Katrina Storm Surge
This shot was taken during Hurricane Katrina from the roof of a three story building as the 28 foot tall storm surge was making landfall in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Katrina Coastal Damage
Hurricane Katrina destroyed virtually all of the Mississippi coastline west of Biloxi. This 50 mile span looked much like this section of Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis. Notice the washed out highway 90 bridge in the back ground.
Beach Front Property
Many beach front properties had multistory damage if they remained standing at all.
This home on Highway 90 was a constant reminder to our crews of the power of the storm.
This neighborhood in Waveland, MS was an unfortunately common site. Street after street was reduced to concrete slabs where homes once stood.
God Calls His People to Action
God put the idea of Eight Days of Hope into these two men, Steve Tybor Jr. and Steve Tybor, III. With the help of many others Eight Days of Hope I grew to over 600 volunteers from around the country.
Red Sky in the Morning
This photo was taken the morning before the first full day of Eight Days of Hope I. A red sky in the morning usually signals stormy weather. The sky looked like this every morning and rain was forecast every day. It only sprinkled for one hour of the 6th day. God provided for us. Again.
Where We Worked
Although Bay St. Louis, MS saw the focus of Eight Days of Hope I, we also worked in Waveland, Pass Christian, Kiln, Lakeshore and Picayune.
An Enduring Spirit
This is the bell tower of Christ Episcopal Church in Bay St. Louis. Their entire building was washed away but they stood the bell tower up and had worship on the concrete slab the first Sunday after Katrina.
These are some of the volunteers who traveled from 42 states to attend Eight Days of Hope I. Each volunteer was given two fluorescent yellow t-shirts to wear during the event.
First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis housed many of the male volunteers despite being under construction themselves.
Many male volunteers slept in cold damp worksites on First Baptist Church property. These were plush accommodations for Bay St. Louis at that time.
Roofing Crews at Work
Most homes in Bay St. Louis needed new roofs after Katrina. This is one of the first steps required to repair the rest of the house.
More Roofing Crews
There was practically a house on every block that looked like this while Eight days of Hope was in town.
This is the house of Mary L. She witnessed one of the many miracles performed during Katrina. A tree fell on her roof but then stood back up, which allowed our volunteers to fix it more quickly.
Mary and Volunteer
This is Mary L. and her project leader Ed K., from Buffalo.
Anna Mae's House
This is part of the crew that worked on Anna Mae's house. Of the 50+ homes worked on during Eight Days of Hope I, four future directors of the organization worked in Anna Mae's. Juliene and Butch are pictured here on the far right. Charlie and Topper are not pictured.
Frank Reich, the Buffalo Bills quarterback to have lead the greatest 4th quarter comeback in NFL history, showed up at the finale of Eight Days of Hope I to encourage us to finish strong. Mr. Reich was then the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.