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Records Relating to Service Ministries | Mennonite Archival Commons

Voluntary Service has its roots in 1917 as the Mennonite Relief Commission for War Sufferers (MRCWS), directed by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. This commission came to an end in 1926 and its work was taken over by the Mennonite Relief Committee (MRC). The Voluntary Service Program began in 1943 and was administered by the MRC. The MRC worked closely with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in relief work starting in WW II. Levi C. Hartzler became the first full-time secretary of the MRC in 1948. An I-W (military alternative service program) counseling service was begun in 1952 with the implementation of the draft.  In 1953, the MRC was renamed the Mennonite Relief and Service Committee (MRSC) and this committee existed until the reorganization of MBM in 1982. The department was then called Service Ministries until 2002.  In 1971, the MBMC changed to the Mennonite Board of Missions until 2002 when GC and MC merged, then it became Mennonite Mission Network.

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