The other week, as I was in the midst of a deep January freeze, I felt content to be doing my own thing- you know- the laundry, the dishes, crafts, lunches, storytime, etc, etc. Then I stopped by the mailbox after running errands and I found the new A Common Place magazine which is a publication of the Mennonite Central Committee.
For several years I have known about MCC. It is a relief and development organization which is faith-based. Over the years I have come to respect and highly value the information and the inititatives of this amazing organization. They focus on peace, justice, development, skills, women’s issues, human rights. In short, they continually keep abreast of world issues in a loving, thoughtful manner and get it done.
The last issue contained 4 postcards. One was addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama, and 2 to give to friends. On the website I found out that MCC has been working in Haiti since 1958, and they have a whole kit on-line informing me how I can become an advocate for the Haitian people. They are relevant, they are resourceful and focused.
I love to be inspired. I am such a glutton for it. It gets me out of bed, it keeps me moving and it keeps me focused on others. Please check it out at www.mcc.org
As I said, they are faith-based, which is essential in my life, but I know I would feel quite comfortable without a Christ based perspective at this site. Oh, and they practically invented “fair trade” when they began paying fair wages to others in the developing world almost 70 years ago through Ten Thousand Villages. And, they were instrumental in developing the blue box program in the province where I reside.
Prepare to be inspired!!!