“Let down your nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4 NRSV)

In rural Cambodia, farmer-led cooperatives help communities build fishponds, improve their chicken coops and enlarge their gardens. MCC partner Organization to Develop our Villages (ODOV) is giving communities new opportunities to work together to earn more income from their land.

Tes Sopheat remembers catching fish from the river as a young boy. Today, he is executive director of ODOV and his goal is to help impoverished communities increase their food production. His message to community leaders is that they can help others.

In Kenya, MCC supports two community organizations that teach farmers to cope with the impact of climate change. Learning conservation agriculture techniques helps farmers increase crop production in drier conditions.

This issue of A Common Place illustrates how your support of MCC helps communities let down their nets for a catch, just as Jesus instructed his disciples to do in the Gospel of Luke.

In Rwanda and Burundi, MCC representatives Anne Marie and Scott Stoner-Eby believe that MCC’s work has helped them put their faith into action and be part of a global body of Christ.

When you volunteer and contribute to MCC, you too are putting your faith into action by helping communities for a lifetime. Thanks for your support!

Grace and peace to you,
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director
ronbyler@mcc.org

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