From: Bishop Neil Lebhar
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:59 PM
To: Smith Ric
Subject: Re: Flagler Estates Summary
This is amazing. I met some of the team at Redeemer yesterday. What dedicated brothers and sisters!!
Thank you for all you have done to make this happen!! I thank the Lord Jesus for all of you!
In Jesus the Messiah,
The Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar
Irma Relief team and grant from ARDF has allowed my family to get our
home put back together from the damage caused by Irma without
having to deal with the hardship of a long term financial burden.
Had it not been for the assistance from ARDF, IrmaRelief, GAD
Disaster Relief we would have had to struggle with finances to repair
the damage IRMA caused. That burden would have taken years to
overcome due to being a retired Navy vet - with only a small
retirement pension and social security as our only income.
can’t thank you Ric, IRMA RELIEF / GAD Disaster Relief and ARDF
enough for all the blessings you all have provided!
2018 Barbara Gonzalez wrote:
Irma damaged my roof, the ceiling, floors, my fence, outside and
inside walls, even the electric in my walls.
three months after Irma, my house was still darkened by the plywood
on the windows and doors. You can imagine the effects it had on
my family, without the tools, means or know-how on how to fix these
things; darkness was taking a toll on our family.
pastor to my church, the Rev. Jorge Finlay called the day after
Christmas and told me he was going to pass by with some visitors.
During that visit I was blessed to have met Ric Smith and his wife,
Anna. I learned Rev. Ric is the Coordinator of Disaster Relief in the
Gulf Atlantic Diocese and Director of IrmaRelief.faith.
Jorge said, Barbara, you remember all the people you help in the name
of Christ? Your prayers have been answered! These people want
to help. Ric asked if he could pray with me? He said, “Dear
Jesus, thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed on so many
through your servant Barbara. I ask you to bless her now for her
faithfulness from your riches in Glory.” Then he asked,
Barbara, would it be alright if we help you now, in your time of
need? I burst into tears, and couldn’t find my voice to say ok
or thank you?! They gave me a hug and prayed with me again.
the next few days Ric contacted Home Depot to send a roofing and
electrical contractor to my home. On Friday Ric and Flip (serving
on the mission team from South Carolina)
showed up to take down the plywood letting light back into my home!
They repaired my front gate, took photos, of all the damage, moved
several items, placed the plywood in my shed and built a set of
shelves for me. On Saturday Stephen and John showed up to fumigate my
shed and replace the rotted and missing door trim.
many prayers were answered!! They were kind, gentle and eager
to help. Though I just met them they all made me feel like I
wasn’t alone in the jar.
Johns Parish from Johns Island, SC went through Hurricane Hugo in
1998 and we know the struggle to get back to normal.
Hurricane Irma came through Florida, Georgia and SC we felt we needed
to help our brothers and sisters in Florida.
contacted ACNA and where referred to Rev. Ric Smith Director of Irma
Relief based in Jacksonville. Wanting to bring our youth we planned a
trip down Dec 28 – Jan 2 to Miami to help Jorge Finley and
Christ the King Anglican Church fix a Rectory house for future Irma
Relief trips. Ric, Jorge, Tommy and Christ the King, removed the tree
that fell on the house, had the roof and ceiling repaired, cleaned
the house, replaced the kitchen appliances, repaired the AC and
turned on the water heater before we arrived. We came in and cleaned
the floors, walls and painted the inside of the house, often with
three coats of primer. We also upgraded the electrical outlets,
lights and fans that needed repair. Worked on the windows and cleaned
up the back yard. It is now ready for other mission teams to stay and
work in the community.
helped 1 family remove hurricane plywood still covering her windows
and replace a damaged utility door. On Saturday afternoon Jorge and
Christ the King took us out kayaking on Biscayne Bay at sunset, we
got to the see Miami’s lights from the bay. Sunday we joined
Christ the King for services. There
is much to do in Miami, please
contact Rev. Ric Smith Director of Irma Relief for opportunities to
help. You can call him at 706-329-4553 or use the contact form on
us it was a 12 hr car ride each way and everyone pitched in and
worked hard and long hours, we also got out kayaking and were treated
to several meals at local restaurants. We were blessed by Ric and his
wife Anna supporting us and Jorge and his congregation of Christ the
King welcoming us. We would all do it again because we were blessed
by what we accomplished and meeting and sharing with our brothers and
sisters in Christ.
Johns Parish Church
John’s Island, SC
Church, All Souls,
has supported the Irma Relief ministry since its inception, and we
are glad for the opportunity.
the church leaves the building it’s like getting off the bench
to get in the game, and the whole church team was able to get
gave, some prayed, a good number of them picked up donations, then
organized and distributed them into Care Bags to be given out to
Hurricane victims. Others went to the sites for ministry –
either to do the physical cleanup work or to be available to talk, to
listen, and to pray with those who had lost so much. Still more of
the congregation offered to host volunteers or those who couldn’t
stay in their own homes. It was common focus for the whole
congregation. When people get in the game by not just listening to
the Word, but doing what it says, good things happen; they will be
blessed in all they do (from James
our congregation has been blessed in the doing.
be to God!
Rev. Brook Batchelor
Souls Anglican Church
(The Anglican Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People) counts
it a privilege to be a supporting partner in the Irma Relief work
that ARDF is funding.
As most everyone knows, Florida and especially South Florida
has one of America’s largest Jewish populations. Often
the gentile world assumes that if Jewish people face a crisis they do
not need our help.
disciples of Jesus, the Messiah of the Jewish people, that attitude
short circuit’s our ability to show the love of Jesus to his
Jewish people. In
fact, it is this kind of caring in the face of crisis that can make
Jesus real to a Jewish person and open up, perhaps for the first
time, to a sensitive presentation of who Jesus really is.
CMJ our involvement would not have been possible for us if Rev. Ric
Smith, our Associate Director in the Southeast had not been willing
to shoulder the leadership responsibility for us to be involved. Ric
has a deep love for the Jewish people and for the church. We are
pleased and grateful to be a part of this work of compassion and
Rev. Cn. Daryl Fenton
Rev. Greg Miller, Director
Church Army – USA
We will continue to monitor Hurricane Chris.
Should we see a significant change or determine that both lives and livelihood may be threatened to our northnern neighbors, ADPR will keep you informed and rally the necessary resources and mission teams.
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According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), wind shear has increased and combined with a very dry environment likely causing Beryl to weaken.”