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New workers serve with MCC

December 6, 2010


AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) commissioned 35 new workers for service after they participated in an orientation at MCC offices in Akron, July 6-16. Three are serving in the United States, and 32 are serving in other countries.

MCC, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC staff usually work in partnership with local churches and community organizations. Each year about 200 people begin MCC assignments. Currently, there are 1,126 MCC workers in 49 countries. For more information on MCC, visit mcc.org.
 
 
Participants in overseas assignments

Alejandro Arturo Avila and Adrienne Wiebe of Edmonton, Alta., are serving three-year terms in Mexico. Avila works as a migration researcher and Wiebe works as a policy analyst/educator. Avila obtained a bachelor’s degree in electronic technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, and a master’s degree in project management from the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alta. Wiebe obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and geography from The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Man., as well as a master’s degree in geography and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. The couple attended Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church, Edmonton.
 
Gillian Bedford of London, England, is serving a three-year term in Bangladesh as a social service program administrator. Bedford obtained a bachelor’s degree in politics & social policy from the University of Southampton, Southampton, England, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Hull, Hull, England. She attended St. Paul’s Church, London.
 
Molly Buckwalter Fairfield and Andrew Fairfield of Dayton, Va., are serving three-year terms in Leshan, China, as English teachers. Buckwalter Fairfield obtained a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. Fairfield obtained a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Bible and Religion from Goshen College. The couple attended Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va.
 
Rachelle Friesen of Winnipeg, Man, is serving a three-year term in Palestine as a peace development worker. Friesen obtained a bachelor’s degree in politics from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Man. She attended Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.
 
Larry Jones of Richmond, Va., is serving a three-year term in Bangladesh as an associate job creation coordinator. Jones obtained a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tenn., and a master’s degree in global economic development from Eastern University, St. David’s, Pa. He attended Varina Church of the Nazarene, Richmond.
 
Jeffrey and Kaarina Knisely of Chester, Vt., are serving three-year terms in Laos. Jeffrey works as a community health promoter and Kaarina works as a project support assistant. Jeffrey obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. Kaarina obtained a bachelor’s degree in production horticulture and environmental landscaping from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minn. The Kniselys attended Andover Community Church, Andover, Vt.
 
Elizabeth Moreno of Spokane, Wash., is serving a three-year term in Uganda as a preschool/child development teacher. Moreno obtained a bachelor’s degree in peace studies from Whitworth University, Spokane. She attended Colbert Presbyterian Church, Spokane.
 
Peter and Ruth Musgrave of London, England, are serving three-year terms in Bangladesh. Peter works as an international team project developer and Ruth works as a peace program coordinator. Peter obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied social studies from the University of Hull, Hull, England, and a master’s degree in management studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Ruth obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology and theology from the University of Hull and a teaching certificate from Goldsmiths College, University of London. The Musgraves attended Vine United Reformed Church, Ilford, England.
 
James Mwangi of Paso Robles, Calif., is serving a one-year term in Haiti as a structural engineer/educator. Mwangi obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a master’s degree in civil engineering (structures) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a Ph.D. in civil engineering (structural) from the University of California, Davis, Calif. Mwangi attended Saint Rose Catholic Church, Paso Robles.
 
Darnell Neff of North Newton, Kan., is serving a three-year term in Tanzania as an information technologist. Neff obtained degrees from Hesston College, Hesston, Kan., and Bethel College, North Newton. He attended First Mennonite Church, Newton, Kan.
 
Daniella Penner of Winnipeg, Man., completed a three-month term in Haiti as an accountant (Her term was finished in October 2010.). Penner obtained a bachelor’s degree in French and political science from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta., and is a certified general accountant. Penner attends Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Man.
 
Ingrid and Ryan Rodrick Beiler of Washington, D.C., are serving three-year terms in Palestine as program administrators. Ingrid obtained a bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., and a master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from American University, Washington, D.C. Ryan obtained a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. They attended Peace Fellowship Church, Washington, D.C.
 
Luke and Sarah Roth-Mullett of Hesston, Kan., are serving three-year terms in Mexico City, Mexico, as connecting peoples coordinators. Luke obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. Sarah obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. The Roth-Mullets attended New Creation Fellowship Church, Newton, Kan.
 
Elizabeth Scambler of Victoria, B.C., is serving a one-year term in El Salvador as an emergency assistant. Scambler obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. She also earned a post-graduate diploma in international project management from Humber College, Toronto, Ont. Scambler attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, Victoria.
 
Adam and Marisa Shank of Harrisonburg, Va., are serving three-year terms in Nicaragua. Adam works as a peace and nonviolence promoter and Marisa works as a literacy promoter. Adam obtained a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and justice, peace & conflict studies from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg. Marisa obtained an associate’s degree from Hesston College, Hesston, Kan., and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology from Eastern Mennonite University. The Shanks attended The Table Mennonite Fellowship, Harrisonburg.
 
Holly and Ryan Snyder Thompson of Davis, Calif., are serving three-year terms in Tehran, Iran, as students-in-residence. Holly obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif. Ryan obtained a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif., and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. The Snyder Thompsons attended Pasadena Mennonite Church.
 
Megan Turley of Houston is serving a three-year term in Honduras as a connecting peoples coordinator. Turley obtained a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill. She attended Ecclesia Clear Lake, Houston.
 
Cybelle Vicente of Santos, Brazil, is serving a three-year term in Mozambique as an early education trainer and consultant. Vicente obtained a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, Latin, English language and literature from Faculdade Don Domenico, Garuja, Brazil. She also obtained a teacher’s degree from Acacio de Paula Leite School, Santos. Vicente attended Filadelfia Baptist Church, Santos.
 
Max Wyse of Columbus, Ohio, is serving a one-year term in China as an English teacher. Wyse obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. He attended Columbus Mennonite Church, Columbus.
 
Andrew and Emily Yoder-Horst of Denver are serving three-year terms in China as English teachers. Andrew obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. Emily obtained an associate’s degree from Hesston College, Hesston, Kan., and a bachelor’s degree in TESOL K-12 from Goshen College. The Yoder-Horsts attended Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Lakewood, Colo.
 
Crystal Zook of Willow Street, Pa., is serving a three-year term in Laos as a peace group advisor. Zook obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and peace, justice and conflict studies from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. She attended James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa.
 
Jeremy and Rebecca Zook of Lancaster, Pa., are serving three-year terms in Laos. Jeremy works as a community development advisor and Rebecca is a program support assistant. Jeremy obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from American University, Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in international development economics from Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C. Rebecca obtained a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from American University. The Zooks attended Hyattsville Mennonite Church, Hyattsville, Md.

 

Participants in assignments in the United States

Jeffrey Durksen Harder of Asuncion, Paraguay, is serving a two-year term in Akron as a canner operator.

Mary Martens of Steinbach, Man., is serving a one-year term in Akron as a dining/hosting assistant. Martens attended Steinbach Mennonite Church.

Sara Mateo-Deo of Elmont, N.Y., is serving in Brooklyn, N.Y., as an immigration counselor. Mateo-Deo obtained a bachelor’s of fine arts from the New York Institute of Technology. She attends Mennonite Evangelistic Tabernacle, Brooklyn.