As you see on our index page, we put out a call for personal MCC stories of contacts with, or serving through MCC - perhaps more specifically with MCC Saskatchewan, and these stories are beginning to come in.
You are still welcome to submit yours, and if it is deemed suitable, we will be happy to present it here. Please send your stories to Claire Ewert Fisher
Your MCC Stories:
The Beginnings of Self Help Crafts (Ten Thousand Villages) in Saskatchewan: Irma Balzer's Story, as told by her daughters, Monica Dalke and Rita MacDonald. Irma Balzer was a key figure that caused this work to flourish in this province. It has now become a separate entity, providing the dignity of crafting work to women living in poverty in many countries. These crafts are sold here in the Ten Thousand Villages stores.
Justina Peters' story about her family, and her grandfather, an honest miller in Siberia, shows how their experiences influenced their Response to Hunger after coming to live in Canada.
Kris was bothered because as he was going through Mike's life after his death. Yes, Mike committed a horrendous crime as a youth, many years ago. But he was still a human being and the thought that this human lived and died alone and unloved, without friendship and companionship, disturbed Kris enough to find out more. Kris came to Pastor Ryan Siemens, who told him Mike's unique story, one of the 'least of these' that Jesus referred to in the New Testament.
Dave Feick is the Coordinator of The Micah Mission, Saskatoon, partially sponsored by MCC. This non-profit organization works with released offenders to help them adjust to a responsible life in mainstream society. They train community volunteers to work intensively with each released prisoner to ensure they will not re-offend. Dave writes about the political catch-phrase, "Tough on Crime," and whether it is as effective as Restorative Justice - the MCC and Micah Mission approach.
"My name is Magdalena Andres, and my parents and I were displaced people from the Danzig-West Prussia Mennonite area that is now Poland, and lived in West Germany. . . ." Read Magdalene Andres' story about how her family was helped by MCC while in West Germany.
If it has been a long time since you have been at the MCCS Relief Sale in Saskatoon, or if you have never attended at all, these pages gives you a chance to look around, and with some imagination, experience the Sale virtually.
Since the beginning of MCC in Saskatchewan in 1964, MCC has worked intentionally at relating to Aboriginal people. Leonard Doell, the master of ceremonies for the afternoon and Aboriginal Neighbours coordinator for MCCS, reminded us of indigenous work that initially took place under the direction of the Welfare and Social Concerns Committee. In his review of the work, he took us from the work at Montreal Lake Children's Home and Beardy's Reserve until today's work related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Idle No More movement.
This photo story of how the Saskatchewan Blankets began at Eigenheim Mennonite Church as well as in the homes and churches of many others. Here fabric and fill was cut, layered, tied, and sewin to provide warmth half a world away.
This brings the year-long 2014 celebrations of MCCS's 50th Anniversary to a close. Though of course, we can add more stories to this section if they are submitted and approved.
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