One Week Post Florence

From the Washington Post: A view from above shows the catastrophic flooding in Lumberton, N.C., as Florence continues to impact the area. The Washington Post on YouTube:

“Daunting Hopelessness”

Lumberton, NC, USA


Lumberton, NC

Resurrection Church, in Hope Mills, NC, is located just 25 miles north of Lumberton. Lumberton is the county seat of Robeson County, the poorest county in the state of North Carolina. And Lumberton was one of the hardest hit communities by Florence; they got (only) 4” less rain that Wilmington, NC.

A Tough History

Many in Lumberton suffered losses after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Now, having just finished rebuilding after Matthew, they have been flooded out again by Florence, which has brought even more damage this time. According to Rev. Dean Carter, the hospital chaplain for Southeastern Hospital in downtown Lumberton, there's a lot of hopelessness in Lumberton right now.

Pastor Elijah Lovejoy and James Phillips of Resurrection Church, are part of a team partnering with the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Association to offer something to counter what Pastor Elijah describes as “daunting hopelessness.”

How to Help

This is where the body of Christ can help. As flood waters continue to rise, your gift to ARDF offers tangible hope and help to those in need. Your donations allow Resurrection Church and their partners to host, feed, and supply the volunteers coming to help with the clean up.

In addition to donations, victims of Florence need volunteers! If you are interested, read here.

You can donate to ARDF by mailing a check (with Hurricane Florence in the memo line) to:

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund, P.O. Box 645354, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354

You can also donate online at this link.  

By supporting the local church through ARDF, leaders on the ground – in the neighborhood – are able to offer the love of Jesus through practical and spiritual help.

These leaders develop relationships that don’t end when the disaster does.

Stay tuned to for the latest news and the ways in which you can help. If you have any questions, please contact us at ARDF is also keeping a list of individuals and parishes that wish to help. If you send us an email, we will put you in touch with those on the ground.


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