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MDS “Feeds My Soul”

“You’d make a great MDSer.” That’s what a long-time Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteer told Robert Prinse, a self-employed carpenter from Chilliwack, B.C. That was in 2001. It took Prinse, 56, until 2014 to follow through on the...

Good to Make a Difference

Brian Marten of Pincher Creek, Alberta, wasn’t planning on doing service in Grand Forks, B.C. with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). But his friend Jim Dyck was going, and he invited him to come along. So he did. “Jim suggested I should come,...

MDS Road Trip!

What do you get when you put four retired in teachers in a pick-up truck and head out to do service with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)? A road trip! That’s what Peter Bartel, 81, Frank Reimer, 79, Ernie Ewert, 70, and Peter Andres, 74, did in...

Hooked on MDS

Roman Heuft went to Williams Lake, B.C. last year to serve for just a week with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)—it was a way to use his career skills in construction management to help people whose houses were destroyed by wildfires. Then he got...

From Mexico to MDS

People who serve with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) come from all over North America—and that includes Mexico, too. That’s where Dietrich Reimer, 25, and Rosa Quintana, 26 are from. The couple, members of the Blumenau Mennonite Church in...

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2019 Midwest Flooding Response

MDS is actively monitoring the situation across the Midwest, especially the hard hit areas of Nebraska and Iowa. Local MDS volunteers are actively responding with cleanup/muck out crews in Nebraska. MDS is working with local emergency management...

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2019 Spring Storms Response

Lee County, Alabama Tornado MDS sent in an investigation team to Macon, Barbour and Lee counties to determine the needs and how MDS can be most helpful. Search and rescue efforts have been wrapped up and everyone is accounted for. Permits to travel...

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