Orleans Ministry Update
From Don & Patti Hall
Family & Friends, ,
to the overwhelming needs that continue in the Gulf Coast, I recently
returned to do more disaster relief ministry under the auspices of the
Pastors Resource Council of Baton Rouge, LA. This time the target was
New Orleans -- Katrina's ground zero.
The first day, Chaplain Mike Davis (head of PRC) and three others of
us, helped Pastor Charles Green clear out the church and pastor's
offices of items that were salvageable. Floodwater had inundated the
entire 1,500-seat facility. Dr. Green had pastored there for over 40
years. Now he has no church, no congregation, no home and no salary.
Because of the water damage and mold, it was difficult for him to
decide what files, books and other items he could save, and what should
be discarded. This pastor's loss was similar to what hundreds of others
have been facing throughout the Gulf region.
We also spent time at a PRC Relief Site in East New Orleans, and were
impressed by the dedication of those from Master's Commission who were
giving out food, clothing and other essentials. Later, we helped a
pastor in the devastated 9th Ward set up the church as a new Relief
Center. It had the distinction of being the first church in their part
of the city to reestablish Sunday services.
I spent another day at the largest Relief Center in the city located in
St. Bernard Parish. Many who were effected by Katrina & Rita were
encouraged and prayed for by Chaplains from the Billy Graham
Association and myself. In the nearby neighborhood, nearly every house
was destroyed. Some were even in the middle of the street, having been
washed hundreds of feet from their foundations.
Due to a serious decline in disaster relief volunteers, Chaplain Mike
asked if I would also invest a portion of my time at the PRC office,
calling local pastors to mobilize church volunteers. Urgent help was
still needed for the Distribution/relief sites, pastoral care,
processing evacuees for relocation, and demolition & reconstruction
work. Through dozens of calls, it turned out to be a great opportunity
to multiply myself by involving hundreds of others wanting to serve.
On my return home, I again thanked the Lord for the privilege of being
His hand extended to many shattered lives who needed encouragement and
hope for the future. We are especially grateful to those who made this
possible through your prayers and loving support.
Joyfully in His Service,
& Patti Hall
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