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IN TODAY'S ISSUE
May 10, 2007

Red Arrow-giftMiss Daisy Counts Her Blessings
Red Arrow-giftMiss Vanessa: "God's Property Built by God's People"
Red Arrow-giftThis Week's Quote
Red Arrow-giftRecovery Stats
Red Arrow-giftAge Is no Barrier to Helping …(Slide Show)

MISS DAISY COUNTS HER BLESSINGS

By Susan J. Meister, Gulf Coast Communications

Despite the four-foot storm surge that inundated her Slidell, La., home during the height of Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, Miss Daisy told a visitor, "The Lord has blessed me so far--I won't complain."

Miss Daisy plans to hang photos, taken by volunteers from Michigan, in her rebuilt home as soon as it is ready.

Miss Daisy plans to hang photos, taken by volunteers from Michigan, in her rebuilt home as soon as it is ready.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

And when she goes on to describe the volunteers who have come to her home, Miss Daisy is enthusiastic. "This has been a wonderful experience," she said. "Two volunteers from Michigan sent me these pictures of cherry blossoms and covered bridges in their town and these will be the first things I put up in my new living room." Another volunteer, "an angel," made Miss Daisy a quilt.

Miss Daisy's home is one of the 340 major repairs managed by the Northshore Disaster Recovery/Slidell Station. The station staff arranges volunteer teams and connects homeowners to needed resources. On a recent visit to check on progress, Site Manager Tony Almeida delivered a donated lamp for Miss Daisy to use in her new bedroom.

 Miss Daisy shares stories about some gifts with Tony Almeida, Site Manager, Northshore Disaster Recovery, Slidell station.

Miss Daisy shares stories about some gifts with Tony Almeida, Site Manager, Northshore Disaster Recovery, Slidell station.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

Miss Daisy can't wait to get into her home

Miss Daisy lives in a FEMA trailer while the repairs on her home are completed. She laughingly describes the house as a "mansion" compared to the RV where she lived right after the storm. "There was cold and mold," she smiled. She simply can't wait to get back into her home.

She has been recovering from knee and hip replacement surgery, and sometimes she has to stay inside because of dizzy spells. But she passes the time watching TV and listening to old cassette tapes of sermons of her late husband, a Pentecostal minister.

"God has opened doors," Miss Daisy said. "After the storm, I prayed and cried, I thought there was no future. But one day, I was outside and 'hands' pushed me and I sat down, and just laughed. One volunteer said he kept seeing me giggling. God works miracles."

The Northshore Disaster Recovery/Slidell and other stations of the Louisiana United Methodist Disaster Recovery Ministry are helping families rebuild after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To volunteer or for more information, contact the Louisiana United Methodist Disaster Recovery Ministry.

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