Work teams are heading to hurricane zone to help physically and spiritually

By September 19, 2005

USA (MNN) — Victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States are getting the essentials they need. Many are still homeless and trying to figure out what they’re going to do, next. While many people have nothing to return to, others have a lot of repairs to do.

World Hope International’s Mike Takas says they’re shifting their efforts from relief to rebuilding. Takas says they’re organizing teams to help out in a number of ways. “Everything from distribution of food, we have construction workers coming down and assessing the situation to help repair or rebuild those roofs, putting tarp down and putting plywood down eventually, to re-roofing all these houses.”

Takas says they’re working with the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He says this kind of work allows World Hope do what they’re called to do. “Our desire is to really get out into the community as well. We want to take these provisions out and that’s going to be a huge responsibility for the next few teams,” says Takas.

In order to do this, World Hope needs your help. “We’re going to need a lot of building supplies from tar paper, to roofing materials, to construction workers coming down and actually helping to do the work. A lot of these people don’t have insurance and they don’t have the money to rebuild.”

Many aid workers like Takas are tired. He explains why. “There’s so much to do and not enough time. But, it’s been a pure joy in making just a little difference.”

Making a physical difference isn’t the only reason they’re helping. Takas says making a spiritual difference is they’re motivation. “That’s a huge part of why we’re here, just sharing and showing the love of Christ, being His hands and feet.” He says they’ve already had multiple opportunities to share Christ.

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