September trip highlights and a chance to sign up
Our first trip to New Bern for Hurricane Florence clean-up was AWESOME. What a time we had. You probably don’t recognize Lauren. That’s because at the time of the hurricane, she’d only attended Trinity twice. On her second visit she heard about the New Bern trip and said to herself, “I think I can do that.” Lauren proved capable of doing things she’d never done, and she has gained seven new friends. She also had a couple of “God moments” in which she learned some things about herself and the Christian faith. She can’t wait for the next trip.
We met as strangers in the Founders Inn parking lot. Jeff knew Eddie from the Princess Anne campus, and recognized Rob’s face. Linda and Arnetta knew one another. Other than that we were all new faces. By the end of the trip we were fast friends.
We left Founders at 4 am to arrive at 7:30 at Port City Community Church. "My jaw dropped at the scene in the parking lot," said Jeff Gross. "I’ve been doing disaster relief since Hurricane Andrew but have never seen the level of organization and capability that I saw there. Samaritan’s Purse had several 40- and 50-foot trailers on location, along with a fleet of pickup trucks, campers, trailers, and box trucks. There was a large mobile kitchen, a shower trailer sent from heaven, a small engine repair shop, mobile offices and lodging, and a chaplain’s center ready to receive people from the community."
Signing in was easy. “Get your t-shirt. Fill out this paper. Here’s where you sleep. Dinner is at six.” There was never a point at which we didn’t know where to go or what to do. Orientation was quick; one great thing about SP’s program is that volunteers just have to show up. No skills required, no tools required except glasses, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Come with a group or by yourself and they will put you to work.
By 10:30 am on Saturday we were on our second assignment and the real work began. Homeowner Ricky is a city firefighter and his wife is a hospital nurse, so they’ve been busy since the hurricane. When they weren’t on the job, they were volunteering at their neighbor’s homes while neglecting their own. It was our pleasure to serve them by removing damaged drywall and carpet, putting tarps on the roof, and clearing the lot of storm debris.
The next day we worked for Jim and Carol, emptying their outbuilding of still-soaked belongings. The main house only received two inches of water, which means coincidentally that the water was in the house for much less time, but it makes no difference - all the floors have to be removed, and the drywall needs to be removed to four feet.
We left both homes with much work remaining, but that’s for someone else now, our fellow volunteers from who-knows-where. We were blessed to bless these families for a short time.
This is a great shot of four friends.
New Bern is torn up. I’ve seen it all before and still could not believe it. The pictures tell the story.
We're going back to New Bern each month for the foreseeable future, just two days each time. Let me ask you, can you join us for one of these trips? Skill doesn’t matter so much as a willing heart, and maybe some Lauren-ish courage. I know you’re busy, but can you fit just two days of relief work into your schedule? There’s no reason a church like Trinity can’t send twenty-five workers a month, perhaps more, even if we each went only once. It will never be easier than working through Samaritan’s Purse.
Volunteer Clean-up Oct 20-21
A group of volunteers are going to New Bern, NC October 20-21. Individuals, families and groups are welcome. Here are the qualificiations:
- All skill and abilities are welcome
- Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
- Accomodations are uncertain at this time but will be basic - may be in a church or city facility
- Travel and food would be at your own expense. The drive to New Bern is a little over 3 hours.
- A list of supplies and tools needed will be provided to those who are going
- Departing from VA Beach at 4 am sharp Saturday and returning at 6 pm Sunday
If you are feeling God's call to assist in making this trip or future trips to North Carolina, please click the button below to complete the application form. Someone will contact you within 24 hours.
A Call to Prayer
Please continue to pray for those who are putting their lives back together in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Following are scripture verses to pray as we seek encouragement and comfort for our Southern brothers and sisters.
God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46: 1
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8-9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Please pray ask God how he would have you respond:
Through prayer, volunteering, or giving