September 2, 2007

STRIKING A BLOW AGAINST INFANTILIZATION:

Church groups give key aid to Miss. town (REGINA L. BURNS, 9/02/07, AP)

The sweat and donations from religious groups are bringing hope and new homes to many residents in this tiny community, still struggling two years after Hurricane Katrina left much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in ruins.

Adolph Harris, who watched his house get washed away while he clung to a nearby tree as the storm roared ashore, will move this month into a new home built with money and volunteers from a Kempton, Ind.-based Christian organization.

Standing outside his new home, one of 35 new homes built by the International Disaster Emergency Service, Harris said he often thinks about the miracle of his survival.

"I was up the tree from 8:30 that morning until about 7:30 that afternoon," he said. "If that tree had fallen that I was in, I would have been in that water - 25-30 feet of water - with all those moccasin snakes and, you know, it was just a scary, scary situation to be in."

While the memories of metal flying like missiles off neighboring homes still haunt him, Harris said his prayers have been answered.

Volunteers also helped bring back the West Hancock County Volunteer Fire Department.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency made a lot promises, "but we got tired of waiting," Fire Chief Kim Jones said.

"So, we went ahead and took what little insurance money we had and donations from other fire departments and church organizations and individuals and rebuilt our station," said Jones, 52.


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2007 2:49 PM
Comments

A young piano teacher from our town (she's 22) went down to Louisiana after Katrina on a Christian relief effort. She met a contractor from Minneapolis. They're getting married and she's moving to the U.S.

As happy as a lark, she is.

Posted by: Randall Voth at September 3, 2007 1:06 AM

Felicitations to the happy couple.

Posted by: erp at September 3, 2007 8:26 AM
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