Fourteen volunteers (12 men and two women) from the Pleasant Grove and Bloomington Grace UMC's traveled with their tools and carpentry skills, a van and a truck with a trailer to Pass Christian (near Gulfport/Biloxi), Miss., a journey of 800 miles one-way to help build a log home for Billy Melton, a member of the Bible Fellowship Church, who lost his home during Hurricane Katrina.
Pastor Anet Satvedi and PPRC Chair Homer Bozarth were part of the volunteer work team.
The men spent a week Feb. 21-27, working and building while the women prepared the meals for them at the church where they all stayed. Daily devotions and evening fellowship time helped to know one another and come closer to God. All volunteers came in close touch with many families such as Rev. Don, his wife Inge and children Andrew, Phillip, Teerza, Timothy, Jeremiah and Stephen of Bible Fellowship Church; Rev. Nelson Roth and Betty; lay leader Zack and his wife of the Gulf Haven Mennonite Church in Gulfport and Rev. Jeff and Angie and children Pete and Grant of the Relevant Ministry of Gulfhaven preparing committed Christian leaders for the existing as well as new churches.
It was good and great carpentry work with pleasure and self-satisfaction as they worked to glorify the Lord and serve humanity in need.