September 10 Updates
“We have been in contact with pastor Bruce O'Neil of Eastern Shore PCA in Fairhope, AL and are
proposing to send a team(s) of workers either September 24 through October 9 or October 22
through November 6. Eastern Shore PCA church has become one of the main distribution points for
east coast churches functioning as a staging area as disaster relief moves west. They are about 45
minutes from Biloxi, MS. Others from the PCA are working south toward Biloxi from Hattiesburg,
MS. They have already cleaned up and partly rebuilt First Pres, Biloxi, which is starting to serve as a
staging area for distribution of food, clothing, etc. Biloxi has hundreds/ thousands of homes that have
been destroyed. The Eastern Shore church is housing some displaced people, and they can provide or
find housing for volunteers who come down. There is plenty of work to be done, cutting up fallen
trees, cleaning up debris, distributing goods, etc. He said they could use anything we would send...
goods and manpower.
For more information or if you are interested in being a part of the Service Teams. please email or call Mike Hollenbach (firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.658.1100).
UPDATE FROM REV. MO LEVERETT of DESIRE STREET MINISTRIES (Speaker at our 2006 Urban Missions Conference): Many of you have expressed concern for my family. We are doing well, though we are having difficulty finding the time to process what has just occurred in our lives, our family and our ministry. My family has lost everything. My kids only have the clothes on their backs. And my wife lost precious irreplaceable items like pictures, journals, letters to our children and the earrings I’ve given her on anniversaries. We don’t currently have a family vehicle. We’re struggling as we’re trying to help others in their struggles, but the Lord is graciously sustaining us. We are blessed and deeply moved by the concern and support of so many of you who have offered prayers, financial support, housing and other resources. While we have much work left to do, God is blessing us with progress as we pursue our mission through these new challenges. We have added a great deal of new information to our website since last Friday. Please visit http://www.desirestreet.org/ for all the updates, including a message from me and from Danny Wuerffel. You’ll also find updated prayer requests, ways to help and an outline of our ministry objectives and funding priorities as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The days have been long, but God continues to provide for and sustain us through your prayers and generous gifts. We are committed to doing all we can to provide relief and education as we plan for redevelopment in the months to come. Your gifts of support allow us to press forward. Please send checks to: Desire Street Ministries Fund, Whitney National, Northwest Branch, Mail Teller Attn: Loveda Lockey, 1716 Mangum Road, Houston, TX 77092.
FROM PCA DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM:Now that we have a location to serve as a receiving and distribution warehouse; we are beginning to receive shipments loaded with much needed supplies — ranging from non-perishable food and water to soap and medical supplies — to help the many people who are without these basic needs.
The arrival of the supplies allowed a Hattiesburg hospital with 3400 people to receive the basic provisions and medical supplies greatly desired – to provide people with nourishment and medical care. We praise God for those of you who sent the supplies!
We have also been able to send the supplies into the surrounding communities that are lacking fresh water, food and medicine. This has been done through cooperative efforts with churches located throughout the area and neighboring states. Please view our video on the MNA home page, which shares some of the testimonies of those affected by the hurricane.
Below you will find a list of wanted items. Although we appreciate your willingness to share with those affected by the hurricane, please refrain from sending any items not on the list below.
· Hand Sanitizer
· Bug spray
· Food -- nonperishable; non heated
· Manual can openers
· Diapers -- all sizes
· Baby formula
· Baby wipes
· Paper products (plates, napkins, plastic ware, cups)
· Feminine products
When you have gathered your donated supplies, please call Disaster Response at 636-299-1422 or 636-299-1424 for directions on where to ship your supplies. Because areas of need change daily, this will allow us to make sure that supplies get quickly to the area of most need (Posted by David Apple).