Wayne and Carole Stucky have been an inspiration to our congregation in sharing the love of Christ through their response to natural and man-made disasters in the United States and Canada. The Stuckys have been involved in dozens of recovery projects in the last 9 years, organizing groups of SHMC folks to serve in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and participating themselves in disaster recovery projects in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska.

At the beginning of 2016 Wayne and Carole took their service to a whole new level. They are now co-directors of Region III for Mennonite Disaster Service This volunteer position has taken them to almost all of the 14 states in this region that stretches from Texas to the Canadian board. The Stuckys do a little bit of everything, from organizing local response teams in each state to surveying disaster sites that need a multi-state response to supporting an Amish search and rescue team in Arkansas.

Wayne has been interviewed by several local newspapers and TV news teams. Take a look at this video from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network in which Wayne explains what MDS did in Colorado and continues to do around the country. http://empowersf.org/voices-of-resilience-wayne-stucky/. Southern Hills couldn’t be prouder of Wayne and Carole as they assist vulnerable community members, individuals, and families who would not otherwise have the means to recover in the wake of a disaster.

You don’t have to be a Mennonite to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service. Just go to the MDS website (https://mds.mennonite.net) and find a place where you can serve. MDS is known for having a collaborative spirit, working with other groups including faith-based organizations, local recovery committees, and both governmental and non-governmental agencies. MDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.