Grants relieve stress, anguish

May 18, 2020 by , , and

When states began issuing stay-at-home orders and requiring some businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Pastor Graciela Tijerina called every member of her congregation. “What are your...

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MDS Lancaster churns out thousands of masks

Apr 20, 2020 by and

The Mennonite Disaster Service unit in Lancaster, Pa., is coordinating volunteers making coronavirus protection masks at a rate of 21,000 every three days. By April 13 they had made 55,000. The effort —...

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MCC U.S., MDS, Everence launch COVID relief fund

Apr 20, 2020 by , and

Mennonite Disaster Service, Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have launched a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund to aid churches facing financial crisis due to the pandemic. The fund was seeded...

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Mennonite Disaster Service closes all projects

Mar 30, 2020 by and

LITITZ, Pa. — Mennonite Disaster Service has closed all current projects and suspended all summer programs due to COVID-19. “It has been a turbulent and challenging time for all of us at MDS, as it has for...

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MDS to respond to hurricane in Bahamas

Dec 2, 2019 by and

For Mennonite Disaster Service executive director Kevin King, the destruction left behind in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian was unbelievable. “As far as one could see, everything was destroyed or...

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MCC, MDS promote healing with indigenous Canadians

Jun 17, 2019 by , and

BRANTFORD, Ont. — How do you repair a disaster 142 years in the making? For Mennonite Disaster Service Canada and Mennonite Central Committee, it will happen one desk, one table and one bench at a time. This...

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The many faces of MDS

Apr 15, 2019 by and

What do you get when you put Mennonites from all over the United States and Canada, and from all sorts of different Mennonite conferences and churches, in the same place? A Mennonite Disaster Service unit,...

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Help goes full circle in Florida after Hurricane Michael

Nov 2, 2018 by

MARIANNA, Fla. — Dwight Cloud was still, little by little, clearing debris from his yard, more than two weeks after Hurricane Michael struck his town of Marianna on Oct. 10. Though his 100-year-old house...

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After hurricane, a reblossoming in Puerto Rico

Feb 5, 2018 by and

CAYEY, Puerto Rico — Despite the pummeling received from Hurricane Maria in September, Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation is blooming early this year, pushing out blossoms and leaves on trees amputated of major...

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MDS evaluates Puerto Rico hurricane damage

Oct 2, 2017 by

LITITZ, Pa. — Mennonite Disaster Service regional operations coordinator Larry Stoner arrived Sept. 26 in San Juan to begin a 10-day assessment of how MDS will assist Puerto Rico in the aftermath of...

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MDS crews heading to Bloomington, Texas

Sep 1, 2017 by

BLOOMINGTON, Texas — A Mennonite Disaster Service assessment team moved deeper into the devastating footprint of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 31 as they visited the town of Bloomington, southwest of Houston. The...

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MDS responds to a different kind of disaster: homelessness

Aug 21, 2017 by

DENVER — At the annual meeting of the Mennonite Disaster Service Colorado Unit, board members decided to think outside the box. Instead of responding to a natural disaster, they would address a human...

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Mennonite Disaster Service seeks volunteers for Louisiana flood

Aug 29, 2016 by

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers have begun the arduous process of mucking out and cleaning up homes in the town of Central, La., resulting from the worst U.S. disaster since Superstorm Sandy in...

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Ministry born out of Katrina

Sep 14, 2015 by and

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Thi Nguyen was attending a Vietnamese Mennonite church in Philadelphia when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. He wanted to help and was invited to travel to Bayou La Batre as a service...

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Restoring a way of life after Katrina

Sep 8, 2015 by and

GRAND BAYOU, La. — Ruby Ancar picks up a teddy bear mailed to her by a Mennonite child a few months after Hurricane Ka­trina devastated her home in the southernmost region of Plaquemines Parish. “She was...

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MDS staff visit site of church burning in North Carolina

Aug 17, 2015 by and

A Mennonite Disaster Service staff member and the MDS Region I director visited Briar Creek Road Baptist Church near Charlotte, N.C., July 29 to assess the needs for support in rebuilding a burned building on...

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Stories of reawakened hope fill MDS annual meeting

Mar 2, 2015 by and

HARTVILLE, Ohio — Close to 300 volunteers, staff and donors came together to celebrate the work of Mennonite Disaster Service during the MDS All-Unit annual meeting Feb. 13-14 at Hart­ville Mennonite...

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At MDS, every tool’s now in its place

Dec 29, 2014 by and

Just organizing your own tool bench can be a big project. Now imagine organizing tools for hundreds of volunteers to be used at multiple locations — and the tool bench must travel well. This was the...

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MDS volunteers shovel out New York neighbors

Dec 5, 2014 by and

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers often describe their service as being the hands and feet of Jesus. In late November those hands — and backs — were working hard, shoveling the historic snowfall in New...

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Youth make MDS part of their summer

Aug 29, 2014 by

More than 190 youth and youth sponsors from around the U.S. and Canada gave a week of their summer to serve at one of three Mennonite Disaster Service Youth Project sites. Youth groups worked in Staten Island,...

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