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MW USA November Email 2016
We’re excited to announce another partnership with Ten Thousand Villages!
Our springtime Community Shopping Event hosted at Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen, Indiana offers 20% of the net of all sales during the event to go towards the Mennonite Women USA ministry: the International Women’s Fund—scholarships that support women around the world in school studying for church leadership.
The best parts? The Ten Thousand Villages artisans are receiving their income in full, you’re purchasing a beautiful piece of artistry AND you’ll give to the International Women’s Fund…all with one purchase!
Store: Ten Thousand Villages
Location: 206 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Can’t make it to the event but still want to give? Visit us online on Thursday, 5/5 and we’ll include your giving in our total donations: mwusa.org/give
Meet one of our new 2016 International Women’s Fund scholarship recipients, Prakaifo Thosaengsiri:
“My name is Prakaifa Thosaengsiri. I was born on October 27, 1990. I have five siblings including me. Out of the five children I am the oldest. There are four girls including me and one boy. I was born into a Christian family. My father’s name is Pornchai Thosaengsiri and he is the current pastor at St. Paul Hmong Mennonite Church. My mother’s name is Dao Thosaengsiri. Right now I am currently studying at Bangkok Bible Seminary and this is my first year there. I have class everyday Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday I would help with duties at my church. The church that I am with is called, Koob Moov, meaning “Blessings” in Hmong. This church is located in the city that I am from which is called, Kheknoi, Thailand.
Although I was born into a Christian family it was really hard for me to believe that God really exist. I’ve always questioned how do you believe and put your whole life into something that you cannot see? One day I was really sick and had a really bad headache. Instead of taking some medicine I’ve decided to just pray to God that if He is really real and that if He is there then to heal me and my headache right away. As I was praying this I felt a gush of wind touching my forehead and then I realized that the pain was fading away. Right at that moment I knew that God was there and He did it. From that experience I know and trust that God is always listening and watching at all times. He hears and He knows all things. Continue reading
MW USA executive director, Marlene Bogard, is the keynote speaker for the 2016 Mennonite Women Spring Supper hosted by South Central and Western District Mennonite Women groups.
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Whitestone Mennonite Church, 629 Crescent Drive, Hesston, KS 67062
Theme: “Making Connections: friendship, faith and women today”
Marlene Bogard serves as executive director of Mennonite Women USA. She works from her home office in Salem, OR, and daily walks her cute little doggie up a hill, over a creek and beside tall trees. She regularly cuddles and reads to her grandson and is very grateful for that opportunity, but she still misses Kansas and all the wonderful Mennonite women who live there.
- Music provided by Whitestone Women’s Quartet.
- Full Meal provided by Whitestone Youth Group of Ham, Potatoes and more
- Only $10 payable at the door
RSVP TODAY here:
email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
call here: 620-327-8201 (Angie at Hesston College).
This event is sponsored by Mennonite Women organizations of South Central and Western District Conferences. The offering will fund the WDC project: The International Women’s Fund scholarships that help women around the world receive training and education for church leadership. Make check out to: Mennonite Women USA for WDC project OR to South Central Conference.
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MW USA February Email 2016
Meet one of our new 2016 International Women’s Fund scholarship recipients, Mary Thosaengsiri:
“My name is Mary Thosaengsiri. I was born on April 26, 1993. I was born into a Christian family since birth. My father’s name is Pornchai Thosaengsiri. He is the current pastor at St. Paul Hmong Mennonite Church. My mother’s name is Dao Thosaengsiri. I have five siblings including me and I am the second oldest or second child in the family. I have three sisters and one brother.
I am currently attending and am a member at a congregation called, Koob Moov, meaning “Blessings” in Hmong. This was the church that my father planted before he left for the United States. This congregation is located in Kheknoi, Thailand. I am also the Children Sunday School Teacher there as well. Right now I am studying at Bangkok Bible Seminary and this is my first year there. I have class every day Monday through Friday. On the weekends I would help out at my church with anything that is needed. Continue reading
What can we say but: Wow!
Your giving as part of the international day called #GivingTuesday was truly remarkable! We asked to raise money to specifically go towards our International Women’s Fund which disperses $10,000 each year to women around the world training for church leadership.
What we love most is that your gifts directly and powerfully affirm women and their goals of theological study. Women like Fabiola who is seeking education in Colombia so she can continue to effectively serve her community she loves so much. Or Priyanka who is focused her studies to equip her for teaching Mennonite women at the collegiate level in India.
Thank you for your gifts! We raised $2,936!
Women receiving these scholarship funds are able to pay for things like tuition fees, purchase books and buy materials to start, continue or complete their studies. You have made a way for women to succeed and for that the only words are: thank you.
Worldwide, the #GivingTuesday movement raised $116 million dollars in donations to the organizations who participated and we were part of that–YOU were part of that–thank you for your generosity.
(Missed out on #GivingTuesday? That’s okay! You can always contribute to the 2015 #GivingTuesday drive for the IWF scholarships here.)
I can’t stop thinking about the Christian Anabaptist women from all over the world who are so hungry for learning, so ready for study, so able to serve and so very eager to lead. Each year we evaluate applications and choose who to support for our International Women’s Fund scholarships.
Listen to their hopes and dreams:
“I have a clear call from God. There are barriers for me to go to North Korea to share God’s love, but I trust that God will open them.”
“I want to train and teach children and youth, in the field of psychological health, based on biblical perspectives.”
“I am not able to take final exams because I have run out of funds. I want to teach religious studies.”
So here is my special invitation to you: will you support our International Women’s Fund by participating in #GivingTuesday tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1? Today, or tomorrow, just click on this link to our special IWF giving on the Mennonite Women USA website and give so women around the world can continue their theological studies.
Your dollars go much farther than you can imagine to support Anabaptist women in Thailand, Colombia, Korea, Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua.
“The light that you plant is going to light up much more than you ever could imagine.” -Alix Lozano of Colombia–church leader and recipient of an International Women’s Fund scholarship.
With a grateful heart,
This article first appeared in the print version of The Mennonite.
by Anita Hooley Yoder
Now this, I thought, is a real “World Conference moment.” I was having a conversation in Spanish with a woman whose family came from a Low German-speaking Mennonite community in Mexico. Although neither of us was speaking our first language, we quickly connected over our interest in ministry among women—I as the writer of a history project for Mennonite Women USA (MW USA), she in her work with “Old Colony” Mennonite women. We also were both familiar with Sister Care, the program of self-healing and mutual support created by MW USA.
The woman I was speaking with, Anna Giesbrecht, had actually gone through the Sister Care seminar twice. Neither of her Sister Care experiences was led by MW USA personnel. Rather, Giesbrecht received the material from Ofelia García, a Mexican Mennonite pastor, and other Latin American leaders. García was trained at the 2013 Sister Care weekend seminar led by Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener in Guatemala. García has since adapted the material for use in many different contexts, including as weekly meetings and as Sunday school lessons for children of both genders. And now Giesbrecht has taken the Sister Care materials to the Old Colony Mennonite women of Chihuahua.
Giesbrecht guided the women through the Sister Care material in 12 weekly sessions. Two pieces of the material particularly caught their attention: Continue reading
We are overjoyed to join #GivingTuesday this year–a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Mennonite Women USA wants to raise $5,000 for our International Women’s Fund. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their world and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.