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MDS Update – November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017

Lititz, Pa. — In this edition of the MDS Update we ask for prayer as our operations team plans for new projects in Florida and Texas.  We also give you the latest weekly and leadership opportunities and we hear from the executive director in the Director’s Blueprint. All this and more in this edition of the MDS Update.

Prayer Concerns

Please pray for our operations team as they continue planning for new projects in Florida and Texas and their continued evaluation of Puerto Rico.

We are grateful for a well-received pastor resource day facilitated by MDS for Mennonite pastors in Puerto Rico in mid-November.

Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the MDS volunteer teams responding in the areas of Victoria County, Baytown and the Coastal Bend area of Texas.

Also keep in prayer the volunteers in as they transition to long-term response after Hurricane Irma.

Remember in prayer all the continuing projects MDS.

Read the newest Behind the Hammer here.

MDS Job Alert

We have one open employment opportunity in Region 2. The position available is Regional Operations Coordinator for Region 2. See the full job description on our website or call to learn about the position: (800) 241-8111.  Resumes may be sent to or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately.
Urgent Project Crew Opportunities:

Lake County, CA – 2015 Wildfires

  • Dec 3-9: up to 8 people
  • Dec 10-16: up to 3 people

Princeville, NC – Hurricane Matthew

  • Dec 10-16: up to 15 people (bring a cook with you)

Urgent Project Leadership Opportunities:
All Fall 2017 leadership positions have been filled.

Current Needs

Current Project Leadership Opportunities
We continue to schedule Leadership for the winter of 2018 from January 3 – March 31. We are still looking for some Leadership positions, including Project Directors, Construction Supervisors, Office Managers, Head Cooks, Assistant Cooks, and Crew Leaders. We will also need Heavy Equipment Operators for our West Virginia Bridges project. Here is where we are working this winter:

Planning continues on the long term response in Texas Florida and Puerto Rico. Keep watching the biweekly update and MDS website for more information on volunteer opportunities.

RV Project Opportunities

RV Participants serve for 4 weeks or more at a time with 4-6 couples or individuals per projects. We still have the following spaces available for January through April 26, 2018:

Citrus County, FL RV

  • One (1) opening March 1-29
  • Three (3) openings March 31-April 26

San Marcos, TX RV

  • Two (2) openings January 6-February 1
  • One (1) opening March 1-29
  • Office Manager needed March 1-29

Baytown, TX RV

  • One (1) opening March 1-29

Volunteer Opportunity Contact Persons
Urgent or Current Crew Opportunities:
Call or Email Darin Bontrager: 800-241-8111/

Urgent or Current Project Leadership & RV Opportunities:
U.S. residents – Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email
Canadian residents – Evelyn Peters-Rojas at 866-261-1274 or email

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Your Gifts at Work

Thank you to those who made a donation to MDS yesterday for #GivingTuesday! We are honored to receive these gifts and put them to work through hardworking volunteers and bring disaster survivors home again.

MDS received just over $24,000, which will support volunteers at a recovery project for about 6 weeks. On average, that has the potential to bring 6 families affected by disaster back to a safe and clean home!

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Director’s Blueprint

As the title of this section states ‘Director’s Blueprint’ suggesting that plans are in place for building.  Blueprints often solicit questions of clarity and purpose. So, I take this time and space to solicit questions you would have of me and Mennonite Disaster Service. I welcome your questions. I may not get a chance to answer all of them – but it helps us set a direction and provide clarity. Can I hear from you?

Kevin King,
Executive Director


Picture Caption:

MDS volunteers, Susan and Peter Thiessen, visit with Betty Miller.  They are standing on her completed MDS built bridge.  To learn more about the West Virginia bridge building project click here.

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