Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.—Christliche Dienste provides opportunities for voluntary service abroad. As of 2019 there are 80 volunteers serving in 12 countries in Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. They work with children, people needing special care and youth in large cities. They build homes for homeless families, support missionaries, work in fair trade shops, in second-hand stores, in soup kitchens or in the storage and distribution of relief goods. They work for peace and reconciliation. Their programs seek to show God’s love to those marginalized in society.
Christliche Dienste was established in 1985 through an initiative of Mennonite churches. These churches belong to the Protestant Free church tradition, whose roots stem back to the Reformation. Nowadays, Mennonite organizations are responsible for carrying out the mission.
Christliche Dienste is supported through the collaboration of Mennonite initiatives in social service, peace, and missions, and operates as a branch of Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.
Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.—Christian Service is a member of the Service Action Group for Peace (AGDF) and of the Evangelical Forum for Development Voluntary Service (eFeF) and is also recognized as a sending agency for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Coordination and Development and for the International Youth Volunteer Service (IJFD) which is promoted by the German Federal Ministry for family affairs, senior citizens, women and youth.
“I have personally experienced how formative it is to go abroad as a volunteer and learn. It is a privilege, together with partners, to accompany young people in voluntary service around the world and to hear of the invaluable experiences they have in a year of voluntary service.”
Seminar Organization, Personnel Counselor: Asia/South America
“I am excited to work together with partners and volunteers in the kingdom of God, and to be part of a worldwide community!”
Public Relations, Personnel Counselor: Africa/North America
“As an accompanying counselor, it’s very exciting to discover with the volunteers how they get to know and accept new perspectives from God, faith, and cultural diversity, and experience a life in unity, connectedness, and community. This is living faith, global peace work, and service learning for the Kingdom of God.”
Personnel Counselor: South America/Europe, In-Coming Program
“Hello, I’m Ricardo. Time and again, I’m fascinated and excited to see what great things God will accomplish through and in volunteers. It’s a great privilege to be part of this!”
Personnel Counselor: North America
“Through my own voluntary service, I was able to learn many things and grow in different areas. To accompany volunteers in these processes and to be able to see God’s hands, is still today one of my biggest motivations for this work.”
Bookkeeping and Administration
“Hello, my name is Dorit. I’m taking a two-year break from my work in Paraguay, so I can experience God in a new environment, and gain new experiences in service to others. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to work for CD, and I find it enriching to live in another country for a time.”
In-Coming volunteer in CD Office
“I’m Naomi, from the USA. For the last three years I’ve worked in England and Australia with Mennonite Mission Network. I consider it a privilege to be part of the worldwide church and to help shape it, with much to discover and learn. I am looking forward to the experiences here in the office and beyond!”
Mennonitisches Hilfswerk (MH)