Miller: What can I do?

Oct 23, 2017 by

“What can I do to help?” peo­ple ask after natural disasters. The question became more pertinent for me after dodging Hurricane Irma as it made its way toward Sarasota, Fla., where I live. Thankfully, the...

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Hurricane Maria damage severe for Mennonites in Puerto Rico

Oct 10, 2017 by and

As assessment teams work their way across Puerto Rico, it becomes clear Hurricane Maria damaged Mennonite churches, hospitals and a school to a greater degree than originally understood. After Maria hit the...

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MCC to help restore hope in Cuba after hurricane

Oct 9, 2017 by and

Bonnie Klassen remembers the haunting, howling wind. “It was a deep, threatening growl. I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “That wind was purely destructive.” Klassen, Mennonite Central Committee...

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Relief and gratefulness after Hurricane Irma

Sep 18, 2017 by and

Unlike the 40-day flood Noah prepared for, members of Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion (Ark of Salvation Mennonite Church) in Fort Myers, Fla., took refuge from Hurricane Irma in their church building for...

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MCC responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in Cuba, Haiti

Sep 12, 2017 by

Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds. The flash flooding...

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Kriss: Our sighs and our work are our prayers

Sep 11, 2017 by

Houston Mennonite Church Pastor Marty Troyer told me on Aug. 31, “I’ve sighed a lot in these past few days,” referring to the Spirit’s pleading on our behalf through sighs and groans as outlined in the...

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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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An urgent case for some ‘hilarious’ giving

Aug 30, 2017 by

All of us are shocked by the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas. And this represents only a fraction of the ongoing suffering experienced by millions in northern Africa and...

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After flood, a shower of love

Aug 28, 2017 by and

In the weeks after Hurricane Harvey, Mennonites in southeast Texas are finding ways to help their neighbors and multiply an outpouring of support from across the country. Church building damage ranges from...

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Storm impacts Peruvian Mennonite Brethren

May 1, 2017 by

By what seemed like divine coincidence, Mennonite World Conference Andean regional representative Pablo Stucky planned to visit Peru in early April. His scheduled meetings with church leaders came shortly...

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MCC assists survivors of flooding in North Korea

Jan 9, 2017 by and

Mennonite Central Committee’s partners in North Korea are providing assistance for hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslides in the isolated country. Heavy rains Aug. 28-Sept. 2...

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Pa. Haitians care for those in need back home

Dec 5, 2016 by and

PHILADELPHIA — As a people who have known and survived tragedy, Haitian members of Solidarity and Harmony Church stand ready to minister when hardship strikes in Philadelphia as well as back home. Hurricane...

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Devastation in Haiti: ‘Yesterday, we lost everything’

Oct 7, 2016 by

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, the rushing water of the River Gris washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, destroying their...

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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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Organizations respond to Ecuador earthquake

May 9, 2016 by

Local Mennonites and mission agencies responded after a powerful earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador April 16, followed by a second quake four days later. At least 570 people were killed, and more...

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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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Despite own trauma, Nepalis help others after quakes

Jun 15, 2015 by and

Binay Church Council, a group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships, is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May earthquakes in Nepal with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. “These earthquakes...

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By tractor, truck and on foot, aid reaches rural Nepal

May 22, 2015 by

Using tractors and people power to haul supplies where trucks could not go, Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations finished an initial distribution of emergency supplies to Nepal earthquake...

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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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Year after typhoon, MCC still rebuilding in Philippines

Nov 24, 2014 by and

One year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the house of Dominga Arias in the Philippines, the 50-year-old widow and mother of three has a new home with a more spacious bedroom than before. The simple wood...

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Bridge building the MDS way

May 26, 2014 by and

WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. — Forty feet isn’t a long walk, but it can be a difficult journey when the creek between your house and the road is running high and the bridge is out. Almost a year and a half after...

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