Pacific Presbytery

Gulf Coast Mission & Service

The Mission Interpretation and Promotion Committee of the Pacific Presbytery & the

National Black Presbyterian Caucus of Southern California

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‘Faith at Work’ recognizes dedication to long path of recovery in New Orleans

A decade of faith-based action remembered at anniversary event – Article by the Presbyterian News Service

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

NEW ORLEANS

A quiet, unassuming presence inhabits the citizens of New Orleans. Many came as first responders and remained. Still others stayed and reached out to their neighbors. And thousands were members of work teams who rolled-up their sleeves, helped muck-out after Katrina, and continue today to bring their faith and skills to a city on the rebound.

On Thursday Aug. 27, 2015, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, more than 300 members of faith-based groups A Presbyterian Disaster Assistance volunteer speaks with Anita Jones as the team puts the finishing touches on Jones' remodeled home.gathered for a thanksgiving dinner at St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church and Community Center in the Lower Ninth Ward. Jambalaya, bread pudding and New Orleans choir groups carried what began as a somber remembrance to a celebratory note, acknowledging the ways faith-based communities came together within the city and throughout the nation to respond to one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history. – READ MORE

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In May of 2015, the Presbytery of the Pacific (POP) sent a work team of adults back to New Orleans (NOLA) to help residents continue to build their lives and homes 10 years after devastating Hurricane Katrina leveled many towns of the Gulf Coast. Partnered with Project Homecoming, the POP NOLA “Dream Team” (the name the mission workers came up with for themselves) was privileged to work this year with the same homeowner Mr. Emmanuel (pictured below) as they did in 2014. Mr. Emmanuel worked to rebuild homes for other New Orleanean families who lost their home for 9 years. Project Homecoming with the Pacific Presbytery is now helping him to finally rebuild his own home after the Katrina damage.

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2015 NOLA POP DREAM TEAM member, Branden, landscaping on site.

 

2015 NOLA POP DREAMTEAM members Darryn, Maya and Branden, doing some demolition clean-up alongside their Project Homecoming site manager, Ileana.

2015 NOLA POP DREAMTEAM members Darryn, Maya and Branden, doing some demolition clean-up alongside their Project Homecoming site manager, Ileana.

 

2015 NOLA POP DREAM TEAM members Rakhara and Tara, using their muscle to finish some demolition work on a site.

2015 NOLA POP DREAM TEAM members Rakhara and Tara, using their muscle to finish some demolition work on a site.

 

2015 NOLA POP DREAM TEAM Leaders, Damon and Simone, presenting a plaque and many blessings to Mr. Emanuel (whose home was recently completed) on behalf of the Presbytery of the Pacific and Project Homecoming. A few of our 2014 NOLA POP team members were among the first teams to start his house when there was nothing but a roof and studs last year. We were elated to see Mr. Emanuel and be able to attend his re-dedication ceremony. God is so good!

2015 NOLA POP DREAM TEAM Leaders, Damon and Simone, presenting a plaque and many blessings to Mr. Emanuel (whose home was recently completed) on behalf of the Presbytery of the Pacific and Project Homecoming. A few of our 2014 NOLA POP team members were among the first teams to start his house when there was nothing but a roof and studs last year. We were elated to see Mr. Emanuel and be able to attend his re-dedication ceremony. God is so good!

 

This is a portion of the 2014 NOLA POP team members that worked on Mr. Emanuel's house last year; standing alongside Mr. Emanuel and their former site manager, Jason. A year later, and Mr. Emanuel's home has been completed and is amazing!

This is a portion of the 2014 NOLA POP team members that worked on Mr. Emanuel’s house last year; standing alongside Mr. Emanuel and their former site manager, Jason. A year later, and Mr. Emanuel’s home has been completed and is amazing!

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The History of our Partnership Commitment to New Orleans

The National Black Presbyterian Caucus of Southern California (NBPCSC) organized an initial Mission trip to the Southern Louisiana coast in 2007 to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and a faulty levy system in New Orleans in 2005. The group served in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance pods in Houma, Louisiana and were surprised to be working that year with a volunteer group from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pacifica, California.

The two groups quickly bonded and planned for a return trip in 2009. In 2009 NBPC-SC also partnered with POP to co-sponsor the NOLA mission trip experience. Since 2009 the NOLA mission experience has been a partnership between NBPC-SC and POP. The trips have been staffed by our Presbytery Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble and NBPC-SC continues to provide leadership on the planning team.

Our New Orleans Partnership continues to receive scholarship funding from the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, and together we are nurturing young adult leadership for a new generation of mission leaders within our churches, cities and nation. The 2016 will be our sixth return trip to New Orleans in mission recovery as this partnership lives out its commitment to assist the people of this area.

 

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In partnership with congregations and communities. We are relational - missional - ecclesiastical!

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