Michael J. Sharp, in Goma, DR Congo, Feb. 7, 2017.Photo courtesy of the Sharp family.

At MCC, our sadness and grief are profound on learning that Michael J. Sharp, a former MCC worker (2012-2015), was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while on his latest peace mission for the United Nations.

We are honored as members of the family of Christ and as an organization to have had Michael serve the people of Congo alongside us and our partners in ministry. Whether he was encouraging armed groups to lay down their weapons or distributing humanitarian supplies to people displaced by violence, he embodied Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”

With the encouragement of Michael's parents, John and Michele Sharp, MCC has set up a memorial fund in Michael’s honor dedicated to humanitarian and peacebuilding work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Sharps wrote: “This is one small way to contribute to the ongoing mission Michael lived and died for. We hope the gifts will support others who will pick up the torch to bring light and creative peacemaking to the good people of Congo.”

Please surround Michael's family, friends and coworkers with your love and prayers. To contribute the Michael J. Sharp Memorial Fund, click on the donate link below.

 

To learn more about Michael's work with MCC, read these articles:

On assignment: Eastern Congo coordinator

Displaced Congolese displaced again

Congolese Rwandan groups work for peaceful homecoming

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