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“A beautiful, peaceful sanctuary”

The hummingbirds are coming back. So are the deer: a doe with twin fawns has been grazing close to Christy Allen’s new house, built by MDS volunteers. From her deck—constructed with a ramp since she uses a walker—Allen overlooks Cameron...

A wall gets raised by volunteers in Crisfield, MD

Brothers in service

By Lois Wenger Brothers don’t always think or act alike.  But two Visser brothers have a good thing going.  Isaac, 17, and Ezekiel, 15, are getting some MDS experiences under their belts. Tool belts, that is. Isaac had his first stint...

Isaac Visser poses for a picture with a shirt that reads "Braced"

Brace yourself

What does Mennonite Disaster Service have in common with the orthodontist? On the surface, it might seem like nothing; but Isaac Visser, 16, from Port Henry, New York has shown that there is truly a connection between the two. Isaac spent two...

Homeowners stand in front of their new home, brightly painted green to offset the loss of vegetation after the Camp fire.

“We put it in God’s hands”

They barely got out. It was 6:15 a.m. that November day in 2018 when Teri and John Rubiolo noticed a spot fire visible from their house, nestled on 10 acres in the scenic canyon of Concow, California. “I called 911 and they said, ‘get...

Dottie and Tim Weber celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in paradise, CA. Here they pose for a picture with the base camp kitchen behind them.

41 years—and still cookin’

It’s a marriage made in Paradise—or at least an anniversary made there. Dottie and Tim Weber celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in a unique way: cooking for Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers in Paradise, California as MDS...

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