“You brought hope and love to the community.” That’s what Amanda McDougall-Merrill, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said at the closing celebration for our work in Cape Breton last month.
After Hurricane Fiona, people in the region “felt alone and hopeless,” she said. “You did more than build walls and fix houses. You brought love here. There are no words that have the capacity to show how grateful we are.”
For me, hearing the Mayor’s words filled me with gratitude, too. Gratitude for the 458 people from across Canada who volunteered to serve in Cape Breton. Gratitude for the many people who generously donated to make their service possible. Gratitude for the organizations and businesses that offered support in various ways. Gratitude for our great partnership with the United Way of Cape Breton. And gratitude to God for giving MDS an opportunity to serve in that part of the country.
I was also grateful to hear how our work brought hope the community. It reminds me that MDS isn’t only in the home repair business. We are in the hope business—bringing hope to people who have lost all hope of ever having a safe and comfortable house again. Restoring their hope is a goal of MDS.
(You can read more about the closing celebration at the link below.)
Looking ahead, we are considering where to focus our energy and resources next year. There were so many wildfires in Canada this year! At this point, we have not determined where we will serve. Pray for us as we decide where God wants us to go in 2024.