MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Dec 2, 2019 by and

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or...

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Canned meat for ‘humble people in need’

Nov 25, 2019 by and

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner operator Tristan Pries had to fight back tears. “We were helping the homeless people with the food,” he said. “I learned to...

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Extending the good news to those who are excluded

Nov 18, 2019 by

“He has sent me to proclaim good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted” (Isaiah 61:1). On a recent Mennonite Central Committee learning tour, we heard overwhelming stories of abuse from the...

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Washington Witness: Gaza family’s dreams

Nov 11, 2019 by

Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of...

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MB voice on peace

Oct 28, 2019 by

In a letter to constituents in response to “Consultation Offers Peace-Church Voice on Military Service” (Oct. 14), Don Morris, national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches,...

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Some MCC workers leave Haiti as violence escalates

Oct 14, 2019 by and

Violent protests and political turmoil in Haiti have prompted several Mennonite Central Committee workers to leave the country as the unrest interrupts work and causes safety concerns. MCC representative...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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‘Just memory’ of Vietnam

Oct 7, 2019 by and

HANOI, Vietnam — My husband, Josh Kvernen, and I visited Nguyen Thi Thanh, a 74-year-old woman living in the central part of Vietnam, as we laid the groundwork for a 2018 Mennonite Central Committee learning...

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MCC meat canner hits the road for another season

Oct 7, 2019 by and

Mennonite Central Committee begins its 73rd year of canning meat for people in crisis around the world Oct. 7. Volunteers have been participating in this project for almost three-quarters of the century MCC...

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Washington Witness: Progress toward ending hunger falters

Sep 30, 2019 by

When Halita Gambo’s baby, Janada, was born with a low birth weight, she turned to a Mennonite Central Committee-supported organization in northeastern Nigeria for assistance. Women and Youth Empowerment for...

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A different kind of disaster

Sep 30, 2019 by

BRANTFORD, Ont. — For Tim­othy Khoo, meeting survivors of a residential school made history personal. “There are names and faces,” he said. “It’s not just textbook information now.” Khoo, 16,...

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Why did the vegetarian cross the road?

Sep 25, 2019 by

The fields were covered in mist on the 90-minute drive from St. Catharines to Elmira, Ont., at 5:30 a.m. on a cool spring morning in April. A church elder had invited me to share in the Mennonite Central...

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Migrant kits energize givers, amaze border volunteers

Sep 16, 2019 by and

The most valuable item included in immigration detainee kits distributed by Mennonite Central Committee Central States never passes through the hands of volunteers doing the sorting and packing. For the...

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Survivors rebuild lives

Sep 16, 2019 by , and

TSHIKAPA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four women laughed as they filled a water trough for their pigs — ­animals that hold the promise of income. Their laughter stood in contrast to their experiences,...

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Lessons at the city dump

Aug 26, 2019 by and

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The mountain made of trash is reflected in the litter-covered neighborhoods on the hillsides below. Trash that had been dumped on top of the mountain sifts down through the makeshift...

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Peace gathering builds partnerships

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Boone, Mennonite Mission Network minister for peace and justice, believes 21st-century peacemaking is not about leaders setting the agenda. Rather, it’s about people in the...

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You give them something to eat

Jul 15, 2019 by

I spent part of the morning of May 31 packaging and delivering bread. Every three years, the Mennonite-ish churches in our area pool their time, talent and resources to organize a relief sale for Mennonite...

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MCC boards approve five-year strategic plan

Jul 8, 2019 by and

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Mennonite Central Committee has a loyal constituency, but its leaders don’t take the support for granted. “We can no longer assume Mennonite churches are familiar with MCC,”...

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MCC partner serves people ‘society doesn’t want’

Jul 8, 2019 by and

NIKOPOL, Ukraine — Natalia Mezentseva oversees a household of “women in difficult circumstances.” With an affirming and instructive place to live, thanks to a Mennonite Central Committee partner, their...

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Believing the lies

Jul 8, 2019 by

When the attempt to ban abortion is framed as an “unrealistic quest for total victory” (Editorial, June 10), it appears the considerations concerning abortion are political and cultural. As a Mennonite...

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MCC celebrates, serves where its work began

Jul 1, 2019 by and

KHORTITSA, Ukraine — Under shade trees in a city park on June 16, about 40 Anabaptists shared a picnic of corn grits, rye bread and warm cocoa. The unusual menu held symbolic meaning. It was a “relief...

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The central purpose

Jul 1, 2019 by

Mennonite Central Committee wasn’t meant to last 100 years. In the beginning, it was, in fact, a committee, with a specific task — to save the lives of starving Mennonites in Ukraine. It proved too good an...

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The bread of the Lord’s compassion

Jul 1, 2019 by

“We get our bread at the peril of our lives” (Lam. 5:9). In Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, at the Mennonite Family Center, we hear Boris Letkemann share his family’s story of exile and homecoming. There was so...

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Winnipeg coffee shop a training ground for youth

Jun 17, 2019 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — It’s the morning lull at Sam’s Place, the time between the opening rush for coffee and the lunch crowd. There are about a half-dozen people in the coffee shop, café and used bookstore,...

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