Category Archives: WDC-Stories

Conviction of Things Unseen

By Michael Unruh, Camp Mennoscah, Executive Director “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Heb. 11:1 About 92 years ago a group of people from central Kansas saw an importance for … Continue reading

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Hurricane Harvey, the aftermath and recovery

By Byron Pellecer, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) During my first visit to Houston, TX after Hurricane Harvey, I noticed that the city and our four Western District Conference churches were facing hardship in different ways and yet the words … Continue reading

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Year of Evangelism: Anabaptist Witness!

By Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) WDC Resource Commission has declared 2018 the Year of Evangelism!  There will be large-group workshops and smaller initiatives throughout the year.  Goals for these events are: Encourage congregations to grow in … Continue reading

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Step Up participants reflect on their experiences

“Step Up”, a program launched at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, encouraged youth to engage in the discussions and  work of the delegates and the larger Mennonite Church.  Hear below from WDC’s three Step Up participants: … Continue reading

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Holy Ground

by Elizabeth Raid When the speaker for the WDC women’s luncheon at the Annual Assembly on August 5 walked to the podium with a mask covering her face, I wondered who this mysterious woman was. Her translator stood beside her … Continue reading

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Annual Assembly 2017 Highlights

WDC Annual Assembly took place August 4-6, 2017, at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, TX, celebrating WDC’s 125th anniversary with the theme “Rooted and Built Up in Christ” from Colossians 2:6-7. As participants arrived for registration, they were offered a polo-shirt … Continue reading

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Israel Palestine Voices for Peace

by Katie Mitchell-Koch, member of WDC Israel-Palestine Task Force April 17-19 was the Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace Kansas tour, hosted by WDC.  Speakers were Laura Tillem, Jewish Voice for Peace, Wichita, and Jonathan Kuttab, a Mennonite Palestinian human … Continue reading

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Agri-Urban to Close Doors

by Carol Duerksen The concept was simple:  Urban people bought cattle, and farmers fed them. Simple, but in the early 1970’s when Elbert Koontz began to sell the dream to Western District Conference officers, the responses were mixed.  Some thought … Continue reading

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Rooted and Built Up in Christ – Assembly 2017

Welcome to Texas where “Big things happen here.” It will be a blessing to have you in Arlington, Texas, during our Annual Assembly and as we gather as pilgrims on a journey of faith and seeking God’s presence. The Assembly … Continue reading

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Comments from the Conference Minister, April 2017

Heidi Regier Kreider What do a leaky toilet and a congregational visioning process have in common?  They are both issues that we might face in a typical week at the WDC office!  The toilet down the hall is leaking, and … Continue reading

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