January 20, 2021
Greetings!

One of Bob Dylan’s best-known songs is “The Times They Are A Changing.”

The times have always been changing, no matter when or for what generation. Today, with the pandemic, 2021 brings us another changing time. What will this new year bring us? And how will we respond to its changes?

As followers of Jesus, our task is to discern our responses in many different areas. For MDS Canada, that means discerning the changing disaster landscape. How can we successfully incorporate new pandemic health and safety protocols into our work? How do we respond to disasters when cross-border travel is still suspended or not recommended? How do we keep the spirit of MDS alive when it is impossible to operate as normal? And all this taking place at a time when there continues to be injustice, inequality and, all too-often, meanness in our world.

Perhaps we can let Micah 6:8 guide us.
 
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?”

As we look out into our times, we recognize that the timeless qualities of justice, kindness, and humility are critical. These are qualities MDS seeks to live out through service to those impacted by disaster. It’s what we do best!
Director of Canadian Operations
Mennonite Disaster Service
Please join us!
2021 MDS ANNUAL CELEBRATION
(formerly All-Unit Meeting)

Join us online February 6, 2021 beginning at 2pm
as we celebrate the work of MDS volunteers, donors and staff.

Be inspired by stories of hope related to our theme,
Unexpected Opportunities, Unexpected Blessings.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 
2 Corinthians 9:8 

Featured Speaker:
Pastor John Garland, San Antonio Mennonite Church.
Pastor Garland will talk about the partnership with MDS and share stories of his work and dedication to serving refugees in the
San Antonio area.

This service will include songs of praise and worship to uplift you and stories of volunteers and generosity which will inspire you. 

Join as as we celebrate and look back on a year unlike any other.
Homes of Hope
A home for families facing homelessness is being rebuilt after a major fire. The MDS Lancaster Unit is taking a leading role in this collaborative community project. 

MDS 2020 Annual Report
The 2019-2020 MDS Annual Report is now available online. This is a snapshot of the work of MDS volunteers.

Scheduling challenges during COVID
Many MDS volunteers in the U.S. have faced delayed project starts, early shutdowns, and new safety precautions on job sites.

Now more than ever, when volunteers decide whether to serve, the pandemic causes them to make the decision with their families, churches and communities. "I applaud volunteers for their serious discernment and reflection," said Josh Carson, MDS Volunteer Coordinator for Leadership.

Thank you for your support!
Your continued support helps with recruiting volunteers, moving equipment, setting up accommodations, replenishing supplies, and many other things needed to get going.
MDS Binational Office
583 Airport Road,
Lititz, PA 17543 USA

T: (717) 735-3536
T (toll free): 1-800-241-8111
F: (717) 735-0809

MDS Canada Office
200-600 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3P 2J1

T: (204) 261-1274
F: (204) 261-1279