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We follow a book

MCC service worker Chris Kimmel in Vietnam in 1966 with youth and their chicken raising project at the Hue Lay Leadership Training Center (MCC photo)

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matt. 25:35)

Luke Martin is a former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in Vietnam. He has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the Mennonite churches in Vietnam in recent years. Several weeks ago, I met Luke at a gathering on the MCC campus in Akron PA of agencies and people who work in Vietnam.

Luke told this story which will appear in a future book he is writing. His story relies on A Full and Rewarding Life: A Memoir, by Paul Leatherman and I am relying on Luke as I tell this story to you:

In 1966 MCC began administering Vietnam Christian Service (VNCS), a joint program with Church World Service and Lutheran World Relief.  VNCS was providing services to thousands of internal refugees in central Vietnam. While per…