Domestic Mission Trips

Each year our church sends a mission team to areas in need in the United States

Disaster Relief: Hattiesburg, MS

March 17-22, 2019

Cost: $70 per person


This is Williamson County Spring Break week! Older youth accompanied by a parent or assigned guardian are welcome to join this year. We also need kitchen team members, whose mission will be to feed the FPC on-site team three meals a day! (Everyone will help with service and clean up).


Application due January 15th.  


To register, email msshaw@fpcfranklin.org

The R3SM Story:

In the early morning hours of January 21, 2017, an F3 tornado ripped a 31-mile path across the Pinebelt, damaging or destroying 1,100 homes and leaving 4 dead.  While many were able to recover on their own, the mission of Recover, Rebuild, Restore  Southern Mississippi (R3SM) is to assist those that cannot. Our clients are predominately elderly or single parents with small children.  All are either uninsured or underinsured.  The funding to support our work comes from a variety of sources.  A large part came directly from the community through a telethon held shortly after the tornado, along with many faith-based organizations who have partnered with us, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Mennonite Disaster Services, Presbyterian Disaster Services, Lutheran Disaster Services, World Renew, and others.

 

Since that terrifying morning, over 1,700 volunteers have made their way from all parts of the country and even Canada to assist with our recovery.  Together we have rebuilt 24 new homes and made major repairs on another 35. As of November 2018, we still have 26 homeowners waiting for their homes to be rebuilt or repaired.


The population of the City of Hattiesburg is approximately 47,000 and is the home of the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. Just south of Hattiesburg is Camp Shelby, the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River. It is conveniently located about 60 miles north of the Gulf Coast and about 90 miles from New Orleans, both popular tourist attractions.