Fill our Hearts This New Year
Litany by Jan Springer Rheinheimer
From My Times are in Your Hands, Mennonite Woman Bible Study Guide 2006

Into your presence, Lord Jesus: we come.
For the pain in our lives and in the world: we cry.
For your presence at work in the world: we watch.
For your words to us: we wait.
For your goodness in the midst of struggle: we look
For your presence in our lives: we long for you. 

Come, Lord Jesus, fill our hearts. Amen. 

Where to find Cyneatha this spring

January 27 at 9:30: Cyneatha Millspas will be preaching at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco, California.

February 25 9:00-3:00: Cyneatha Millsaps and Janna Hunter-Bowman will lead a Leadership Clinic on Documenting Suffering and Hope, during AMBS Pastors and Leaders Week in Elkhart, Indiana.

March 1 at 8:45: Cyneatha and Karen Lehman will lead a workshop, Women in Leadership: Exploring the Barriers to Achieving Professional Goals, at the Mennonite Health Services'  annual conference, in Wichita, Kansas..

March 4 at 11:00:  Cyneatha will speak at Hesston College Chapel, Hesston, Kansas.
Sister Care International - Indonesia

Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener will lead a Sister Care leadership training seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia January 26-28.  Pastor Wara Adriati, part of the Asian Women Theologians (left), and Anielle Santoso, MCC Connecting People Liaison (right), are coordinating the workshop.  Women from the three branches of the Indonesian church, GKMI, GITJ, and JKI, have been invited;100 women have registered for the event.  Please keep Wara, Anielle, Rhoda and Carolyn in your prayers. Pray also for the women who will be attending this training workshop. Indonesia is the 16th country where MW USA has shared the Sister Care seminar. 
Check MW USA's Facebook in the coming weeks for updates and photos from the seminar.

For more information on Sister Care International, go to
Photo by Rhoda Keener
Winter 2019 Timbrel

Cynthia Peacock (L) and Twila Gingerich Miller (R) have forged an international friendship while working together when Twila served as Co-Country Representatives for MCC India. 

 In this article, "An international partnership," the women describe their friendship. "Intercultural relationships are like any other relationships except they are more educational, rewarding and humbling. When your friend is from another culture, you find yourself looking at things from wildly new and different angles.

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(From the the introduction on pp. 6-7.) 

Listen, can you hear? God is calling us to worship...

We are waiting for your presence, Lord --
   patient as a lover sitting by the telephone, 
      waiting for the voice of their beloved; 
   attentive as a farmer watching clouds for rain, 
      waiting for the parch soil's relief;
   intent as a child standing by the road,
      waiting for the parade to appear...

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New Sister Care teachers commissioned for 
North America

Eight women, who will be working in pairs, were certified in October 2018 by Mennonite Women USA (MW USA) as new Sister Care presenters for the US and Canada:  Front (l-r) Alicia Manning (VA), Sandra Drescher-Lehman (PA), Twila Lehman and Jill Baker (OR); Back (l-r) Hyacinth Stevens (CT), Marta Castilla (PA), Graciela Tijerina and Hildalejandra Pellecer (TX).  The training was led by Sister Care developers, Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen. They will continue teaching international seminars. Read The Mennonite article. 
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