Give and give thanks


As we journey through Lent let us give thanks for all the ways we continue in the recovery effort on the Gulf Coast. 

Last week a member of Hernando United Methodist Church in the Senatobia District shared with me its own-going mission of hosting teams en-route to the coast. Since Hurricane Katrina hit, it has hosted 191 teams ranging in size from four to 95. We all have a unique role to play in this important mission. 

I give thanks for all the ways you have continue to respond in love: Sending teams, collecting supplies, praying faithfully, contributing financially. Last year your offerings during Lent helped restore churches impacted by Katrina.   

It is my hope that every church in the Mississippi Conference will again receive Lenten offerings for Katrina recovery. These offerings will help complete three critical facilities on the coast that will provide much-needed housing for volunteers and storage space for building materials and equipment.

More than 7,500 volunteers have already scheduled trips to the coast through the first six months of 2007. Due to the lack of volunteer housing, we are on the verge of asking teams to delay their trips, even though nearly 100,000 Mississippians still reside in temporary housing, waiting to return home.  

Your Lenten offerings will bless the hundreds of families awaiting assistance by ensuring a continuous flow of volunteers and materials.