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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Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Coronavirus prompts organizations to make changes

Mar 11, 2020 by and

Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite World Conference is canceling an international gathering in British Columbia. Mennonite Disaster Service is closing all projects....

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Merger to create ‘Anabaptist World’

Mar 9, 2020 by and

The Mennonite and Mennonite World Review are announcing the name of the independent, multiplatform journalistic ministry they are creating: Anabaptist World. The new ministry’s platforms will include a new...

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9,500 comforters warm the winter

Feb 10, 2020 by , and

With the whir of sewing machines, the snip of scissors and the hum of conversation as music to work by, volunteers across two continents completed 9,504 comforters as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s...

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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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History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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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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A different kind of disaster

Sep 30, 2019 by

BRANTFORD, Ont. — For Tim­othy Khoo, meeting survivors of a residential school made history personal. “There are names and faces,” he said. “It’s not just textbook information now.” Khoo, 16,...

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Shining the light

Jul 22, 2019 by

The June 24 issue had a number of positive stories that suggest there are churches that take Jesus’ commands seriously. To illustrate: a church offers a syringe exchange; a church wipes out millions of...

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MDS stretches to keep up as severe weather strikes

Jun 17, 2019 by and

From tornadoes and hurricanes to rain that seemed to fall for 40 days and 40 nights, many areas experienced severe weather in the first half of 2019. Mennonite Disaster Service is tracking it all and...

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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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Our troubling Mennonite inferiority complex

Nov 16, 2018 by

“Many American Christians simply assume that the state has no business dictating church beliefs or practices, that a church should be a gathered body of believers rather than a net that that scoops up...

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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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Relief workers respond to east coast hurricane

Sep 24, 2018 by and

Mennonite groups are beginning the process of responding to Hurricane Florence’s devastation along the Atlantic coastline. The Category 4 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, but weakened and...

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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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Puerto Ricans who have little share with those who have less

Dec 26, 2017 by

Food is scarce and electricity still out in many places, but Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from September’s Hurricane Maria show tenacity, compassion and courage, a Mennonite trauma specialist reported...

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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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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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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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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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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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