NEW ORLEANS - Sawdust flew and hammers broke the silence of the early morning as the Lincoln County Baptist Association construction team labored under the sub-tropical sun here last week.
The group of eight repaired a local church which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Once a thriving place of worship, the church now lacks both a roof and a congregation. Signs still hang from the rafters of Faithful Community, proclaiming the church "the place where you meet God," but its members are no longer present to read the message. According to local residents, most of the people who attended services there fled New Orleans during Katrina and have yet to return. The LCBA helped to rebuild the structure in hopes that it will serve as a new Baptist church and bring the shattered community back together.
The construction team spent a long day replacing rafters and putting new shingles on the church's roof. Although were busy with plumbing, carpentry, and electrical jobs, the group members took time to get to know the residents of the city they are helping to rebuild. The electrical team went to dinner with the family in whose home they installed wiring on Tuesday. Darlene Spillman shared the story of the husband, wife, and three children during devotion hour back at the Volunteer Village . She said that even though the family lost nearly all of their possessions, they received just enough insurance money to pay off their house. "They were overjoyed because now they own their home, even though there isn't much left of it," she said. "These were people who, even though they lost everything, were rejoicing at the fact that they made it through," she said.