A few weeks ago I attended the tenth European Mennonite Regional Conference in Montbeliard in France. This conference takes place every six years and offers an opportunity for Mennonites to meet and share experiences and stories.
Joshua in France with Ukrainian friends from Molochansk and Zaporizhe Mennonite Church
I was struck by the quality and authenticity of the fellowship among the wider European Mennonite family. I cannot remember attending a theological conference that was pervaded by such a deep and meaningful sense of community.
Given my links to Ukraine through my work with DHM, it was a blessing to meet the group from Zaporizhe Mennonite Church in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainians had a stall where they presented their work among the homeless, refugees, drug addicts and other marginalised groups in one of the poorest regions in Europe.