Wednesday, July 13, 2016
ORH is continuing our efforts in West Virginia. Today Pastor Guy Altizer, ORH Board Member, is in West Virginia. He sent me the following report.
“Rainelle is not starting until Thursday. Going tomorrow to Clendenin WVA. Pastor Shawn Davis and his people are in BIG trouble!! I have not been able to contact the man in Beckley. I will try again tomorrow.”
Pray for Pastor Guy and his wife; he and she are with people who really need help. Pray for their health and safety. They are living in a small camper about 8 ft wide and 12 ft long. He and his wife, “Cookie”, are remaining mobile so they can be of service when needed.
He mentioned the man in Beckley, WV in his report. Pastor Guy, while contacting the people he is helping, dialed a wrong number. The man who answered told of his terrible circumstances and wanted to know if we could help. Sadly, we were not able to re-contact the man. Pray for the people of WV. There is terrible hardship there.
Pastor Gordon Dickson of Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, OH wrote the following to illuminate us on the hardships.
“Jan, Here is what I've been able to learn from Pastor Shawn Davis about the situation at Calvary Baptist in Clendenin, WV. The basement of the church is mainly cinder block construction. The wallboard and furnishings have been torn out. The county requires them to renovate their electrical service and they are working on that.
Replacing the 4 HVAC units for the church will be one of the biggest hurdles. Pastor Davis received an initial estimate of $25,000 for all four. (They were able to have an 11 AM service this past Sunday, using fans for ventilation.)
The basement of the parsonage was completely flooded. They also had 4 feet of water on the first floor. Most of the possessions of the pastor's family were destroyed. It is my understanding that insurance will not cover any of these needs.
Pastor Davis' vehicle was also destroyed. He is presently using a borrowed vehicle to get back and forth to his other job.
When we travel down for a survey trip on Friday, we will use a moisture meter to check the moisture levels throughout the church building. One of my deacons is a flood restoration specialist. He tells me that the internal duct work may need to be replaced as well. We will also study the damage in the parsonage to develop a plan for that as well.
I have been talking to some other pastors about this need. I believe that we may be able to put together some work teams to help. The main goal for this Friday (7/15) will be to survey the situation and try to design small projects for future work teams.
Please pray! Sincerely, Gordon Dickson, Calvary Baptist Church, Findlay, Ohio, 419.422.6842”
Pastor Dickson has supplied pictures which are in the attached PDF. It is interesting that Pastor Davis commented that he never truly understood or appreciated the hardship from such a disaster. He said that he would look so differently on requests for help in the future. Pray that the $1000.00 we sent to him will stabilize him for the continuance of the church.
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