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There are approximately 1,774,720 Anabaptists in the world, from Russia to Australia, California to China. They are farmers, government officials, businesspeople, stay-athome parents, activists, missionaries, movie stars, bicycle mechanics, and auto workers. They speak Mandarin, Tshiluba, Spanish, English, Russian, French, and Pennsylvania Dutch. They are at the top rung of the economic ladder, and the bottom.
So what is the connective tissue that holds this disparate global body together? Palmer Becker, a Mennonite pastor from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada identifies three central elements.
For Anabaptist Christians:
• Jesus is the center of their faith.
• Community is the center of their lives.
• Reconciliation is the center of their work.
What does this look like around the world? For more than 100 years, Anabaptist mission workers have been sharing Anabaptist principles with Christians in villages, towns and cities all over the world, contributing in at least a small way to the global explosion of Anabaptist churches, especially in Africa and Latin America. But beyond numbers, the fruits of these mission efforts are transformed lives and communities—Anabaptist Christians reconciling themselves to God and neighbors.
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