Attendees at MCC Manitoba's 2017 AGM raise hands in support of a motion
(MCC Photo/Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

Attendees at MCC Manitoba's 2017 Annual General Meeting. This year's meeting focused on trauma and resilience among refugees and displaced people.

“My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn!”

Last night over 100 delegates and visitors joined in song and reflected on hope in the face of tragedy at MCC Manitoba’s Annual General Meeting. In his keynote address to the crowd gathered at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler, Arisnel Mesidor pointed to the trauma Prophet Elijah experiences in 1 Kings 17—uprooted from his home, forced into hiding, lonely and hungry, just like millions of refugees today.

Today there is a loud call. A call that you and I can hear, for MCC to continue the good work.” - Arisnel Mesidor, Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator

Mesidor, MCC Manitoba’s Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator, reminded delegates of Jesus’ ministry and his call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger. “While Christ is no longer walking on this earth, you and I are,” said Mesidor.

Reports on MCC Manitoba’s work illustrated the ways many in the province are responding to that call—whether by working with MCC, by donating, or by volunteering their time.

“While Christ is no longer walking on this earth, you and I are” - Arisnel Mesidor

And MCC Manitoba staff expressed heartfelt thanks to those in attendance, who represented the many thousands in Manitoba whose faithful support allows our work to continue.

“Today there is a loud call,” Mesidor reflected. “A call that you and I can hear, for MCC to continue the good work.”