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Merry Christmas to All – MDS Update

December 15, 2016

Lititz, PA — In this week’s MDS update we give you the latest volunteer and leadership opportunities as well as information on the upcoming All-Unit meeting in Asheville, North Carolina and we hear from the MDS executive director in the Director’s Blueprint. We also want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. All this and more in the latest edition of the MDS update.


Prayer Concerns

With a little more than a week to go before Christmas, we here at Mennonite Disaster Service want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

We also want to remember those who have been impacted by a disaster over the course of the year and beyond. This can be a very challenging time of year so in the midst of our holiday celebrations do think of and pray for the people MDS helps and brings hope to.


2017 All-Unit Meeting: Asheville North Carolina

Registration for the 2017 All-Unit meeting is now open. You can visit the All-Unit page on the MDS website or call (717) 735-3536 to learn more and to register for the event.

The meeting will take place on February 10-11 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. The two-day meeting will include speakers, workshops, an auction, local tour, and plenty of good food and fellowship. This year’s theme is “Someone Who Cares: We know what we are to do” referencing 1 Chronicles 12:32. We hope to see you there!

Visit the MDS website for more information as well as updates on current projects.


Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks to an amazing response, we currently have enough weekly crew volunteers to meet our project needs for January-March. Should this situation change, we’ll post the information here.

Volunteer placement for the spring season will begin January 30. Please use this form to indicate your availability to volunteer in April-June.


Urgent Needs for Volunteers

Leadership Openings (January-March 2017)

Greenbrier, WV
Head Cook – January 6-January 28

West Virginia Bridges
Crew Leader – January 20-February 4 (physically demanding work)

Andrews, SC
Assistant Cook – January 15-February 4

Lafayette, LA
Crew Leader – January 6-January 28

Lake County, CA
Assistant Cook – January 7-February 4

Calaveras County, CA
Head Cook – February 4-February 18
Construction Supervisor – February 5-March 4

MDS project leaders available to serve for one of the above listings please contact:
U.S. residents – Steph Shenk at 800-241-8111 or email
Canadian residents – Evelyn Peters-Rojas at 866-261-1274 or email


RV Trailers for Leadership Volunteer Housing

Perhaps you had interest in volunteering with MDS this winter, but scheduling didn’t work out. You can still take part by supporting other hardworking volunteers with a year-end donation.

You may be interested in helping MDS purchase 12 new RV trailers to house leadership volunteers on project sites. Leadership volunteers need a space of their own, a quiet place of retreat from social pressures to recover and prepare for the next day.  Each trailer costs $9,200 and we have raised about half the funds needed to purchase 12 of them. Donations of any size are welcome to help meet the goal. This could make a great Christmas giving project for your church or family. Online donations can be made by clicking here (choose “RV Trailers for Leadership Volunteer Housing” from the designation drop down). For check donations, write “RV project” on the memo line and make payable to:

Mennonite Disaster Service
583 Airport Rd
Lititz, PA 17543



At the various MDS worksites our volunteers are often reminded by our project directors as they head off to the day’s hard work, “Remember, you’re the answer to someone’s prayer.”

Might you, dear reader, be an answer to someone’s prayer today? Is there a role above that you can fill?

Merry Christmas to all!


Kevin King,
MDS Executive Director


Learn more about MDS:

•    Not on Your List
•    2016 MDS Lafayette








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