Mon 19 Dec 2005
So I have been really bad about keeping this up. There have been so many things going on, that the times has just flown by… Thus, I’ll try to recount some of the things I’ve been experiencing.
In October I visited Pascagoula and Gulport Mississippi, and New Orleans, LA a few weeks later. There was so much devostation that I couldn’t belive that I was in the U.S.
I have previously been to New Orleans twice, but it was hard to believe that I was in the same city. I was able to see both Dillard and Xavier Universities, both neighborhoods surrounding the schools were beyond recognition. The neighborhood around Dillard had curfews, Army National Guard, and sanitation stations where people can use the bathroom, brush their teeth and wash up since most of the city still has no power, sewage or water. It was surreal.
In Pascagoula and Gulfport, the homes and businesses on the waterfront were totally wiped out. I was talking to one man in Gulfport who lives about a mile away from the water. He told me that he was lucky because he only had four feet of water in his house, a mile away from the water front!
Also in Pasacagoula, I was able to visit St. John’s Espicopal Church, through a friend of mine, Rev. Natasha Brubaker, an Episcopal Priest from Richmond, VA. St. John’s is hosting people from around the country to help local residents demolish and rebuild homes.
Through Natasha, I was able to make a connection with this community and hook them up with Anne Cole, Joyce Bylander, Michael Cameron and Eric Funk at Dickinson. Now, this coming January 3rd, 25 students from the College are coming down to Pascagoula for a 10 service trip. This is way cool!!!