Ever since Hurricane Katrina destroyed cities on the Gulf of Mexico, Ray and Theresa Kinsman have wondered how they could put their hands to work making a difference.
On April 27, the couple will begin their road trip to find out.
"Whenever I hear of disaster or refugee camps set up, I just want to be there. When people are in dire need, I want to help," said Theresa, a retired nurse.
The couple will drive two-and-a-half days to reach New Orleans, La. Then they will spend two weeks as part of an eight-member Nazarene Compassionate Ministries team.
Ray, who hikes to stay in shape, is looking forward to putting his hands to whatever tasks need doing.
"I am 82, but really I am a ‘young 50'," he said.
A year ago, the couple spent a week assisting people who needed medical care in a remote village in India.
The Kinsmans have room for two people to ride with them to New Orleans, but, in fact, they would like to find even more people who want to go and lend a hand.
"Carpenters, electricians and plumbers are especially needed," Theresa said.
The labor program is sponsored by the Nazarenes, but anyone who wants to help is welcome to sign up.
Contact the Kinsmans for more information at (928) 474-6577.