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20 Questions Mystery - The ANSWER!

Marlin Detweiler Written by Marlin Detweiler
20 Questions Mystery - The ANSWER!
In October, 2013, Veritas Press released the remaining portion of its geography curriculum known as Legends and Leagues. To celebrate  this milestone they held a contest called “20 Questions Mystery.” The contest showed a picture of a small ordinary house that happens to be located on 11th St, Akron Pa. Akron is a small town of 4,000, which is also the hometown of Marlin and Laurie Detweiler, founders and owners of Veritas Press. Marlin grew up on 12th Street. More on point, it is the town in which Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is headquartered. MCC is a mission arm of the Mennonite church specifically geared to meeting physical needs. It began in 1920 with a pledge to aid hungry people by founder, Orie Miller. Since then, MCC has worked to follow the call of Matthew 25:35-36 to reach out to those who are hungry, thirsty, ill or in prison and to welcome strangers. The ministry of MCC currently assists people in 56 countries. It has expanded beyond aiding the hungry and thirsty to include ministering to those affected by HIV and AIDS, natural disasters, war, and lack of education. In 1946 one of the men working at MCC traveled to Puerto Rico as part of his work, accompanied by his wife, Edna Ruth Byler. Incidental to the trip, Edna attended a church-sponsored sewing class were she saw many women with amazing needlework skill who lived in extreme poverty. She brought some of their work back to sell and sent the money to the women. The basement of her home was soon filled with imported items from all over the world that she sold to assist the talented yet poverty-stricken artisans. MCC came to her rescue as the venture grew beyond what she could handle in her basement. It was first called Self-Help and was renamed 10,000 Villages. “Now you know the rest of the story.” Through here efforts Mrs. Byler is credited with birthing Fair Trade in the process. She could easily be thought of as a visionary, an extraordinary entrepreneur, maybe even a tycoon of sorts. We knew Edna. She was none of those things. She was simply a godly women, travelling with her husband who saw a need and an opportunity. At the time her husband was doing the “real work.” There are so many lessons that can be learned for this it would take pages to list them. May we suggest that you come up with your own list by discussing them with your families and school classes. But we’d be remiss to not suggest that learning geography is an important ingredient to addressing the world in which we live. And learning with Legends and Leagues could be a great place to start.