U.S. | Go to Canada Site
Photo of a young adult MDS volunteer installing house wrap on a recent project.

News & Stories

Refined by Location:MDS Canada X
Daily volunteers in Carstairs, Alberta construct a new home for Elisa Humphreys, whose home was destroyed by a tornado in 2023. Photo courtesy of Jessica Lawrence

Small town volunteer effort snowballs

Jessica Lawrence wasn’t sure how things would come together when she agreed to coordinate volunteers for a Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Alberta Unit response. While she entered the role with administrative experience, it was her first time...

Work and play at MDS summer family projects

An eight-year-old kneels, with battery-operated drill in hand, over a sheet of plywood. He knows what to do.   It’s a familiar scene at Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Family Projects. It’s amazing what young people can accomplish with the...

Denis Sabourin serves his 19th volunteer placement with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) as Office Manager for a flood response in eastern Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Denis Sabourin

It’s about putting love into action

Denis Sabourin took a leap of faith when he signed up to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) ten years ago. He was introduced to the organization in 2014 when a group of weekly volunteers received an outgoing blessing at his church, The...

Darryl Harder participates in Gospel Mission Church's hygiene hamper distribution during the church's Love the Valley event in May 2023. A grant from Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada's Spirit of MDS Fund supported the church's efforts to distribute 190 hampers to low income community members. Photo courtesy of Gospel Mission Church

Spirit of MDS Fund supports local ministry

Every year the Gospel Mission Church, an Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference (EMMC) congregation in Winkler, Manitoba, runs an event called Love the Valley.   There are many components to the event such as hot dog lunches and yard work for low...

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...

1 2 19

Building a better world together.

Sign up to learn how you can help support MDS and receive the latest updates on our work.

Sign Up Now