11 responses to 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey
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    Comment on 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey (February 12th, 2018 at 09:13)

    Great !

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    Comment on 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey (February 12th, 2018 at 09:14)

    Wonderful they are helping in Texas. Lets not forget our friends on the Island P.R.

    • Thanks Peter, good mention.

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey (February 13th, 2018 at 22:07)

      Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and Christian Aid Ministries (CAM)are two Mennonite/Amish organizations that many Mennonites and Amish volunteer with in disaster cleanup and rebuilding. Both of these organizations are working in Puerto Rico in disaster cleanup and rebuilding.

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        Comment on CASP (February 17th, 2018 at 09:51)


        There is also a program called CASP (Christain Alternative Service Program) for conscientious objectors, that is set up with Christian Aid Ministries (CAM). Government approved, monitored community service program where young men volunteer for 4 weeks. My son just got back from the base that is set up in Port Arthur, TX. His group consisted of 5 families/couples who served as house parents, crew leaders, administrators and 19 young men who fixed up houses, including the final clean up. Boot camp style restrictions, 2 crews per crew leader provided free labor to home owners. Anything that had to be done. Home owners provided the materials (flooring, dry wall etc.) tools and elbow grease provided by the boys. Base in a large church which got fixed up first so they could stay there. These groups come and go back to back as long as necessary in that particular area. Another CAM base is in Beaumont, Amish going there. All food, fuel, travel etc. is provided by affiliated churches and the volunteers. CASP groups also cleaned up and fixed us national parks in various areas after flooding, restoring facilities in national or recreational parks (as directed by local government agencies). It’s an awesome program and quite a sacrifice/experience for all that participate and their families who stay home without their boys. The sad part (according to my son) was that they met several home owners who were scammed out of their money by crooks who never showed up with materials they had paid for and our crews had to prove extra hard that they are for real and not robbing these poor hurricane victims.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey (February 12th, 2018 at 10:37)

    This was a great story. So many people think of the Amish in negative terms like oppressive of women, child labor, etc. This helps to show they are true Christians doing as Jesus said.

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    Mary Johnston
    Comment on 600 Amish & Mennonites Help Rebuild Houston After Harvey (February 12th, 2018 at 13:49)

    God bless!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Good example, pay it forward (February 13th, 2018 at 12:37)

    Good example, pay it forward

    This is a feel-good story, and the Amish and Mennonites are fine examples of how the rest of us can help our fellow man after disaster hits. But think about what those volunteers are giving up, about the physical labor involved, and who’s doing what to help THEM back home? The “good” keeps flowing, getting passed down from one person, one community to the other. They’re an inspiration to me, for sure. Keep it going, pay it forward!

    Alice Mary

    • It is unpaid labor but I think that is something the Amish are used to, and I think they generally enjoy these types of trips – a good change of pace and chance to see somewhere new. Of course it’s not so easy if you are a dairy farmer to leave that behind to someone to manage, though with other types of businesses it’s generally more manageable, also you do see a lot of youth and younger people who theoretically have more flexibility participating in these projects. Regardless pay it forward is a great concept we can always use more of.

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    Terry from Wisc
    Comment on Doing the Lord's work (February 14th, 2018 at 09:03)

    Doing the Lord's work

    Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day

    There are many verses in scripture re: taking care of your neighbor. Those who help out in a time of need and crisis are spreading the Gospel, as we are commanded to do in scripture! A whole lot more of God, and a whole lot less of greed, would be a GREAT thing today!

    1 John 3:17-18
    But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

    Safe in Christ, always,

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