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June 30, 2012

Katrina survivors visit Goshen church congregation

GOSHEN — A delegation of church members from Faith Temple Church in New Orleans paid a visit to a Goshen congregation recently.

June 22-24, members of College Mennonite Church of Goshen hosted the Rev. Jerone Dabon and nine other Faith Temple congregants. It was their first visit to Goshen.

Mennonite Disaster Services was among the groups that volunteered to help the people of New Orleans following the ravages of Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

A contact with Mennonite Disaster Services led to a close partnership between Faith Temple and College Mennonite.

Finally, it was time for a visit.

On Saturday, the group went to MennoHof Information Center in Shipshewana. In the afternoon, they enjoyed pony-cart rides and life on an Amish family’s farm.

At the Sunday morning College Mennonite service, the Rev. Dabon, his wife, Janice, and Gladier Dalton spoke about the life and witness of their congregation, and how Katrina had so devastatingly affected their mission and life together.

Their sanctuary and most of their homes had been wiped out. They expressed gratitude for Mennonite Disaster Service’s hands-on service, and for the many contacts they continue to have with Mennonites and other groups.


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