For discussion

August 29, 2012 | Feature | Number 17

1. What anniversary celebrations has your congregation participated in? How are these celebrations similar to or different from the one held in the Democratic Republic of Congo this summer? What is the value of these celebrations?

2. Why do you think missionaries 100 years ago had such a strong motivation to share the good news of Jesus in difficult places? Do our churches still have that same missionary spirit? Do you think enthusiasm for missions comes from within, or is it more of a gift from the Holy Spirit? What can we learn from the churches in the Congo?

3. The Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission article describes the goals and guidelines of the early mission work in the Congo. How does this approach compare to the work of the apostle Paul in the first century? If you were planning a mission project, which of these guidelines would you adopt?

4. What connections does your congregation have with the Mennonite churches in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo? How might such connections be strengthened? How important is it to build relationships with Christians on the other side of the world? What do you think will happen to the Mennonite churches in the Congo in the next 100 years?

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