Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is celebrating 100 years of serving in the name of Christ in 2020. We’ve Come This Far by Faith is a celebration open to the public to celebrate the past 100 years but to also look ahead toward the next 100 years. Please join MCC to celebrate this milestone on February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the campus of Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas.
The centennial celebration will feature a reflection by Michelle Armster on MCC, “We’ve come this far by faith,” based on adaptations from Hebrews 11. Armster said, “The history of MCC is about how human people felt that they were responding to God’s call to feed hungry people. Could/Would they ever have imagined that, 100 years later, MCC continues to respond to people in need in the name of Christ?”
Money raised at the event will support MCC’s New Hope in the Name of Christ campaign that is raising money for special international and domestic projects.
As guests arrive, they are welcome to bid on a variety of silent auction items. A reproduction Mennonite Feeding Station sign from MCC’s post-World War II feeding programs in Germany will be available for a suggested donation, also. MCC photo/Tina Schrag
“Turning 100 is a big deal and we’re looking forward to kicking off this centennial year with this celebration,” Michelle Armster said. “There are countless people who have given their time and money over the past 100 years to support MCC and for that we are thankful! We’re excited to see what the next 100 years bring!”
Women hold hands during a closing prayer at a trauma healing workshop at Church of the Brethren (EYN) headquarters in Mubi, Nigeria. MCC photo/Frederick Yocum
In July of 1920, five men gathered at P.C. Hiebert's home, which stood where Tabor College is today, to work at finding a way to ease the suffering of their friends and family in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). Each of the men was representing a different Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren group. Their various differences were set aside for the greater good and they quickly organized with folks in Elkhart, Indiana were MCC was officially born later in July 1920.