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Blessed interruptions

“Blessed interruptions.” That’s what Andrew Wiens called the times when a homeowner in Cape Breton wanted to talk while he was trying to repair his home as a Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteer in Cape Breton. Speaking at the August 24...

MDS volunteers “light of Canada”

If she was Prime Minister, Pushpa Rathor would give Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers the Order of Canada—how the country honours those who make extraordinary contributions to the nation. “You are the light of Canada,” the disabled senior...

Help from MDS “meant the world to us”

When Hurricane Fiona stormed ashore in Cape Breton in September 2022, one of the first things it hit was Sean and Amy Casey’s house. The Caseys live right on the edge of the Island beside Deep Water Cove. “Out house is 10 metres from the cliff...

“God turns things out for our better”

Elisa Humphreys was sitting on her couch in her home in Carstairs, Alberta when she got the emergency alert about the tornado. It was July 1 and Humphreys, 63, who manages Clothing for a Cause—a ministry that recycles clothing and household...

Modeling Service to Children Through MDS

For the Wiens family of Winnipegosis, Man., service with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) in Cape Breton was an important part of their five-week long vacation experience to Canada’s east coast. “We wanted to see Atlantic Canada, but we also...

“It’s a blessing to have help”

When Ben Lomond of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, saw what Hurricane Fiona had done to his house, “I was sick.” The storm tore shingles off the old coal mining company house and rain leaked through the holes into the interior. “The wind was howling...

Everything is Good Now

“Everything is good now,” says James Towers of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, after MDS volunteers repaired his house which was damaged by Hurricane Fiona. The storm, which struck in September 2022, rendered the house unlivable; volunteers put on a...

Parents follow children by doing service with MDS

Sometimes it’s the children who do the leading. That’s what happened to Mike and Carolyn Strathdee of Kitchener, Ont. Both of their daughters, now young adults, have done service trips. When the couple heard that Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)...

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