J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God... (Psalm 46:4)

As Christians, we understand the metaphorical concept of water. Our souls thirst for God (Psalm 42). Jesus is the living water (John 4). We give a cup of cold water to people in need (Matthew 10).

But even as we recognize water as a powerful symbol, it is easy to forget how water can literally be the difference between life and death.

“No water, no life,” says coordinator Betanico Fernando Dique of MCC’s partner, the Christian Council of Mozambique, in the lead article in this issue. The challenge in the central district of Caia where Dique works is finding potable water free from contaminants, salt or other hazards. Every new well with clean water is a victory, Dique says.

Other stories in this issue illustrate how our efforts to help people have enough food are changing lives in places such as Bolivia and Nepal. There, MCC’s work with farmers — whether growing new crops or learning more about nutritional needs — is helping families better support themselves and improve the health of their children.

This is the work that MCC does on your behalf in 60 countries around the world in the name of Christ. Together, we are a part of that river that gives life to the city of God.

Thank you for your partnership that is helping to make a tangible, life-and-death difference in peoples’ lives.