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Through Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s (CFGB) food-for-work projects in Kenya, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding to the drought in eastern Africa, which has affected 11 million people. By constructing 92 sand dams and 25 wells, Kenyans will earn cooking oil, maize, and beans. In Ethiopia, MCC is providing supplemental foods for children and pregnant and nursing mothers through the Relief and Development Association of Meserete Kristos Church (a Mennonite World Conference member). CFGB partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief is also providing 18,350 people with more than 1,900 tonnes of food in Ethiopia, and Christian World Relief Committee is supporting 17,500 people in Kenya.—MCC and CFGB releases

As part of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) New Wineskins restructuring process, MCC has appointed Willie Reimer as director of programs for MCC Canada and Ruth Keidel Clemens as his U.S. counterpart beginning Sept. 1. MCC director of food, disaster, and material resources since 1997 and one-time teacher at MB Collegiate Institute, Reimer and his wife Ingrid van Kampen are members of River East MB Church, Winnipeg.—MCC release


Basic Christianity author John Stott, considered the father of evangelicalism, died July 27. A champion of biblical expository preaching, Stott’s books have been translated into more than 60 languages. Invited by Billy Graham to address the 1974 International Congress of World Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland, Stott was pivotal in the creation of the Lausanne Covenant. Out of his passion for biblical training and discipleship, Stott founded Langham Partnership International, providing books, seminars, and doctoral scholarships to equip global church leaders to preach.—theglobeandmail.com

Campus Crusade for Christ will change its name to Cru in 2012 to “overcome existing barriers and perceptions inherent in the original name.” Selected from a pool of 1,600 names, Cru has traction: since the mid-1990s, it’s been used locally on many campus ministries in the U.S. The 60-year-old interdenominational evangelism and discipleship ministry founded by Bill and Vonette Bright is made up of 25,000 team members in 191 countries.—Campus Crusade

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