Gulf States Hurricane Help
I spent last Thursday and Friday cleaning up debris still littering the entire area of what used to be the town of Waveland, Miss. This gulf coast town of 7,100 residents was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in August. Its people are still clearing away tons of material that got churned up by a 40-foot tidal wave that pushed inland for nine miles! I stayed in the large tent that is the shelter for volunteers coming from all over the country, there to help do cleanup. I watched the man starting the fire that heated the water for showers in the local store parking lot for people still living in tents in what used to be their yard. I met people who rode out the storm in or on their houses and survived that, to now endure the slow restoration process. I also met some Godly people who have put their lives on hold to live a George Muller-type life (they live on and give away whatever God provides) having served people every day since September 2. After the horrific hurricanes this past fall, my wife and I sent money to help with the recovery and we've prayed ever since for the people affected by these disasters. But nothing can compare with going there and doing something tangible to help. If you're thinking about going and you don't know who to coordinate with on the ground, send me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch.
INNOVATIONewsletter, December 7, 2005 Center for Creative Ministry