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“I don’t understand it, but I am grateful.”

A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. – John 13: 34-35

Irma ReliefIrma relief efforts are in full swing in Florida. Nearly every county in the center of the state experienced some damage. All Souls Anglican has been spearheading an outreach project in Northeast Florida. Ric Smith sends this report.

“We have had several meaningful encounters with victims through our outreach project in Northeast Florida. Each time we go to a new home we take a care bag of emergency supplies including non-perishable meals, paper products, sanitary wipes, a case of water, candles, a flashlight, a Bible and an invitation card providing an opportunity to get to know Jesus personally.” This gives team members an incredible opportunity to help those in need while sharing their love and gratitude for Jesus.

One such encounter has been with Terry Evans (not his real name).

“Terry’s modest red and white clapboard home had water nearly to the roof during Irma. The flooring is particle board and even now, two weeks later, the swollen waters of the St. Johns floods the house every high-tide. The mold is surely growing in this humble, salt of the earth man’s home.”

The Impact
Terry works twelve hour days and cannot clean up his home without help. One day, he was amazed to see two large piles of trees and branches stacked by the street, chain-link fences cleared of debris and to find the care bag from All Souls by his front door when he got home.

Ric continues, “Last night Terry asked, ‘So, are you from Bob’s Church?’ I said, ‘yes we are.” Terry replied, ‘I don’t understand it but I am grateful! Bob is a good man.’”

Terry’s story is like so many across the state of Florida. This project will take money, time, and a lot of effort to repair. But Ric and his team is blessed by strong support from the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic, as well as donors like you!

How can you help?
When we asked about specific needs, Ric responded, “Please let your readers know our greatest need is prayer! Second only to it is a shortage of volunteers. For more information or to join a team they may go to our website:” Then he mused, “I wish we had more churches around the state willing to host this project. Imagine how many lives we could touch for our Lord Jesus?”

A lot of seeds are being planted. Pray for a rich harvest.

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