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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...

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...

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...

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