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Workers begin assignments with MCC

April 1, 2011


AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) commissioned 22 new workers for service after they participated in an orientation at MCC offices in Akron, Jan. 24-Feb. 4.

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 personnel usually work in partnership with local churches and community organizations.
 
Each year about 200 people begin MCC assignments. Currently, 1,126 MCC workers serve in 49 countries. For more information on MCC, visit mcc.org.
 
 
Participants beginning assignments overseas include:

 

Jessica Buller of Goshen, Ind., has begun a three-year assignment in Bogota, Colombia, as the Seed program facilitator. Buller studied sociology, Bible, religion and philosophy at Goshen College. She attended Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, Goshen.
 
Arda and Jeff DeHaan of Lucky Lake, Sask., have begun a two-year assignment, based in Beijing, China. Arda’s role is yet to be determined. Jeff will work as an agriculture project officer in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They are accompanied by their children Lynn and Ian. Arda has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Jeff has a bachelor’s in agriculture fron Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, and a master’s from University of Saskatchewan.They attended Hillside Christian Fellowship Church, Beechy, Sask.
 
Lilian Guenther of Winnipeg, Man., has begun a three-year assignment in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as a facilitator of music and arts. Guenther has bachelor’s degrees in musical arts and church music from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University), Winnipeg. She attended Charleswood Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.
 
Jodi Holzman of Saskatoon, Sask., has has begun a three-year assignment in Dodoma, Tanzania, as a community agronomist. Holzman has a bachelor’s in agriculture from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and a diploma in greenhouse management from Olds College, Olds, Alta. She attended Cornerstone Church, Saskatoon.
 
Mulanda Juma and Esperance Ndikumanaof Uvira, Congo, have begun assignments in South Africa. Juma works as a regional peace advisor. Ndikumana’s role is yet to be determined.  Juma has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in conflict resolution and peace studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. The couple attends His People Church in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Ron and Sally Jo Milne of Goshen, Ind., have begun one-year assignments in Kampala, Uganda, as interim MCC representatives. Ron has a bachelor’s in education from Goshen (Ind.) College and a doctorate in mathematics education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Sally Jo has a bacheler’s in education from Goshen College, and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. The Milnes attended College Mennonite Church.
 
Meagan Peasgood of Winnipeg, Man., has begun a three-year assignment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a human rights program assistant. Peasgood has a bachelor’s in music from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (Canadian Mennonite University), Winnipeg. She attended St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg.
 
Elba Yasmin Mendez and Tobias Robertsof Mejicanos, El Salvador, have begun three-year assignments in Nebaj, Guatemala, as HIV and AIDS educators. Mendez has a degree in public accounting from Instituto Nacional de Mejicanos, El Salvador. Roberts has a bachelor’s in history and religious studies from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. They attended Parroquia San Francisco de Asis, Mejicanos.
 
Jennifer Schutzman of Edgewood, Ky., has begun a three-year assignment in Juba and Khartoum, Sudan, as a program support officer. Schutzman has a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., and a master’s in diplomacy and conflict resolution from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt. She attended St. Dominic Church, Washington, D.C.
 
Linda Bertsche and Jim Yoderof Syracuse, Ind., have begun three-year assignments in Haiti as Connecting Peoples coordinators. Yoder has a bachelor’s in psychology from Goshen (Ind.) College and a master’s in social work from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Bertsche has a bachelor’s in nursing from Goshen College and a master’s in nursing from Indiana University, Bloomington. They attended College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
 
 
Participants beginning assignments in Canada or the United States include:
 
Darlene Dintaman of Goshen, Ind., has begun an assignment with MCC Great Lakes, Goshen, as a human resources specialist. Dintaman attends Belmont Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
 
Janessa Giesbrecht of Winnipeg, Man., has begun an assignment with MCC Canada, Winnipeg, as an administrative assistant with Global Family Canada. Giesbrecht has a bachelor’s in international development studies from The University of Winnipeg. She attends Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren, Winnipeg.
 
Mary Margaret Laing of Cambridge, Ont., has begun a one-year assignment with MCC Ontario, Kitchener, as an administrative assistant. Laing has a bachelor’s in applied human nutrition from University of Guelph, Ont. She attends St. Augustine Church, Dundas, Ont.
 
Ken Ogasawara of Baden, Ont., has begun a one-year assignment with MCC Ontario, Kitchener, as a communications assistant. Ogasawara has a bachelor’s in social development studies from Renison University College - University of Waterloo, Ont. He attends Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden.
 
Steve Plenert of Winnipeg, Man., has begun an assignment with MCC Manitoba, Winnipeg, as peace coordinator. He has a bachelor’s from University of Victoria, B.C., and a master’s of divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Plenert attends Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.
 
Rebekah Sears of Winnipeg, Man., has begun a one-year assignment with MCC Canada, Winnipeg, as a program associate. Sears has a bachelor’s in history from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., and a master’s in international affairs from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont. She attends St. Aidans Anglican Church, Winnipeg.
 

Cheryl Tereck of Winnipeg, Man., has worked with MCC Canada, Winnipeg, since October 2009 as a controller. Tereck has a bachelor’s in business administration from Brandon University, Man., and is a certified management accountant. She attends Grant Memorial Baptist, Winnipeg.