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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Rwandans head home with Congolese help

May 26, 2014 by and

BUKAVU, Congo — In spite of tense relationships between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, two Mennonite Central Committee partner organizations are working together to support the...

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An evening of hope at the edge of war

Apr 28, 2014 by

It is often tempting to throw up one’s hands in despair as the United Nations, founded after World War II to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” seems helpless to even slow down the...

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MCC appeals for emergency aid to South Sudan

Apr 28, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is requesting donations to support the people of South Sudan who are suffering trauma and extreme hunger as they flee an armed conflict in their new nation. More than 800,000 people...

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MCC increases support for Summer Service program

Apr 16, 2014 by and

For years Keshia Kay Littlebear of Billings, Mont., was certain where her path would take her when she was older and the summers rolled around. She was going to be an MCC U.S. Summer Service worker. From 2002...

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Along the margins

Apr 14, 2014 by

Vibrant theology as well as Christian mission happens along church margins. Yes, what takes place at the center is important. Councils, assemblies and conferences make decisions that may or may not nourish the...

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‘Come and See’: Leaders visit Israel/Palestine

Mar 29, 2014 by and

Fifteen board members and staff representing Mennonite agencies and organizations traveled Feb. 24-March 4 to Israel/Palestine on a “Come and See” learning tour. The tour marked the beginning of a...

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After Philippines typhoon, MCC partner cares for the caregivers

Mar 26, 2014 by and

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November, it not only left a trail of ruined homes, flattened businesses and uprooted trees but also emotional trauma. Those with emotional scars included pastors...

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MCC helps immigrants regain freedom, fight deportation

Mar 3, 2014 by and

MIAMI — A day of construction work complete, Rene Ticas was driving his crew home on Palmetto Highway when the ladder on the van roof blew off and spun around on the highway, grazing another car. Ticas...

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A safe place to play

Feb 3, 2014 by and

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Four-year-old Oscar Yoadel loves the playground at his day care, Guarderia Samuelito. He runs endlessly back and forth across the brightly painted suspension bridge. With a big grin, he...

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Canning season begins; volunteers visit recipients

Oct 31, 2013 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — The four volunteers working on the Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner develop a sense of community with canning volunteers as they travel across Canada and the U.S., preparing...

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MCC Seed program grows into Bolivia

Sep 16, 2013 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee is increasing its two-year service opportunities for young adults who want to reflect, serve and advocate in another culture by expanding its Seed program into...

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MCC meat canning can be a family affair

Jan 7, 2013 by and

Almost every year, an entry appears on the October page of the Schroeder family calendar that looks a lot like the previous year’s. It’s near the bottom of the page, late in the month. It says something...

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