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Workers begin assignments with MCC

May 9, 2011

AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) commissioned 12 workers for new or continuing service after they participated in an orientation at MCC offices in Akron, April 4-15.

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, 1,100 MCC workers serve in 48 countries. For more information on MCC, visit

Participants beginning assignments overseas are:

Isaac Friesen and Wanda Wall-Bergen of Waterloo, Ont., have begun three-year assignments as English as a Foreign Language facilitators in Beni Suef, Egypt. Friesen has a bachelor’s in history and political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, and a master’s in history from Tri-University Graduate Program, Waterloo. Wall-Bergen has a bachelor’s in sexuality, marriage and family studies from University of Waterloo. Friesen and Wall-Bergen attended Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

Cyra and Donald Goertzen of Quezon City, Philippines, have begun one-year assignments as coordinators of the Economic Justice Center at Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon. Cyra has a bachelor’s in commerce from Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, and a master’s in technology management from University of the Philippines, Quezon City. Donald has a master’s in journalism from University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in peace studies from Assoicated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., and a doctorate in social ethics from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. The Goertzens attended Union Church, Makati City, Philippines.

Participants beginning assignments in Canada or the United States include:

Leona Baerg of Saskatoon, Sask., serves with MCC Saskatchewan as manager of Village Green Thrift Shop, Saskatoon. Baerg attends Lakeview Free Methodist Church, Saskatoon.

Andrea Lagassé of Winnipeg, Man., serves with MCC Manitoba, Winnipeg, as an administrative assistant. Lagassé attends Crossroads Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg.

Bob LeBold of Shakespeare, Ont., serves with MCC Ontario as coordinator at the Material Resources Warehouse, Kitchener. LeBold attends Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, Ont.

Lois Mierau of Langham, Sask., serves with MCC Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, working with support services. Mierau attends Zoar Mennonite Church, Langham.

Silvia Rios of Reedley, Calif., has begun an assignment with West Coast MCC, Reedley, as a bilingual receptionist. Rios attends El Faro Community Church, Reedley.

Brian Snader of Lancaster, Pa., has begun an assignment with MCC East Coast as an assistant at the Material Resources Center, Ephrata, Pa.  Snader has a bachelor’s in biology from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and a master’s in education from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. He attends West End Mennonite Fellowship, Lancaster.

Helga Stobbe of Richmond, B.C., serves with MCC B.C. as manager of Vancouver Thrift Shop. Stobbe attends Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond.

Alejandra Verduzco of Dinuba, Calif., serves with West Coast MCC, Reedley, Calif., as staff associate for immigration.Verduzco attends St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Dinuba.