Pandemic aid shows ‘radical love’ for Iranians

Ashkan Taghipour, standing, director of the Moms Against Poverty partner non­governmental organization in Tehran, Iran, supervises staff and volunteers repackaging masks sent by Mennonites. — Doug Hostetter Ashkan Taghipour, standing, director of the Moms Against Poverty partner non­governmental organization in Tehran, Iran, supervises staff and volunteers repackaging masks sent by Mennonites. — Doug Hostetter

On July 25, Evanston Mennonite Church in Illinois sent more than $20,000 given by North American Mennonites to Moms Against Poverty for an Iran aid project.

The funds were raised in response to a letter sent in June to The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review asking for contributions to assist people in Iran affected by the coronavirus pandemic. MAP used the funds to purchase personal protective equipment in Iran to supply the doctors and nurses in six hospitals in Tehran Province.

Doug Hostetter, peace pastor at Evanston Mennonite Church, who has worked in Mennonite peacebuilding with Iran, helped coordinate the effort.

“The message of radical love in a time of critical need is significant both to those of us who participated and to the people of Iran,” Hostetter said. The fund, called “Who Is My Neighbor,” is still accepting contributions at Evanston Mennonite Church, PO Box 6397, Evanston, Il 60204-6397.

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