Maurice Imhoff has been connecting PMC to the work of Mennonite Disaster Service for many years. Recently he has been involved with thier work in Calaveras County, California, rebuilding homes ravished by wild fires. This video captures some of that story.
If you are interested in learning more about Mennonite Disaster Service please visit thier website or better yet just track down Maurice and he will be glad to chat with you.
On August 11, 2014, six inches of rain fell in Detroit and surrounding communities in a short time, flooding tens of thousands of basements with storm water mixed with sewage. Residents who were unable to clean out their flooded basements are now having severe mold problems, causing respiratory problems for some persons living in these contaminated homes. Several volunteer agencies, including MDS, have cleaned out hundreds of basements since the flood. MDS continues to muck out basements as requests come in, and repair basements that are significant living spaces for families. This often involves a bit of framing work, insulation, drywall, trim and flooring. Mike plans to be working at the Detroit site until November 21. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Mike takes on another MDS assignment...
When you give, it makes your heart sing with joy.
There are people in this world who live life for what they have, for what they can get. Then there are those who live life for what they can give.
When you give, you see someone smile. The people in Jamestown always give a wave or a smile as they see me walk or drive by as a sigh of thanks or gratitude for what MDS is doing to help this community.
When you give, you receive love in return. A man in this town named Quinter took considerable time from his work to help us get a truck off the mountain and received love in return in the form of two home baked pies and a thank you card for his efforts which I' m sure he appreciated and enjoyed greatly.
When you give, you just might be saving someone's life As MCC/MDS is doing in Nepal as they respond to the tragedy and devastation that befell that country Saturday.
When you give, you get back more than you gave. I have been so richly rewarded in being able to serve God in a way that best pleases and glorifies Him. This experience has given me a direction and purpose in life that I never had before, and it lifts my spirit greatly to be able to help folks in need as I have been helped by kind and generous folks in the same way.
When you give, it makes your heart sing with joy. My spirit soars as a bird in flight and a song is in my heart as I see the appreciation from all the folks in this community who are so grateful for what we are doing to help this town heal and rebuild such amazing homes so quickly after the flood of September 2013.
~Michael Tori Amatullo