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If I had not seen it for myself, I could never have imagined the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
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I was able to put together a group of 23 eager workers to be our Lord's hands and feet in New Orleans.
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The end of the first day - it had reached 100 degrees that day. We all agreed that only with God's strength were we able to work as diligently as we did.
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Our job was to empty the houses completely. It was hard to pile up all these people's possessions and watch them being taken away in a garbage truck. I can barely imagine what it must have been like for them.
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Water levels reached over 5 ft high in these homes. Everything on the first floor was ruined.
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We were overwhelmed with emotion every time we started cleaning out a home. It was just so sad.
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We were not assigned to the Lower Ninth Ward, but we toured it one afternoon. This is where total destruction was done when the levies burst.
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After a couple of days of working this hard in this heat, you have to have a little fun. I had never seen bugs this big. I think it would have been a full meal.
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It was our assignment to gut every house we worked on. This was house #3 for the week. We did one more after this.
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Once again I felt God calling me and this time I ended up in Guatemala helping build a cistern. My friend, Sue, is playing Ring-Around-The-Rosie with the Guatemalan children. The people in this village have so little, as far as material possessions, but are so rich in happiness and joyful innocence.
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I was honored to speak at a church in Guatemala. Bart, the missionary, translated my English words into Spanish, and Marcos, the local pastor, translated his Spanish into their local language. Water was sparse in this village. I do believe it had been a couple of days since I showered.
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Digging began high up on the mountain. The frame for the cistern was made and would soon be lowered into the hole.
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We all fell in love with the children. This little one put her baby doll on her back just like her momma put her baby brother on her back.
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Water in this village is needed so desperately. We take it for granted but it is so vital to healthy living.
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We were so blessed to witness the celebration of the opening of a new church. Several people gave their lives to Christ that night. It was a night to remember!
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This is where the team stayed, very good accommodations for the area. The family in this picture is waiting for medical care (we had a doctor on our team), and for clothing and food that could be spared. They were more than willing to work.
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It's funny how things are different away from home. If that were my front yard I would have been screaming and running away from those turkeys. A peace settles in you when you are working for the Lord - very little frightens you.
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This church is directly in front of the home where we stayed. In this church I witnessed some of the most passionate worship I have ever seen.
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Dr. Cheryl asked me to hold this 3-year-old boy while she gathered his medicine. He was so thin I was afraid I would hurt him. His family loves him and they take care of him to the best of their ability. They just do not have the medicine and clean water that they need.
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There's the doctor! This little baby girl was so adorable and we couldn't help but fuss over her.
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The girls start early leaning how to carry the jugs on their heads. The entire family helps in whatever way they are capable.