Given our heritage (and current emphasis) on being a missional church, it is rare that an issue of The Moravian Magazine doesn’t contain an article about Moravians in mission. But for the past several years, the April issue of the Moravian Magazine has offered an even more concentrated and in-depth look at the work Moravians are doing around the globe.
Since 2012, a special section of the April issue of The Moravian has been dedicated to the Board of World Mission Annual Report. This yearly collaboration with BWM provides an opportunity to highlight their activities around the world to every Moravian household in the Northern and Southern Provinces.
The Board of World Mission Annual Report gives me a front-row seat on the work the North American church is doing in many different countries. As I edit copy, design pages and review photos, I learn so much about what’s happening with our mission efforts. I grow more excited about what the BWM has made possible during the past year and where it’s headed in the future. I continue to be amazed by the dedication of people who give their time and talent to help those in developing countries while bringing the word of God to those who long to hear.
This year’s Annual Report highlights BWM’s focus on “Journeying Together.” Readers can explore efforts in areas where Moravians have been working for many years, like Honduras, Nicaragua, Labrador and Tanzania, along with areas of exciting new expansion, like Peru and Cuba. The Report also provides information on resources to help individuals and congregations get involved in mission work, along with how the board uses funds entrusted to them. But the April issue isn’t only the Annual Report. This month, we also share stories of new beginnings in Alaska, Moravians in Minnesota helping to make the Twin Cities region a better place, the work of the Unity Committee on Theology and more!
I hope you enjoy this issue of The Moravian Magazine. As always, I look forward to your comments, questions and insights on what we share in these pages.
Mike Riess, Editor
From the April 2015 Moravian Magazine