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Mennonites Flood Mission Ends

Mennonites Flood Mission Ends

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The rebuilding of the Mouse River valley in the wake of the 2011 flood has been, and will continue to be, a long process.

But much of the rebuilding that has happened already can be traced back to faith based groups that descended on the area to lend a helping hand.

This week, one such group is ending its mission here.

Perry Olson has more with Mennonite Disaster Services.

More than 100 homes throughout the valley have received the caring touch of Mennonite Disaster Services since the Mouse River Flood.

(Ken Graber, Mennonite Disaster Services) "In the last two and a half years we have had over 1500 volunteers who came in for over a week or more."

Those volunteers, paired with local volunteers have made quite the impact on the region.

(Ken Graber, Mennonite Disaster Services) "We feel that we have done a service here. We have reached about 120 homes in the clean-up and reconstruction phase."

At the end of this week however, that mission is complete.

The Mennonites are wrapping up two final homes in the next few days, and moving on.

Their work can be found at numerous homes, and even here -- at Bible Fellowship Church.

A place of worship they helped rebuild, and called home!

Pastor Duane Deckert says they will be missed.

(Pastor Duane Deckert, Bible Fellowship Church) "Yes we are! It is going to leave a void for us. Everyday for two and a half years there have been volunteers staying at our church. It has been a real pleasure having them here."

So why do they work?

Why put in all the hours, the travel, the blood and sweat, for Ken and his MarthaJune Graber who have overseen the final few weeks in Minot, the answer is simple.

(Ken Graber, Mennonite Disaster Services) "We feel that we can in a small way be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to people. It is a service that we feel is important to our fellow man, reaching out to our neighbors."

(MarthaJune Graber - Mennonite Disaster Services) "We want to pass on the many blessings that we have received in our lives to people who are in need and want our help."

Mission accomplished with that.

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The next stop for the Mennonite equipment and volunteers is Duluth, Minnesota where flash flooding last year caused damage to many homes there.

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