MBs study Confession for 150th anniversary

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MBs around the world encouraged to use new study guide

Mennonite Brethren in North and South America are studying the denomination’s Confession of Faith in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Mennonite Brethren Church in 2010. The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is encouraging Mennonite Brethren churches around the world to schedule classes during 2009 using a new study guide, Knowing and Living Your Faith, so that Mennonite Brethren around the world will be better anchored in the faith, ICOMB says. ICOMB includes representatives from 17 Mennonite Brethren national conferences around the world.

The study guide consists of commentary and questions based on the 2004 ICOMB-prepared and authorized Confession of Faith. Sixteen international leaders contributed to the 130-page booklet, published in English by Kindred Productions, the North American Mennonite Brethren publishing ministry, and edited by Elmer Martens and Peter Klassen, both of Fresno, Calif. While the approach is topical, the book is essentially a Bible study. 

In addition to English, languages in which the guide has appeared or will appear are: French, Spanish, German, Lingala, Kikongo, Portuguese, Japanese, Telegu and possibly Russian. ICOMB executive secretary Victor Wall, of Paraguay, reports that 3,000 copies of a Spanish version are now available for all of Latin America. A German edition of 500 copies has been printed for use in Paraguay only. A Portuguese translation has been completed and is on the way to printing. A pre-print version was used at a Brazilian pastors’ conference and is being used in local churches. A French translation prepared in Congo was proofed and revised by Annie Brosseau of Quebec.

The study guide is available in the U.S. from the Pacific District Conference office, phone: 559-453-2082. —ICOMB

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