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Young adults serve with MCC

11/07/2011

Winnipeg, Man. – In August, MCC commissioned more than 53 young adults for one-year assignments through its SALT – Serving and Learning Together – program for people age 18 to 27 from Canada and the U.S. who volunteer outside both countries. They completed a week-long orientation at MCC’s Welcoming Place, Akron, in August.

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

Participants in SALT assignments

Meredith Alexander of Clarksburg, Md., is serving in Palestine as an administrative assistant with Shepherd’s Society, Bethlehem. Alexander has a bachelor’s in psychology from Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. She attends Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill, Pa.

Margaret Almdale of Uniondale, Ind., is serving in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, working with Low German and Centro Menno programs. Almdale has a bachelor’s in English/creative writing from Hope College, Holland, Mich. She attends Engedi Church, Holland.

Talibah Aquil of Bronx, N.Y., is serving in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as an art/music teacher at Masiyephambill Junior School. She has a bachelor’s in musical theater from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Aquil attends King of Glory Tabernacle, Bronx.

Bethany Blackwood of Chicago is serving in Kigali, Rwanda, as an English as a Foreign Language teacher at Mwana Nshuti Vocational Training Center. Blackwood has a bachelor’s in math and French from Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. She attends Living Water Community Church, Chicago.

Grace Boehm of Kansas City, Kan., is serving in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as an after-school program worker with Guarderia Moises. She attends Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City.

Aimee Breuker of Fremont, Mich., is serving in Managua, Nicaragua, as an educational assistant at Hogar Belen Children’s Home. Breuker has a bachelor’s in social work from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. She attends Mars Hill Bible Church, Grandville, Mich.

Alyson Buschena of Fulda, Minn., is serving in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a childcare worker/office assistant at Talita Cumi Children’s Home. Buschena has a bachelor’s in English and Bible from Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn. She attends Journey Church, Worthington, Minn.

Madeline Charnuski of Elmira, Ont., is serving in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, as a teacher’s aide at Gateway Christian School. Charnuski studied peace studies at University of Waterloo (Ont.). She attends Woodside Bible Fellowship, Elmira, Ont.

Jennifer Deibert of Reedley, Calif., is serving in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a manuscript editor at The Gioi Publishing House. Deibert has a bachelor’s in English from Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University. She attends Community Christian Fellowship, Reedley.

Steffen Docken of Sioux Falls, S.D., is serving in Suna-Migori, Kenya, as a math/science teacher at Oruba Mixed Secondary School. Docken studied physics and mathematics at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. He attends Chatfield (Minn.) Lutheran Church.

Laura Dueckman of Abbotsford, B.C., is serving in Kopeng, Indonesia, as an English language teacher and MCC writer. Dueckman is in a general studies program at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. She attends Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Abbotsford.

Trish Elgersma of Cambridge, Ont., is serving in Irbid, Jordan, as a teacher’s assistant at Arab Episcopal School. Elgersma has a bachelor’s in international relations/development studies from University of Calgary (Alta.) and a post-graduate certificate in conflict resolution from Coventry (U.K.) University. She attends Connections Christian Church, Calgary.

Erica Entz of Winnipeg, Man., is serving in Kedung, Central Java, Indonesia, as an English as a Second Language teacher and community worker. Entz studied international development at The University of Winnipeg. She attends Sterling Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg.

Brianne Fast of Minneapolis is serving in Chapagaon, Nepal, as a peace program assistant with Rural Institution for Community Development. Fast has a bachelor’s in international relations from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn. She attends Awaken Community Church, St. Paul, Minn.

Kendelle Fawcett of Brandon, Man., is serving in the Maphutseng Valley, Lesotho, as a conservation agriculture youth worker. Fawcett has a bachelor’s in environmental studies and geography from Brandon (Man.) University. She attends Grand Valley Community Church, Brandon.

Rachel Gaeddert of Larned, Kan., is serving in Montero, Bolivia, as a nutrition education worker at San Jose Parish Social Center. She has a bachelor’s in social work from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. She attends Bergthal Mennonite Church, Little River, Kan.

Alex Heidebrecht of Crossfield, Alta., is serving in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as an English teacher at Royal University of Phnom Penh. Heidebrecht has a business certificate from Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alta.  He attends Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury, Alta.

