So much standing water - even two weeks later!

 Flood waters have yet to recede in Conway, SC, delaying the start of any reconstruction work.

Flood waters have yet to recede in Conway, SC, delaying the start of any reconstruction work.

“It is bad!”

New Bern, NC, Wilmington, NC and Conway, SC, USA

 

“I’m in New Bern, NC right now and it is bad. In my 20 years of serving in disasters I have never seen so much standing water 7 days after a hurricane!” – Mary Bates, North American Lutheran Church (NALC) Disaster Response Coordinator. ARDF is partnering with NALC on the ground in North Carolina.

 Piles of discarded furnishings line the streets of River Bend, a neighborhood west of downtown New Bern, NC.

Piles of discarded furnishings line the streets of River Bend, a neighborhood west of downtown New Bern, NC.

Andy Breaux of St. Andrews Church traveled to New Bern to assess the damage and reports, “We saw the incredible evidence of the power of water. We also witnessed the beauty of the human spirit.” Now he is returning with a team of 15 to aid with recovery efforts.

Please pray for this team from Charleston, SC, that the work they do would be a blessing to those they encounter and would draw attention to Jesus. “We are laying the foundation for men/women teams going forward,” Andy says.

 Members of Christ our Hope in Wilmington serve food to their neighbors following Hurricane Florence.

Members of Christ our Hope in Wilmington serve food to their neighbors following Hurricane Florence.

In Wilmington, NC, Christ our Hope Anglican Church was planted a little over a year ago. One week after the one year anniversary, they were suddenly preparing for Hurricane Florence's direct hit on the coastal town.

Erin Solomon, wife of Rector Curt Solomon, reports, “In this trying time, we have had the opportunity to be "the church." Folks in town are turning to the churches for supplies, meals, and direction. We’ve also had the chance to partner with Wrightsville Beach Brewery, where we currently hold services, to take hot meals and ice cream to some of the forgotten neighborhoods in Wilmington. Hoping in heaven has kept our minds from becoming overwhelmed with the work to be done. It’s a rich time of growth for the church.” Please pray for Christ our Hope that they would not become weary in these efforts!

Meanwhile, the floodwaters in Conway, SC finally crested on Wednesday September 26. Rev. Jason Collins, St. Paul’s Conway, reports that 10,000 houses in the county are expected to flood before the waters recede. His prayer is that the flood waters would recede quickly, but not flood the town of Georgetown, SC, downstream from Conway. They cannot begin to think about cleaning up until the water is gone.

Many of you want to help. And both St. Paul’s Conway and Resurrection Church are opening up their doors to volunteers coming to help with the physical, dirty, tedious work of cleaning out. You can click on the links to learn more and sign up a team.

Can’t come to the Carolinas? Your financial resources are as important as your prayer and your labor. Your donations allow our partners to host, feed, and supply the volunteers coming to help with the clean up. By giving, you offer tangible hope and help to those in need - no matter where you are.

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 ardf.org/relief for the latest news and the ways in which you can help. If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@ardf.org. 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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