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CORRESPONDENTS: Knepp will speak of trips overseas

Humanitarian relief worker Maynard Knepp 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 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, who lives near Goessel, will be speaking under the auspices of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Central States, headquartered in North Newton, where he serves as warehouse supervisor and resource generation assistant.

Many audiences have enjoyed his 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,” Maynard 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 the summertime, and “Night in the Barn,” program at Christmastime have become popular community attractions.

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

Last modified Sept. 24, 2008