A "God's work, our hands" moment

Trip Start May 06, 2011
Trip End May 30, 2011

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Built houses for Fuller Center for Disaster Relief

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

I worked post-Katrina around Biloxi, MS -- 4 or 5 trips.  This was my first trip to Louisiana and my first experience with very Southern Louisianans -- Cajun and Creoles.  We were so well treated!

We worked on 4 houses.  One for an African American mom and one for a multi-generation Cajun man -- both from the area all of their lives.  The third house was for a former South Vietnamese army officer, a refugee to this nation after the fall of Viet Nam.  He was disabled from maltreatment in the "education camps" of the North Vietnamese conquerors.  We never met those who were to live in the 4th house.

All three of these houses were well on the way to completion.  The fourth house was not yet framed.  All of these houses were 20 to 25 feet in the air, the house base resting on a dozen or so large pressure treated pilings.  20 to 25 feet were in the air.  Another 40 to 60 feet had been driven into the ground.  This houses were funded by the area United Way and Fuller Center was given the grant to build them. 

This area normally floods when a hurricane hits that area of the Gulf.  The Mississippi is held back by a levee on the East and the Bayou is held back by a levee on the West.  Near the tip the two are so close that Tiger Woods could drive a golf ball between them.  So these houses were built to stand up to the worst the weather could bring.

What an honor to work with these people, to do something of value.  Pastor Lynn was the Pastor of the church at which we stayed.  How good it is to meet and get to know other people of the Gospel, who have shown this in their lives.  He and his congregation, as wiped out as everyone else in the Parish (county) became the center of renewal and hope after Katrina.  Renewal and hope, not just as a spiritual aid (altho certainly that), but as a place with water, cleaning supplies, food, and shelter.

This is a week of our lives that my wife and I will look back on as shining moment.
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