Michael Hogg of Stouffville, Ont., is serving in Abepura, Papua, Indonesia, as a literacy aide and community worker. He attends Heise Hill Church, Gormley, Ont.

Christa Hoover of Greencastle, Pa., is serving in Santiago de Chiquitos, Bolivia, as a youth choir/orchestra facilitator. Hoover has a bachelor’s in music and English literature from Wheaton (Ill.) College. She attends Bethany Chapel, Wheaton.

Jason Horlings of Smithers, B.C., is serving in Kudus, Indonesia, as a pastoral intern. Horlings has a bachelor’s in politics, history and economics from The King’s University College, Edmonton, Alta. He attends Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton.

Philip Hosler of Manheim, Pa., is serving in Siem Reap, Cambodia, as a ceramics studio advisor with Rajana Association. Hosler has a bachelor’s in art from Goshen (Ind.) College. He attends West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship and Chiques Church of the Brethren, Manheim.

Mariah Kennell of Estes Park, Colo., is serving in Managua, Nicaragua, as a social worker at Escuela Cristiana de Sordos (School for the Deaf). Kennell studied anthropology and archeology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo. She attends Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship.

Jared Klassen of Abbotsford, B.C., is serving in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, as a conservation agriculture promoter with MCC/Project Gateway. Klassen has a bachelor’s in biblical studies from Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford. He attends South Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church.

Randall Koehler of Benson, Ill., is serving in the Maphutseng Valley, Lesotho, as a primary school youth worker. Koehler studied elementary education at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill. He attends Metamora (Ill.) Mennonite Church.

Rebecca Kragt of Goshen, Ind., is serving in Bogota, Colombia, as a sister/peace church coordinator. Kragt has a bachelor’s in religion from Hope College, Holland, Mich. She attends Rock Run Church of the Brethren, Goshen.

Matthew Lapaire of Wilmington, N.C., is serving in Choma, Zambia, as a schoolteacher at Choma Secondary School. Lapaire has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. He attends Grandview Baptist Church, Dothan, Ala.

Michael Linscheid of Reedley, Calif., is serving in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as a computer teacher with Proyecto MAMA. Linscheid has a bachelor’s in computer science from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. He attends First Mennonite Church of Reedley.

Annie Loewen of Plum Coulee, Man., is serving in Kigali, Rwanda, as an English as a Foreign Language teacher and peace trainer. Loewen has a bachelor’s in international development and conflict resolution studies from The University of Winnipeg – Menno Simons College. She attends Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Plum Coulee.

Emily Matthews of Chicago is serving in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as an HIV and AIDS support worker. Matthews has a bachelor’s in public policy from Duke University, Durham, N.C. She attends Living Water Community Church, Chicago.

Aaron McGarvey of Philadelphia is serving in Santiago Atitian, Guatemala, as a community and human development assistant with Association for the New Dawn. McGarvey has a bachelor’s in English from Eastern University, St. David’s, Pa. He attends Circle of Hope, Philadelphia.

Kelly Miller of Harrisonburg, Va., is serving in San Cristobal Chiapas, Mexico, as an administrative assistant at Institute for Intercultural Study and Research. Miller has a bachelor’s in history from Goshen (Ind.) College. She attends Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg.

Annali Murray of Orville, Ohio, is serving in Kotido, Uganda, as school social worker, chaplain and educator with Church of Uganda. Murray has a bachelor’s in Bible and religion from Goshen (Ind.) College. She attends Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.

Neah Ortman of Seattle is serving in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as an English instructor/office assistant with Mission Apostolic Church. Ortman has a bachelor’s in sociology and French from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash. She attends Seattle Mennonite Church.

Shawnti Peachey of Corvallis, Ore., is serving in Durban, South Africa, as a child care assistant in the Child Care Centre. Peachey has an associate degree in social work from Hesston (Kan.) College. She attends Hesston Mennonite Church.

