On Thursday evening, September 4, 40 Andrews University students and staff boarded the University bus and headed to Hammond, Louisiana, to aid in the relief of Hurricane Gustav which swept through Jamaica as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
Groups were assembled to tackle many different projects on their arrival in Louisiana. Fallen trees needed to be cut and moved out of streets. Houses needed to be cleaned, roofs replaced and yards freed of debris. Survival kits and supplies were handed out and aid was given to those who needed it. Over 900 clothing kits were distributed during their time in Louisiana.
The people affected by the hurricane were very grateful for the help, help in cleaning their homes, yards and streets. But most of all, it was apparent that they were grateful for the disaster relief because it gave them hope, hope in a world where, although pain exists, there are people who will extend the healing hand of Christ.