Mennonite Disaster Service

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Mennonite Disaster Service
Mds-logo.png
Founded1950
FocusDisaster Relief
Location
Area served
United States, Canada[3]
Key people
Kevin King, Executive Director[1][2]
Revenue
$2,870,251 [1]
Employees
11 [1]
Volunteers
3,000+
Websitehttp://www.mds.mennonite.net

The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is a volunteer network through which various groups within the Anabaptist tradition assist people affected by disasters in North America.[3] The organization was founded in 1950 and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1993.

The MDS currently involves more than 3,000 members of the Mennonite, Amish and Brethren in Christ churches (BIC).[4][5][6] The primary focus of the service is cleanup, repair, and the rebuilding of homes.[7] The work of the group supplements the disaster relief provided by the Red Cross.[8][9] The Mennonite Disaster Service also works closely with Mennonite Central Committee.[4]

A quarterly newsletter called Behind the Hammer is published.[10]

The volunteer amateur radio group Mennonet provides communication services for MDS.[11][12] Radio equipment was first deployed by MDS in 1960.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charity Report - Mennonite Disaster Service - give.org". charityreports.bbb.org. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Home - Mennonite Disaster Service". Mennonite Disaster Service. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Kraybill, Donald (2001). The Riddle of Amish Culture. The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 157–158. ISBN 0-8018-6772-X.
  6. ^ Wittlinger, Carlton (1978). Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Evangel Press. p. 529. ISBN 0-916035-05-0.
  7. ^ "Mennonite Disaster Service" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-05-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ https://www.crossnet.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_300_,00.html
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-05-27. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "News Releases Archives - Hesston College". Hesston College. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  12. ^ Detweiler, Lowell (2000). The Hammer Rings Hope: Photos and Stories from Fifty Years of Mennonite Disaster Service. Herald Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-8361-9110-2.

Further reading[edit]

  • Detweiler, Lowell (2000) The Hammer Rings Hope: Photos and Stories from Fifty Years of Mennonite Disaster Service. Scottdale PA: Herald Press. ISBN 0-8361-9110-2
  • Wiebe, Katie Funk (1976) Day of Disaster. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press. ISBN 0-8361-1793-X
  • Wiebe, Vernon (1960) Handbook for Mennonite Disaster Service Volunteers. Kansas: Mennonite Disaster Service. ASIN B0007G0VG0.

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