/photos/pelangio957/We finally stepped off the bus at 8:30 that night in a dark parking lot, crowded with taxi drivers, hawkers, and others whose occupation …

Rose Shenk, Bruce Buckwalter, Christian, Andrew, Daniel, and Jacob Stoltzfus – Serving in Ethiopia with Mennonite Central Committee

  • A Weekend of Women: Sunday December 3, 2017
    We were nearing the end of our stay. Stiff from so much walking the day before–I guessed we covered around 10 miles–we climbed out of our sleeping bags and rolled up our bedding. We joined Bereket in …
  • A Weekend of Women: Saturday December 1, 2017
    The market. Sure enough, camels are coming up the hill, carrying sacks of grain and other mysterious packages to market. Bereket is preparing njera for her friend’s wedding feast. Heile is preparing t …
  • A Weekend of Women, Friday November 25, 2017
    First, we had to get there. You drive North-East of Addis and leave the highway at Sendafa, then take a gravel road for hours and hours. At least, it took us hours and hours because of the flats. Two. …
  • A Weekend of Women November 25, 2017
    Men. Every where we go in Ethiopia to visit our projects, we see men. We talk to men. We stay with men, and they show us how our projects are making a difference in the lives of their communities. Mos …
  • Notes on a Gold Star Day October 8, 2017
    They came to Ethiopia to make a movie. They wanted to promote MCC’s work and to document the musical experience and interactions of a violin guy who plays a wicked fiddle. Calvin Dyck, concert violini …

Other CMCers Living Internationally

John, Glenda, Anisa, and Karen LeonardServing in Nairobi, Kenya, with Rosslyn Academy

  • Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device December 13, 2017
    Have you given the WordPress mobile apps a try lately? We’ve been working hard to make sure our iOS and Android apps are simple to use and have the features you need to blog right from your phone or t …
  • New Premium Themes: Small Business and Photo Blog December 7, 2017
    Today we’re excited to announce two new premium themes: Small Business and Photo Blog. Small Business Small Business is a new premium theme for your entrepreneurial endeavors. At an introductory price …
  • Updated Privacy Policy December 4, 2017
    As part of our commitment to privacy and transparency, we’re updating our Privacy Policy. We want to give you more information about how we collect and use personal information — in a more organized a …
  • Update Your Avatar on WordPress.com October 12, 2017
    We’ve given one of our favorite features a boost! You can now manage your profile photo, or avatar, right on WordPress.com. This avatar, powered by a service called Gravatar, is the image that represe …
  • A New Media Picker for the iOS WordPress App October 9, 2017
    Sometimes it’s the extra touches that make all the difference; on your website, that’s the photos and video that give your content life. You asked for streamlined access to your media library and the …