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Faces of the MDS RV program in Louisiana

From October to March, volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada are serving with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Recreational Vehicle (RV) program.  They are doing repair work in Grand Isle, a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico that was...

“We feel called to do this”

One thing Sherry and Ed Epp of Independence, Kansas like about the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Recreational Vehicle (RV) program is being with other volunteers and making new friends. “The camaraderie is absolutely wonderful,” said Sherry...

“What God wants us to do”

Why do Paul and Lisa Schamback do service with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)? “We like helping people,” said Lisa. The couple, from Croghan, New York, are serving in Grand Isle, La. through the MDS Recreational Vehicle (RV) program. While...

MDS RV program “like a family”

“Like a family.” That’s how Pamela Haskin of Duncannon, Pa. describes what it’s like to be a part of the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Recreational Vehicle (RV) program in Welsh, La. “I’ve made friends for life,” said Pamela, 69,...

Mountain miracles shine in Hurley

At first, it was an ordinary day. Yvonne Rife went to the Dollar General early in the morning to pick up a few things before the store got crowded. “I never dreamed the water would do what it did,” said Rife, a widow who lives alone deep in the...

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