WAPAKONETA â€” Jeanette and Terry Tangeman are devout missionaries to folks whose lives have been drowned by rising waters. The Tangemans are members of the Buckland United Church of Christ and have participated in efforts to assist victims of floods in New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., and northwest Ohio.â€śYou get hooked on it big time,â€ť Terry Tangeman, 63, said. â€śI enjoy helping the people. I believe as a church member that what weâ€™re to be, what weâ€™re to do is in the Bible and thatâ€™s what we do.â€ťThe Tangemans are member of the churchâ€™s Disaster Relief Team, which helped clean up homes earlier in the year after floodwaters hit Ottawa, Bluffton, Findlay and Shelby. They also organized six trips to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina.â€śI have a heart for the people,â€ť Jeanette Tangeman, 64, said. â€śItâ€™s a calling. Weâ€™re to be Christâ€™s hands and feet in the world and that means taking care of people wherever thereâ€™s a need. Itâ€™s all about the people.â€ťThe couple have been traveling to the New Orleans area since November 2005. Hurricane Katrina struck in August of that year.â€śThe first time we went, it looked like a war zone,â€ť Jeanette Tangeman said. â€śEverything was destroyed. Everything was gone â€” schools, homes, hospitals, places of employment, where you got your hair done, where you got your coffee. The first time we went, we drove from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon and didnâ€™t see a place that wasnâ€™t destroyed.â€śIt was indescribable,â€ť Terry Tangeman added. â€śNo matter what you saw on TV, it didnâ€™t prepare you for it. The first time, there was no grass, no animals, no sound, no birds and it stunk and everything was covered in mold.â€ťTwo more trips to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina are already in the works with the first set to take place in March. The most recent trip was in October.â€śPeople say to us, hasnâ€™t that been taken care of,â€ť Terry Tangeman said. â€śItâ€™s going to be 15 or 20 years before they recover. You just canâ€™t imagine the magnitude. Things are getting better, though. Everytime we go, we see some progress, but itâ€™s very slow.â€ťThe Tangemans are seeking volunteers to help out as well as donations.â€śItâ€™s best to give gift cards to places like Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, CVS and Walgreens,â€ť Jeannette Tangeman said. â€śThey donâ€™t take much room to transport and they allow some dignity for the people. They can choose what they need. Volunteers should be warned. Youâ€™ll never be able to go just once. Helping people is addicting.â€ťFor information on the Tangemanâ€™s mission effort, which involves people from 10 churches across Northwest Ohio, call Jeannette at 419-657-2196.Terry Tangeman said the best thing about helping people is the hope it produces.â€śWhen something happens like a flood, people are lost,â€ť he said. â€śThey donâ€™t know what to do. We give them hope. We canâ€™t solve everything but we give them a place to start.â€ťThe Tangemans reside in Wapakoneta and have been married for 3.5 years. They were both widowed. Terry Tangeman retired in 1998 after 31 years of service to UPS. Jeanette Tangeman is a registered nurse and retired pastor.