Friday, October 23, 2015

South Carolina Flooding Update


Friday, October 23, 2015
Dear Friends,

Below is a message from Pastor Tim Driggers of Congaree Baptist Church.  His church had 3 to 5 feet of water after the flooding in Columbia.  This brother needs our help.  Please read the following information from him. 

“Just wanted to drop you a note to update you on the recovery process at Congaree. The clean-up in the Education/Fellowship building is pretty much complete there is still a little "tear out" to be done in the kitchen area. We are now beginning to turn our attention to putting back what was damaged by the flood waters. The good news is that after some extensive cleaning our electrical systems were certified as safe to use, also our heating and air units in the E/F build seems to be working. We just purchased wall paneling today to put back in our office areas and several doors will need to be replaced. Eventually all the floor tile will need to be replaced and the carpeting in the offices and nursery. We will have to complete "redo" the kitchen with cabinets and counters and replacement appliances.

The Sanctuary is where the real work will be encountered. There was a large group from Bob Jones that came last week and was a great help; they were able to completely tear out all the walls in the Sanctuary so we are pretty much down to a shell in the downstairs portion of the building. The first thing necessary before we start putting anything back is to repair the foundation and make sure the structure is sound, to that end we have had one foundation service to look at the building and we are waiting on another to give us a second estimate.

We are extremely thankful to all those who have come out to help, to all those who have schedule to come in the near future and help, we are thankful to all those who have given towards our recovery. I have been overwhelmed by the out pouring of phone calls and message and all the prayer that are being offered for us. The work of Congaree Baptist Church continues as we served the Lord in our community just as we have been doing for 250 years; we praise HIM for HIS goodness and faithfulness, to God be the Glory. 

We are able to meet fairly comfortably in our fellowship hall for services. We have been able to continue to pray for and support our missionaries, we have had many opportunities  to reach out into our community through these events. Our office will soon be functional again, so all in all we feel blessed as we see how God has worked on our behalf; let us be faithful to work on HIs behalf!  With a heart full of Thanks:  Rev Tim Driggers.”

If you have a work team of 2 or 3 very good carpenters, please contact Dr. David Smith, dbs@gbcwc.org.  Plan on being able to buy your own food and pay for your own lodging.  Also, if possible, bring money to buy the materials you will install. 

Thanks so much for all of your giving.  This has made it possible to help those who really are in need.

If you have any communications, for the next 10 days communicate directly with Dr. Smith.  Our team of workers for ORH will be with Dan and Edna Cadavos of Mindanao, Philippines, conducting an evangelistic medical clinic for churches.

Please don’t forget this great need.  Please don’t forget the families who need help in Sumter, SC.

If you know of anyone in Mexico or Texas impacted by “Patricia,” please contact ORH at jan@operationrenewedhope.org.

If you wish to donate by credit or debit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope and choose “Network for Good.”  Please designate your gift as either “Domestic Relief” or “International Relief.”

If you wish to donate by check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please designate your gift as either “Domestic Relief” or “International Relief.”

God bless you,

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
P.O Box 43242
Fayetteville, NC 28309
910-987-5072

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