Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Sandy" Relief Post 17

"Sandy" Relief

November 29, 2012

Dear Friends,

God is always working in the hearts and lives of people. Pastor Jim Bickel of Bethel Baptist Fellowship writes about the work which was done by members of Berea Baptist Church, Palm Harbor, FL, Pastor Billy Gotcher. In the next update, I will send you what Pastor Gotcher said about the impact of this trip with his church.

"Dear Operation Renewed Hope,
The Lord has blessed us by putting us in contact with you. We’re finding out more and more how good the Lord is and how greatly He uses His people, our brethren.

We were so blessed to have Pastor Billy Gotcher and a group of over a dozen of his dear people from Berea Baptist Church, Palm Harbor, FL. These folks went to Home Depot and purchased building material for the repairs they would be making on our building, loaded up a 12-foot trailer hooked up to their minibus and drove straight through to Brooklyn.

When they arrived they unloaded their trailer and immediately went to work. I mean, they worked, and worked. They accomplished an amazing amount of things in the few days they were able to spend with us. One day they began in the morning and worked until about ten in the evening. Walls were replaced, sheetrock hung and taped, electrical outlets rewired, cabinets removed and replaced, and a lot more.

At the end of their time with us, Pastor Gotcher handed me a check for additional building material. Suffice it to say, these folks went above and beyond the call of duty. This was a genuine labor of love.

We’ve seen the reality of what was meant by the verse, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it.” These dear brothers have caused us to rejoice in the Lord and the people of God. We couldn’t function without this kind of help. Our sincerest thanks to them, and to you, for arranging things for us.

With Much Gratitude, Jim Bickel, Bethel Baptist Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY"

More teams will be necessary in the near future. If your church could send a work team, please contact Operation Renewed Hope.

Please do not forget we need a New York state licensed electrician to help Pastor Baker in the Bronx now.

If you would like to donate by debit or credit card, please go to and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to donate by check, please send checks to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309. Mark checks with "Sandy" Relief.

Please go to for latest information.

God bless,
Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
4928 Necessary Court
Blue Springs, MO 64015

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