J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director

“Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

Through the years, we in MCC have worked to listen to God’s call and the call of the churches that support us, a process that has led us to and continues to affirm three main areas of work — disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peacebuilding.

This issue of A Common Place highlights all three.
For 50 years, MCC has supported education programs in India. As a teacher in Kolkata, Soma Chakraborty shares how education is empowering students to lead productive lives.

Another story highlights how MCC is working with the Brethren in Christ Church in Zambia to train volunteers to care for those living with HIV and AIDS.
In the On assignment column, Michael J. Sharp talks about his work with emergency response and peace and reconciliation efforts in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

And in the news section, you’ll also read about an MCC project responding to drought in Afghanistan.

Relief, development and peace. We are working to be as nimble as the boy Samuel was in responding to God’s voice: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

We are listening to you, too. Thank you for your faithful support for MCC’s ministries. My hope and prayer is that you will join me in responding like Michael does to his assignment in eastern Congo — “There’s no place I’d rather be!”