Special to the Advocate
For 15 years,
Its name reflects that it is more than a church. It is a mission and one done with love and dedication. Housed in a small church building made of concrete blocks on Howard Avenue in Biloxi, it clothed and fed thousands of homeless people and not only gave them a place to rest, sleep and eat, but an opportunity for a new beginning. They could take a shower and do laundry, but they could also clean up their lives. They felt the Christian love and welcome as they were supported and guided toward building a new life.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed that building, leaving only the slab.
As the storm bore down on the
Those involved in this ministry have been busy working to rebuild a facility for the homeless people. Their purpose is not just about rebuilding a church building, but building people. And for this, land is needed.
Many coast residents have found how difficult it is to be homeless when they lost their homes in Katrina. Most of them have the opportunity through FEMA, grants, the Small Business Administration and insurance to rebuild.
The Board of Trustees, pastor the Rev. Elijah Mitchell and others are asking for help in their search for a new site, approximately two acres, where they can put a 9,000-square-foot building in which the homeless can eat, sleep, worship, receive counseling and training while building their futures.
Location is important. Seashore
“We have an opportunity through the ministry of Seashore Mission Church to make a difference not just in one person’s life, but for many,” says the Rev. Bill McAlilly, Seashore District superintendent. “Together we can make this world a better place.”
All donations are welcome; however, land is the most pressing need. Seashore
How to help
Contacts for the
Rev. Elijah Mitchell
Seashore District Office of the United Methodist Church
89 Serene Hills
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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