Knepp to address 60+ on MCC relief work on Sept. 29

Maynard Knepp, humanitarian relief worker from rural Goessel will present ?For I was Hungry and You Gave Me Meat,? at Tabor College?s 60+ Learning in Retirement Program at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Knepp, a sought-after speaker in central Kansas, will share stories and videos of people he met during trips to the war-torn African nation of Burundi, and Ukraine with the Mennonite Central Committee.

Knepp will speak under the auspices of MCC Central States, which has its headquarters in North Newton. He works there as warehouse supervisor and resource generation assistant.

Many audiences have enjoyed Knepp?s first-hand accounts of his own growing up Amish at Yoder. His wife, author Carol Duerksen, has used his experiences as the inspiration for a series of novels set in Amish life.

After Duerksen wrote a book about their black cat, ?Slickfester Dude tells Bedtime Stories,? Knepp was busy telling those stories throughout the area in schools, nursing homes and other settings.

Maynard and Carol are active in the rural Hillsboro community. They serve as youth sponsors at Tabor Mennonite Church and host exchange students from foreign countries in their home.

In addition, their annual ?Day at the Farm,? program in summer, and ?Night in the Barn,? program around Christmas have become popular community events.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retirement programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple).

Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or

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