Name: Anna Vogt
Hometown: Dawson City, Yukon (Mennonite Church of Canada)
Assignment: To encourage and build bridges for advocacy on issues that affect the Latin American and Caribbean countries where MCC works.
Typical day: Working from Bogotá, Colombia, I research and update MCC’s Latin American advocacy blog. As I travel, I lead workshops on advocacy, learn from MCC’s partners and encourage connections. I’m always trying to explore how partners are working for change in their communities and how MCC can connect with their efforts.
Joys: Despite trauma, conflict and death, every day I hear and see those around me continuing to build the future, together. I love entering a new place, unsure of what I will encounter, and leaving encouraged by the good and creative ways local organizations and communities are working for social justice. And I love sharing their stories. Often I feel like I haven’t finished a visit until I write something about it.
MCC photo/Anna Vogt
On a recent trip to Guatemala and Mexico to learn about migration, I was reminded of my own family’s Russian Mennonite journey of leaving farmlands in Ukraine to search for a better life. Being able to see these connections and talk to those migrating is a joy and privilege but also a call to action.
Challenge: Not being overwhelmed by challenges communities face, from climate change to forced migration, especially because so many are connected to Canadian or U.S. policies.