Recession reduces relief resources

AKRON, Pa.

Amid the global economic crisis, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is reducing its budget in the coming year while continuing to focus its resources on helping people in poverty around the world.

The budget for MCC’s international program, which carries out relief, development, and peacemaking work in more than 50 countries, will be reduced by about $2 million (about 10 percent) and administrative expenditures are also being cut, according to Arli Klassen, MCC’s executive director.

“As we make difficult decisions, our highest concern is for the hundreds of thousands of people around the world whose lives are touched by MCC’s work,” she said.

Klassen asks for prayer for the work of MCC and renewed giving to support MCC’s mission. “Thank you for your commitment to walking alongside people who face poverty and conflict, whether we have big resources or smaller resources,” Klassen said. “Our commitment to sharing God’s love does not change.”

—MCC

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