Summer Mission Trips: Team Pearlington has truly been tasting Southern culture during Prep Week. During this week we have been prepping a home for inspection so that the first of our summer mission trips team is able to legally work on the house. It has been a ton of work! We have learned so much construction and worked ten hour days. The house is being built for the Bennett Family. The hospitality of Stacey, Eddie, and their thirteen year old daughter, Miranda, has truly stolen the hearts of the EM summer Staff. They constantly come to the work site to chat and offer help or a cold drink. We have truly gotten to know them and now consider them friends.
The Bennetts have lived in Pearlington their entire lives and survived Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, their home did not survive. Stacey, Eddie, and Miranda evacuated from their home and took refuge at NASA for about a week. After the storm the Bennetts realized that they had lost everything. The Bennetts lived in a FEMA trailer for a period of time, but the mold negatively affected Stacey and Miranda’s allergies and asthma. They currently live in a trailer that is too small and also affects Stacey’s allergies. Another local community partner, Glen, feels very strongly that this family is well deserving of this home. They do a lot for others in the community and truly have servant hearts. On Friday night, the Bennett family took us to an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. What a great meal! Afterwards, we went to Miranda’s softball game with Stacey and Eddie. We had a great time watching the game and talking. It was a much needed break from all the construction. Team Pearlington is already amazed at how much we have been served and blessed in the short time we have been here.
We look forward to see our relationships with the Bennetts continue to grow as God reveals his plans for us in Pearlington this summer.
Note: Experience Mission will begin the third year working in Pearlington to help families rebuild their homes and lives after the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Summer volunteers from youth mission trips and adult mission trips will provide over 500 energetic workers. If you’d like to join a mission trip with EM for 2010, visit us at our website www.experiencemission.org