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Katrina Response Archives

Global Ministries' Hurricane Katrina Recovery news and resources.

Katrina Cost Vietnamese Fishermen Their Livelihoods

August 31, 2006
Selling one or two ice chests full of shrimp will not give Lai's family all they need to survive but it is the best he can do these days. Fishing is not the same since Hurricane Katrina cost him his livelihood. Lai is one of many Vietnamese shrimp fishermen who have lived on the Gulf Coast for 20 years or more. Read more ...

A Year and Counting: UMCOR and Katrina Recovery
August 29, 2006
"So many have worked so hard this year," says the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR's domestic disaster response director, "and yet we know that the long road to recovery is just beginning. Read more...
UMCOR Assumes Major Role in Katrina Relief, Recovery

Roof repair in progress in Biloxi MS following Hurricane Katrina.Generous responses by United Methodists to Hurricane Katrina, $64.5 million, led Newsweek magazine to rank the agency sixth in a survey of "Big Names in Katrina Relief." In addition United Methodist volunteers put thousands of hours into recovery efforts and donated $7.6 million in relief supplies.  Read more ...

A Year After Hurricane Katrina: The Church's Role
August 25, 2006
Statement by The Reverend R. Randy Day, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church: "A year ago Hurricane Katrina and other mighty storms swept across the Gulf Coast region doing unprecedented damage to families, communities, and congregations in five states and Central America. Massive recovery efforts continue and will do so for many years. This work involves government, business, civic and community groups, and churches and other religious institutions.  Read more ..
Signs of Mission and Hope on the Gulf Coast
August 25, 2006
Three signs greet visitors to Gulfside Assembly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The original, now storm-damaged welcome sign is accompanied by two others that announce the presence of the Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response and C.A.R.E. (Community Aid Relief Effort.) These are signs of mission and hope as residents of the Gulf Coast continue to rebuild.   Read more ...
Katrina’s Children: Shalom Congregation Supports Young Hurricane Survivors

August 25, 2006
A cardboard cut-out ark stands at the front of the sanctuary of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The ark, a prop for Camp Noah, is a symbol of God's promise to always be present. This promise is especially important for children who have survived natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.   Read more ...

Black Staff Provide Ministry of Presence in New Orleans
August 9, 2006
Nearly three dozen African- American United Methodist staff members journeyed throughout the city to offer healing, hope and wholeness to residents and damaged churches. Read more ...
New Orleans Residents Race Against Housing Deadline
August 9, 2006
Aug. 29 might be the first anniversary of the worst hurricane to hit this city and the Gulf Coast, but it is also D-Day for owners of flood- damaged homes to stop the city from possibly declaring eminent domain on their damaged property.  Read more ...
African-American Leaders Hear Needs of Damaged Churches
August 9, 2006
The wish list for United Methodist churches damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is a long one. "If you have it in your church, we will need it in our churches to be vital," the Rev. Martha Orphe told a group of the denomination's African-American staff. Read More ...
The Awesome Girls Have Returned!
July 21, 2006
Awesome Girls have a strong bond to each other and their mentor, James Rogers. She, like all of the girls, was forced to evacuate the French Quarter of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. From Virginia, she called the Awesome Girls Mentoring Program director, James Rogers. Read more...
Community of Shalom in New Orleans Continues Their Faithful Ministry
July 18, 2006
The Community of Shalom at First Street United Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana remains faithful in their ministry to a neighborhood that was transformed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last summer. Read more...

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