From one St. Mary's to another
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 02:14:56 GMT —
It's been more than two months since Joplin was ravaged by the deadly EF-5 tornado.
The outpour of support from the Tri-State community has been huge.
One church in Shelbina left Sunday to go help their sister parish start to rebuild.
It's an image that you've probably seen dozens of times. It's the church in Joplin with the cross still standing, untouched by the tornado. That is St. Mary's church in Joplin. When parish members found this out, they decided it was time for them to help their brothers and sisters.
Father Dandi Bermajo says, "it's going to be a learning experience. We're going to help them but at the same time it's a learning experience for us. Especially to observe how these people would cope up from the situation. Not only physically or materially but also spiritually."
They loaded up shovels, wheelbarrows, food and drinks before they hit the road.
Jenni Rash says, "We're going to help with the demo work for the week. They still have a lot of demolition to do to get the debris brushed away. So, we're going to go down and take down walls and whatever else they need us to do."
"We will try to help them remove some structures and debris too to pave the way for the new structure of the new school, new church, and new rectory," says Father Dandi.
They're also bringing with them the almost $7,000 they collected.
"I know that a lot of it has been cleaned up, but I know that there's a lot left. But I think there's going to be hope in that. I think that they've kept that this whole time. So I think we'll see a lot of that as well," says Rash.
"We don't only give our labor, our physical resources, but we give also our spiritual resources. We will pray for them there, during the entire course, the entire time we're there while helping them in as many ways as we can," said Father Dandi.
The first group will be down there until Wednesday.
The second group will leave Wednesday and come back Saturday.