Pastor Dan O’Deens of Gateway Community Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, played a key role from the start in the Grace Brethren response to Hurricane Katrina. As the Fellowship’s “point man on the ground,” he recruited, trained, and deployed managers from all over the Fellowship. Here is an edited version of a report he recently gave his church.
Hurricane Katrina had hit, the worst disaster on American soil in our history. My heart was pulled toward the people–I knew their need was great. What does anyone do when 1.3 million people are displaced overnight?
Shortly after the hurricane hit I was on the phone with each of our elders, letting them know my heart and asking them to free me to go down to serve. I was thankful for our men who immediately said, “Go