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Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.  

While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.

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Since November 2004, MDS house dedications include the gift of a quilted wall hanging to the new homeowners. The wall hangings are made and donated through the Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Women's group. If you are a quilter and would like more information on this program, e-mail MDS at communications(at)mds.mennonite.net.

 


 

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MDS volunteers work during the clean up phase in South Carolina after the October floods.

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South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, (front row, third from left) with Project Coordinator Earl Bouder (front row, second from left) at the MDS Storm Aid project in Sumter, SC.

Governor Hayley tours MDS project sites

Walking through Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) work sites in Sumter, SC, has been a regular occurrence recently for MDS project director, Earl Bouder. 

On Wednesday, April 6, however, his walk took a different turn when he was accompanied by South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, who was touring the MDS Sumter work sites that are operated primarily by the Lancaster County Amish Storm Aid teams.  

Haley was visiting the flood area in an effort to boost support for One SC Flood Relief Fund, a statewide fundraising effort to provide building supplies for the ongoing repair and rebuilding of homes damaged by devastating floods in October 2015.

 Volunteers from MDS have been involved in the South Carolina flood response since a few weeks after the flood occurred, first working on early response cleanup and now on repairing and rebuilding homes.

Haley warmly greeted the homeowners and MDS volunteers and spent more than an hour between the two job sites (which are next door to each other), according to Bouder.

“She engaged quite a number of folks in conversation,” Bouder said. “I believe she truly has a deep and genuine caring about what happened during the flood and the impact on the homeowner families.”

As Haley expressed her appreciation to MDS for the work done, she shook the hand of every volunteer.  “We had all of our 18 volunteers outside the completely restored home,” Bouder added.

After the tour Hayley posed for a photo with the group. Included in the photo where several local veterans who were local drivers for the Amish Storm Aid team.

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Mennonite Disaster Service project locations are the physical response centers established by MDS in a disaster-affected community. In addition to housing the local MDS office, the projects function as base camps for MDS volunteers who need a place to eat and sleep while they serve. This section of the MDS website contains updated information about current MDS projects.

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