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Workers begin assignments with MCC

November 30, 2011


AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) commissioned 27 new workers for service after they participated in an orientation at MCC offices in Akron, Oct. 17-28.

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 1,069 MCC workers in 49 countries. For more information on MCC, visit mcc.org.

Participants beginning assignments in Canada or the United States include:

Jesse Epp-Fransen of Winnipeg, Man., has begun a two-year assignment in Washington, D.C., as legislative assistant and communications coordinator with the MCC U.S. Washington Office. Epp-Fransen has a bachelor’s in English literature from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, and a master’s in English literature from University of Manitoba. He attended Charleswood Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.

Chris Ewert of Winnipeg, Man., has begun an assignment with MCC Canada, Winnipeg, as a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Haiti project coordinator. Ewert has a bachelor’s in development studies and economics from The University of Winnipeg and a master’s in development studies from Oxford (U.K.) University. He attends Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg.

Heather Gross of Loyall, Ky., has begun a two-year assignment in Harlan, Ky., as a Sharing with Appalachian People (SWAP) location coordinator. Gross has an associate degree in management studies from University of Maryland University College Asia, Okinawa, Japan. She attends Loyall Church of Christ.

Martin Harder of Petershagen, Germany, has begun a two-year assignment in Abbotsford, B.C., as a daytime support worker with Communitas Supportive Care Society, a service provider, advocate and resource for persons living with mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities. He attended an Evangelical Free Bible study group in Germany.

Steve Jarnick of Kitchener, Ont., has begun an assignment in Waterloo, Ont., as an assistant manager in the Generations Thrift Shop. Jarnick has a certificate in physics from Etobicoke (Ont.) Collegiate Institute. He attends The Meeting House, Kitchener.

Martin Kaethler of Winnipeg, Man., has begun an assignment in Winnipeg as a computer support specialist with MCC Canada. Kaethler has a bachelor’s in psychology from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. He attends Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.

Matthew Kok of St. Catharines, Ont., has begun an assignment as assistant manager of receiving at Christian Benefit Thrift Shop, St. Catharines. Kok has a youth work diploma from Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C. He attends Mountain Park Church, Niagara Falls, Ont.

Frank Leonardi of Moncton, N.B., has begun an assignment in Moncton as an MCC Maritimes regional representative. Leonardi has a bachelor’s in mathematics/computer science from University of Waterloo, Ont. He attends St. Augustine’s Church, Moncton.

Mathias Mohrland of Möckmühl, Germany, has begun a two-year assignment in Abbotsford, B.C., as a shipping/receiving assistant at Abby East Thrift Shop. Mohrland attended Freie Evangelische Kirchengemeinde, Möckmühl.

Fern Nafziger of Archbold, Ohio, has begun a three-year assignment in Hindman, Ky., as a Sharing with Appalachian People (SWAP) location coordinator/developer. Nafziger has a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from University of Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio.

Jessica Reesor Rempel of Kitchener, Ont., has begun an assignment in Kitchener as a Circle of Friends program manager. Reesor Rempel has a bachelor’s in peace and conflict studies from University of Waterloo, Ont. She attends Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener.

Brittany Sensenig of Ephrata, Pa., has begun an assignment in Ephrata as an administrative assistant with MCC East Coast. Sensenig has an associate degree in business from York (Pa.) Technical Institute. She attends Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz, Pa.

Cheryl Swartz of Kitchener, Ont., has begun an assignment as a management support worker for Elmira (Ont.) Thrift Shop. Swartz has a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Waterloo, Ont. She attends Glencairn Mennonite Brethren Church, Kitchener.

Participants beginning assignments overseas include:

David Ghan of Anchorage, Alaska, has begun a three-year assignment in Menouf, Egypt, as an English as a Foreign Language facilitator. Ghan has a bachelor’s in political science from Seattle Pacific University. He attended Anchorage Grace Church.

Miriam Harder of Clavet, Sask., has begun a three-year assignment in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, as a conservation agriculture consultant. Harder has a bachelor’s in land use and environmental studies from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and a master’s in human geography from McGill University, Montreal, Québec. She attended Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal.

Camille Medema of St. Louis begins a three-year assignment in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a program planning and reporting associate, starting in December 2011. Medema has a bachelor’s in nursing and Spanish from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and a master’s in public health from Washington University, St. Louis. She attends New City Fellowship, St. Louis.

Kirsten and Kyle Navis of Racine, Wis., have begun three-year assignments in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Kirsten works as an administrative and hosting assistant, and Kyle works as a Connecting Peoples facilitator. Kirsten has a bachelor’s in peace studies from Houghton (N.Y.) College. Kyle has a bachelor’s in peace studies from Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash., and a secondary general science teaching certification from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. They attended Grace Church of Philly, Philadelphia,

Heather Powell of Baltimore has begun a two-year assignment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a project development associate. Powell has a bachelor’s in Russian studies/religion from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a master’s in foreign service from Georgetown University, also in Washington. Powell attended Homewood Friends Meeting and Stoney Run Friends Meeting, both in Baltimore.

Cassie and Kevin Zonnefeld of St. Paul, Minn., have begun three-year assignments in Managua, Nicaragua, as Culture of Peace educators. Cassie has a bachelor’s in social work from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, and a master’s in social work from University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Kevin has a bachelor’s in theology from Dordt College, and a master’s of divinity from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul. The Zonnefelds attended Cross of Glory Baptist Church, Minnetonka, Minn.

Participants working in their home countries include:

Suzi Al-Khoury of Amman, Jordan, is an administrative assistant with MCC Jordan.

Fritzner Estilus of Desarmes, Haiti, is an environmental education coordinator with MCC Haiti.

Denise Isaac of Desarmes, Haiti, is an environmental education coordinator with MCC Haiti.

David Mercado of Managua, Nicaragua, is a social commission coordinator with MCC Nicaragua.

Wilda Mondestin of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is an MCC representative with her husband, Kurt Hildebrand of Medford, Ore.

Joseph Saingélus of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a bookkeeper with MCC Haiti.

Mennonite Central Committee: Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