Chris Zehr, Legislative Assistant for International Affairs of the Mennonite Central Committee, shared insights on efforts to bring disaster relief, development and reconciliation to conflict areas. The MCC is a relief, service, and peace agency representing fifteen Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America. Their advocacy offices in Washington, DC and Ottawa lobby legislators on issues related to systemic causes of poverty and conflict raised by the 520 partners and 729 projects across 60 countries. 
 
MCC and partner international relief efforts include distribution of food and hygiene kits as well as educating communities on disaster prevention. Development activities are focused on improving access to food and healthcare, while peace initiatives target justice advocacy, healing and conflict resolution. MCC also offers youth one year service projects in specific countries working with local partners. MCC domestic policy focuses on criminal/restorative justice, reducing gun violence.
 
Country-specific policies stem from addressing issues that local partners face. For example, in Haiti the MCC advocates for better housing policy, elimination of housing eviction, and addressing permanent and adequate housing for affected peoples. Water and sanitation improvement efforts are also a focus encouraging the Haitian and US governments to tackle major efforts to prevent cholera and other water-borne diseases. As a result, MCC has also pushed Congress for greater transparency of US aid agencies.