Local Churches Continue Rebuilding Gulf Coast

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

February 22, 2006
More than six months after Hurricane Katrina hit, there are still years of cleanup and rebuilding ahead. Local churches are making it their mission to help out all year. News 12 tells you how the Savannah River region is helping in the Gulf Coast.

Construction work: not what we think of as a vacation. But for many churches in Aiken and Augusta, it’s how they’re using their days off.

“We’ve had volunteers go that have pacemakers. We have women volunteers go over who said they wanted to go to get their hands dirty. They were tired of going to teas and luncheons,” said Reed Gary.

And rebuilding the Gulf Coast is far from it. Reed Gary organizes monthly mission trips for First Baptist Church of Augusta. His teams rebuild homes in Biloxi for people living in FEMA tents.

“The devastation in Mississippi has been so pronounced that we feel that as Christians we’re called to care,” said Andrew McCaskill.

Andrew McCaskill takes teams from New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Aiken every three months to Pas Christian to lay drywall.

“Many of the local people say if it was not for the churches they wouldn’t be able to make it,” McCaskill said.

Because church teams are doing more than hammering a nail, they’re rebuilding hope.

“Hope is the biggest single thing we can deliver to these people. It’s not the amount of sheet rock mud we spread, or screws or bricks or mortar. It’s the hearts and minds of the affected people,” Gary said.

It’s a mission that will continue for years.

First Baptist’s Gulf Coast mission teams will bring anyone along who’d like to help. Click here for more information on the team.

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