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MDS Update: July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

Region IV – Idaho Response
Volunteers urgently needed from July 11 through Sept. 30 for the Kamiah, ID, Region IV project, constructing three new homes (homes were damaged by wildfire). Volunteers staying two weeks or longer will have their travel costs covered. For scheduling contact John Eshleman, (909) 630-3660 or
Volunteers needed for response in Saipan

Where: Saipan, a small island in the Pacific, about 150 miles northwest of Guam. The island was hit by a typhoon in August 2015 and is in need of help as the residents begin to rebuild.
Who: Groups of 10 skilled and semi-skilled volunteers needed. Each group will serve for three weeks at a time. (Concrete block layers especially needed.)
When: Volunteers needed beginning Sept. 2 through the fall of 2016. All volunteers must serve for three-week terms.
Cost: MDS is working with FEMA to cover the cost of airline tickets for volunteers. Food allowance and accommodations are provided.
Call or e-mail John Eshleman at (909) 630-3660 or
Urgent Needs

Detroit, Michigan: One or two block-layers needed immediately to tear down and rebuild a 30 ft. x 8 ft. concrete block wall (including footings) in the basement of a home. MDS will cover the cost of transportation. Food/accommodations are provided during your stay. For more info. or to sign up, please contact Alicia at (717) 735-3536 or
Employment Opportunities
MDS has three employment opportunities in the Lititz, PA, binational office.

Volunteer Placement Coordinator (VPC) (full-time) As a part of the Volunteer Development Team the VPC will enlist, review, screen and place volunteers at all MDS projects.

Executive Assistant (full-time)The Executive Assistant supports the Executive Director, Board, and Leadership team members. The role requires attention to detail, efficient organizational skills and the ability to balance competing priorities.

Communications Assistant (full-time)
The Communications Assistant supports the Communications Manager in executing the communications strategy of MDS including written media, social media, audio/visual and administrative tasks.

Full job descriptions are available on the MDS website. Applicants must be active in an Anabaptist church and committed to the Anabaptist faith and peace position.

Resumes may be sent to or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately.

Camp Assiniaboia – Family Project
The week began with the shells of the four cabins standing. They are Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) erected in a “Lego” fashion and then finished inside and out with conventional building materials.

The first week progress included: building four 6’ x 24’ decks; blue skin and strapping for metal roofing; beginning interior walls; beginning internal plumbing (all external plumbing and electrical done in advance); and beginning the staining and white-washing of 13,000 ft. of 4” pine boards.

Camp Likely, BC
Summer Youth Program
Sunday afternoon a large bus from Manitoba rolled into our Camp Likely campus. We had the pleasure of welcoming three couples and 14 energetic youth. The week started with some walls still needing to be built and raised. Trusses went up and were sheeted. Bob came with his skid steer to load the shingles on the roofs as needed and shingling progressed with skilled profession!

House wrap was put up and all windows for all cabins were installed. Metal siding was delivered and by Friday noon the first cabin had attractive red metal siding on the front, and the remaining three sides are ready for siding. Each cabin will be a different color: red, green, beige and light blue.

Camp Silver Lake, ON
Family Project
This week was a promising beginning to the family project here at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Our mission for this week was to enclose an open cabin structure into a camper cabin, and begin a new camper cabin. While cutting screen, Lorna -one of our long-term volunteers who is a retired teacher – taught the kids (and quizzed them) about the dimensions of plywood flooring. The cabin was finished on Thursday, and we had a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication in the evening, which the entire camp attended. Our 12-year-old volunteers each cut a ribbon, and some young, very excited day campers moved in for the night, for a new experience.

Carmacks, Yukon Territory
Unit Project
This week our crew was a lot smaller. We had Ron from Ontario, who has been busy taping and mudding. Then we have Rod from California and Aaron from Alberta who put the OSB sheets in the basement, built the porches for both front and back doors. We have been so blessed with the skills that have come to Carmacks. The next two weeks will be painting and finishing.

Disaster: 2014 Flood
One evening we had Ms. Verline (a client) join us for dinner and share her thoughts with us. Many of our volunteers got to know her while they worked on her home, spending evenings with her ‘just for fun’. She shared with us that she had no idea what a Mennonite was so decided that the best way to find out was to go on-line. We have been so blessed to be part of many peoples’ lives. It has been a life-changing experience for all of us.

Disaster: 2015 Flood
Work in Mr. Geoff’s house is finished except for a couple plumbing hookups and final cleaning. Mr. Keith’s house received the cupboards, counter tops, sinks, and closet shelving. Kitchen and bathroom plumbing was started and is moving towards completion. Ms. Rhonda’s and Ms. Dixies’ houses were a beehive of activitiy with Don, Lester, Liz and eight young ladies all working together.

Contributions may be sent to:
USA: 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or
Can. 6A-1325 Markham Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3T 4J6
Tel: USA (800) 241-8111 Can. (866) 261-1274
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