Mennonitische Heimatmission (MHM)

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The Mennonitische Heimatmission (MHM, Mennonite Home Mission) is an independent association to support evangelization and the establishing of congregations. It was founded on 18 May 1969 by members of German Mennonite churches. Its first president was Wolfgang Schmutz of Fränking. Church planting work was done first in Freising (1969), later in Dachau (1970), Munich (1971), Neuburg (1974), Siegsdorf, (later at Prien; 1979), Heidelberg (1980), Moosburg (1980), Neustadt on the Weinstraße (1980), Brixen (Bressanone, Italy; 1981), Mannheim (1983), Aichach (1984), and Dillingen (1985). Work was also undertaken at Blumberg in the Black Forest (1977-1980), Neufahrn (1977-1980), Beverungen (1979-1984), and Bad Pyrmont (1982­1983). The Bad Pyrmont effort began under Rosedale Mennonite Mission Board (Conservative Mennonite Conference) auspices before 1982 and was resumed by that board after 1983. Heimatmission workers also ministered to workers from Turkey in Munich and Augsburg (1972-1980) and after 1981 in Wiesbaden in cooperation with the Orientdienst (Eastern Service) agency.

Mennonite Central Committee volunteers augmented Heimatmission work with refugees from East European, African, and Asian countries seeking political asylum in the camp of Neuburg on the Danube (after 1983) and in Munich (1986). The Proclama-Buchmission was founded in 1976 to publish evangelistic literature. Located in Freising since 1978, it also operated a bookstore, 1980-1984 (since 1983 located in Fränking/Weichs. Proclama merged with the Membra publishers in Neuwied in 1981, purchased another publishing house in 1983, and then Proclama formed an enterprise independent of Membra in 1984. Besides the Mennonite churches themselves, the Mennonitische Heimatmission is also supported by friends at home and abroad. Circular letters are distributed bimonthly to inform about Heimatmission activities.


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Author(s) Helmut Funck
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 577-578. All rights reserved.

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