May 7, 2020
Greetings! As you may know, this is a season of change for MDS. Since we are not currently recruiting volunteers, the Biweekly Update will be going on hiatus. It will return when we begin recruiting volunteers again, hopefully in the near future. To provide regular communications with our volunteers and donors, we are launching a new, monthly newsletter, "On The Level" which will be available later this month. This will be the last Biweekly Update for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to the journey together into the future.
Director's Letter As we have put our summer projects on hold, this has given us a chance to catch up on other tasks. We continue to be pleased with what volunteers are doing while they are at home – still sewing masks and gowns. While we wait for the appropriate time, we also ponder what changes we will need to make for our projects to be safe. I find myself asking what is our new vision and how do we implement it? But then, I stop and wonder,
“What’s God up to and how do we get on board?” When the Israelites wandered in the desert, they moved when the pillars of cloud and fire moved—that is, when they had a clear sense of direction. When they were not sure about their next step, they “pitched tent” and waited to discern the next steps of their journey. Please pray that God would make His will known among us for the next steps. And thank you for your continued financial support!
Kevin King, Executive Director Read the latest BTH online! There are no current volunteer needs. MDS has canceled all scheduled summer projects due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
COVID-19: MDS in Action
MDS Canada Launches Fund to Help Canadian Congregations Respond to COVID-19 Canadian churches responding to COVID-19 can get help from The Spirit of MDS Fund. Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada’s operations may be suspended until fall due to the pandemic, but the organization still wants to be active in responding to COVID-19. Read more here.
MDS in Ukiah, California - John & Teresa's story Applications pour in for COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund Anabaptist churches in the U.S. have submitted over 200 applications to the new COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund since its launch on April 13, 2020. The great majority of the applications have come from churches serving racially or ethnically diverse communities - congregations whose needs center around lost jobs and income that have led to a standstill of ministry in underserved communities that most need hope. Read more here.
Sweeter than honey: MDS helps family-owned business get back to work For the Dutch Gold Honey company, it was a sticky situation. The family-owned business—part of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania community since 1946—was allowed to operate as an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. But when all employees were required to wear a face mask, Dutch Gold was in a difficult spot. Then they contacted MDS.
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