Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Drive through the farmlands of Lancaster County, Pa., or Holmes County, Ohio, avoiding the frequent horse-drawn buggies, and you may get the impression that the Amish practice a wholesome, back-to-nature lifestyle rooted in centuries of religious devotion.
With a series of quick, practiced strokes, Aïchatou Hamidou clears the area around a newly built latrine with a long broom made from dry grass.
After the trash and waste are swept into a tidy pile and safely disposed of, she unties the brightly patterned red handkerchief over her nose and mouth and adjusts the royal blue smock designating her as a member of the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) team.
No one was injured when a portion of the brick facade fell from the former Mennonite Publishing House building Feb. 19.
Several hundred bricks rained down on Walnut Street from the former offices of the publishing arm of the Mennonite Church and later Mennonite Church USA.