“…I was hungry and you gave me food…a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matthew 25:35)
Almost 100 years ago, MCC began when people in Ukraine wrote to their sisters and brothers in the U.S. and Canada and asked for help. Today, through MCC, Christians are feeding the hungry and welcoming strangers in more than 50 countries around the world and here at home.
In San Antonio, Texas, a small Mennonite congregation, with MCC assistance, is providing temporary support for hundreds of women and children suddenly released from two local immigration detention centers. In Aleppo, Syria, and in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, MCC support and supplies are tangible ways of showing love and care for people in need.
“We could touch the love in the things they gave us. This love fed us,” Andriy Chaus says of blankets and food he received through an MCC partner in Nikopol, Ukraine.
And MCC’s love-fed work is not restricted to responding to disasters. Since MCC’s beginning, our disaster relief, sustainable development and peacebuilding work have been intertwined, assisting thousands and thousands of people, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
The political context in my country suggests that we should take care of our own needs first. The work you support through MCC tells a different story. Together, we are showing that we believe Jesus’ words that when we feed the hungry and welcome the stranger we are feeding and welcoming Jesus himself. I am so grateful for your support of MCC that makes all of this work possible.
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director