Mennonite Disaster Service

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Mennonite Disaster Service
Founded 1950
Focus Disaster Relief
Area served
United States, Canada[3]
Key people
Kevin King, Executive Director[1][2]
$2,870,251 [1]
11 [1]
Slogan Responding, Rebuilding, Restoring.

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]


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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