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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...

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...

An elevated home in Crisfield, MD next to a home that sits in water that has not been lifted.

Crisfield is getting a New Year’s boost

The small town of Crisfield, Maryland, is getting a boost in the form of 106 home elevations that will put residents—who have borne the brunt of repetitive flooding—out of harm’s way. The mitigation project is being led by a new Blue...

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...

Two years later: the miracle of Mayfield

Retired U.S. Army General Joe Orr can run just about any operation with precision. This includes his role of co-coordinator at Homes and Hope for Kentucky, a nonprofit assisting with long-term tornado recovery in Mayfield and the surrounding Graves...

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