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Magdalena Andres' Story

(This article was shared at Nutana Park Mennonite Church on Sunday Morning, June 8, 2014).

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.

Matthew 25:23 says: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me."

Now, with the MCC Sale coming up, I would like to share something with you.

My Mother and I knew what it meant to be hungry and thirsty. I am a survivor and I can still tell you how much the help was appreciated.

This flour bag (Magdalena had one along), and I are a witness to what God did through MCC and for my parents and me in 1946, or 1947. My parents brought this bag over as a reminder and it says:

Mennonite Central Committee Relief
- "In the Name of Christ"
Hard wheat flour contributed by
The Alexander Wohl - Tabour and Goessel Mennonite Churches, Goessel, Kansas.

This bag is pretty faded so I printed the logo out for you to see.

We received flour, homemade soap, and clothes. We did not receive the whole bag for ourselves, but shared it with many families.

We also must not forget that MCC co-sighed for us to come to Canada and start over again as they do for a lot of your parents and grandparents.

I want to say now:

We need to help others in need - "In the Name of Christ"

[last updated - Dec/16/2021]
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