Handwashing stations promote health in crowded slum

Jul 6, 2020 by and

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...

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Tractor whisperer

Jul 6, 2020 by and

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,...

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MCC U.S. executive director transition planned in October

Jun 29, 2020 by and

Leadership of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. will transition in October as J Ron Byler retires as executive director and current associate executive director Ann Graber Hershberger moves into the role. The...

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Relief sales succeed without main event

Jun 29, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — COVID-19 stopped the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event, but it couldn’t stop people from coming together to support Mennonite Central Committee. They’ve already raised...

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East Germany history an unfinished conversation

Jun 22, 2020 by and

Bruno Götzke, a Mennonite pastor and refu­gee from East Prussia, sensed early in 1953 the police were taking too much interest in his efforts to establish roughly a dozen new centers of worship for...

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Aid request for Iran

Jun 15, 2020 by

We believe Mennonites are called to a ministry of human compassion and international peacebuilding in these perilous times. Anabaptists can now reach out to the people of Iran, who have been hit hard by the...

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Climate-change conflict resolution

Jun 8, 2020 by and

As climate change takes its toll on Zimbabwe, millions who rely on agriculture are threatened with food scarcity. But Edfil Moyo, a subsistence farmer in Gwanda District, has been able to adapt. “For the...

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Giving it away

Jun 1, 2020 by

Regarding Gary Oyer’s “Rely on Government?” (Letters & Comments, May 18): I have given my government stimulus check to organizations whose programs have been cut by the government in my city, and...

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Women feel a draft

Jun 1, 2020 by

No one expects a military draft. The Pentagon doesn’t want one. The government hasn’t compelled anyone to fight since 1973. But in March, a national commission recommended requiring women to register for...

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MCC canned meat eases economic hardship in U.S.

Jun 1, 2020 by and

Meat canned by Mennonite Central Committee has traveled around the world, and now it’s hailing a taxi in New York City. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is...

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MCC cuts programs as coronavirus hits income

May 26, 2020 by , and

With income falling short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mennonite Central Committee is ending programming in several countries, cutting its workforce and canceling for this year an international exchange...

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New latrines, water system improve health in Congo

May 25, 2020 by and

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — The 12 new toilets at Institute Katuze Secondary School do more than prevent disease better than the two old pit toilets they replaced. They also reduce violence and...

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MC USA promotes Church Peace Tax Fund

May 18, 2020 by

This tax season — which the IRS has extended to July 15 — Mennonite Church USA is highlighting its Church Peace Tax Fund, formerly known as the War Tax Alternative Fund, in an effort to re-engage...

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Without relief sale, multitude still fed

May 11, 2020 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — The activity echoed the sign on the east side of Keith’s Foods: “Small town, big heart.” Nearly 700 people from Goessel and the surrounding area demonstrated that on April 26 by...

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A bid for something new

May 4, 2020 by

If nearly every congregation — large and small — can find a way to worship online, it stands to reason that relief sales can collect donations in similar fashion. Some already do. Events such as those...

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MCC fundraisers get creative

May 4, 2020 by and

Matt Schmidt hates running but loves supporting Mennonite Central Committee. When the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event was canceled, it opened up opportunities for volunteers like Schmidt to take...

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Exposing inequity

May 4, 2020 by

“Pandemic” comes from the Greek words for “all” and “people,” meaning it affects everyone. But COVID-19 doesn’t strike everyone equally. People in poverty, people of color and those who live in...

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History: Fleeing the Russian catastrophe

May 4, 2020 by

In 1920, Mennonites in Russia were in the middle of a catastrophe. Political and social upheaval, including a devastating famine, had left them dying of starvation and facing a dire future under Communist...

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Partners in Appalachia adapt as need grows

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Sharing With Appalachian People staff continue supporting local partners as they distribute food in Kentucky and West Virginia, but the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way they get food to the people who...

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MCC U.S., MDS, Everence launch COVID relief fund

Apr 20, 2020 by , and

Mennonite Disaster Service, Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have launched a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund to aid churches facing financial crisis due to the pandemic. The fund was seeded...

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In the Name of Christ

Apr 13, 2020 by

I deeply appreciated Edgar Stoesz’s article in Mennonite World Review showing how God has used Mennonite Central Committee over the past 100 years to not only reach out to a needy world, but to also...

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Film gives refugees a voice

Apr 13, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — John Ens was just 9 years old when he boarded the Dutch passenger ship Volendam in 1947 for a voyage to freedom and safety. Right from birth, Ens, a member of McIvor Mennonite Breth­ren...

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Libraries spring up in Bolivia colonies

Apr 13, 2020 by and

While access to reading material is easy to take for granted in North America, it’s not so simple for Mennonites living in remote colonies in Bolivia. In response to a growing interest in reading among Low...

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MCC: in giving, we have received

Apr 9, 2020 by

It is in giving that we receive. — St. Francis of Assisi They who lose their lives shall find them. — Jesus of Nazareth While much of the Mennonite Central Committee centennial celebration is focused on...

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Our own Main Street

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Support Main Street” was the cry as the U.S. economy stalled in March. Those with secure jobs and steady income heeded the call to target their spending and help local small businesses survive the...

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