For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works . . . . (Eph. 2:10, NIV)
As I write these brief reflections, I am worshipping with the Mennonite Brethren churches at their biennial conference in Denver. Several weeks ago, I did the same with the Brethren in Christ churches near Orlando.
In each gathering, the desire for God’s people to work well together to be a part of God’s mission in the world is very clear.
The MCC impulse from the very beginning almost 100 years ago was to bring the church together in the name of Christ to do good works.
Working together remains a key emphasis for MCC efforts around the world. In this issue, Yihenew Demessie, of MCC partner Migbare Senay Children and Family Support Organization in Ethiopia, says that, “As human beings God expects us to share and to love.”
Demessie recalls that starting out in humanitarian work in a refugee camp on the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan, he was fearful. Then, as he got to know the people of the camp and heard their stories, he put himself in their shoes and found joy in supporting them.
You’ll see this concept of coming together with others for good works surface time and again. In Ethiopia, Haiti, Cambodia and elsewhere, we join together to improve lives and support families. Our work with partners and the church, both here at home and across the globe, is a process of two-way learning and accountability. That’s the MCC way.
We are created by God to do good works. In the U.S. and around the world, MCC is evidence of this biblical truth day after day. Your partnership makes this possible. Thank you.
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director