On August 29, 2005, the Gulf coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas were hit by a category 5 hurricane called Katrina. This was one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the US shores. It claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and because of related flooding; the entire town of New Orleans and many surrounding towns had to be completely evacuated. On September 23, 2005 a category 4 hurricane, named Rita came close on the heels of Katrina, to do more damage to southern Louisiana and Texas. These were two of the largest natural catastrophes that the US has faced in decades.

MPPC, partnering with CityTeam, PRC Compassion and several other local church members, rallied to create medical teams to go to the hardest hit places in the New Orleans area. The plan was to send teams during October 2005 for four, one-week, back-to-back outreaches. On October 2nd, the first team left with Doctors, Nurses, Medical Techs, Therapist, Support personnel and medicines to serve those most impacted by the hurricanes. Subsequent teams will go out October 9th, 16th and 23rd, to minister in Christ’s name.

These teams will provide physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing to the poor and displaced evacuees, in the southern Louisiana parishes. They will work with other Christian ministries and local churches to provide both a short term and sustaining ministry to those in greatest need in these areas. Your prayers and support are critical to their efforts, because you are the extended members of this Christian medical outreach team. Thank you in advance for praying for their safety, service and sharing the gift of medicine and the saving knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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