College students Eliza Aleman and Keren Masinge prepare housing for MDS volunteers in Red Lake, Minnesota.

It’s all in Creator’s timing

“They’re doing a great job!” That’s what Edith Carr, Office Manager with the MDS response in Red Lake, Minnesota, said of the 11 Goshen College students who spent two weeks in May helping convert an old grocery store into a base camp for the organization. “Soon this place will be ready to receive volunteers.” The students, part of the College’s Environmental Disaster and Response course, were in the northern Minnesota community—called Miskwaagamiiwizaaga’iganing in Ojibwe—to help MDS get ready to receive volunteers who came this summer to repair homes damaged by a tornado in 2021. They were welcomed by Robert Neadeau, the Director of Emergency Services for the reservation of about 8,000 people. He had only been in his job for three months when the tornado hit. “The hail was as big as a softball,” he said, adding that the hail, together with the wind, damaged roofs and siding and broke windows.

Goshen College students experience hands-on service and exchange of cultures in Red Lake, Minnesota


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