Oct. 7, 2009
Morningside College students and staff members will be spending their fall break volunteering to help the people of Oakville, Iowa, repair homes damaged by floods.
Oakville is a small community located in southeastern Iowa near the Mississippi River that was affected by floods last summer. This community was hit hard when the Mississippi levees broke in 2008, and it has experienced flooding again this year.
“Helping people who need it is a living and visible demonstration of how we ‘live out’ the two great commandments -- to love God, and to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves,” said the Rev. Kathy Olson, campus pastor/director of church relations, who is leading the trip.
Students will leave Sioux City on Friday, Oct. 16, and they will stay at the Oakville United Methodist Church. They will be working on recovery efforts Saturday, Monday and part of Tuesday. On Sunday, they will worship at the host church and explore the Mississippi River area. Students will return to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR) was the group that gave Morningside College this opportunity. This is the second fall break in which a Morningside mission team has volunteered to aid in Iowa flood relief. Morningside mission teams have been volunteering in other areas since 2005.