Update... October 2018
Atlantic District Hurricane Relief giving makes a difference as we support the ongoing work after Hurrican Florence
Early on September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina. This immense storm was extremely powerful, claiming the lives of 53 people. It caused massive flooding, extensive wind damage, widespread property destruction and power outages in the Carolinas and Virginia.
As Florence was a very slow-moving storm, record-breaking amounts of rain fell in this area saturating the ground leaving a path of destruction. After the rain had subsided, rivers and waterways continued to rise even after the storm had passed and flooding continued and expanded throughout the region. Florence has moved on, but the disaster is not over. New areas are dealing with flooding, and flooding continues unabated in some areas. Damage is still being assessed.
The Atlantic District LCMS responded through the compassionate giving of congregations, needed assistance is being distributed to communities that have been devastated. The Atlantic District has collected over $13,000.00 so far for Hurricane Florence Relief, which is being forwarded to the Southeastern District for direct distribution to hurricane victims. These funds have bought gift cards, paid for food, cleaning supplies, and more. This helps in reaching out with hands of love and Engaging the World with the Gospel of Hope.
"I gave Mary Beth Clark, Maxton, NC, two gift cards. Her mobile home roof was ripped off during Hurricane Florence. She lost most of her possessions and is staying with family members. Mary Beth has four boys, and they are living out of suitcases until they can find suitable housing. Mary Beth works on staff at the Lumberton High School cafeteria and is eager to get her family back to a stable, predictable routine. She was very thankful for the gifts. They’ll help her as she transitions from temporary housing to a more stable, permanent housing situation."
--Pastor Greg Williamson, Fayetteville, NC
Like the Churches in Acts who supported the Church in Jerusalem during the famine, we continue to reach out in prayer and aid to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Pastor Derek Lecakes
Atlantic District President/Bishop
Donations can be made to the Southern District to help recovery efforts