I'm back from Biloxi, having driven 8 hours yesterday to arrive in time for Wednesday evening worship and then Bible Study. So I'm too tired and its a bit too soon for real perspective. Instead, I offer the following photos, with more to follow at our web page on Church of the Redeemer recovery.
Know that the scope of the disaster is beyond a small group of photos to show. With the exception of the bridge photo above, I offer instead a few photos of the ruins of Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi and also photos of Camp Biloxi, which is an important part of the Lutheran Episcopal Disaster Response.
A panorama of the church ruins.
Father Harold Roberts stands in a Sunday School room that was recently licensed as a day care (prior to Hurricane Katrina that is). It's in the ruined Christian Education/Office building behind the slab and steel beams, which are all that is left of the church building. Marks on the wall show the flood damage.
An Episcopal flag flies from the ruins of a Hurricane Camille memorial which was on the grounds of Redeemer.
A view of the bunk house tents in Camp Biloxi, which is on the grounds of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Nearby Bethel Lutheran houses a clinic and volunteers as well. One is a Missorui Synod Lutheran Church, the other is ELCA. Both are joined with Episcoplains in their response through Lutheran Episcopal Disaster Response. It is amazing to see the level of cooperation and the commitment to a sustained response on the ground in Biloxi.
Inside one of the bunk-house tents. Each will sleep 64 workers.
Here Bethel Lutheran has volunteers sleeping in the sanctuary and Sunday School rooms and eating three times daily in their fellowship hall. They hold nightly communion services for the workers, who do move the beds out for Sunday worship and Sunday School.
I am humbled by the commitment of the churches and the Christians on the Gulf Coast and pray both that we could respond as well to tragedy in our community and that we won't have to do so.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
King of Peace Episcopal Church