December 20, 2023

Hello Jesse,

This advent theme at my home church, Zion Mennonite Church in Broadway, Virginia, fits MDS very well. Because MDS is about people moving towards Jesus. 


Last fiscal year, 7,290 volunteers moved toward Jesus as they volunteered and cleaned up 274 homes, repaired another 402 and built a record 95 new homes. On top of that, they built seven private access bridges in West Virginia.


Homeowners—disaster survivors—also moved toward Jesus. Imagine strangers coming to your house, tools in hand, to start working on the home you lost to a fire, tornado, straight-line wind, hurricane, or flood. You don’t have the means to repair and you wonder how you are going to make it through.


MDS is currently working in the town of Crisfield, on Maryland’s eastern shore. Volunteers are building new homes for survivors of the October 2021 no-named storm of high tide, full moon, and onshore flooding. 


Many, many homes were flooded. The families have no place to go. Many still live in their moldy homes. In addition to new home construction, we have begun a pilot project of elevating new homes. 


This past week, homeowner Annette Morgan witnessed volunteers assist in elevating her home eight feet above the flooded ground and install sturdy block walls for the house to sit on. Annette says she is “ecstatic.” She says, when she moves back in and puts her head on the pillow, she will be able to sleep at night despite the high tide warnings on her phone.


May we all be inspired to move towards Jesus and allow him to be born in us today.

Executive Director

Mennonite Disaster Service in U.S.

Volunteers lift spirits—and walls—in Moss Point, Mississippi

Claude and Loria Adams and their adult son survived a June 19, 2023 tornado in downtown Moss Point, Mississippi, by huddling in their bathroom.

When the storm passed, only two walls were left standing in the entire house—and they were the bathroom walls!

The Adams have been living with relatives since that day.

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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 County.

With volunteer labor from Acknowledging Christ Through Service (ACTS), an Indiana-based Amish community that works through MDS, Orr has been involved in the repair or rebuild of well over 100 homes in the Mayfield area.

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Join us in Fresno for

MDS Annual Celebration

Join us for the Annual Celebration, February 23 & 24 in Fresno, California. Be inspired by stories about volunteers making a difference across the U.S. and Canada.

Registration is now open.

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Cooking and painting with MDS

It was a week before the project closed at the end of September at the Red Lake First Nation in northern Minnesota, and Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers were in a hurry to get the last few houses finished before closing for the winter.

MDS was in the community in response to a tornado and hailstorm in 2021 that damaged many houses in the community.

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MDS has volunteer opportunities for you this fall!

See the full list of volunteer opportunities when you click here.

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call 1-800-241-8111 with any questions or to schedule a week. 

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MDS Canada Office
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Winnipeg, MB Canada R3P 2J1

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