This non profit event involves Mennonite churches in Nebraska and Colorado and the sale proceeds are distributed through the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Everyone is welcome no matter what your religious beliefs are. Your support and participation is very much needed and appreciated. Please come enjoy the satisfaction of helping others! The Nebraska MCC Relief Sale is only one of many held in the United States and Canada. It is an annual event to raise funds to meet human needs and suffering around the world. By attending this and other Relief Sales you help support the worldwide relief programs of MCC.
Proceeds from the sale go to Mennonite Central Committee. MCC is the relief, service and development agency of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches. MCC seeks to demonstrate God's love through committed women and men who work among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster. Volunteers work to remove barriers that separate people from each other and from God in a ministry of reconciliation. MCC's relief work involves providing material aid such as food, clothing and medical supplies to meet emergency needs. Long-term development workers including teachers, engineers, nurses and agriculturists promote a better life for individuals and communities. Ninety percent (90%) of MCC's budget goes directly into these ministries.
MCC was born in the United States in the shadow of World War I. Mennonites formed what became known as Mennonite Central Committee in 1920 to meet the needs of suffering fellow Mennonites in Russia. Tons of food and supplies were shipped overseas. By 1940 MCC began a growth period in response to the agony of war and concern for peace. Since that time the concern for suffering humanity by Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations spread rapidly to include services to people in need throughout the world. Some 1400 people work in more than 55 countries around the world. MCC is currently involved in: overseas development (education, health, agriculture), peace and justice issues, relief work, employment development both in North America and overseas, immigration and refugee assistance and more.
MCC believes that service to one's fellow human is an integral part of Christian faith, a teaching of Christ emphasized in the Anabaptist movement.
Mennonites trace their roots back to the early 16th Century and are named after an early Anabaptist leader, Menno Simons. A central belief in adult baptism, as demonstrated in the early church led Menno Simons and others to abandon the belief that infants must be baptized to be saved. Believers are baptized when they have decided to follow Christ in a mature faith, usually as youth or young adults. The word Anabaptist literally means "re-baptized" which is what these early believers we doing since they had been baptized as infants.
Etched into the Mennonite consciousness is the call of Christ to minister to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger (Matthew 25:36-37). Especially since the 1940's, Mennonites have developed a substantial ministry of emergency relief and development service which stand along side the church. According to Mennonite understanding of the Bible (centered on the life and teachings of Jesus), violence and war are contrary to God's will. Mennonites believe war and violence of all kinds violate the sacredness of human life. Hence, Mennonites are pacifists who continue to stress peace making and relationship building as important for wholeness. For more information on Mennonites please go to the MCC booth at the sale.