Trained Early Response Teams from across the North Georgia Annual Conference deployed last week to Louisiana where they served alongside the Louisiana Annual Conference in response to Hurricane Ida damage.

With a goal to bring hope and help to our neighbors, they found the people of Louisiana themselves to be a beacon of hope.

Team members represented Alpharetta UMC, Canton First UMC, Northbrook UMC, Midway UMC, Zoar UMC, Mt. Bethel UMC, Acworth UMC, Hillside UMC, and Northside UMC. They tackled skilled chainsaw work, cleared trees and debris from people’s homes, and served alongside a United Methodist congregation that lost its building.

“Our team was deeply affected by the amount of destruction we saw,” said team lead Mike Derrick. “The sea of blue tarps on all the houses was overwhelming and everywhere you looked you saw more homes that needed tarping and trees that needed to be removed.”

The damage is widespread in Houma and many necessities such as gas are in short supply. The North Georgia teams made quick friends with the Louisiana Annual Conference’s District Disaster Response Coordinator, Delvin, who kept spirits high with stories and laughter.

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