Urgent search for water in Mozambique

Jul 6, 2015 by and

Six men grasp the long metal handle of a drill and walk slowly in a circle. They lean into the task, using their body weight to drive the drill shaft into the dry soil. They have hand-drilled some 16 feet down...

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Mideast peace work grows

Jun 15, 2015 by and

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC...

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Ordeal steels Ukrainian’s faith, resolve

Jun 8, 2015 by and

When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, Vlad Makhovskiy decided he could not just sit home and watch what was happening. He would help. This choice would lead to his kidnapping. Makhovskiy, who runs a small...

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Unconditional giving transforms us

May 11, 2015 by

Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 While in...

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MCC to replace its meat canning rig

Mar 30, 2015 by and

A new rig for Mennonite Central Committee’s traveling meat canning operation will be coming together soon, mostly in Ephrata, Pa. MCC canning coordinator John Hillegass said nothing was specifically wrong...

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Iowa pastor deported to Honduras

Mar 25, 2015 by and

Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro was deported March 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to San Pedro, Honduras. Co-pastor of Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte (First Mennonite Church) in Iowa City with...

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Call to serve abroad is a ‘remarkable adventure’

Feb 2, 2015 by

CAPINGA, Mozambique — Rebecca Standen wears a headlamp to light the way and checks a pot of chima bubbling over the fire outside her tiny house. The porridge-like mixture will be supper as she ends another...

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Christian leaders ask presidential candidates how they’ll fight poverty

Feb 2, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Mennonite Church USA leaders have joined with a group of Christian leaders looking ahead to what the next president might do to address hunger and poverty. The group of 100 Christian leaders,...

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Peace is a calling

Jan 21, 2015 by

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matthew 5:9 Just over 20 years ago, in a 100-day period, the genocide in Rwanda resulted in the deaths of almost 1 million Tutsis and...

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Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives

Jan 12, 2015 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home in Cabaret, 24 miles outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. There’s room in the yard...

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MCC responds to needs of displaced in Ukraine

Jan 5, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — As people in Ukraine continue to be forced from their homes by violence, Mennonite Central Committee is asking for donations to support its work with church partners that are responding to...

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Anabaptists: peaceful force for racial justice?

Oct 27, 2014 by and

HAMPTON, Va. — Participants in “Hope for the Future” gatherings are inspiring congregations to address diversity in their communities. “Hope for the Future” began in 2011 in response to the rapid...

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Beating the heat, youth connect with N.Y. congregation

Sep 29, 2014 by and

NEW YORK — On hot summer afternoons, Tiara Downer’s Summer Jam Cool Outs at King of Glory Tabernacle, a Mennonite Church USA congregation in the Bronx, gave neighborhood kids a chance to beat the heat and...

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Clothed with faith, humor

Sep 29, 2014 by and

Jonathan Kornelsen’s teen-aged “Menno” T-shirt concept that made his father laugh out loud is taking root as a fundraiser around British Columbia and two other Canadian provinces. Now youth pastor at...

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Relief and relationship

Sep 15, 2014 by and

About 70,000 of the more than 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced since December sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Awerial County, South Sudan. There they could find others who spoke...

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MCC provides bedding in Gaza for 2,000 people

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Through one of its longtime partners in Gaza, Mennonite Central Committee provided emergency bedding supplies to about 2,000 displaced people, or 150 households, in Gaza in late July. The $35,000 project...

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Philippines typhoon recovery aims for lasting results

Aug 18, 2014 by and

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities in the Philippines last November, Mennonite Central Committee has been helping residents such as Virginia Pagatan restore what took only hours to destroy. Pagatan,...

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MCC responds to violence in Gaza

Aug 4, 2014 by

During the second week of the Israel-Hamas conflict in mid-July, a Mennonite Central Committee partner began assisting families in Gaza. Longtime partner Al Najd Development Forum distributed locally purchased...

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MCC responds to immigrant crisis

Aug 1, 2014 by and

With an unprecedented number of Central American families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and arriving at the U.S. border, Mennonite Central Committee has committed $30,000 to an initial...

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MDS inspires gift of old farm

Jul 28, 2014 by and

PHILADELPHIA — When Kevin King answered the phone in Mennonite Central Committee’s constituency ministries department one day in the early 1990s, he heard a surprising pronouncement. “ ‘We’re the...

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A house divided

Jul 7, 2014 by

The Iraq war’s false promises keep adding up. President Obama’s 2011 assertion that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” is proving as much a desert mirage as Saddam...

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MCC helps prepare young Gazan leaders

Jun 23, 2014 by and

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Twelve-year-old Siraa Moghrabi crouches beside student after student, helping the 6- and 7-year-olds and their mothers arrange flowers on their art projects. Moghrabi dreams of...

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Israel deports MCC worker

Jun 23, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee service worker Rachelle Friesen of Swift Current, Sask., was deported from Israel in late May and is banned from entering the country for a decade. She was returning from a regional...

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Syrian refugee girls find light and hope at Lebanon center

Jun 9, 2014 by and

Damaris, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, still waits for her father to come home. More than five months ago, she quit school when fighting between government and opposition forces began in her family’s Aleppo...

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In bombing, MCC Nigeria sees signs of peace

Jun 2, 2014 by and

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts May 20 at a busy market in Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction, billowing smoke, injured people and charred remains. Bako saw Muslims...

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