ISGA director, John D. Roth, continues to travel to various parts of the world in support of Mennonite World Conference projects or in response to invitations from local church leaders. In March, he will meet with city and church officials in Zurich, Switzerland to begin planning for a commemoration in 2025 of the 500th anniversary of Anabaptist beginnings. This event will take place in Zurich, site of the first adult baptisms in 1525. On March 28-29, he will be in Abbotsford, British Columbia to participate in the MWC Renewal event that the ISGA helps to plan each year. Renewal is an annual gathering–always in conjunction with meetings of the MWC Executive Committee or General Council–that celebrates the witness of the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition in a different part of the world.
Further anticipated travels will depend on local health conditions related to the coronavirus. In early May, Roth is anticipating a trip to Indonesia to complete work on a guidebook to promote the 17th MWC global assembly scheduled to take place in Semarang, Indonesia on July 6-11, 2021. In early June, he will be a guest of the Mennonite Church of South Korea as an itinerant teacher, with a scheduled stop in Shanghai, China to share with the Christian Forum of Reconciliation in Northeast Asia.