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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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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Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service leads to baptism

May 22, 2017 by and

Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service led to a personal experience of resurrection, symbolized by baptism on Good Friday, for Kory Jones. At the time of his April 14 baptism, Jones was an MDS volunteer. He...

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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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Opinion: Building an alternative

May 11, 2015 by

I remember walking down the street in Hesston, Kan., in 1946 toward Aden Holdeman’s machine shop. In the lead was my father, Jess Kauffman, then 35 years old and pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church. With him...

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Labor, love connect faith communities

Apr 13, 2015 by and

The power of Hurricane Katrina to ravage Gladier Dalton’s New Orleans church in 2005 was no match for the power of hammers and friendship to restore new hope. In 2014, College Mennonite Church in Goshen,...

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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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MDS inspires gift of old farm

Jul 28, 2014 by and

PHILADELPHIA — When Kevin King answered the phone in Mennonite Central Committee’s constituency ministries department one day in the early 1990s, he heard a surprising pronouncement. “ ‘We’re the...

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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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MDS ends Texas fire response

Apr 28, 2014 by , and

BASTROP, Texas — Mennonite Disaster Service has ended its project in Bastrop County after three fall and winter seasons of work in the central Texas community in response to 2011 wildfires. The MDS response...

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‘Extreme giving’ normal for Michigan church

Mar 3, 2014 by and

Despite local economic hardship, Pigeon River Mennonite Church has cultivated a culture of “extreme giving” — a tradition that is in at least its fourth generation. The 200 members of Pigeon River...

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