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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Entry #13

We started out the day helping distribute the tractor trailer truck load of disaster relief supplies we helped unload yesterday.  We were part of a  great volunteer team that worked well together, we even had a little girl (may 5 or 6 years old) that kept everyone in bottles of water.  She was so cute passing out her bottles of water, don't ever believe that little children can't be servants of God!

Two hours into that mass distribution my husband pulled me aside and told me that he had just received a phone call from a lady on her way to our church building (30 minutes away from where we were) with a trailer load of disaster relief supplies from the Reidland Church of Christ in Paducah, Ky.  We stayed and worked as long as we could where we were but left in time to get to our church building to meet the lady.  This is pretty amazing isn't it, well, hold on because this story is
not over.  This lady and her 3 children were on their way to their vacation destination and drove some 4 hours out of their way to deliver this trailer load of supplies to our congregation!!!  When God inspires people to act, great things happen!

The good news is that some roads were opened back up today!

The bad news is that other roads were closed!

Many roads have extensive damage and will require major repairs.  It is imperative that when you start somewhere you check before you leave as to whether the road is open or closed.  It's like a maze trying to get from point A to point B!

The food shortage is still an issue.

The past few days have been hard and exhausting but I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people.  People who have risen to the occasion, been flexible, worked extra long hours and done whatever needed to be done.  People who realize it's not about us, it's about the people who have lost so much, who don't know what they're going to do next and whose lives are hanging in limbo.  You know who you are and let me say that it has been an honor to work by your side.

I received another donation today to go towards covering our personal expense of distributing and delivering the supplies that are coming in, thank you dear lady.  You know who you are, your contribution will enable to us to keep our vehicle on the road another day.  Thank you so very much!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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  1. God bless you Patsy! I know this is hard to go through. Even though you didn't experience the amount of loss like the people around you, your whole world has been turned upside down! The same thing happened to me because of Hurricane Katrina. I am praying for you and for all of those people who have lost so much! Hugs and prayers for you and all!

  2. The sad thing is many homes and businesses are STILL under water and these people can't even begin the process of clearing out their destroyed belongings. Also, my sister said the food shortage doesn't appear to be easing any time soon. Her local stores are just as you described...lacking in anything fresh. She did male it to Wallace and said she'd never been so glad to see fruits and vegetables (and coffee creamer) in her whole life. It will be interesting to see how grocery prices increase after Florence. So many livestock and crops were destroyed in this.


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