October 19, 2010 original appeared in Mennonite World Review Fall 2010
By Scott Sundberg
For five years, Mennonite Women USA has partnered with Mennonite Disaster Service to provide wall hangings for clients. Now they are presenting four wall hangings for the new MDS binational headquarters.
Lititz, PA – Four quilted wall hangings were presented to Mennonite Disaster Service on Monday, October 18, 2010 by Sister-Link, a program of Mennonite Women USA. Rebecca Sommers, of Goshen, Ind. (left), and Elaine Good, of Lititz Pa. (right), both past presidents of Mennonite Women, personally presented the wall hangings to Kevin King (center), executive director of MDS and other staff at MDS’ soon-to-be-completed binational warehouse, multi-purpose room and office space in Lititz, Pa.
For five years, Sister-Link has provided wall hangings to give to people who have had homes built for them by MDS. To date, over 100 wall hanging have been given to MDS clients. The first one given was in Wauchula, Fla., in 2004 when Sommers and her husband Merle were serving with MDS.
“We believe in what MDS does. And most clients are women. So it is a way for Mennonite women to stay connected with women impacted by disasters by bringing beauty—connecting women to women,” said Sommers, who made one of the wall hangings. Elaine Good made one of the other pieces of fabric art. Wilma Miller and Joy Hess, both from Goshen, Ind. made the other two wall hangings. The wall hangings will all be on display in the new MDS facility.