Servant’s Heart is helping hurricane victims from Panama City to Virginia and in Miami!
when a hurricane hits it causes widespread destruction, especially
near the point where the Eye makes landfall. This was the case in
Newport, NC, hundreds of trees down, and homes flooded from the
Rev. David Linka, All Saints Anglican Church in Newport responded to
our offer to help early on, when cell reception was spotty as best.
All Saints is part of The Anglican Mission in America (AMiA).
Dave and Jennifer Potts have been very helpful explaining the mood of
the community as they begin to dig out from the mountains of debris
and ruided furniture.
I cannot impress
upon you enough how physically tired and emotionally spent we are.
We look around and don't know where to go first. Here are a few
photos I have taken as I have been out in the community. I have
been attempting to contact people on our needs list by phone [but
towers are down]. I will have to do some visits tomorrow.
Trees are still
down in people's yards and on their houses. This house was split in 2
by the tree and all that had been done is to remove the tree from the
center of the house.
In Christ's love,
so appreciate Jennifer sharing photos and stories of 30
Members of All Saints Congregation hit
hard by Florence! You can see and feel the pain and loss. It is not
difficult to appreciate how the community is trying to rally but are
feeling overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of the devastation
everywhere you look!
commitment to help, mirrors other outreach projects, like in Miami &
Conway, SC; we are here to help long-term. We understand Disaster
Relief requires years of investment in a community. Our prayer is
for many to be drawn to the Lord as they witness the Body of Christ
working together giving to the needs of others, as He intended.
community needs our help. Won’t you pray for All Saints and
the residents of the entire county?!
hope you will also prayerfully consider sending a team for our big
weekend thrust scheduled for November 2-5?
God richly bless you for being a part of His blessing to others.
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Capt. Frederic Sterry Smith
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Augustine, Florida 32084
the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the Brothers &
Sisters in Judea, everyone giving what they could,”
9th, & 10th
During my recent
trip to Conway I was blown away by the mess and destruction caused
from the floods after Hurricane Florence. Growing up in the low
country I felt like I was going to see what I would say was typical
hurricane damage (trees down, debris everywhere, and some houses that
may have had some flooding), Boy was I wrong. Many folks in the
community of Conway along the Waccamaw river have lost it all. To
listen to people, describe the waiting that took place prior to the
water rising gave me chills. They said it took days (3-4) of knowing
what to expect before it happened. Most houses in the area affected
will need to be completely gutted, floors, walls, insulation,
ceilings, duct work, etc.
I spent my time
in a few different homes, removing any thing that were deemed
unsalvageable. The work will take months to complete before the
rebuild can begin, if it can begin as many folks do not live in a
flood zone and there for do not carry flood insurance. I understand
that many of these places have never experienced flooding like this
before, Trinity Methodist Church for example I was told has never
flooded but now is being gutted. This was truly a humbling
experience for me, I have never seen such a mess and to be honest it
was a little overwhelming.
The letter and
map attached were handed out door to door by the City of Conway to
residents in affected areas. I have outlined in Red the general area
that my time was spent over the last few days. Driving through it was
hard to understand how some of the areas could have flooded, reading
this letter and looking at the map made it perfectly clear.
The faith of this community is HUGE. They have come together in their
faith to overcome the storm, from the families that are taking in
volunteers from the church (thanks to the Biddle family for letting
stay in their home), to churches coming together to help each other’s
congregations that are in need. I understand that there continues to
be volunteers from the diocese signing up to help these folks, I want
to personally thank those volunteers for their efforts.
Preparedness & Relief
Teams and Team Leaders;
fun is starting! This weekend we are sending out two teams, One in
NC and one to Conway…
We will send up our 1st
team this Wednesday 10/3 – Friday 10/5 (you may stay thru
Day team on Saturday 10/6, Wedding at St Paul’s, we need
to be out of parish hall by 8:30 am, no breakfast.
team to Conway on Monday 10/8 – Friday 10/12 , may stay through
will continue with this pattern until we finish.
first phase is Mud Out:
everything out that is wet, furniture, appliance, clothes, sheet
rock, insulation, floor! Clean, then fog house and under home for
Ministries is coordination the effort, we will forms teams of 10-15
and each team will be given a home (day to 2 days to do)
need 2 coordinators for each team to direct the team.
can house 30 at St Paul’s Conway and 30 more at Trinity Church
in Myrtle Beach if needed.
will be provided by St Paul’s
Ministries will coordinate homes to work on, box lunch and supper.
and a place to sleep will be coordinated by St Paul’s
work clothes, plastic bags to put dirt clothes in, boots/waterproof
shoes – no sandals!
sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, sheets, towel
repellant and sun screen
safety glasses, hearing protection. Safety PPE like rubber gloves,
dust mask, tyvex suits will be available
hammer, crowbar, utility knife, wheel barrows cordless skill saw
be 14 or older, children must have adult supervision.
