Our adopted church in Biloxi continues to dig out of the disastrous mess that was left behind by Katrina. Our coalition of churches (Partners in Christ) continues to pray, recruit workers, raise money, and flesh out plans to bring assistance. The ability to communicate with our Mississippi mission is still an adventure! Cell calls seem to bounce back endlessly with busy signals and internet connections are spotty. Nearly every member of the church we are trying to assist has been hit with destruction at some level and they are overtaxed with mere survival.
All three churches in the partnership are chomping at the bit to bring relief. The church in Mobile is sending over work crews to Biloxi this weekend, our church is assembling two crews to put roofs back on houses (one of our project leaders is coming from a church in Maine)! The church in Dothan is organizing teams to make face to face contact with several communities near the church, we have an organization that is providing us with 20 thousand bibles to distribute.
It's the wee hours of the morning. I have been unable to sleep but I'm very keen on praying. The words from an the old hymn have been going through my mind; they put Katrina and all our storms back in the right perspective:
Be still my soul
The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them
While He dwelt below.