March 20, 2024

Hello Jesse,

I recently read about a preacher who posts a sign near the pulpit—where only he can see—a sign that reads: “We would see Jesus.” The sign serves as a reminder to him that his task is to make Christ known to the those who come to hear the Gospel.

Perhaps simply the abbreviation “WWSJ” would work, too!

In my travels these past several weeks, I saw the light of Christ shining bright in Selma, Alabama. I attended a long-term recovery committee meeting of local leaders discussing the ongoing rebuilding efforts in a city hounded by a history of deep racism and a recent tornado. I witnessed black, brown, and white pastors working together to bring healing and hope to the community. MDS is there rebuilding homes. That was certainly a “WWSJ” moment!

After I returned home, I learned that, during an evening of sharing and praying together, volunteers from Disaster Aid Ohio, an Amish volunteer group that works within the MDS circle, accepted the Key to the City of Selma from Mayor James Perkins, Jr. With a history of service in Selma, we continue our journey with our brothers and sisters in that community. Another blessed “WWSJ” moment. 

Disasters continue to happen—but so, too, do those “WWSJ” lights of hope. As we continue to assess damages from deadly tornadoes in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, we search amid the devastation for the light of Jesus—and we seek to bring that light to others. 

As we approach Easter, may we experience and share those “WWSJ" moments. 

Executive Director

Mennonite Disaster Service in U.S.

MDS is assessing the needs following Midwest tornadoes

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is assessing needs in the wake of deadly tornadoes that struck Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky on March 14.

Three people were killed and 38 more injured near Indian Lake, Ohio, about 70 miles northwest of Columbus. Search-and-rescue continues, and hard-hit areas remain difficult to reach, reported MDS regional operations coordinator Darin Bontrager.

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We experienced an abundance of fresh fruit, warm smiles, and good fellowship during our Annual Celebration in Fresno, California.

If you missed any of the events, we now have video recordings of the Friday night Session, the Saturday session and the MDS Year in Review.

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Remote electrician brings a money-saving spark to MDS work in Louisiana

Phil Helmuth, MDS project coordinator, was beating the bushes to find a reasonably-priced electrician for MDS while rebuilding and repairing homes in the wake of hurricanes Laura and Delta in southwest Louisiana.

Helmuth was able to rely on local contractors for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work—at first.

But over a period of several months, those local contractors began to have more than enough work for people who could pay their full rate—a rate they deserved, Helmuth said. “They’re there to make a profit—and they need to be there,” he acknowledged.

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