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Local church sends healing power to Mississippi
There are angels in Federal Way.
At least thats what folks from the town of DIberville, Miss., would say.
A group of church members from Our Saviors Baptist Church in Federal Way and New Day Church in Northeast Tacoma are helping to restore homes and businesses in the small Mississippi town that was destroyed three years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
After six separate trips with a total of 64 volunteers, their work is almost done. Church members will leave for their final trip to DIberville next week.
The town is almost completely restored. Families are moving back into their homes and businesses are opening up. Before Katrina, DIberville had 8,000 residents. After the storm, the population was cut in half. Today, some former residents have returned and 5,000 people currently live there.
Volunteers from the Federal Way area have helped repair 24 family homes. They replaced cabinets, laid tile, cleaned, repaired electrical wiring, painted and sheet-rocked.
Perhaps one of the most important things the volunteers have done is bring hope to a community in shambles and despair.
Its more important to hear their story and their pain than it is to actually put sheet-rock on their walls, said John Clum of Federal Way.
And the residents of DIberville have tales to tell. Volunteers have heard amazing stories of survival stories of people climbing out their windows to escape rising water or swimming out of their homes.
Tommy Ann Delzer, of Federal Way, recalls a story about some guys floating along on a red couch with a six-pack of beer during Huricane Katrina.
A person can drive down the road in DIberville and see the stripes on the houses where the water level was. In some homes, the water level reached four and a half feet.
Thirty volunteers from Federal Way will attend the final trip this month. They say they are doing Gods work.
Thats what were here for, to be the hands and feet of Jesus, Delzer said.
Although their work in DIberville will soon be complete, the work is not done for the volunteers from Federal Way. Youth from Our Saviors Baptist Church are planning a trip for July to help restore communities in Jackson County, Miss.
Contact Margo Horner: email@example.com or (253) 925-5565.