Monday, September 19, 2016

West Virginia Blessing

Monday, September 19, 2016

Dear Friends,

The work in West Virginia continues to be a challenge.  The need for workers is still a problem.  Anyone who can do carpenter work in West Virginia is working.  This makes it impossible to hire locally.  We thank God for the report that we received from Pastor Harrison of Fellowship Baptist Church in Baden, PA.

“Acting upon the principle found in James 2:14-18, our church determined to help the believers who were recently devastated by the effects of catastrophic flooding in West Virginia.  ORH directed our attention to Calvary Baptist Church in Clendenin, WV, pastored by Rev. Shawn Davis.  Uniting our efforts with the Calvary Baptist Church of Findlay, OH, our three-man team was able to work alongside two framers from Ohio and in three days advance the project significantly.  For two of the three days, another electrician drove from a distance of two hours away to provide much-needed electrical assistance.  Church members from WV were laboring alongside us and all of us were thankful that the new A/C unit had been installed just two days prior to our arrival.  The weather was hot that week!  Through it all, vital framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, and drywall preparations were made in anticipation of a fully revamped and revitalized basement space for the church.  We thank the Lord for what He allowed us to accomplish for the sake of the Gospel in such a short time.  The recent flooding in WV continues to be a test for other like-minded believers.  Will we sit back and watch our brothers and sisters in Christ struggle through these difficulties alone?  I trust we will take a more biblical approach toward burdens which are too heavy for our fellow believers to handle alone (Galatians 6:2).”

Greetings Brother Jan!”

Pastor Harrison also wrote the following about covering expenses and his future involvement with ORH disaster relief.

“Following our brief trip to WV, we totaled the expenses of our trip.  Our church gave $730.00 toward the expenses, but our total expenditure for the trip was $866.34, including, food, fuel, lodging, and building supplies (purchased for Calvary Baptist Church in Clendenin, WV).  In light of this, would you please permit us to cover our overage using funds from ORH?  By my calculations, the difference in what we were able to gather and what was spent was just $136.34.  This amount would be quite adequate.

In addition, you may be encouraged to know that we are making strides toward being your pilot collection point church, allowing supplies to be gathered for your Cleveland, OH warehouse space.  Yesterday I drafted a letter which will be sent to prospective pastors and their churches, soliciting supplies for ORH.  That letter should go out in the next few weeks.  We hope to be receiving supplies soon!  God bless you and take care. Because of Calvary, Bob Harrison, Jr.”

ORH has had a wonderful partnership with this very good church.  Pastor Harrison has always responded to the call for work to the various disaster areas.  It is also ORH’s privilege to help with the expenses of the trip and work.

Please continue to pray for the churches and people of West Virginia.  Thank you for your giving which has made the relief work possible.

God bless,

Jan Milton
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610

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