Needs continue in Hurricane Katrina zone, people are turning to Christ

By March 17, 2006

USA (MNN) — Crime is increasing dramatically in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, hit hard seven months ago by Hurricane Katrina. According to authorities, construction scams, assaults, and drug and alcohol crimes are among offenses occurring more frequently. However, Christians continue making a difference in these areas that are trying to rebuild their lives.

World Hope International is just one organization doing that. World Hope’s Debbie Hoover says working through the local church has been a great strategy. “Many people come to the church seeking help and seeking counseling, so we’ve been able to facilitate that a lot even through some of our more qualified volunteers who have expertise in that area. Many people have received Christ just through the work of the volunteers. It’s taking the word and the deed together and then you see miracles in peoples lives; changed hearts, changed lives, changed circumstances.”

World Hope is wrapping up their efforts in Gulf Port, Mississippi with re-roofing homes, cleaning out mold and tree removal. Hoover says they’re redoubling their efforts in Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans, an area flooded after a barge broke through the levy. “Many of those folks have mold clear up to the ceiling in their houses and we’re going in and removing the walling, sterilizing the house with bleach water and then putting sheet rock back in the houses.”

Funding is needed to help purchase these supplies. Hoover is asking people to pray for wisdom, safety for volunteers and they would have the resources to continue working in the area.

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