From Mennonite Disaster Service
Helping Canadian Anabaptist-Mennonite congregations respond to COVID-19
The MDS Canada Spirit of MDS Fund is issuing a second call for applications from churches in Canada responding to COVID-19 needs in their communities.
About the Fund
The goal of the Spirit of MDS Fund is to provide financial support to Canadian Anabaptist-Mennonite congregations that are assisting people in their communities affected by the pandemic. A total of $100,000 has been made available; to date 46 congregations and other ministries have received support from the Fund. With funding still available, a second call for applications has been issued for fall.
How it Works
Timeline. This second call for funding is in operation from August 24 to October 31.
Eligibility. Preference will be given to congregations that are part of an Anabaptist-Mennonite denomination (part of the MDS Canada support network). Applications from other churches will be considered.
Grants. Grants will be a maximum $1,000, although there can be some flexibility on a case-by-case basis. Projects that can be funded include replenishing a deacon’s fund, restocking a food pantry, assisting with a family’s emergency financial needs, purchasing technology to help churches serve their members through online services or to help seniors or shut-ins connect with family and friends, assisting with rent for a refugee or other family, etc. Salaries will not be funded.
Applications. Go to https://mds.mennonite.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Spirit-of-MDS-Fund-application_online_rev2_2020.pdf to fill out a downloadable form. It can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to MDS Canada, 200-600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2J1. Congregations should expect to hear back in 5-7 days if their application is approved.
Reporting. Congregations that receive funding must report back to MDS Canada how they used the funds. These reports will be used to create stories that show how the church was in action responding to this crisis.
The Spirit of MDS
Through the Fund, we want to help local congregations respond in the spirit of MDS. That spirit is based in:
Faith in Action. We believe in and practice a life of service and proclamation founded on the Bible and modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Caring Relationships. Through our service we want to build relationships of mutual respect, humility and accountability.
Service. We believe all Christians are called to serve others, and we welcome all who share our values to join us in volunteering, praying and giving.
Compassion. Our service is offered freely to all.
Integrity. We work in an ethical, honest, moral and legal manner.
Sustainability. As God’s stewards, we strive to use resources entrusted to us wisely and carefully.