Leaders, Fill out your volunteer’s information on the volunteer
list and send back to Stephen Haynsworth ASAP for the Newport and
ask your Pastors, prayer teams and Bishops to keep all our work in
your prayers! Pray for many lives to be touched and many to be led to
the Lord as we become His Body in action!
greatest blessings for all you do and will do in His service!
of SC, Disaster Relief Coordinator
of Operations, ADPR.faith
St John’s Parish, Charleston Office
Island, SC, 29455
843 870 6860
Relief letter prepared for Bishop Lawrence, Diocese of SC
Haynsworth, a member of St Johns Parish on Johns Island.
Last year St
John’s Parish wanted to help with a response to hurricane Irma.
After some effort we got in touch with Ric Smith, Director of
IrmaRelief.faith. After Christmas St John’s Parish sent a team
5 to Miami to help complete repairs, clean and paint a rectory,
(mission house) to use as a base for future teams.
Since last year
Ric and his team from FL & GA, with help from members of St.
John’s, started Anglican Disaster Preparedness & Relief
(ADPR) a 501c3, not for profit Disaster Relief Organization. We help
prepare Anglican Churches for disasters and how to effectively
respond after disasters.
On Tuesday I
accepted Bishop Mark Lawrence’s offer to serve as his Disaster
Relief Coordinator for the Diocese of South Carolina. Since the
hardest hit where in NC I called Andy Breaux Disaster Relief
Coordinator for the Diocese of the Carolinas. Andy invited Ric and me
to go with him to assess the needs in New Bern, NC.
On Wednesday 9/19
we headed off for NC with Google Maps and GPS for an 8 hr. adventure
to Grace Anglican Church of New Bern. As roads opened and closed due
to repairs or rising water with only one detour we arrived about 4pm.
The Senior Warden of Grace Anglican, Glenn MacNaught and Fr. Steven
Savia (on his 1st day at Grace) met us at Grace Church. We
reviewed the needs for establishing Grace as our home base and those
of the community. Father Steve agreed to allow our teams to stay at
the church. We even bought a stove and installed it in their
On a side note
while in Lowes wearing a bright yellow shirt with DISASTER RELIEF
TEAM waiting to buy a stove we had an older couple who looked sad. I
asked her how they were affected by the storm and she started to cry,
as I hugged her she said she thought they would lose everything they
had! We talked a little and prayed with them before we left.
several parishioners and neighborhoods damaged by the surge and wind.
They shared their stories of the storm, how neighbors had come
together to helped and some of the pain from losing so much. Before
leaving we prayed with the families for God’s peace and
strength to carry on.
we visited the New Bern County office to learn the building, zoning
and permit requirements and what volunteers VS contractors can do.
Our last stop was to see Bp Steven Breedlove of the Diocese of Christ
our Hope (ACNA) to see how we could help the damage he incurred and
also help their churches near Raleigh-Durham and Lumberton areas. His
house and yard had heavy tree damage. Our small scouting team of
four jumped right in, started the chainsaw and helped clear his front
yard and driveway a bit. His wish is for the Anglican Church in the
Carolinas to work together to meet the needs of our communities
sharing the love of God and also focus on the poor and heavily
damaged area of Lumberton who were still recovering from Hurricane
As we headed out
of New Bern we were seeing the water rising in places that where dry
yesterday. Google maps, NC
DOT and our GPS showed us more and more roads were
closing as rivers continued to rise. The Army gave us instructions
for a 3 hr. detour to get back to I-140. Finally at 9pm we crossed
the mighty Cape FEAR River allowing a fairly clear 4hr ride back to
Charleston. Three times we were turned back trying to get to
Wilmington turning a 6 hour drive into 13.
dropped to a category 1 before hitting and the wind damage is
minimal and near open water
are still rising, the flooding of property will be huge.
waters will likely not start receding until late next week.
not be able to send in supplies or crews until roads re-open
of NC are working hard to clean up and save what they can
We need to
get in early to clean out flooded homes (mud out) to reduce loss and
arrest black mold
businesses are opening up but supplies are minimal and the poorest
will not have resources to buy what they need
all resources between ADPR, and the three Carolina dioceses will be
essential to help as many as possible as we share the love of Christ
What you and your
church can do:
to go help for a weekend of a week
supplies to fill Care Bags: See the attached needs list
Ask God to touch many lives through hands-on Disaster Relief. Pray
for teams to come prepared and ready to serve wherever needed. Pray
for all the food, water, disaster relief and cleaning supplies needed
to for Phase 1. Pray for funding and teams to come forward to
complete the long-term reconstruction needs of Phase 2.
If you have
further questions please send an email to:
May God bless you
and your church as we serve our gracious Lord Jesus together!
Officials: Record flood could hit nearly 1,000 homes and businesses
that did not flood during Hurricane Matthew
Charles D. Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
1,000 Conway homes and businesses that did not flood during
Hurricane Matthew will likely be impacted by Hurricane Florence's
flood, city officials said Monday.
leaders said the Waccamaw River is expected to break the 2016 record
set after Matthew. They expect that water will reach structures that
stayed dry two years ago.
administrator Adam Emrick said crews will begin going door to door
Tuesday to warn those residents and business owners about the
potential for flooding on their properties.