Since last summer, more than 400 volunteers from the Mennonite Disaster Service (www.mds.mennonite.net) have completed 32 repair or rebuilding projects in the severely flood-damaged town of Jamestown, which requested their help.

They come from congregations all over the U.S. and Canada, following their church’s mission to serve needy “neighbors” in times of disaster. Some conservative Mennonite women wear prayer caps with their work boots.