New Christian Life Center Opens In Waveland - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

New Christian Life Center Opens In Waveland

John Lowrey of New Jersey is on the Coast for the 100th day of what he calls his post-Katrina mission from God in Waveland, Mississippi.

"The first 45 days, all I did was clean out garbage from 5:30 in the morning to 8:30 at night," says Lowrey. "I cleaned the porta potties and the showers. That was my ministry to serve people."

He's felt a personal blessing and the need to return and keep helping.  

"When you can deal with trash and garbage, you can deal with other things in life," says Lowrey.

Marvin Brunick of Orange Beach, Alabama didn't travel as far to get to Waveland.  

"We were serving 6,000 meals a day, every day, to people who really need it," says Brunick.  "Providing clothes, everything that people needed. It was most spiritual thing I've ever done."

He's had his hands and his heart in feeding volunteers with the Christian Missionary Alliance since the early days after the storm.  

"I've been here since three days after the hurricane. On and off, I've been here about six or seven months total," says Brunick.   

Both followed the leadership and the example of Alliance Pastor Art Baruffi, who helped establish the parking lot cafe, a relief supply depot, and now, a brand new Christian Life Center in Waveland.  

"It will bring in volunteers to continue that work, while at the same time serve as a church," says Baruffi. 

After living here for the past year, Baruffi and his wife Pat will soon head back home.  

"In terms of being special, I don't know what God does for encores, probably is my only question," says Baruffi. "When he sends us back to New Jersey, what does he do for encores?"

But they leave behind the facilities and people dedicated, like them, to Waveland's long term recovery.  

"They're staying," says Waveland Resident Gerry Reynolds. "And gosh what a blessing."

"I've never had less money in my life," says Lowrey. "But I've never had more blessings."

The Christian Missionary Alliance has given out more than $12 million in food and supplies to local residents. They have also established churches in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Gulfport.

By Don Culpepper

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-07-26 12:06:14 GMT
    An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>
  • Young women explore engineering careers through BEST summer camp

    Young women explore engineering careers through BEST summer camp

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-07-25 23:01:43 GMT
    The girls used their collective brain power to build mini roller coasters, while learning about kinetic energy. (Photo source: WLOX)The girls used their collective brain power to build mini roller coasters, while learning about kinetic energy. (Photo source: WLOX)

    They are the next generation of engineers and scientists. About 20 girls, ages 11 to 14, are learning about non-traditional career fields for women.

    More >>

    They are the next generation of engineers and scientists. About 20 girls, ages 11 to 14, are learning about non-traditional career fields for women.

    More >>
  • City leaders from around MS are on the coast

    City leaders from around MS are on the coast

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-07-25 20:42:15 GMT
    The state's Municipal League represents 295 cities, towns, and villages. (Photo source: WLOX)The state's Municipal League represents 295 cities, towns, and villages. (Photo source: WLOX)

    City leaders from every corner of the state have converged on the coast for the 86th annual Mississippi Municipal League Convention.

    More >>

    City leaders from every corner of the state have converged on the coast for the 86th annual Mississippi Municipal League Convention.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly