Deep Run East Commits to Louisiana Shelter Project

img_0133.jpgPERKASIE, PA – Deep Run Mennonite Church East of Bucks County has committed to the service project of building a house for hurricane victims. The Church is working in conjunction with the relief agency of Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) and Shelter for Life, which is an interdenominational Christian organization that assists with rebuilding after natural disaster and war around the world.

The shelter will be built for elderly and disabled Native American members of the Chinamache tribe in Point Aux Chenes, Louisiana whose homes have been destroyed by hurricane disaster. Deep Run East is dedicated to supplying all the materials, building wall panels and transporting everything to Louisiana. Church members with building trade skills will be helping to construct the house on site as well.

Deep Run East is reaching out to the community for help. The anticipated cost of materials for this shelter mission is approximately $50,000. Any building material suppliers who are able to provide materials at or under cost, or anyone wishing to provide financial contributions of any amount are encouraged to contact Deep Run East’s main office at 215-766-8380.

Contributions can be sent to Deep Run Mennonite Church East, 350 Kellers Church Road, Perkasie, PA 18944. Please designate “Shelter for Life Project” and include a return address if you would like a receipt. All contributions are tax deductible.

dre-shelter-for-life-commit.jpgDeep Run Mennonite Church East ( is located in Bedminster Township, PA and is recognized as a warm and inviting congregation consisting of people of all ages, occupations and life experiences. Deep Run East seeks to carry out its mission of “Bringing People in Contact with God” by glorifying God in worship, opening its lives to the community, and sharing its gifts and resources in faithfulness to Jesus Christ.

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Everyone is invited to a weekend with Pastor Steve Cheramie Risingsun, January 20 and 21, at Deep Run Mennonite Church East. Deep Run East has committed to building a house for an elderly Native American family with disabilities from the Chinamache tribe in Louisiana, working in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and Shelter for Life, which is an interdenominational Christian organization assisting in rebuilding after natural disasters and war around the world. A gourmet dinner with a “Southern Louisiana Flair” will be held at the church on Saturday, January 20, at 5 p.m.

Reservations for the dinner are due by January 15. At 7 p.m., Steve Cheramie Risingsun, a Native American pastor, will share stories about the Chinamache tribe in Point Aux Chenes, LA. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the Shelter for Life project. On Sunday morning, January 21, Pastor Steve Cheramie Risingsun will preach during the morning worship service beginning at 9 a.m. An informal question and answer time will follow at 10:15 a.m. To make reservations for the dinner or for more information, you may call the church office at 215-766-8380 or visit the website at

1 thought on “Deep Run East Commits to Louisiana Shelter Project

  1. I observe this project providing strong sense of unity for the DRE congregation as they work at this mission, using the skills that are so prominent among the men of the congregation. What if every church would build one house in the Gulf region?
    Jim Lapp

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