Heartened by the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants three years ago, the Church of the Brethren continues to support thousands of its members affected by the insurgent group’s violence.
Since 1980, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk has helped Christians and Muslims cultivate mutual understanding.
For four years, five Mennonite ministers have been imprisoned in an African country where evangelical churches have been under persecution for 15 years.
Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed group.
Mennonite church members report increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp, an American Mennonite, died on a United Nations peacebuilding mission last month.
Helping people lay down weapons was a thread running through much of Michael J. Sharp’s life. From work with U.S. military personnel in Germany seeking conscientious objection discharges to developing trust with Rwandan refugees and Congolese rebel militias, Sharp sought peace and justice through building relationships.