Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Each year, we choose a Scripture for MCC staff members everywhere to focus on together. This verse is our text for 2019, and I can think of no better words to sum up MCC’s work around the world in building relationships among partners, project participants, churches, volunteers and supporters of all kinds.

In this issue about MCC’s work with economic empowerment in Bolivia, Rwanda, India and elsewhere, you’ll read stories about encouraging and assisting people in bettering their own lives.

In Montero, Bolivia, teen Vania Chavez Abrego, after seeing her mother develop new skills and open her own hairdressing business, takes hairdressing classes after school and hopes to use her earnings to pay for university studies. She calls her mother her inspiration.

In Kolkata, India, Debasish Ghosh is learning to operate a metal lathe, training he could not have afforded without MCC’s help. Ghosh says he is doing his best to achieve his goals. He thanks MCC for supporting him and he says, “You are part of my life and I will never forget what you have done for me.”

I have seen the same tenacity that Ghosh and Abrego express in so many other people I have met through MCC’s work around the world. With assistance from MCC, entire communities are improving their lives for themselves and for their families.

You are part of this transformation. Your support encourages and builds up community efforts like these, serving as a foundation for MCC’s relief, development and peace ministries in 57 countries. This is our work together in the name of Christ. Thanks be to God!

Grace and peace to you,
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director

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