Due to increasing propane prices, people of Brazil are returning to older customs of using firewood and charcoal as fuel for cooking. The result? Deforestation and illness caused by excessive smoke in the home. Joel Krehbiel, Moundridge, Kansas, is using his knowledge of engineering to aid Mennonite Central Committee in creating a new alternative energy source to reduce the problem. He is learning about and installing biodigesters; a container which stores methane from decomposing organic material. This methane is then used as cooking gas in the kitchen.

Krehbiel is a participant in MCC’s SALT program, an acronym for Serving and Learning Together. SALT offers a one-year assignment to young adults who desire to serve internationally with MCC. Read More