The 2011 Minot, N.D., flood – the worst since 1881 – reminded Duane Deckert, pastor of Bible Fellowship Church (MB), that one’s shelter – whether church building or house – is not where God dwells.
The opening of a new Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) building was like a “reunion of many long-time friends from all over Canada and the U.S.,” said MDS staff Jerry Klassen. Eight months after breaking ground, MDS dedicated the opening of the new binational office located at 583 Airport Road in Lititz, Pa., Nov. 13.
Maurice Phillips, a commercial fisher of Plaquemines Parish, La., took a group of disaster management leaders out on a small boat to “see the oil” on June 7. This is the best way to witness the destruction of the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, said members of the Grand Bayou.
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The picture was in an old album of photographs laid out on the table in the church foyer at the MDS all-unit meeting in Saskatoon. Pictures from the early years are less profuse, but the themes were the same from 1948 to 2009: assorted disasters. In endless succession, they recorded the wreckage of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires – and the cleanups.
Decrepit rooms in a single resident occupancy hotel on Winnipeg’s former skid row may not be most people’s idea of a disaster site. But that didn’t stop Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) from running a four-week project at Red Road Lodge this summer.
In 2007, Mennonite Disaster Service, Canadian Mennonite University, and other church groups, together with the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, held Canada’s first-ever faith community summit on pandemic preparation, in Winnipeg.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank donations; Mennonite Your Way directory available; Mennonite Publishing Network, 2009; Reversal of Alzheimer effects; MDS responds to public health emergency; Erland Waltner of MWC passes away; Chinese Christian leaders call for forgiveness; Ten Thousand Villages launches personal care products; Pastor Abdi Welli Ahmed landed in trouble
MCC and the impact of economic downturn; MDS responds to flooding; Bruce Clemenger elected for World Evangelical Alliance international council; CMU challenges students to donate; Canadian Foodgrains Bank provides for Zimbabwe; Eden Health Care Services gets award; Pastoral harassment in Bangladesh; 2008 Clinical Practitioner Award; Chair in Anabaptist studies; Malaria Shoppe produces malaria-related products; Clarification (re: P & E, December 2008)
MDS to inform and equip churches for pandemic influenza and other disasters; Goshen (Ind.) College accused of being unpatriotic; Anabaptist youth ride bicycles for Global Youth Summit and Mennonite World Conference Assembly 15; MEDA launches human resource expertise to microfinance institutions; Mennonite congregation in the Netherlands celebrated; 800,000 people displaced in Democratic Republic of Congo; Violence in Jos, Nigeria; Amish population grows 84 percent; Truth and Reconciliation Commission; EFC calls for integrity, statesmanship, and grace in political crisis