Old South Church is on a Mission! Help rebuild one family’s home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

This Spring, Old South Church in Boston will send two groups of missionaries to New Orleans to work alongside the St. Bernard Project to rebuild one home in St. Bernard Parish destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We are seeking your help in fundraising $36,087 to help us make our mission trip a reality. This will be our 3rd consecutive year sending missionaries to help with continued disaster relief in the Gulf Coast.

Some of you may be thinking:

“Aren’t they done yet?”

“Katrina happened almost 8 years ago. Isn’t everyone displaced by the hurricane back home?”

Our answer to that is, “NO!”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Katrina caused in excess of $108 billion in property damage, with more than 80% of homes and businesses lost. In addition to the significant economic and environmental damage the powerful category 5 hurricane caused, over 1,800 lives were lost and over 1 million people were displaced from their homes.

When the Old South Mission Team was in New Orleans last year, we asked the people of St. Bernard Project how many more homes needed to be rebuilt. They didn’t give us an exact number but said that it would take 10-15 more YEARS to rebuild!

Our 2013 mission trip is unique in that Old South Church will fund $20,000 of the material cost for one family's home in addition to sending two groups of missionaries. We have estimated that travel, lodging and meals for our group will cost us an additional $16,087 - bringing our total mission trip fundraising goal to $36,087.

We have raised a significant portion from within our own congregation. We now turn to our friends, colleagues and the world at large to help us raise the rest. While our fundraising goal is ambitious, we believe in the generosity of the American people and the international community to continue to rebuild New Orleans, one home at a time.

Any extra proceeds collected during this fundraiser will be used by the Old South Church Mission Team to fund future mission trips to keep repairing our world!

To stay up-to-date on our fundraising efforts and to follow our Mission Team’s progress, like us on Facebook and follow us on our Old South Church Mission Team Blog.

Thank you for your generosity. Please share the news of this fundraiser with your friends and social networks and continue to pray for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to rebuild!

- Old South Church Mission Team

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