J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director
To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. (Rev. 21:6)
Because of MCC’s work with the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, 30 communities in high levels of poverty have clean water coming into their homes. Bishop Youannes says that working with the poorest of the poor is more difficult now because of political unrest and economic instability, but that he has great faith that “we are in God’s hands.”
In Nairobi, Kenya, MCC’s work with its partners is providing a low-cost method of purifying water and trainings in sanitation and hygiene. The project is changing lives of students and families at two schools run by Kenyan Mennonite congregations and supported through MCC’s Global Family education program.
In Nogales, Mexico, a border town where the push and pull of migration issues can be overwhelming, Marycruz Sandoval recalls how water was a source of conflict as she settled a new area, and violent confrontations seemed like the only answer. MCC’s peacebuilding and conflict transformation workshops have given Sandoval and others a chance to see that peace can be a solution to community problems. This was part of a larger transformation for Sandoval, who describes how, through years of contact with MCC’s partner organization in Nogales, her anger at God turned to faith.
As Christians we share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ because we have received water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
Through MCC’s work, you are “sharing water” in 61 countries around the world. Beyond Canada and the U.S., we work with almost 500 partner organizations and touch the lives of 7 million people each year.
Thank you for sharing generously in MCC’s ministries.