Feb. 20, 2012
A mission team of approximately 20 Morningside College students and staff members will spend spring break repairing and rebuilding homes in tornado-ravaged north Alabama.
The mission team will be working in Phil Campbell and Hackleburg, Ala.- towns that were heavily damaged by EF-5 tornadoes in April of 2011.
“We will be putting on roofs, putting up drywall, installing windows and doors- whatever is necessary in the rebuilding of homes,” said the Rev. Kathy Martin, chaplain and director of church relations at Morningside College, who is leading the trip.
The students and staff members will leave Sioux City at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 3, for Tuscumbia, Ala., where they will be staying. They will return to Sioux City on Sunday, March 11. They are working through the North Alabama Disaster Recovery Ministry of the United Methodist Church and Volunteers in Mission program.
Morningside College Campus Ministries organized six mission trips between 2006 and 2010 to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. It also has organized mission trips to respond to flooding within our own region, and last year organized a trip to Shiprock, N.M., reaching out to the Navajo peoples through the Four Corners Native American Ministry.