Updated Nov. 27
MDS volunteers cleaned up in many locations after tornados ripped through the in the Midwest on Nov. 17. Many farms were hit and volunteers walked the fields, picking up debris. Local command centers are still organizing and only local volunteers are being utilized as needs are known.
MDS Unit and Region representatives will coordinate additional responses with local churches and long-term recovery committees in the area.
Prayers for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan
Our prayers are with the people of the Philippines and Vietnam who were in the path of Super Typhoon Haiyan. MDS responds to disasters in the US and Canada while our sister agency, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) responds to disasters overseas. MCC staff is currently monitoring the situation and is accepting donations toward a disaster response in Southeast Asia. Click here for the MCC website, or call (717) 859-1151 to reach MCC.
MDS featured in new book
Brenda Phillips, PhD, Associate Dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe, has published a new book titled “Mennonite Disaster Service and the Gulf Coast Recovery“ A long-time friend of MDS, she is a widely published author on disaster recovery and socially vulnerable populations and has received numerous awards and recognition. Phillips is donating all of the royalties of book sales to MDS. To order a book at a download an order form here or call the Binational Office, (717) 735-3536. The book will be “library quality,” so consider donating a copy to your church library.
The book has been described as an “academic study and a story—a truly engaging one—of people helping people in a very special way. This is a close up view of those who experienced the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike and those from the Mennonite Disaster Service who came to help. Together they built a classic therapeutic community. This important book is a valuable resource not only for students and academics who will find rich empirical support for many theoretical concepts, but for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate giving and receiving in disaster recovery.”— Maureen Fordham, Northumbria University
MDS featured on NBC Nightly News! MDS was featured on the NBC Nightly News on March 29, 2011. To see the story that features our Diamond, La. project, click on the link below:
MDS on the News