It is a Joy!
“We managed to have a few laughs”
New Bern, NC, USA
This week, we share a couple of the stories that came out of a weekend of service in New Bern, NC. While the messy work of hurricane relief is not easy, Andy Breaux of St. Andrew’s Church highlights some of the sweet moments that came from serving the Lord together.
Andy and the team from St. Andrew’s Church had been at this lady’s house for a little over an hour helping to move all her belongings to the curb. She had 4 feet of water in the house. With a sewage backup. It was awful. And really sad, But as the team worked, the owner was was overjoyed by the help. The sadness turned to laughter. And they shared the joy, a prayer and a hug (at her request) before the team left.
The team went to help another gentleman who had about 1,000 books stored in his garage. With 4 feet of water drowning the books, the owner was beaten down. He "didn't know where to start". Removing those rotten books was hard. It took 12 guys more than an hour to bag the books and drag those very heavy bags to the curb.
As the garage was emptied the owner stood taller and taller– and he is already tall at 6'8”. As the guys on the team swept up the final residue, someone spotted an acrylic podium in the corner, brought it to the center of the garage, and wiped it off.
The owner, an Air Force vet and retired minister, took his place and gave his testimony and a bit of a sermon. The Holy Spirit told him years earlier that it was his job to simply deliver the mail to his congregation. His nickname? The Mailman! For Andy and the team, this was just surreal. In the photo above you see the faces of those sharing fellowship in the midst of hardship. Meanwhile, the mildew on the wall is a reminder why they are there.
Many of you want to help. 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. If you are called to help these friends, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.