MDS Biweekly Update – January 16, 2020

January 17, 2020

Your Gifts at Work
Mennonite Disaster Service sent an investigation team to Puerto Rico to assess earthquake damage and determine the need for recovery assistance. Throughout the weekend, churches, MDS teams and partners gathered, praying and worshipping together. Temblors keep rumbling and residents are sleeping outside for fear of being inside.
MDS Executive Director Kevin King was able to visit the affected areas this week and participated in the assessment of the damage. On Saturday, he joined congregants from six Mennonite churches who distributed food and tarps to rural areas in the mountains north of the epicenter. “It was cathartic for the church members to be doing something positive with their nervous energy,” he said. MDS is accepting donations to support the recovery effort. 

Region 1 is leading a response to the 2016 flooding event in Clendenin, WV building new homes and possibly some bridges. Volunteers who are interested in serving should call Rodney Burkholder at 717-945-4136.
Please visit the Weekly Volunteer Calendar for the remaining winter dates to serve during the months of January through March. Even as we enter the winter months, we look ahead to the spring and summer season. If you are interested and available to serve during this timeframe, please join the waitlist
The MDS Summer Youth Program (SYP) is a week-long service experience designed for youth (ages 15+) and their sponsors to put hands and feet to the gospel by serving others. If your youth group is interested in spending a week with MDS at a Summer Youth Project location,  please register online to submit a request for your youth group. SYP 2020 requests are due by Sunday, February 9. For any questions or further information, please call 800-241-8111 or email

You can view updated Leadership and RV needs here.

MDS All Unit Meeting, February 7-8, 2020, Goshen, IN. Register today!

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