The military takeover in October 1969 and eventual nationalization of all mission properties and programs in 1972 significantly altered mission involvement in Somalia. Educational personnel were reassigned to teaching positions in various government schools. Changing government policies eventually led to all mission personnel being asked to leave in 1976.
In 1979 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) formed an agreement with the Somali government to give assistance to refugee needs. A year later workers from Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities were able to return to Somalia. As of December 1986 there were 13 EMBMC workers (plus children) assigned to educational and medical programs. The MCC team of 7 persons worked with long-term development needs of refugees.
The local Christian fellowship continued under national leadership, although in a less structured way. Despite the changes of the 1980s EMBMC, MCC, and other workers supported and encouraged the fellowship by their presence, service, and witness.
Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 160.
Kraybill, Paul N., ed. Mennonite World Handbook. Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1978: 99.
Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 15.
|Author(s)||Harold S. Bender|
|Kenneth M. Nissley|
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Bender, Harold S. and Kenneth M. Nissley. "Somalia." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 8 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Somalia&oldid=93601.
Bender, Harold S. and Kenneth M. Nissley. (1989). Somalia. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Somalia&oldid=93601.
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