MCC U.S. program director Ruth Keidel Clemens recently welcomed visiting leaders from Kanisa La Mennonite Tanzania, the Tanzanian Mennonite church, to its offices in Akron, Pennsylvania.
"MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches," Keidel Clemens said, "so we were eager to welcome our partner in ministry in Tanzania. We share common goals of sharing God's love and compassion as we respond to basic human needs."
The leaders included General Secretary John Wambura, Bishop Amos Muhagachi, Bishop Joseph Mutorela, who is chair of the Bishop’s Council, and Bishop Rwanga Chris Kateti.
The visit, said Wambura, was a chance for leaders to show their appreciation for the church's partnership with MCC, which has included projects ranging from conservation agriculture to peace and care for people living with albinism.
"We also wanted to see the people who have been supporting us on a global level," he said. Church leaders had heard about MCC's material resources centers and thrift shops, as well as Ten Thousand Villages, and wanted to see them in person.
As the group left MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Wambura said he realized the Tanzanian church could encourage its members to donate items to help others. "We realized what is happening down there, it can also happen in our countries.”