Anne Marie and Scott Stoner-Ebny stand with sons Samuel, left, and Luke at their home in Kigali.

Names: Anne Marie and Scott Stoner-Eby

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Blossom Hill Mennonite Church)

Assignment: As MCC representatives for Rwanda and Burundi, we live in Kigali, Rwanda, oversee MCC’s work with partner organizations and lead a team of eight local and international staff. We work with partners and MCC staff to build effective projects, including refining project proposals, giving feedback on progress reports and visiting project sites.

Growing our faith: Once a week we have devotions as a team, using lectionary readings, and it’s amazing how frequently the biblical passages we read are so concretely relevant to our work and to the contexts of Rwanda and Burundi. We have gained a new appreciation for Paul, especially his emphasis on reconciliation as central to the Gospel. We have been so inspired by the way peacebuilders in Rwanda and Burundi have contributed to healing and reconciliation in communities torn apart by violence.

Joys: Never a dull moment — something interesting is always happening that presents opportunities for learning and growth! Also, seeing partner organizations getting stronger and our staff building their skills. Realizing the impact that MCC’s contributions to peacebuilding efforts have made over the years here. Having the privilege of sharing resources in Rwanda and Burundi that others have so generously donated to MCC.

Challenge: The wide variety on our to-do lists is stimulating, but it can be challenging to prioritize when there are so many important tasks to accomplish.

 

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