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Returning to a radical faith

Young adults from Mennonite Church Canada pose for a photo after the Global Youth Summit ended. Pictured from left to right, back row: Nora Pederberg, Natasha Neustaedter Barg, Emily Enns, Claudia Dueck, Ashley Rempel, Jim Cheng, Valerie Alipova and Rebecca Janzen; and front row: Amelia Warkentin, Christen Kong and Andrew Klassen Brown. (Photo courtesy of Christen Kong)

Popular Indonesian band JPCC Worship, pictured at the MWC assembly opening ceremony, led worship on the final night of GYS. (Meetinghouse photo by Kresna Kurniawan)

Pastor and comedian Daniel Talenta leads a workshop. (MWC photo by Alexandro Marthin)

Mlobane Ntandoyenkosi from South Africa, left and Christen Kong from Canada, centre, listen as Akansha Milap from India speaks during delegate sessions. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Mlobane Ntandoyenkosi from South Africa and Ngire Jonah from Uganda share the concerns of African delegates on July 4. (MWC photo by Ratna Windhi Arsari)

Sophia Mons from the Netherlands talks about what European delegates learned at GYS as Lukas Sägesser from Switzerland looks on. (MWC photo by Ratna Windhi Arsari)

Christen Kong from Canada, left, and Malin Voth from the United States speak to GYS participants. (MWC photo by Ratna Windhi Arsari)

GYS participants spend time in prayer on a large world map. (Photo by Tiz Brotosudarmo)

Singing, prayer, deep discussions and dancing characterized the fourth-ever Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit (GYS), held in Salatiga, Indonesia, in early July.

‘It’s going to impact how I exist as a Christian’

Christen Kong, left, Nora Pederberg, Ashley Rempel, Rebecca Janzen and Andrew Klassen Brown represented Mennonite Church Canada at the Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit. (Photo courtesy of Christen Kong)

Andrew Klassen Brown wasn’t connecting with the worship at the Global Youth Summit until a quieter service on the final day moved him to tears.

Indonesian doctors use medical expertise to follow Jesus

Doctors Fennisia Wibisono and Elice Nurani lead a health ministry at their church, JKI Injil Kerajaan (Holy Stadium) in Semarang, Indonesia. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Two Indonesian doctors are using their medical degrees to follow Jesus Christ’s instruction to make disciples.

In an afternoon workshop at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Salatiga, Indonesia, Elice Nurani and Fennisia Wibisono talked about the health ministry they operate an hour away at JKI Higher Than Ever in Semarang.

‘What we’re doing with MWC is incredibly radical’

Doug Klassen and Paulus Wijaya stand in a prayer garden in Wijaya’s hometown of Salatiga, Indonesia. The sign above them reads, ‘A house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:7.’ (Photo courtesy of Doug Klassen)

Incredibly radical, remarkably beautiful and significantly complicated—that’s how Doug Klassen summarized his experience at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly earlier this month.

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