Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy Relief Post 2

"Sandy" Relief

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dear Friends.

We are now working with Pastor Ken Baker, Victory Baptist Church, Bronx, NY. Below is a report from him about his needs.

Thank God we are safe and survived the hurricane! Our house has some minor damage, the only real concern is the ocean opened up in our yard and about 10 feet of our yard eroded away. During the middle of the storm, there was a 30 foot yacht that washed up into our backyard. We were greatly concerned because the mast was pointing right towards our kitchen window. Thankfully, the storm carried it back out to sea, and we found it smashed to pieces this morning. I attached a picture of another boat that flipped over and washed to shore.

The church building is in rough shape. At the height of the storm, there was 11 feet of water inside the church. The swells knocked out the back wall (pictured) and took out 3 interior walls. The storm carried the freezer through three walls and onto the hill by our church. The damage is extensive, and we are unsure at this point if the building is going to be used again. The concern is that the wall that was destroyed was a load bearing wall.
We are looking for a place to rent temporarily. We have found a place that we could rent for the next four weeks, but it would cost 4 times what we would normally pay for rent. Our church family has an extremely great spirit about this, and I cannot way to see how God is going to "flex His muscles" in this. It is times like this that make us stronger and no doubt we will look back at this memory as a huge stepping stone in the growth of our church. We are still shouting the victory for the 4 people that were saved on Sunday!
How can you help.
1. We need volunteer demolition teams to volunteer and be ready to go to help with demolition. These teams will not go in for at least the next two weeks.
2. We need money to buy food so that Ken and his people can distribute the food with the gospel around their church. Ken wants to do this, but does not have the money to buy the food. This is a wonderful time to give the gospel to thousands.
3. We must help them to get a place to continue the church services. Their ministry, missionaries, and their livelihood depends on the continuing of services.
Please donate to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309. Mark the checks with "SANDY Relief."
We will keep you informed, and remain firm with these good brothers. We must reach others with the gospel.

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
4928 Necessary Court
Blue Springs, MO 64015


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