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Abe Gotzke poses for a pic outside in a bright pink floral shirt

“MDS was his therapy”

After his stroke, one of the things that made Abe Gotzke sad was not being able to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) anymore. Or so he thought. Gotzke, 72, of Abbotsford, B.C. suffered the stroke in April. “We were driving up north to...

Michelle and Ted Swanson pose for a picture inside a kitchen

“We have a home to live in again”

When the evacuation order came, Michelle Swanson thought to herself: “Wow—this is really happening!” Michelle, 21, who lives with her father, Ted, 60, in Arnold, didn’t expect the water to flood their home on that mid-November day in 2021....

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