Italy, Laos, and Virginia

August 25, 2013

Church today brought one of those special times when the global communion of believers was prominently featured. Chris Riddle, a missionary with Virginia Mennonite Missions in Italy, gave the sermon at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and he and his wife lead a Sunday School class to talk more about their ministry. I found their talk quite interesting as they discussed the challenges of ministering in a country so secular and biblically illiterate (a short piece Chris wrote recently about their ministry can be found here). During the service, Kuaying Teng also spoke about his ministry. Teng, who leads Asian missions efforts for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network, works with Asian communities in the U.S. and Canada as well as in southeast Asia (an article about him and his ministry can be found here). Fascinatingly, Teng received diplomatic status from Laos that allows him to travel throughout that nation to lead peace and reconciliation efforts (an article about that aspect of his work can be found here). Together, the Riddles and Teng brought a great focus on the need for a global gospel.