Juana García — Cuba

Juana García, a pioneer leader of the Brethren in Christ Church in Cuba, passed away on January 20, 2017 at age 93. In the 1950s García worked alongside Howard and Pearl Wolgemuth, who served as Brethren in Christ missionaries in Cuba beginning in 1953. In 1960, when Wolgemuths were advised to leave Cuba following the Cuban Revolution, García and  Keep Reading…

Olga Rubel — Ukraine

“Though we are already Mennonites in name, we are learning how to be real peacemakers and what it means to reconcile.”

Richard Rancap — Philippines

“This is something that we embrace. That we are not to fight with one another, but to live in peace with another.”

Anna Jansz

Written by Gerald Mast. The below text was originally presented as a sermon at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton, Ohio and published on Mast’s personal blog in January of 2015. In order to find our way into the story of Anna Jansz, we must travel from Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 to the north German city of  Keep Reading…

Oral history and the strengthening of Christian community

Although some of the stories shared by Bearing Witness are available elsewhere in written form, many others are not. Rather they are family or personal stories shared with us in a letter, email, or, in some cases, an interview (see the stories of Paul and Suja Phinehas, Stanimir Katanic, or Tulio Pedraza for examples). This year the  Keep Reading…