While rhetoric from French officials toward immigrants of African descent continued, Mennonites in the northeastern part of the country welcomed delegations from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Canada and the United States. It was the first time since the restructuring of the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM) that the organization’s International Central Council met. French Mennonite Mission Committee president Jean-Paul Pelsy and the twenty-five participants used the time to fellowship, share their vision of mission and build relationships with ten area Mennonite churches. (Mennonite Mission Network)