Trevecca Nazarene University

Students respond to devastation left by Hurricane Katrina

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the devastion that remains, Trevecca Nazarene University chooses to respond compassionately by sending a small group to Pearl River Church of the Nazarene of Pearl River, Lousiana, which currently serves as a refuge for victims of the natural disaster.

Michael Rhodes, coordinator of last year’s restoration trip to Florida, has organized a team to deliver non-perishable food, hygiene and personal items, and basic medical supplies to the church. He contacted Jim Morsch, national field director of Nazarene Distaster Response, to make arrangements concerning the needs of the church and most appropriate method of meeting those needs. Rhodes has been promised aid from Roy Shuck of the South Florida District Response Team.

            The group speaks of leaving Friday afternoon, staying in the Pearl River Church of the Nazarene, and returning Monday evening. With the support of local pastors, donors, WNAZ 90.1 FM (Trevecca’s radio station), and Assistant Dean of Student Relations Michael Johnson, the group has quickly made arrangements for the trip. Rhodes and Johnson anticipate making more trips throughout the semester.

            Rhodes, a student in degree-completion program, hopes to continue working with disaster relief services and is grateful for the generosity and help granted by his peers and sponsors. Rhodes and other Trevecca students have a tradition of responding to disasters, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.