BIC leaders visit Louisiana to support communities recovering from hurricanes

Forest and Ann Billiot receive a book about the work of Mennonite Disaster Service, “The Hammer Rings Hope,” at the dedication of a house that MDS built for the couple in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La.

[Photo by Andi Dubé]

The leaders of five Anabaptist denominations— including Brethren in Christ moderator Warren Hoffman and general secretary Don McNiven—visited Louisiana from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 to learn about the ongoing struggles of communities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and encourage the work of churches and aid organizations in the Gulf Coast region.

While there, the nine-member Council of Moderators and Secretaries visited devastated New Orleans neighborhoods, worshipped with an Anabaptist congregation in nearby Metairie and attended the dedication of a house built by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) in the southern Louisiana community of Pointe-aux-Chenes.

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