In the year of 2007, my youth group and I went to Mississippi for one week to help families that were struggling from hurricane Katrina. While we were there, we were all split up into groups that would travel to different sites to help with the damage. I was split into a group that had about twelve people in it. When we first arrived to our site we met the family that we would be helping. There was a mom, dad, and four children. They had lost their entire home due to the hurricane. They had started to rebuild it and they desperately needed help.
While they worked on their house, they stayed in a little camper that was probably meant for two people. They unfortunately had six people living in it. They were all a bit cramped and they needed their house finished as soon as possible.
During the course of the week my team became very close to the family we were helping. We all connected in a great way that helped us all grow in our own personal faith. I became really close with the youngest girl. To be honest, I don’t even remember her name, but I do remember her telling my team stories about her family. She told us how they were all happy before the hurricane. After their house got destroyed, she said that her family had not been as happy as they were before. She told us how her parents were always working until really late in the night, trying to finish different parts of the new house. To make matters worse, the father still had to work. So the only time that they were able to work on the house was during the weekend.
During the week I worked on taking nails out of wood so they could re use it. I also cleaned up the yard since there was still a lot of debris. While we worked we took a few breaks. Sometimes we would have a short Bible study and the family would join us every now and then. This was a time where we also grew very close to the family. I felt like we all really connected really well.
By the end of the entire week we were all like a family. We had shared so many stories and I really felt that I had made a great impact on that family’s life. On the last night we were in Mississippi the father came to our camp and spoke during our evening service. He first started off by telling everyone about him and his family. He then talked about the hurricane and how it destroyed their house. He said how he was so thankful that our group came to his house. He said that it was a true blessing that we came to help them with their home.
While we were there we didn’t finish the house completely. We did happen to get a lot done while we were there though. We finished all of the dry wall of the entire house. We all felt very accomplished once we were done. I had a very incredible experience with the family. I really felt like I had made a very positive impact while I was there working on their house. I wouldn’t have traded that time for anything else in the entire world.
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