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Greetings from Mississippi! (February 22, 2009)

So, I just got back from a Service Trip to Kentucky, but instead, I’m right now reposting on this blog some notes I wrote on Facebook from the last time I went on a mission trip.  These next 6 notes were all written in late February/early March of 2009…

 

For those of you that don’t know this, let me just catch you up to speed so that you don’t get confused. Right now I am in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, on a service trip with Augustana’s Campus Ministries to help the area recover from Hurricane Katrina. I just wanted to quickly write down some thoughts as I jump into the intensity of this service trip. We got into Ocean Springs today, and our driver was pointing out to us all of the formerly damaged properties on the coastline that had been repaired over the course of the intervening 3.5 years. Then we saw the Biloxi Hard Rock Cafe. Which was scheduled to open on August 29, 2005. Needless to say, when the storm blew through these parts 3 days before the grand opening, they lost everything. But the good part is, they decided to come back and rebuild. Then we hit up a memorial built by the people from Extreme Makeover Home Edition(quickly changing the topic, why do they even call it Home Edition anymore, because I’m pretty sure that the original Extreme Makeover went belly-up several years ago…) anyway, they had a wall built signifying the height of the storm surge that came through the area-12 feet. Seeing that in person was a very shocking experience to say the least. After we reached Camp Victor, we watched an orientation video, went to a BBQ place, and were finally able to relax. They told us that the residential districts will look much worse than the retail areas, which only makes sense, since in order to get the local economy back up and running, you need to have a steady flow of income to the region. Needless to say, tomorrow I’ll see just how (un)recovered the actual homes are from the storm. But for now, It’s off to bed before midnight for the first time in quite a while…
Goodnight!

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