Relief, Development and Podcast is a podcast from MCC. Every episode features a story from the field and a conversation with a special guest, we want to highlight the people and programs making an impact all around the world. Together we’ll hear stories about relief, development and peace, and how your support for MCC helps to meet basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
Season 2, episode 5: Relationship building in Palestine and Israel / guests learning tour participants Mike and Linda Shantz (June 17, 2021)
Amal Nassar, a Palestinian woman from Tent of Nations in the West Bank, is committed to peace with neighbouring settlements even as they face constant pressure to leave their land.
Mike and Linda Shantz join host Scott Campbell to talk about their experience on an MCC learning tour to Palestine and Israel in 2019 and explore how relationship building is connected to peacebuilding.
Season 2, episode 4: Peace clubs / guest peace coordinator Issa Ebombolo (May 20, 2021)
While in prison in Zambia, Zebron Mwale found his attitude around reconciliation radically transformed after joining a peace club.
Issa Ebombolo joins host Scott Campbell to talk about the creation of peace clubs and bringing them to the Zambian correctional facilities as well as his own personal journey to becoming a peace builder.
Season 2, episode 3: COVID-19 at the border / guest border and migration coordinator Katherine Smith (April 22, 2021)
Season 2, episode 2: Gender and COVID-19/ guest humanitarian response coordinator Annie Loewen (March 18, 2021)
Season 2, episode 1: (Nearly) a year into the COVID-19 pandemic / guest health coordinator Paul Shetler Fast (Feb 22, 2021)
Episode 8: O what a Christmas / guest The Daily Bonnet's Andrew Unger (December 16, 2020)
Christmas is just around the corner and this episode is our gift to you. A reprieve from this year.
Today on the show, an interview with Andrew Unger from the Daily Bonnet. A satirical rundown performed by comedian Jane Testar.
A song about the MCC Christmas Giving guide performed by The WhizBang Shufflers. Plus, a Christmas story from the MCC archives.
Episode 7: Demining in Laos / guest peacebuilder Gopar Tapkida (November 25, 2020)
In this episode of the show, we're talking about peace. MCC alumni Titus Peachey, shares how a shattered garden hoe motivates him and his wife Linda to advocate for Laos villages still being injured and killed by cluster bombs forty years after the Vietnam war.
Gopar Tapkida, MCC rep in Zimbabwe, joins host Scott Campbell to talk about his journey to becoming a peacebuilder.
Plus, we'll hear from Lizette Miranda, MCC Area Director for Central America and Haiti about singing through a disaster.
Episode 6: 100 years of MCC / guest historian Esther Epp-Tiessen (October 28, 2020)
It's MCC's 100th birthday! Listen in for the story of how MCC was formed and the story of Anna Janzen Funk, one of the women who ran MCC's first relief kitchen. Featuring Esther Epp-Thiesen who *literally* wrote the book on the history of MCC Canada.
Episode 5: Loaves and fishes story in Colombia / guest Hutterite Elaine Hofer (September 23, 2020)
This episode takes a deep dive into what community means, featuring a "loaves and fishes" story from an MCC partner in Colombia, an interview with Elaine Hofer, a Hutterite woman, and a story about the "dragon" of Addis Ababa.
Episode 4: A short break and update (August 19, 2020)
Episode 3: Laughing through fear in Syria / guest comedian Matt Falk (July 22, 2020)
On this episode of the show, Rima (full name not used for security reasons), who works for an MCC partner in Syria, shares about how she and her colleagues found joy amidst danger when a bomb fell nearby during a craft workshop.
Comedian Matt Falk joins host Scott Campbell to talk about how comedy can shift culture and be used as a tool for social change.
MCC worker Annalee Giesbrecht ends the episode with the story about a mysterious nightly serenader in Mexico City.
Episode 2: COVID-19 response in DR Congo / guest Cindy Klassen (June 24, 2020)
Mulanda Jimmy Juma shares about how his experience as a displaced person helps inform his work for MCC today in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how our partners there are responding to COVID-19 in camps for displaced people.
Olympian Cindy Klassen joins host Scott Campbell to talk about her Olympic career, her life today and how she views achievement and success.
MCC worker Alex Azar in Jordan ends the episode with the story of how his children filled the streets of Amman with song during quarantine.
Episode 1: Lessons from cholera in Haiti / guest Cate Friesen (May 19, 2020)
MCC staff Annalee Giesbrecht and Paul Fast share the story of how, several years ago, MCC partners contributed to the elimination of cholera cases in two remote communities in Haiti. The two talk about how these lessons can be applied to a COVID-19 response.
Professional storyteller Cate Friesen joins host Scott Campbell to talk about her work, some of the influential people she's met along the way, and how holding a human brain shaped the way she understands storytelling.
MCC worker Wendy Vado in Nicaragua ends the episode with her story of a "magic hammock."