Youth team departs for Mississippi

Posted on July 5, 2009

Late Saturday afternoon a team of 25 youth and youth leaders left for a week long trip in Pass Christian Mississippi. As the team gathered people from the community and church gathered to pray and encourage the team before the hit the road. The team will drive for nearly 24 hours straight before arriving in Mississippi around dinner time on July 5.

Pass Christian is on Mississippi’s coast and is one of the communities most devastated by Katrina. The 30-foot storm surge killed 22 people, destroyed nearly all business property, and damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the town’s homes. Initially about 25 percent  of Pass Christian’s 6,500 residents remained. Like virtually all of its residents, city leaders suffered immense personal loss. City Hall is now in a doublewide trailer. The library is in a small trailer. The storm set back the city 150 years, to its early days as a rustic resort area. But many new houses are springing up and the city is being rebuilt.

The team from Pequea Church will be working with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). MDS has purchased property in Pass Christian and set up a long-term project with three mobile homes and a storage shed. Together with  the local recovery committee and readily available funds, MDS has completed 24 new builds, 15 major repairs and 42 minor repairs. Over the summer Pass Christian will be visited by youth groups from all over the US and Canada. MDS will continue it’s work in Pass Christian through this fall.

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2 Responses to “Youth team departs for Mississippi”

  1. Rosemary Hess
    Jul 05, 2009

    Just wanted to say Hi! and I am anxious to follow the team’s progress this week.
    A special Hi to Jenna.
    Love granma Hess

  2. Rosemary Hess
    Jul 06, 2009

    Have a great day, today and may the joy of the Lord be shown through each of you!
    Love and prayers to each of you.

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