Thursday, October 19, 2017

Harvey and Irma Update

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear Friends,


Often, it is very easy to forget needs when those needs are not on the evening news.  Although not covered by the news networks now, there are still needs in the Harvey impact zone.  Please read the report by Greg Rife who is founder and director of Restore Ministries.”

“Jan, Quick update on our Hurricane Harvey relief status.  The homes that we are planning to remodel have all been gutted and are nearly dry and ready for re-construction.  We’ve asked churches around the country to adopt a home or perhaps partner with another church to do so and fund raising is under way.  We have decided to assist with reconstruction and fund raising for a couple of churches in the Beaumont/Baytown area as well.  Specifically, we need to raise about $50,000 for Victory Bible Baptist Church in Vidor, TX. We expect much of our time, effort and personnel to be focused on this project.  Anything you could do to help raise funds for this project would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your support and all you do.  Talk to you soon. In His Service, Greg Rife”

ORH will join with Greg in this project pledging $10,000.00 to repair homes and churches.  ORH thanks all who have donated toward Harvey making it possible.


Marathon Baptist Church

Pastor Wielander and his church, Marathon Baptist Church, are still caring for the people in Marathon, FL. They are providing donated appliances, and it has been very successful.  ORH helped with this project.  Pastor Wielander wrote the following.

     “What an unbelievable morning! We had about 100 NEW VISITORS this morning!

     Many I recognized from around town. Some I had invited to church but have never come, but The Lord brought them for an appliance.

     I gave them the gospel in Sunday School and main service. I told them that Jesus had another much greater gift that He wants them to receive, forgiveness of their sins through His blood that He shed on the cross for them. About 5 people raised their hand wanting Jesus Christ to be their savior.  Almost half raised their hand indicating they already receive Christ as Savior.

     Thank you very much for being a continual blessing!”

Please see the PDF for pictures.

Calvary Baptist Church

Through Pastor Travis Smith of Hillsdale Baptist Church, Tampa, FL, ORH has contacted Pastor Mike Robinson and Calvary Baptist Church in Marathon, FL.  ORH asked for a description of the church’s situation.

     “Thank you for contacting me.  It was a great blessing to talk to you this morning.  Per our conversation, here is a synopsis of the needs at Calvary Baptist in Marathon FL.

     The most pressing need is for a new roof.  We seriously…  need to put a metal roof on this building….  This town (and the Keys) have been devastated by Irma.  The media aren't talking about it, but the situation is dire.

     I secured a quote for a metal roof with a 10 year warranty for $45,000….  We have a pledge for half of that already.  That leaves a remaining need of $22,500 to get a roof put on the building….

     The entire first/ground floor of the church was flooded with 4 feet of sea water.  It is completely gutted and is a total loss.  I spoke to a general contractor in the church and we agree that the total loss is in the $100,000 range….

     However!  That's the situation with a church building….  We have been distributing food and cleaning supplies to the community in the midst of the wreckage.  What a blessing!  We have met many folks we may have never met without the storm.  What an opportunity to share Jesus!

     With all the damage down here, technology isn't working just yet.  The only phone working is my cell phone.  Pass it on!  305-619-0253…  God bless you all.  Praise His Holy Name!  Mike”

Pray for this pastor.  ORH hopes to help the church with $10,000.00 for repairs.  Pray for the money to help this brother in Christ restore the church.

Fort Myers, Florida

Pray for Pastor Guy Altizer and a work team from Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC.  The team will help an elderly couple restore their home.  Pastor Altizer met the family through Winkler Road Baptist Church, Pastor Don Strange while on another ORH mission.  Pastor Altizer needs extra workers for this project at the end of this month.  Please contact Windows of Heaven Ministries, 864-906-4647.

There is much to be done.  ORH and all its friends are thankful to do the work.

If you wish to give by check, please send the check to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please designate the gift for your specific purpose using “My preference is” then stipulate your preference.

God bless,

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope

1017 Sage Green Ct.

Raleigh, NC 27610


(As per counsel, for the benefit of our donor’s tax deductible donations, Operation Renewed Hope has added the following statement.  The IRS requires that Operation Renewed Hope retain control over distribution of all donations; therefore, please use the designation description “My preference is” before the designated reason for the donation.  Thank you for helping ORH honor you and the IRS.)

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