MDS weighing mission and safety in COVID-19 return

Jun 15, 2020 by and

With long-term rebuild sites shut down through the summer due to COVID-19, Mennonite Disaster Service is evaluating how to return to its mission of cleaning up and rebuilding safely after disasters. Standard...

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Andres: How disaster stories give us hope

May 4, 2020 by

In the last two months, my go-to stories featured disasters and dystopias. I watched the Hunger Games films, Contagion, 2012, the Insurgent series, World War Z, Oblivion, the new Amazon series Tales from the...

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Storm response prepares Congolese churches for COVID-19

May 4, 2020 by and

A March medical clinic organized by Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Church of Congo) proved to be a training ground for the looming challenge that confronts the Democratic Republic of Congo as...

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Kraybill: Act before it is too late

Feb 24, 2020 by

The man sits as he died 2,000 years ago, in a position that looks like weeping. Surrounding him are amphorae jugs used to import wine, olive oil and fish sauce that fed the huge appetite of Rome at the center...

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Schools reopen after Puerto Rico, Albania quakes

Feb 3, 2020 by and

Mennonite schools are returning to routines after earthquakes struck Albania in November and Puerto Rico in January. Lezha Academic Center is located in one of three cities where the Albanian government...

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VMMissions responds to Albania earthquake

Jan 20, 2020 by

Virginia Mennonite Missions responded to the strongest earthquake to hit Albania in more than 40 years with funding for temporary shelters, trauma counseling and repairs for a Mennonite school. Northwestern...

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Storm destroys Congo churches

Jan 13, 2020 by and

Thirty-five buildings on the Mennonite mission station, including the oldest central Mennonite church, were destroyed when wind and torrential rain ripped through Ndjoko Punda, Democratic Republic of Congo,...

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Sparrows are falling

Sep 26, 2017 by

My wife tells me that I shouldn’t read the news because the news makes me sad. Or angry. Or confused or helpless or despairing or apathetic or cynical. Or some toxic combination of all of the above. She’s...

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