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Still in the lions’ den

By on Jul 27, 2020 in Latest Issue, The World Together | 0 comments

The World Together Blog

If you go to church for 70 years, as I have, some biblical stories get repeated over and over. One is Daniel in the ­lions’ den. To tell the truth, I haven’t read that story for years. Yet, recently, one of my pastors preached a virtual sermon from Daniel 6 as I sat on my couch sipping coffee. I recalled how this story had formed and informed my faith. When I was young, I had a Bible with pictures. There was a beautiful garden with a snake scaring a woman. Then there was the even more scary picture of a father with a knife in his hand and...

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There’s always some dude on a horse

By on Jul 20, 2020 in Latest Issue, The World Together | 2 comments

The World Together Blog

During a trip to Portugal, we were strolling around Lisbon when we walked past the statue of a Portuguese general. This military hero from long ago was astride a horse, with reins in one hand and a sword in the other. The statue embodied the imperial aspirations of a Portugal that is now long gone. In my travels I’ve seen this same statue in every capital city — the horse, the dude, the sword, the pigeon droppings. Of course, they’re not really the same statue, but if you’re a foreigner and don’t know who the hero is, they all look...

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Powell: Rocks in your bed

By on Jul 13, 2020 in Columns, Latest Issue, Powell: A Voice from the Center | 0 comments

John Powell

We have been awakened to injustice among communities of color. The effect of Covid-19 cases and the brutal deaths of African Americans at the hands of police have led to a perfect storm in race relations. Our communities are echoing the voice of George Floyd: “I can’t breathe!” We have witnessed racial protests before, but what’s happening now seems different. We may be ready for a transformation of mind and soul. Symbols of white superiority are being overturned. Many white folks are beginning to acknowledge their complicity in racist...

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Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

By and on Jul 6, 2020 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Joseph Mwaura, a community health promoter for Mennonite Central Committee’s partner Centre for Peace and Nationhood, uses a megaphone to inform people living in Mathare settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, about signs and symptoms of the coronavirus. He also tells listeners how to prevent the virus from spreading by washing hands and wearing a mask. — Christabel Awuor/CPN

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mathare settlement isn’t an easy place to stay clean and healthy on an ordinary day, so preventing COVID-19 from infecting people in a crowded slum of Nairobi is a challenge. Most of the 500,000 people who have taken up residence in Mathare are living there because they can’t afford to live elsewhere. They make, on average, less than $1 per day by doing manual labor or domestic chores in other neighborhoods. Public water and sewer services are nonexistent in most of Mathare, so people either pay private vendors for water...

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Tractor whisperer

By and on Jul 6, 2020 in Latest Issue, News | 0 comments

Jerry Toews prepares antique tractors for sale at the 2018 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. — Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News

Each year, relief sales raise more than $4.5 million for Mennonite Central Committee’s work around the world. They are made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers. Some, like Jerry Toews of Goessel, Kan., end up donating not just a few hours but days or weeks of time a year to make these efforts a success. Toews’ childhood love for tinkering grew into a passion that generates tens of thousands of dollars each year for MCC. For nearly 25 years, the 76-year-old has been refurbishing donated vehicles for auction at the Kansas...

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