Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Housing Clearinghouse:|
Adventures In Missions is not a relief ministry per se,
but we are members of the body of Christ and we believe that when times are
difficult, the Church must reach beyond its four walls.
Update from Seth Barnes, AIM Executive
September 21, 2005
Tremendous Outpouring From Host Homes
Adventures in Missions is closing down our placement service for
Hurricane Katrina evacuees. It is with great pride that I say,
“Congratulations to the American church! You have responded well to this
crisis.” The first testing of the Church is over in regards to Hurricane
Katrina and the Church and the average American passed the test with high
marks, but I want to warn you that many more tests are still to come.
Here is why AIM is closing down the placement service: We knew
from the beginning that placement service would only exist for a few weeks.
The focus of AIM must now turn serving the greater population of evacuees
that desire to stay and rebuild in New Orleans.
AIM is possibly the only organization that had staff in Baton Rouge
shelters connecting evacuees with host families, and the hours logged to
serve the 100 plus evacuees that were connected is enormous. I can tell you
from first-hand experience this process saved lives and changed the
immediate and long-term futures of so many people for the better. Because we
must be stewards of the opportunity of helping New Orleans residents return
to their homes, our focus must turn away from placement.
Please stay involved in this process. Many respond early but fade
away over time. The true test comes in the long term. Will you be a part of
the response that remains after the news crews pack up and go back to
reporting local news? My challenge is still the same, “Let the church arise
and be the bride she is created to be!”
Please check out the number of other opportunities AIM is offering
to volunteers for the hurricane relief effort. Also, please be aware that
AIM is a Christian-based missions organization. We offers trips all around
the world at different times throughout the calendar year. God may have
placed this host a family opportunity in your path to simply lead you to AIM
to mobilize you to minister in new ways.
Allow me to summarize:
- AIM is no longer a placement service. If in the months to come we
come across a family or individual that is looking to relocate to your
area then we will definitely contact those of you who have already let
us know of your interest, but for now we are no longer using AIM staff
to place evacuees.
- You are encouraged to stay involved and look up other
opportunities that AIM offers to serve the relief effort or to get
involved in our
international missions programs. We offer them at
- We are grateful for your willingness to share your resources in this
placement effort. Know that you were part of a great ministry that saved
and changed lives, even if you did not receive an evacuee family. Thank
Any questions or concerns you may have can be directed to the following
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take time right to ask the Lord how
you can continue to answer the call!
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