This spring a group of people from several churches in the North Lancaster Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America went to Biloxi, Mississippi to aid in the reconstruction following Katrina. A similar group had gone before, but due to health reasons I was not able to participate.
We worked through Camp Biloxi which is a ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and is funded and maintained through individual donations, and partnerships with the Southern District LCMS Recovery Assistance, Lutheran Disaster Response, LCMS World Relief and Human Care, Orphan Grain Train, Lutheran Church Charities, Thrivent for Lutherans, and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response..
Our trip was from April 13, 2008 through April 19, 2008. Planning for this trip started in October, 2007. Each individual was responsible for all of their own expenses, including transportation and housing. Fortunately our churches and some of the local Lutheran Groups helped with the expenses so our actual out of pocket cost was not that great.
This is a report of our trip and work experience. This trip affected all of us and gave us a greater appreciation of what we have and what we can do to help other people. I feel I got as much out of it as the people we helped.