Kraybill: An ill wind, or good?

Jun 19, 2017 by

The whirlwind appeared so quickly and came so swiftly toward us on the dusty road at Tel Dothan that I scarcely had time to take the lens cap off my camera. Then the little twister was upon us, blinding our...

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MCC aids Iraqis who’ve slipped through safety net

May 15, 2017 by and

As more than 350,000 Iraqis have fled violence in and around the city of Mosul, Mennonite Central Committee is providing food and household supplies to those who slip through the safety net of other...

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Kraybill: Where truth confronted power

Mar 27, 2017 by

Today multiple versions of “truth” compete for attention in politics and media. We ask the same question Pontius Pilate famously put to Jesus: What is truth? (John 18:38). Truth already had been...

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Every little bit of aid shows love in Syria

Jan 16, 2017 by and

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Ibrahim Nseir, a Presbyterian pastor, was chatting at a Beirut hotel in late November with others attending a gathering of Protestant leaders from the Middle East and beyond when a call...

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Kraybill: Do you want to be made well?

Jan 2, 2017 by

With cancer in his middle-aged body and the prospect of lifespan shortened, Doug Brewer joined a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2014 while health permitted. Near the start of the Via Dolorosa — the...

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MCC Christmas message: Pray with us for peace

Dec 15, 2016 by , and

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. Exactly 200 years ago, in the...

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MCC’s crisis response in Syria is its largest ever

Nov 29, 2016 by and

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The humanitarian work of Mennonite Central Committee in Syria during this time of war grew out of the placement of a single worker with the Syriac Orthodox Church 25 years ago. “It’s...

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Kraybill: The two Joshuas of Jericho

Oct 10, 2016 by

Anyone who grieves the loss of life through war in Syria today might also lament the slaughter that took place more than 3,000 years ago at Jericho when Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Canaan....

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Syrian refugees depend on MCC food

Jun 6, 2016 by and

With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures: As many as 470,000 dead; 4.6 million refugees who have fled the country; 6.6 million displaced within it; 13.5...

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In Iraq’s war zone, aid workers trust God

Jun 6, 2016 by and

From her home in Franklin County, Pa., 18-year-old Rosa prepared last month to depart for the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq and remain there indefinitely. Sinjar is still considered a war zone. Kurds and...

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ISIS the stuff of fears

May 23, 2016 by

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems...

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Opinion: Coercive economic actions are ineffective in Israel/Palestine conflict

Mar 28, 2016 by

I share the longing of many others in the Mennonite church for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and I grieve the suffering of Palestinian people. But I have reservations about the...

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Christ at the Checkpoint Conference emphasizes peace

Mar 28, 2016 by and

Bethlehem, West Bank — More than 30 Mennonites and Brethren in Christ from North America encountered kindred spirits March 7-10 at the fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, hosted by Bethlehem...

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Middle East first fruits

Mar 28, 2016 by

A man I’ll call Hikmet died of cancer last week, a loss grieved by fellow believers in Jesus across his nation. He was one of the first four people who were baptized in a little-publicized Mennonite mission...

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Eggs symbolize lasting impact in West Bank

Mar 14, 2016 by and

BEIT JALA, West Bank — Say the word “Mennonite” here and the first thing many people think of is eggs. At least 2,000 “Mennonite eggs” a day are produced at an open-sided chicken barn on the campus...

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MCC uses $34.6 million to respond to Syria, Iraq crisis

Mar 10, 2016 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Since the Syrian war began five years ago in March, Mennonite Central Committee has spent about $34.6 million to relieve the suffering of Syrians, Iraqis and people in neighboring countries who...

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Lightening the load: providing relief and hope in Syria

Oct 12, 2015 by and

Every morning, before Samer al Laham goes to work, he checks to make sure it’s safe to go outside. That’s because in Syria there are some days when “people wake up in the morning and then see that there...

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Refugees on Greek island inspire European CPT project

Oct 5, 2015 by and

Two years ago, Christian Peacemaker Teams saw a need on a small island in the Aegean Sea. In July, that hunch was confirmed when a refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos dramatically escalated. The...

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Defining the other and the Syrian refugee crisis

Sep 24, 2015 by

Early in the Syrian refugee crisis, I was asked by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to be part of a delegation meeting with Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Immigration. We indicated that the...

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Opening a window of hope amid Syrian war

Sep 21, 2015 by and

Roseangela Jarjour talks daily with pastors in Syria working for peace and providing a reason for Syrians who stay to hope, even as they hear bombs drop around them. “The priority is really to bring peace...

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MCC aid gives Syrians reason to stay

Sep 21, 2015 by , and

Mennonite Central Committee is appealing for more funds to help meet basic human needs of Syrians who want to stay near their homes as large numbers leave the Middle East. For four years, the war in Syria has...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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7 years old, three wars

Sep 14, 2015 by

Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the...

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A disruption of natural order

Sep 10, 2015 by

Every day, it seems, the refugee crisis in Europe worsens. Every day, the headlines that jump out at me when I open my computer in the morning are grim and foreboding. It’s not at all hard to imagine things...

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Necessary negotiations

Aug 31, 2015 by

It comes as no surprise that some members of Congress revile any compromise with Iran over nuclear capabilities. When U.S. political factions refuse to work together on nearly anything, accommodation with an...

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