MCC celebrates 100 years of ministry in 2020

Remember and celebrate with us as we prepare for the next century

One hundred years ago, calls for help came from Mennonites in southern Russia where war, disease and famine had left them in desperation.

“Brethren! Help us, we are perishing!” wrote one man to Mennonites in the United States. “The famine is raging more and more, and suffering is increasing daily, yes, hourly.”

Mennonites and Mennonite Brethren groups formed a “central committee” in July 1920 to co-ordinate their responses to this crisis. Together, they pledged to help hungry people, including those who were suffering in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine).