Ugandans are celebrating the birth of a new circle of four Mennonite churches in southwestern Uganda. The churches, inaugurated in December 2006, are the result of development efforts begun in June 2004, by the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC).
Anabaptist churches, heirs to what is often called 'the radical Reformation', are working in support and solidarity with communities still recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the southern United States.
A company based in the north of England is continuing to help save the lives of poor people in some 50 countries across the globe ‚Ä' by partnering with Christian Aid, the UK development agency, and by encouraging offices and public buildings to buy and use water coolers which donate a percentage of costs to water projects in the developing world.
Bread for the World, a national Christian anti-hunger network, plans to distribute thousands of educational kits to churches around the USA urging churchgoers to lobby members of Congress to change federal agricultural and nutrition programmes in favour of the world's ‚Ä' and the country's ‚Ä' poor.
Governments, aid agencies and humanitarian actors must spend twice as much on disaster preparedness activities that could save millions of lives, according to Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.
Kenyan Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi has urged his government to reconsider a decision earlier this week to close its borders to refugees from neighbouring strife-torn Somalia - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News International.
Peacemakers are helping communities resolve differences and recover from violence in Sudan's Darfur region despite a devastating four-year-old war that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and is continuing to escalate - writes Tim Shenk of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the North American peace church development organisation.
After the intervention of the Ethiopian troops, the situation in Somalia continues to be very tense, with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) refusing a government offer for amnesty, say church agencies working in the region.