Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Disaster Service
Founded 1950
Location Akron, Pennsylvania, USA
Key people Kevin King, Executive Director[1][2]
Area served United States, Canada[3]
Focus Disaster Relief
Revenue $2,870,251 [1]
Volunteers 3,000+
Employees 11 [1]
Motto 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 clean up, 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 the Mennonite Central Committee.[4]

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

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


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  5. ^ Kraybill, Donald (2001). The Riddle of Amish Culture. The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 157–158. ISBN 080186772X. 
  6. ^ Wittlinger, Carlton (1978). Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Evangel Press. p. 529. ISBN 0916035050. 
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  12. ^ Detweiler, Lowell (2000). The Hammer Rings Hope: Photos and Stories from Fifty Years of Mennonite Disaster Service. Herald Press. p. 63. ISBN 0836191102. 

Further reading

  • Detweiler, Lowell (2000) The Hammer Rings Hope: Photos and Stories from Fifty Years of Mennonite Disaster Service. Scottdale PA: Herald Press. ISBN 0836191102
  • Wiebe, Katie Funk (1976) Day of Disaster. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press. ISBN 083611793X
  • Wiebe, Vernon (1960) Handbook for Mennonite Disaster Service Volunteers. Kansas: Mennonite Disaster Service. ASIN B0007G0VG0.

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