January 19, 2022

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6 NIV).
God’s design for humankind has always been about partnership. From the beginning, being alone was not good. From the New Testament we learn that the design of the church is to be one body, with many parts. Each part has its purpose or function that is vital to the health of the body.
One of the richest experiences of volunteering with MDS is the experience of partnership. Over the years one of our richest partnerships has been with Mennonite Central Committee.  At one time we were one organization with them. Legal and liable issues made it prudent to create two separate organizations. But that has not changed our partnership.
MCC-BC was on the ground supporting local churches that were impacted by the floods in the Fraser Valley in November. This was done in good part through the work of Shelley Dueck, who worked in church relations. Now, as we move to the rebuilding phase of our response in the Fraser Valley, MCC-BC suggested a partnership in the form of a secondment arrangement for Shelley’s services. We readily agreed.  It is a great thing for MDS, for MCC-BC, but most importantly for the communities and homeowners whom we hope to serve.  The arrangements were made quickly and easily.
And now MDS is praying Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving for MCC - BC, “We thank our God every time we remember you…. We pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel.” 
Director of Canadian Operations
Mennonite Disaster Service
MDS is hiring

MDS currently has several opportunities to join our team in the U.S. and in Canada. We have opportunities within our volunteer team, our communications team, field operations and support of our units and regions.

One of our positions is the Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator, based in Winnipeg. This position will provide administrative support for the office, and to MDS Canada Units and volunteers, and assist with scheduling volunteers to Canadian disaster responses.

MDS needs volunteers in
Okanogan, Washington and California
Wildfire survivors in Okanogan, Washington and Paradise, California—some of them living in sheds, some in cars—need homes. Can Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers finish the homes they’ve started? 

Some of these survivors have been waiting for more than three years. 

MDS Canada partners with
Mennonite Central Committee
“When the full scope of the flooding became known, it was apparent we needed more resources to help our B.C. Unit to respond,” said Ross Penner, who directs operations for MDS Canada. Through the agreement, MCC B.C. has agreed to loan Shelley Dueck, its Church Relations and Events Manager, to MDS Canada to serve as Operations Coordinator for the flood response in the Fraser Valley.

Mennonite Disaster Service recruits, organizes, and empowers volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of those impacted by disasters in the United States and Canada. We have opportunities for you to volunteer with MDS at various projects this spring!
Thank you for your support!
MDS has volunteer opportunities for Winter 2022.
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