Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's Ivan's Turn

Well, there we were driving along the barrier island at Pensacola Beach. Lots of road construction, we couldn't help noticing. A lot of new homes going up, too. Everything seems either just built or in the process of being completed.

It turns out that Hurricane Ivan brought great destruction to Pensacola three years ago and the community (including its tourism industry) is still recovering.

These places are so distant when we are sitting there on our couch watching images on our television. But being here reminds us that the affected people are three dimensional, with real lives and livelihoods.

This makes it all the more special to see so many church groups coming down to these parts (especially New Orleans) doing relief work. To take those images and turn them into meaningful action is wonderful (and humbling) to witness.



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