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Weekly Reports

Jennings, LA – Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

We welcomed a group of eight congenial men and women from the Goshen, Indiana area Sunday evening. The temperature dropped dramatically from a hot eighty degrees Sunday afternoon to a cool rainy day in the fifties on Monday. The rain did not dampen...

Jennings, LA – Oct. 22-28, 2023

Sunday evening, Josh Carson, long-term volunteer supervisor from the Lititz office, met crew leaders, Dave Mininger and Tom Mosier at the Lafayette airport. They arrived in Jennings late Sunday afternoon in time for a quick tour of the project...

Jennings, LA – Oct. 15-21, 2023

Long-term volunteers arrived in Jennings, Louisiana the week of October 9 to open up the unit after being closed since the end of March. Our goal is to build five new houses by next spring for persons affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta. Phil...

Jennings, LA – March 26 – April 1, 2023

This is our last week at Jennings, for the winter season and possibly ever. It remains to be seen whether an MDS presence will return in the fall. So we are making the most of it, with “lasts” to last in our memories forever. The church people...

Jennings, LA – March 19-25, 2023

This week two crews both cancelled out, so we were left with 8 long term volunteers and one weekly. But small groups bring their own sense of fun and fellowship, which we definitely experienced this week. It was also nice to have Phil and Loretta...

Jennings, LA – March 12-18, 2023

Our big crew this week was from Ohio. Then there was Bryant Swiers’ cousin Tobias from Minnesota, and Steve Barth’s sister with her husband and two daughters from Pennsylvania. We had an awesome week enjoying each other, playing games, teasing,...

Jennings, LA – March 5-11, 2023

This week we have a crew of 11 from Penn Yan, NY and Lancaster, PA areas. They have done much work and even helped us out with the cooking! We have had a lot of fun and laughter. Some of them were painting Terry’s house in Welsh, as you can see...

Jennings, LA – Feb. 26 – Mar. 4, 2023

This week we had two groups of young men from Wisconsin and New York. Two of them brought their families, so we enjoyed some children as well. The weather cooperated very well. Since three of the jobs were all in the same two blocks in Welsh, the...

Jennings, LA – Feb. 19-25, 2023

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound . . .” The devotional led by 12 students from Rosedale Bible College reminded us to be grateful. This group from Ohio was led by Al Yoder, a long-time MDS volunteer. Their liveliness was refreshing, their...

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