By Lynda Jensen
COKATO, MN Volunteers are once again being sought by Minnesota Disaster Relief to head down to Waveland, MS for the continued cleanup efforts from Hurricane Katrina.
Two week-long trips are planned, which will leave the First Baptist Church in Cokato using an RV.
The first trip will depart 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 and return Saturday, Feb. 27. The second trip will depart 4 p.m. Friday, March 26 and return Saturday, April 3.
Volunteers don’t need to be proficient carpenters or heavy lifters, either, Ned Wilson of Dassel commented. For example, Howard Lake senior Lucy Lahr has gone on previous trips and plans to go up on the second trip this time around, Wilson said.
Teams go out, talk with and pray with stricken people, which makes a world of difference, Wilson said. “That’s a good ministry,” he added.
Other helpful areas are working in the kitchen or in office type scenarios, he said. “If anyone wants to help, we’ll find them a job,” he added.
A minimum of eight people are needed, with four to five being signed up for the first trip as of yet, and eight for the second, so far.
The need continues to be long-lasting, since rebuilding in Waveland has been slow going.
Those who wish to sign up for the trip should call Wilson (320) 275-5297 or Minnesota Disaster Relief director Al Nagel (320) 296-1521.
Those interested may also sign up online at www.mndisasterrelief.org.
The mission of Cokato-based Minnesota Disaster Relief is “to offer aid and assistance to those people affected by the devastation from recent natural disasters and to bring hope through restoring homes and by sharing true hope through Jesus Christ.”