During the business session on Saturday morning, Great Lakes staff presented their program plans for the upcoming year with the delegates. SWAP (Sharing with Appalachian People) staffers shared highlights from the past year, as well as plans for the future.
James Helmuth (from Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Indiana) was recognized as the Great Lakes regional winner for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office annual essay contest. His essay, which focused on U.S. military spending and its effects internationally and domestically, won honorable mention in the national contest. He was presented with an award by Jorge Vielman, MCC Great Lakes regional associate.
Two workshop sessions were offered on Saturday, giving participants the chance to talk more about specific topics and programs. Terri Geiser, former MCC worker in El Salvador and Colombia, led a workshop about her experiences creating quilts with women's groups and the direct correlation with trauma healing.
Other workshops focused on immigration response/reform, sand dams and savings groups in Mozambique, SALT and IVEP programs, Foods Resource Bank, war tax resistance, Penny Power and MCC's educational resources.
Zenebe Abebe was presented as MCC Great Lakes executive director, after the board approved his appointment on Friday. A prayer of blessing was offered for him as he begins his new position at the beginning of April.
Blankets and comforters were brought as an offering during the worship service on Saturday afternoon. A prayer of blessing was given for them to bring warmth and comfort to the people who will receive them.