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Twenty-eight workers begin assignments with MCC

March 13, 2009

AKRON, Pa. — Twenty-eight new workers were commissioned for service after participating in an orientation at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices in Akron, Pa., Jan. 27-Feb. 6. Fourteen are serving in Canada or the United States, and 14 are serving in other countries.

MCC is a relief, development and peace organization of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada and the United States. MCC staff usually work in partnership with local churches and community organizations. Each year some 300 people begin MCC assignments. Currently, there are 1,075 workers in 55 countries. For more information on MCC, visit mcc.org.

 

Participants beginning overseas assignments

John Clarke and Anicka Fast of Montreal, P.Q., are serving three-year terms as health project and church connection workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. John obtained a bachelor’s in commerce from Concordia University. Anicka obtained a bachelor’s in linguistics from McGill University and a master’s in language documentation and description from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies. They attend Eglise Chrétienne de St-Laurent.

Jolynn and Scott Davison of Portland, Ore., are serving three-year terms in Bangladesh. Jolynn will serve as a staff development coordinator, and Scott as an enterprise development coordinator. Jolynn obtained a bachelor’s in sociology from Western Washington State University and a master’s in pastoral care to women from Western Seminary. They attend Evergreen Community Church.

Johan Daza of Cali, Colombia, is serving a two-year term as Seed program co-facilitator in Bogota, Colombia. He obtained a degree in theology from Seminario Bautista. He attends Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Iryna Degtiarove of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, is serving as office manager and administrative assistant in the MCC office in Zaporozhye.

Enrique Espínola of Guerrero, Mexico, is serving a one-year term as coordinator of community development in Guerrero. He attends a Catholic church in Jiutepec.

James and Jessica Frey of Winnipeg, Man., are serving three-year terms as North Korea agricultural project officers, based in China. James received a bachelor’s in agribusiness from the University of Manitoba. They have two children, Ariel and Jude. They attend a house church.

Beth Jerdon of Grand Rapids, Mich., is serving a three-year term as a Connecting People coordinator in Nicaragua. She obtained a bachelor’s of science in management of health and fitness from Northern Michigan University. She attends La Iglesia de Paz y Esperanza.

Matthew and Stephanie Kistler of Chester, Pa., are serving three-year terms in Kenya. Matthew will serve as food security coordinator, and Stephanie as a resource worker. Matthew obtained a bachelor’s from the University of Delaware, and a master’s from Eastern University. Stephanie obtained a bachelor’s in music education. They attend Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.

Jonathan Moeller of Sterling, Ohio, with his family, is serving a three-year term in Zambia as a resource worker. He obtained a bachelor’s in business administration and management information systems from Grace College. Jonathan’s spouse is Cynthia and they have three children, Jared, Jason and Justin. They attend Stirling Grace Brethren Church.

Daniel Thomas of Princeton, N.J., is serving a three-year term in Bangladesh as water storage research engineer. He obtained a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and journalism. He obtained a master’s from the University of Minnesota in mechanical engineering. He attends Westerly Road Church.

 

Participants beginning assignments in Canada and the United States

Janet Anderson of St. Albert, Alta., will be serving in a community justice ministries program in Edmonton. She obtained a human resources certificate from the University of Alberta. She attends First Mennonite Church.

Nereida Babilonia of Philadelphia, Pa., will be serving as an administrative program assistant in Philadelphia. She attended the Community College of Philadelphia. She attends Oxford Circle Mennonite Church.

Ami Dieye of Fresno, Ca., will be serving as an executive assistant in Fresno, Ca. She obtained a bachelor’s in finance and international business from Fresno Pacific University. She attends Notre Dame de Lourde Church in Oakland.

Gary Garrison of Edmonton, Alta., will be serving in a community justice ministries program in Edmonton. He obtained a bachelor’s from St. Louis University, a master’s in English from the University of Waterloo and a doctorate in English from the University of Alberta. He attends Sacred Heart Church.

Simon Kaercher of Weingarten, Germany, will be serving as a shipping/receiving assistant in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Randy Long, of Elmira, Ont., will be serving in Elmira. Randy will be a receiver at the Elmira Thrift Shop. Randy obtained a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He attends Woodside Bible Fellowship.

Lori Martin of Elmira, Ont., will be serving in Kitchener, Ont. Lori will be an executive administrative assistant. Lori obtained a bachelor’s in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s of education from Queen’s University. She attends St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

Nadine Zook Miller of Goshen, Ind., will be serving in Goshen as a  material resource coordinator. She obtained a bachelor’s from Goshen College and a master’s from the University of Notre Dame. She attends Walnut Hill Mennonite Church.

Cory Peters of Winnipeg, Man., will be serving as program assistant for MCC's HIV/AIDS and Water/Food programs in Winnipeg.

Ricky Schrag of Freeman, S.D., will be serving as a mail processor in Akron, Pa. He obtained a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of South Dakota. He attends Salem Zion Mennonite Church.

Stephen Siemens of Saskatoon, Sask., will be serving as a restorative justice coordinator in Saskatoon. He attends Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Plum Coulee.

Joan and Phillip Steininger of Larkspur, Co., will serve in St. Catharines as general managers of Christian Benefit thrift store. Phillip attended Colorado Technological. Joan obtained a bachelor’s in English from Eastern Mennonite University. They attend Mountain Community Mennonite Church.

Reinhold Wentland of Rahdon, Germany, will be serving in Abbottsford, B.C., in the MCC BC service worker program.