J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director
They shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid . . . . (Micah 4:4)
All people have a right to live, to work and to take care of their families. That seems like a fair expectation.
And yet, for many people in many different parts of the world, this right is only a dream.
In the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam, children are born with disabilities each year because of the extensive use of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War about 50 years ago.
The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) provides a center where children with disabilities receive care and physical therapy — giving their parents time to work in their fields, go to the market or run a business.
Through a VAVA cow bank, families affected by Agent Orange receive a cow and share the first calf with another family. One family at a time, the cow bank is helping families invest in their own future.
When I was in central rural Burundi in 2014, I visited the carpentry shop featured on page 16. After graduating from an MCC vocational training program with the Christian Union for Peace and Development, these young men set up their own business in an open-air carpentry shop and began making doors, windows and chairs for families in surrounding communities.
The prophet Micah’s vision is that all people everywhere will one day live in security and prosperity. It is our vision as well.
Around the world, your support of MCC’s livelihoods projects is changing peoples’ lives, expanding their incomes and giving people new ways to work and build a better future. Thank you.