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Mennonite Disaster Service Response to the Oil Spill



Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)
Scott Sundberg
June 17, 2010

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf waters, MDS friends, partners, and clients in the Gulf are asking for our prayers and support. Residents are grieving, saying, "This is our life and our culture—it is also the only way of life we know; what will we do if it is lost?" When MDS representatives asked what we can do, one Parish official said, "You can help by continuing to do what you do best—rebuilding homes."

We invite you to show your support for our Gulf Coast neighbors through:

Cards: Send personal cards to residents of the Gulf Coast affected by the oil spill, giving them a word of encouragement. Let them know that you are thinking of and praying for them. Please address cards to “Gulf Coast Residents.” After you write your card, please send it directly to the MDS Akron office in Pennsylvania. Once your card is received, it will be delivered to individuals in communities along the Gulf who are directly impacted by the oil spill.

Please mail your card to:
Mennonite Disaster Service
Care and Prayer Cards
1018 Main Street
Akron, PA 17501

Pray: Pray for the following as residents ask for prayer during this time:

  • The oil leak will soon be stopped
  • Health and welfare of clean up workers
  • Meaningful income for families
  • Wisdom in allocation of public and BP resources
  • Listening ears for our volunteers
  • Hope and healing after the clean up phase
  • That leaders place safety before financial gain

Volunteer: MDS will be re-opening the Diamond, Louisiana project and will continue rebuilding homes affected by disaster. We can be a listening, supportive presence in Diamond during a time of great uncertainty and environmental catastrophe. Skilled volunteer leaders are needed through September to continue work on the homes that were started by MDS in Plaquemines Parish. To volunteer, please call (800) 241-8111 (US) or (866) 261-1274 (Canada).

MDS is a volunteer network through which various constituencies of the Anabaptist church can respond to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. While our main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness.