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At the Texas border, God takes over

Carl Dube needed a moment to soothe his soul. The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) project director, who has dedicated years of his life to helping people in the Rio Grande Valley, was in a bit of a bind, along with his group of MDS volunteers in...

One trip, many hands, warmed hearts

One volunteer, two organizations, many needs met. That’s the short version of Jeff Koller’s story about a trip he took from North Newton, Kansas, to Texas. In November, Mennonite Central Committee (Central States region) put out  the call...

Cooking and painting with MDS

It was a week before the project closed at the end of September at the Red Lake First Nation in northern Minnesota, and Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers were in a hurry to get the last few houses finished before closing for the winter. MDS...

Seeing the Light

“It’s so good to have the light again.” That’s what Polly Lussier of the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota said about getting windows back in her house with help from Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers. Lussier’s house was...

An old grocery store…transformed

By Matt Troyer-Miller An old grocery store near Red Lake, Minnesota, has been transformed into a “marketplace” of MDS service. On Sept. 5, the Red Lake Nation held an open house at the old store—now the Red Lake MDS volunteer...

Jeff Koller, former Region 3 operations coordinator, shows off Red Lake Nation license plate given to MDS

Red Lake Nation thanks MDS volunteers

“You brought a good spirit to Red Lake. All of our people are happy with the work you have done.” With those words, Kelly Iceman, a member of the Red Lake Nation, opened the September 22 closing celebration and feast at the Oshkiimaajitahdah...

MDS “feels like a family to me”

It’s a long way from Africa to the north woods of Minnesota, but Inkosiihnle Ndlovu-Mathuthu and Jack Odhiambo are enjoying themselves on a cool morning in mid-September as they put new windows into Polly Lussier’s home on the Red Lake Nation...

Manitoba youth group serves in Red Lake

We arrived late Sunday, July 9th in the afternoon to serve at the Red Lake Nation. It was hit by a tornado in 2021, which brought with it heavy amounts of baseball sized hail and damaged siding and broke windows. We worked on a total of four houses,...

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