September 15, 2021
Poem portrays MDS as ‘harbinger of hope’ after Sept. 11 attacks
Last week, on Sept. 11, 2021, I was in Louisiana helping to organize MDS’s response to Hurricane Ida. As I took some moments to remember those we lost and those who responded on that day 20 years ago, I recalled a poem Paul Unruh wrote when he visited New York City on behalf of MDS only a couple of weeks after the attacks.
Twenty years ago, MDS responded to people’s needs, working through about 23 local Anabaptist church congregations in New York and 21 in Washington, D.C.. Those needs ranged from roof repairs, to adding a Sunday School room, to pastoral and congregational retreats. A different, creative response from MDS, and one that many still remember today.
As Paul witnesses in his poem:
The pile that is still hot and smokes
     while the jaws of the huge tracked vehicles tug at the fallen stories.
And his poem also tells us:
We are all called to be
        especially now. 
Executive Director
Mennonite Disaster Service
“I felt like my feet were nailed to the floor”
When Sondra and her husband, Troy, moved back to Elkton 13 years ago after living in Oregon, they reached their house by driving over three culverts that, at one time, safely carried the creek water underneath the driveway. But the rainfall amounts changed over time—and so did the creek.

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. Responding with Christian love, our goal is to restore hope as we bring people back home.
Cleanup continues in wake of Hurricane Ida’s wide swath of damage
As power continues to come back in Louisiana, many residents are returning to survey severe flood damage from Hurricane Ida. Many other states are also reeling from deadly tornadoes and flooding unleashed by Ida’s remnants as the storm cut a wide swath from Louisiana up into the northeastern United States.

MDS Canada launches Hay West to deliver hay to drought-affected farmers in Saskatchewan
Nine years ago, farmers in Saskatchewan sent hay to drought-stricken livestock producers in Ontario through Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada. Now farmers in Ontario are preparing to repay their generosity the same way. “Farmers in Saskatchewan are really challenged this year, due to heat and drought,” said Nick Hamm, chair of MDS in Ontario. “For them, the weather this year is a disaster.”

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MDS has volunteer opportunities for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022.
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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