Holy Spirit glue

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, February 2013. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman I’ve been a follower of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition for many years. I instinctively follow the rhythms and routines that express my core beliefs about Christian discipleship. When I was a teenager, we sought renewal in the attempt […]

Encourage One Another

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, October 2012. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman This issue of Beyond Ourselves focuses on significant anniversary celebrations that took place in the Congo this summer, so I will take the opportunity to highlight the relationship between Mennonite Church USA and two Mennonite denominations in the Congo. […]

God at the Helm

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, June 2012. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman This issue’s focus on being called by God prompted me to reflect on my own sense of call to the office of executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The first words of our denominational vision statement say: “God calls […]

Teach Us to Swim

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, February 2012. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman I am grateful that this issue of Beyond Ourselves focuses on mission in Europe. My own perceptions of Europe have been indelibly shaped by our family’s experience in the country of Wales. In 1988–1989, I had the most unusual […]

Not a Sage on the Stage

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, October 2011. Shared with permission) By Ervin Stutzman This issue of Beyond Ourselves features worker blogs. It’s a helpful way to get a perspective from the field. In June, I had a similar opportunity when I met with a small group of mission executives who were interviewing […]

Welcoming the Stranger

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, June 2011. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman Have you ever looked for motel accommodations only to discover there was no room available? Some motels flash a “No Vacancy” sign out front to spare motorists the trouble of inquiry. Have you ever seen a “No Vacancy” sign […]

Investing in Hope

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, February 2011. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. – Nelson Henderson I’ve always liked the name of this mission journal, which reminds us of God’s call to reach “beyond […]

Prayer Request

(Appeared first in Mennonite Mission Network’s Beyond Ourselves, November 2010. Shared with permission.) By Ervin Stutzman Sometimes it’s hard to know how to pray. I receive lots of requests for prayer. Sometimes I ask myself, “What difference does it make how I pray?” It seems that I pray best when I seek to align myself […]