CEDAR RAPIDS, IA— March 1-11, 2016 - Matthew 25 is sending a team to Morocco to explore a partnership with a local non-profit with intent to learn about Islam and the local food culture. After working for the last ten years in the northwest neighborhood with the Mother Mosque, Matthew 25 decided it was time to spend time as ethnic and religious minorities in an Islamic country.
Eric Christianson, Matthew 25’s urban farm production manager, spent time in Morocco and built relationships with farmers while working on his Fulbright research in 2010-11. “I can’t wait to introduce my colleagues from the U.S. to my Moroccan colleagues,” said Eric. “I think we have a lot that we can learn from each other.”
Clint Twedt-Ball, Executive Director of Matthew 25, stated, “Matthew 25 focuses on strengthening neighborhoods. Part of what makes for strong neighbors is a deep understanding of one another. Our hope is that this trip will help us to have a little more understanding of our Islamic brothers and sisters who have been key contributors to the neighborhoods where we work for more than a century.”
The trip is being supported by the Usher’s Trust of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. This year’s team includes Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball, Eric Christianson, Denise Clark and Barry Boyer.
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Eden Youngberg, Communications and Development Coordinator, 362-2214 or 712-830-3965
Matthew 25 is a 501(c)3 organization in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The mission of Matthew 25 is to empower people to transform neighborhoods!