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IN TODAY’S ISSUE
April 26, 2007

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MISS REGINA DESCRIBES HER NEW HOME AS “A MIRACLE”

By Susan J. Meister, Gulf Coast Communications

The day that the lumber arrived to help the team from Missionary Supply Network build a new home for Miss Regina and her two children, she allowed her daughter and son to stay home from school and share the excitement. After all, the project was dubbed “Operation Micayla.”

Miss Regina stands in the room that will be her kitchen in her new home in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Miss Regina stands in the room that will be her kitchen in her new home in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

Since the start of the build, 12 year old Micayla came home from school every day and hugged everybody. Older son Doug kept pestering his mom to stay home and help, but she insisted that he get to high school.

Tomorrow, on Friday, April 27, the new home that Miss Regina alternately describes as “a miracle” and “breathtaking” will be dedicated.

The Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response case management staff at Gulfside Assembly, through their work with the Hancock County Long Term Recovery committee covering the Bay St. Louis area, connected Miss Regina’s need for new home to the group from Greenville, South Carolina. The Missionary Supply Network (MSN), established in 2004, has been active in the rebuilding effort from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina since early visits to Pearlington in October 2005.

Carpenters for Christ, Corry, Penn. raised the funding for and pre-fabbed the house. Camp Gulfside provided the case management and the funding for site preparation and foundation project management. MSN provided volunteer teams for labor and additional funding as needed to finish out the house. More about Miss Regina’s story, photos and descriptions of “divine intervention” in this home build are at the MSN Operation Micayla web site.

Case manager Kim Cheek and Miss Regina celebrate the progress on her new home. Susan Meister/UMCOR

Case manager Kim Cheek and Miss Regina celebrate the progress on her new home.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

KC Carter, one of the founders of MSN, says that it is “quite incredible” that the house was finished essentially within eight weeks of groundbreaking. “From the beginning this project has been blessed by God,” he said.

“Only God could orchestrate the seamless blending of three groups of complete strangers to accomplish this task,” Carter continued. “To God goes the glory. We all hope and pray that this family, through all of this, will realize just how blessed they are and learn to lean on God for a brighter future.”

Micayla ready to recover in her new home

Micayla is facing hip and leg surgery shortly, and her recovery will be in her new home instead of a cramped FEMA trailer. Miss Regina can display the tile she asks volunteers to sign as a remembrance of their time in Bay St. Louis.

To help families in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and other places along the Gulf Coast rebuild from the wind and water of Hurricane Katrina, contact the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response.

For more on the United Methodist recovery work visit these web sites:
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
UM News Service
Mississippi Conference
Louisiana Conference
Texas Conference
Alabama-West Florida Conference