MCC meat canning under pressure

Nov 19, 2018 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile meat-canning season — the fall-to-spring activity where 30,000 volunteers help to preserve meat in cans for people in crisis around the world — has begun. This year,...

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Reflections on Ukraine: Can it happen again?

Oct 17, 2018 by

Women in Odessa, Kherson, Zaporozhe, Dnipro and Kiev adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been...

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In Ukraine, families of fallen soldiers find comfort

Apr 9, 2018 by and

Imagine the pain of losing a child to war, compounded by not having a safe space to express grief. This is Claudia Antonovna Ushakova’s story. Her son, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, died in combat at the...

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Opinion: Shifting alliances in Ukraine

Sep 25, 2017 by , and

ODESSA, Ukraine — Many people ask me how things are in Ukraine. When I think of the complex history of the country, I sometimes wonder how to respond. One evening in May, friends took me to visit a bright...

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Ukraine city honors Mennonite history with street names

Mar 14, 2016 by and

The rise of communism a century ago in Ukraine greatly diminished the Mennonite presence there. On Feb. 19, the city council of Zaporozhye took a step to reverse what previous governments erased by changing...

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We need to support each other

Mar 10, 2016 by

You are the salt of the earth . . . you are the light of the world. — Matt. 5:13-14 “MCC envisions communities in right relationship with God, one another and creation.” I am speaking to a summit for...

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Still friends of Ukraine

Aug 3, 2015 by

In March 2014, troops from Russia occupied and annexed Crimea, escalating a civil war in Ukraine that has left thousands homeless and thousands more facing extreme shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies....

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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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Rare Russian Mennonite photos to see new life

Apr 6, 2015 by and

A collection of photos depicting Mennonite life in Southern Russia (present-day Ukraine) at the turn of the 20th century — a pinnacle quickly wiped out by the Bolshevik Revolution — should find its way...

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California churches assist with Ukrainian relief

Apr 6, 2015 by

Mennonite Brethren in Fresno, Calif., are responding to conflict and suffering in Ukraine by partnering with Ukrainian MB congregations for ministry in the country’s war zone. Conversations between...

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Greek Catholics restore Ukraine church building

May 26, 2014 by and

A former Mennonite church building in Ukraine is being restored and transformed, with the help of Canadian Mennonites, into a Greek Catholic church. Observers call the project an example of Mennonite-Catholic...

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Ancestral land

May 26, 2014 by

The Russian empire stood on the brink of decline and fall when a group of students from Tabor and Bethel colleges in Kansas visited a Mennonite church in a far corner of the Soviet Union on Jan. 12,...

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Modern ‘Mirror’

Mar 21, 2014 by and

GOSHEN, Ind. — A Congo­lese pastor who forgave the armed men who had forced him to dig his own grave. A Ukrainian Mennonite Breth­ren family displaced to labor camps throughout the Soviet Union and...

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Being the church together

Mar 20, 2014 by

The town of Molochansk in Ukraine was once home to 15,000 citizens. Over time, a lack of work prompted more than half to leave one of the oldest parts of what used to be the Mennonite Molotschna settlement to...

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Dairy farms, church plants: a new legacy in Ukraine

Jan 20, 2014 by and

It has been almost a century since the Russian revolution and civil war initiated a Mennonite diaspora, and nearly as long since Mennonite Central Committee organized to begin relief operations back...

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