February 2024 Letter to Volunteers

Friends,

“Now we know that God has not forgotten us”…These words were said in Cuba during some difficult times.  Hurricanes had damaged the island destroying houses, agricultural lands…food was difficult and almost impossible to find.  Relief was almost impossible to find. Mennonite Central Committee responded to the situation providing canned chicken, relief kits with the essential elements of life…and as the MCC Partners handed out the cans of food, and the relief kit buckets, the people of Cuba, given food and relief responded with….”now we know that God has not forgotten us”.

As we turn the calendar to February, we are starting to pull the pieces of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale together.  Our theme…sowing seeds of hope, seeds of love…speaks to the needs of many people around the world.  

Our task is to help them by working as a community of faith, prayerfully working to raise money for the work of MCC, raising awareness of the plight of those whose lives have been impacted by flood, famine, war, disease, water shortage, and the many small disasters that are part of the everyday lives of so many.

And as we set our eyes on April 12 and 13, let us remember that we are a community of believers, we are a community of hope, we are a community of faith…let us speak with one voice, let us pray with common hearts, let us remember the words of Christ…to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and help those who need a helping hand along the way.

Each little contribution helps to provide food.  Each coin collected will add up to make good things happen. Each hour that you spend volunteering, quilting, woodworking, giving of your possessions and your time and your heart, allows us to engage in the actions of sowing hope, and sowing love.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. Love builds things up. Hope gives a future. Please consider helping us to help others.

We look forward to seeing you in April.  May your prayers be with those who are involved with the sale…May your prayers be with those who will benefit from the community that comes together for a few days…filled with the purpose that Christ commanded, to love God, to love each other, and to build up those who are down.

It is a great cause…walking with Jesus…please come and walk with us.

Blessings to you all…”in the name of Christ”

Jim Robb, Chair, KMRS Board