Disaster Relief Update: Carrie, Kentucky
Disaster Relief efforts in Kentucky are still going full swing with CrossNet and other Tennessee Disaster Relief (TNDR) volunteers across the eastern half of the state. We have had volunteers on the ground for 32 days, starting two days after the flooding began.
The need in that region is still extremely great. Many of the people affected lack the resources to rebuild the homes that were lost, and they are still bringing their clothes, other belongings, and selves to be washed in the shower and laundry trailer.
Billie Sue Hamilton, who served in Kentucky in August and is a member of New Friendship Baptist Church, said, "It felt good to not just watch the news happen but to be there, helping, as the news was happening. I just did laundry. It was a small thing, but to them, it was a big thing."
She related that they were able to help bathe people's heirloom quilts, effectively saving them, and people who had not showered since the floods started were able to get clean. "It was extremely rewarding, at the end of the day. I was exhausted, but I'm ready to go again." Those sentiments have been echoed by other volunteers, some of whom have already gone more than once.
As a community of believers, you have already done so much for our brothers and sisters in Kentucky, and we are rejoicing at your generosity. So far, volunteers from Westwood, First Baptist- Cleveland, New Friendship, Meadowview, Mount Carmel, and First Baptist- Georgetown have sacrificed their time, energy, and money to selflessly serve the citizens of Eastern Kentucky. Across the Association, we have collected and sent over $25,000 to the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Tony Brown, the pastor at FBC Whitesburg, was a college roommate of Phil Taylor, but more than that, his church is right in the heart of the afflicted area. He is taking our donations and using them to minister directly to his community.
Currently, Michael Whitlatch and Roy Cross, from FBC Georgetown, are our volunteers on site. Next week, Robert and Connie Anderson from FBC Cleveland will be serving at Montgomery Baptist Church in Carrie. Please keep them in your prayers as they work to serve the Kingdom and the world.
We are still taking donations at CrossNet Baptist Network, and you can mail or hand-deliver them to 2707 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37323. Make checks payable to CrossNet or First Baptist Church- Whitesburg. If you wish to serve with us, on the ground in Carrie, KY, please call CrossNet at (423)476-5493.