Ellery Penner of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is serving in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, as an English as a Second Language teacher and community worker. Penner has a bachelor’s in peace and conflict studies from University of Waterloo (Ont.). She attends Niagara United Mennonite Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Jacob Pettigrew of Dundas, Ont., is serving in N’Djamena, Chad, as an English instructor at College Evangelique. Pettigrew studied psychology at University of Guelph (Ont.). He attends The Meeting House-Oakville (Ont.).

Keila Quenzer of Visalia, Calif., is serving in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as an elementary reading program coordinator with Stewardship of Christian Ministries. Quenzer has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. She attends First Presbyterian Church, Visalia.

Miriam Roberts of Philadelphia is serving in Macha, Zambia, as an information technology support and training worker with Macha Works. Roberts has a bachelor’s in Spanish from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. She attends Germantown Mennonite Church, Philadelphia.

Jennifer Ruppelt of Lincoln, Neb., is serving in Managua, Nicaragua, as a program assistant with Batahola Norte Cultural Center. Ruppelt has a bachelor’s in sociology from Wheaton (Ill.) College. She attends Naperville (Ill.) Presbyterian Church.

Jessica Rupright of Clarkston, Mich., is serving in Durban, South Africa, as a social worker with Refugee Social Services. Rupright has a bachelor’s in social work from Asbury University, Wilmore, Ky. She attends Waterford (Mich.) Community Church.

Alison Schmidt-Tieszen of Newton, Kan., is serving in Lusaka, Zambia, as an assistant project coordinator with Peace Club. Schmidt-Tieszen has a bachelor’s in social work from Bethel College, North Newton. She attends Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Isaac Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, is serving in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a communications officer with Action for the City and MCC Vietnam. Smith has a bachelor’s in history from Goshen (Ind.) College. He attends Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas, San Juan, Texas.

Maria Steinman of Tavistock, Ont., is serving in San Salvador, El Salvador, as a childcare educational assistant with New Dawn Association of El Salvador. Steinman has a bachelor’s in social development studies from University of Waterloo (Ont.). She attends Tavistock Mennonite Church.

Benjamin Stucky of Pittsburgh is serving in Lari, Kenya, as an information technology technician with Lari Peace Project. Stucky studied mathematics and computer science at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. He attends Pittsburgh Mennonite Church.

Elyse Sullivan of Lake Zurich, Ill., is serving in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as an intern with Our Neighbors Ministry. Sullivan has a bachelor’s in psychology from Trinity International University, Deerfield, Ill. She attends Life on the Vine Christian Community, Long Grove, Ill.

Sarah Thompson of Elkhart, Ind., is serving in East Jerusalem, Palestine, as a volunteer with Sabeel Liberation Theology Center. Thompson has a bachelor’s in women’s and international studies from Spelman College, Atlanta, and a master of divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart. She attends Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart.

Janelle Tupper of Washington, D.C., is serving in Bujumbura, Burundi, as a community development worker with Harvest for Christ Ministries. Tupper has a bachelor’s in French and international studies from American University, Washington, D.C. She attends Washington (D.C.) Community Fellowship.

Eric Vander Heyden of Renton, Wash., is serving in Arusha, Tanzania, as an English teacher assistant with Mwangaza. Vander Heyden has a master’s in math education from Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash. He attends New Community Church, Spokane.

Lisa Vander Klippe of Thorold, Ont., is serving in Moundou, Chad, as an English and computer instructor at Altonodji Orphanage. Vander Klippe has a bachelor’s in sociology from University of Ottawa (Ont). She attends St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church, Ottawa.

Laura Wheeler of Marion, Ind., is serving in Cairo, Egypt, as an English teacher at Anba Rueis English Language Institute. Wheeler has a bachelor’s in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion. She attends Lakeview Wesleyan Church, Marion.

Caleb Yoder of Canby, Ore., is serving in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, as a business management teacher at Chea Sim University. Yoder has a bachelor’s in economics and business from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif. He attends Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard, Ore.

Christopher Yoder of Manheim, Pa., is serving in Sikalongo, Zambia, as a teacher at Sikalongo Basic School. Yoder studied sciences at Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. He attends Landisville (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Kinley Zook of Lancaster, Pa., is serving in Vientiane, Laos, as a primary school English teacher at Nita School. Zook has a bachelor’s in English education from Messiah College, Grantham, Pa. She attends Stumptown Mennonite Church, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.