J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you . . . (Isaiah 43:2a)

Imagine if strangers broke into your children’s school and forced them to lie face down on the ground. If you thought it would happen again, would you leave home to find protection in another community? What would it be like to find out your house was then destroyed?

People running for their lives, families uprooted by war and violence: This is a story repeating itself across the Middle East.

MCC is at work in the midst of the turmoil, sharing God’s love and compassion. Since the war in Syria began, MCC has provided almost $20 million for those in Syria and Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. And MCC is responding to the needs of families forced from their homes by violence in Iraq.

Your gifts are helping provide food, water, household goods, shelter and education for children. They support training in peacebuilding, disaster response and trauma healing.

Even more importantly, your gifts provide hope — to communities and to MCC partners who are reaching beyond tragedy to work for the good of all. We must trust God, pray for all the people and take care of each other, says Rev. Ibrahim Nsier of Aleppo. God loves all the people, Nsier says, and we must be an instrument of love and peace in this community.

Pray with me that God will spread protection over all the people in this region who are uprooted because of war.

As Christians, we rejoice in God by extending help to all people who need it.

As MCC and its thousands of supporters, this is what we do. This is the hope we live in.