J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director
Do not repay evil for evil . . . repay with a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, praying for peace can put your life in danger.
Pastor José Fernández of Vida en Abundancia Iglesia Evangélica Menonita shares how members of his small congregation met to pray in the streets between warring gangs.
The spray of bullets began, even before many of the church members had returned home.
Fernandez says the group wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. He believes God calls his followers to be salt and light in their communities.
Through MCC and its partner, Proyecto Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice Project), an organization of the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Honduras, his congregation is helping to train volunteer mediators in the schools to give children alternatives to violence and to show them peace.
Repaying evil with a blessing has been a hallmark of MCC’s work for decades.
In Europe, after World War II, MCC relief and the Pax program helped rebuild whole communities. In this issue, my uncle, Théo Hege, recalls how MCC relief workers came to Geisberg, France, to help restore people’s lives as well as rebuild their homes.
Recently, when MCC was collecting relief supplies for people who fled the war in Syria, members of the Geisberg Mennonite Church wanted to participate as a way to express their Christian love for others who have been harmed because of war.
“We share what God gave us in his mercy,” says Uncle Théo.
For almost 100 years, MCC has helped churches in the U.S., and around the world, to repay evil with a blessing. Thank you for supporting these ministries.