Jan 24, 2011 7:33 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Members of Mennonite Churches Help Build New Iberia Homes


Five homes are going up in a New Iberia neighborhood, thanks to volunteers from a few Mennonite churches in Ohio. Southern Mutual Help Association is developing the homes. A representative said Southern Mutual has been working with the Mennonite Disaster Service since Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild homes throughout Louisiana.
Volunteer Brandi Coblentz, said "I think part of our tradition is to do hands on-- just kind of faith in action projects. We are actually ministering in that way."
Project Manager, John Hershberger, said "we just banded together and said lets go do it. We feel like the Lord has given us these skills and its good to give back."
The houses are scheduled to be ready for families to move in by March. Each home will be 1,100 square foot and have three bedrooms.
Hershberger, said "doing this many at a time, with this many crews working in an unknown territory is a little confusing, but everyone has been really good to work with down here."
He said even though there's a lot of work to get done, it feels like a vacation.
"It's cold up north and its nice to be down here quite frankly," he said.
Coblentz added, "well its 60 degrees here and this morning it was 0 degrees at home. It is the first time I've worked in a t shirt in four months, so that's fun."



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