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Church members help to rebuild along Gulf Coast

September 17, 2007

June was a busy month for Disciples in Action ministry at First Christian Church. Three separate mission teams left for Africa, the Dominican Republic and the Gulf Coast.

Twenty-four members of FCC and one friend left for Gulfport, Miss., on June 16. For a week, their home away from home was the educational building of FCC-Gulfport. This church was spared catastrophic damage at the expense of the Baptist church that once occupied the same block, since demolished. The congregation has decided to rebuild inland. It is estimated that rebuilding will take another 10 years.

The volunteers were divided into three to four groups. One group was responsible for cleaning up, boarding up and securing the abandoned and vandalized house of the minister's son, who fled to Missouri after Hurricane Katrina severely damaged his home. The electricians - Andy Day, Bill Strine, Ray Grimm and Steve Womack - and Sharon Womack were sent to Biloxi to demolish a chimney, add a support beam, wire, and replace windows and doors in a house that had been donated to a Baptist congregation. It will be a gathering area for the youth of the area.

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Donnie Richardson, Jack Gray, Ben Goodrich, Cindy Neugebauer, Sheri Stewart, Bev Warner and Kelli Hess went to help add finishing touches to a home constructed of handcrafted cedar.

Jamie Taylor, Brian Hess, Lorie Schmidt, Sharon Grimm, Mike Stewart and Cory Hess installed insulation and drywall in a second-floor bedroom for a family of seven.

Youths Ryan and Adam Stewart helped to weed, mow and spread decorative stone around the church, the parking lot adjacent to the church and the lot across the street.

Disciples in Relief of Tragedy will be returning to Gulfport next June.

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