Each year our church sends a mission team to areas in need in the United States
Join FPC Franklin on our mission trip to help the Bowling Green, KY community with repair and recovery from the tornado disaster that hit southern Kentucky this past December. We will be departing FPC Franklin on the morning of Tuesday, May 31 and returning on Saturday, June 4. We will be staying at the First Christian Church in Bowling Green, which has offered FPC Franklin the use of their facilities. This trip will be limited to 20 volunteers and the charge will be $70 per person. Deadline to register is Wednesday April 20. If you have questions about this mission trip, please contact either Mike Anderson (615) 969-1515 or Mary Sellers Shaw. RSVP HERE.
Please submit a copy of your license and the front/back of your insurance cards to the church office.
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.