November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving has come and gone; winter is setting in. The pandemic is being felt in ever increasing ways. Today my family received news of a beloved uncle who died. Our aunt is grieving and fighting COVID herself. But not without hope, the hope that is ours because of Jesus. 
In the midst of the of this difficult season, MDS was blessed with that same hope as we supported churches across Canada through the Spirit of MDS Fund. Altogether, we gave about $100,000 to 80 congregations to help them assist their neighbours during the pandemic—things like providing food, helping vulnerable people, serving and connecting people through technology. 
This included Peace Church on 52ndin Vancouver that used funds from MDS Canada to assist a homeless man who has been sheltering on the porch of their facility every night—they bought him camping equipment including a new sleeping bag, mat and dry bag. 

The homeless man, “was very grateful to have a warm sleeping bag and a more comfortable mat and was especially happy about having another dry bag so his belongings wouldn’t get wet when it rains,” says pastor Lydia Cruttwell. 

As the nights get longer, may we find ourselves waiting and watching for the Hope of the World. 
Director of Canadian Operations
Mennonite Disaster Service
Save the Date!
(formerly All-Unit Meeting)

Join us online February 6, 2021 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.

Join as as we celebrate and look back on a year unlike any other.
COVID spike leads to project closings
Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 across the U.S., MDS has decided to suspend projects in Florida and North Carolina. This decision was made in collaboration with Region leaders and MDS staff. We will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate in December when to return to the projects in the new year.

MDS Volunteers save forest at
Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

Volunteers removed trees infested by spruce beetles, an effort that combined care for the forest, wildfire mitigation, and a safer camp for the many groups that come to enjoy the rugged wilderness of the majestic Rockies.

MDS has plans to have several volunteer projects open early next year.
Please visit the Volunteer section of our website for opportunities to request to serve as a weekly volunteer and to find volunteer opportunities near you.
Author donates proceeds to MDS
For Doris Daley and her husband Al, service with MDS and how her family was helped by MDS in 1997 has found her wanting to give back,

A writer and cowboy poet, Doris has a new book, That’s a Good Answer: Wise Words from Wonderful People, a collection of answers to questions from various friends. Because of her passion for MDS, she’s donating the proceeds from the sale of her book to MDS. 

Thank you for your support!
MDS has started some projects this fall and we are accepting volunteer requests for winter. Your continued support helps with recruiting volunteers, moving equipment, setting up accommodations, replenishing supplies, and many other things needed to get going.
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