New Life Disaster Relief, out of Biloxi is working to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Ken Wetzel, founder and volunteer director of New Life Disaster Relief said the project started for them twelve years ago, during Hurricane Katrina.
“My wife and I swam in Hurricane Katrina,” said Wetzel. “She was five and a half months pregnant, and when the waters receded and we got out and started seeing things, we figured out that there were people that were in much greater need than we were, so we just went out and started helping families and neighbors in the community. It really just grew from there.”
Wetzel said their ministry is different because they have been through flood waters themselves.
“We bring something a little bit different,” said Wetzel. “We can say that we were there in Katrina, that God brought us through Katrina, that we survived, and that we were able to flourish out of it.”
Biloxi’s New Life Disaster Relief ministry is looking to help people stuck in the flood waters of Texas and Lousiana
Wetzel said they are in it for the long haul.
“A lot of the disaster organizations come in on the front end and because of their overhead and their administration, when funds start to dry up they have to pull out,” said Wetzel. “Well, we continue.”
Wetzel asked others to consider donating to New Life Disaster Relief not only by monetary gifts but also by giving of their time to pray.
“Everyone has something to give,” said Wetzel. ” Whether it be of their physical self, their prayers or whatever other resources that they may have.”