Bishop, cabinet help make sure holidays are happy for families


Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and the cabinet added a bit of Christmas cheer to the life of two families in the Seashore District on Dec.4-5. 

As a part of their annual mission work team, the bishop and cabinet provided labor at the home of two families who lost homes during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They worked on installation of flooring, ceiling fans, and paint preparation. The goal of the work teams was to have the families in their homes by Christmas.

At one home the owner came and expressed tearful thanks for the assistance of the work team. She and her grandchildren were living in a tent following Hurricane Katrina. When an UMCOR case worker discovered the plight of this family, a trailer was secured. Finally, the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Recovery team was able to secure partnerships to construct a new home from the ground up.

The bishop and cabinet assisted a mission team from Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, Ga. The team was making its eighth trip to Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina. 

Ward has organized the cabinet work team since 2004. The cabinet work teams have worked in areas impacted by natural disasters such as in Atmore, Ala., New Orleans, the Choctaw Mission and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The recovery work, now three years out, continues when many other organizations have departed.