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Response to Katrina assistance story misses point

Posted 7/12/16

These thoughts go out to those who have responded to the “Helping hands for those in need” article. The responses focused on who is to blame for the Katrina disaster in New Orleans, rather than understanding the point of the article, which was …

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Response to Katrina assistance story misses point

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These thoughts go out to those who have responded to the “Helping hands for those in need” article. The responses focused on who is to blame for the Katrina disaster in New Orleans, rather than understanding the point of the article, which was that there is still a need for compassion and assistance in a city 11 years after the storm.

No matter who is to blame, the fact is that the disaster did occur and the fallout from it still continues 11 years later. The need to help people to regain hope and get back into their homes still remains a significant challenge, especially in the 9th Ward.  

Our news media typically move onto more recent tragedies and ceases its reporting, causing  residents such as those in NOLA to be out of sight and, therefore, out of mind. However, the suffering continues for many residents. 

There are still residents who have little hope of returning to their homes without some help from outside resources. While in the neighborhoods, we do not hear these seeming abandoned people casting blame for the disaster which has taken the lives of family and friends, and removed them from their homes.  

We can always look to and search for the source of a problem, disaster or “storm in life,” but  this does little to help our brother or sisters in need. 

The time spent on this short-term mission trip was to help a forgotten city in need. 

One of the objectives of these trips is to connect and build community with those thinking they are forgotten, and to assist with reconstructing home(s) and showing the love of Jesus, by being his hands and feet in humble service. 

-- Dave Leese, Hummelstown