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Photo of a young adult MDS volunteer installing house wrap on a recent project.

News & Stories

“Generous of them to help us”

For Cornelius Beveridge, a cattle producer in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, hay provided by the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada Hay West project arrived at just the right time. “It got us through the cold spell around Christmas,” he said of...

Text and art on a wall within a cook's space in Jennings, LA

Writings on the wall

How would I describe my visit to Jennings, Louisiana?  In a word, enlightening. First, the generosity of the Jennings Church of Christ was amazing. When MDS was first looking for a site to set up a base camp, that church seemed to be a good...

Youth and leaders from The Meeting Place in Winnipeg in Princeton, B.C. Brian Kauste and Denis Sabourin, far right.

A great time for building relationships

For some youth at The Meeting Place, a Mennonite Brethren church in Winnipeg, 2020 was going to be a big year—they were going to do a spring overseas service trip. But then the pandemic hit. “We had done a lot of fundraising and planning, but...

Roger Friesen’s book, “Songs That Jesus Sang: The Psalms in Haiku Verse,” a fundraiser for MDS - Cover

MDS volunteer reframes the Psalms as Haiku

It was a winter storm that led Roger Friesen of Winnipeg to start writing poetry—and then to creatively reframe the Psalms as a fundraiser for Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada. Friesen, 69, was on his way to Minot, North Dakota in 2013 from...

Danie and Dian Brooks (centre) with James Toews (centre rear) and volunteers from Columbia Bible College and the Chinatown Peace Church in white Tyvek disposable coveralls.

MDS in Princeton: “We became friends.”

“No preaching!” That’s the first thing Danie Brooks told Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteer James Toews when he showed up at his home outside Princeton, B.C. one morning to begin work. “I wanted to be honest with him right away, this...

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