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The Busy Season – MDS Update

January 12, 2017

Lititz, PA — In this week’s MDS update we ask for prayer on all the new and continuing projects as we enter the busy season, we give you the latest volunteer opportunities, and we hear from the MDS executive director in the Director’s Blueprint. All this and more in the latest edition of the MDS update.


Prayer Concerns

The winter season this year is very busy for MDS and its volunteers. In the coming months MDS will have 17 active projects covering all five regions of the U.S. and Canada.  This is the most active projects at one time since 2009.

Please pray for all the new and continuing projects. Pray also for the volunteers working at each location and most especially for the disaster survivors and communities MDS volunteers are serving as they give hope to those in need.


2017 All-Unit Meeting: Asheville, North Carolina

Please note: Registration closes January 25 at midnight (EDT).

Join us February 10-11, 2017 for the MDS All-Unit meeting at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. 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 two-day meeting will include speakers, workshops, an auction, local tour, and plenty of good food and fellowship. 


Summer Youth Program

The MDS Summer Youth Program (SYP) is now accepting applications.

The SYP is a weeklong summer service experience designed for youth and their sponsors to put hands and feet to the gospel by serving others. SYP work is focused on clean up, disaster mitigation, and repairing homes. The 2017 SYP locations are Detroit, MI, Pine Ridge, SD and Southern Ontario, Canada. To apply or to get more information visit the SYP page on the MDS website.


Current Weekly Volunteer Opportunities 

Roofing in Corpus Christi, Texas:

  • January 15-21: 4-6 people
  • January 22-28: 4-6 people

New Construction in Calaveras County, California:

  • February 5-11: up to 4 people
  • February 26-March 4: up to 3 people
  • March 5-11: up to 4 people
  • March 26-April 1: up to 4 people

New Construction in Lake County, California:

  • February 12-18: up to 4 people

Apply Now for the positions listed above.

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

Urgent Needs for Volunteers
Leadership Openings (January-March 2017)

Lake County, CA
Assistant Cook – January 22-February 4

Greenbrier County, WV

Assistant Cook – February 19-25

Calaveras County, CA
Head Cook – February 5-11

Office Manager – February 19-March 4

West Virginia Bridges
Crew Leader – February 12-25
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


Strong Support Leads to Busy Season

We are grateful for the commitment and support of volunteers and donors. Because of you, MDS is able to assist more disaster survivors over the coming months. Thank you for offering your time on a project, making a financial contribution or spreading the word about how others can be involved!


Director’s Blueprint

This week I met with volunteers from north central Pennsylvania who are currently re-purposing and reorganizing themselves. I came away grateful for their time and passion for MDS. A group of electricians, loggers, farmers, crop advisors, and bank managers came together for a common purpose—to strengthen MDS. I am grateful for their service to God by serving their neighbors near and far.

Speaking of serving, MDS is in unchartered waters. Over the next four months we will be scheduling volunteers for 17 different locations throughout Canada and the U.S. It was not since 2009 that we had so many project locations (15 projects).

To God be the glory.

Kevin King

MDS Executive Director



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