In October 2016 Freedom Church sent a small team to Bluffton, SC to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Our team was blown away by the destruction but overwhelmed by the Samaritan's Purse team and the heart of people from all over the U.S.
The first home we arrived to had a huge tree that had fallen directly on top of the house. The family that lived in the home had relocated from up north. They had been living here for a little over a year and he was assured that he was relocating far enough inland that his family would be safe from any major effects of hurricane. Welcome to the coast of South Carolina!
In a second location, there was a small mobile home park. Trees were down everywhere, but somehow not one tree landed on any of the mobile homes. It was evident that God’s protection was on them.
Americans from all over had arrived in the low country of South Carolina to lend a helping hand. There were people from other churches who sent down teams to serve. A company out of Virginia sent their heavy equipment to help remove big trees. One gentleman flew down by himself from the north just to offer his assistance. We were even more impressed with those we would call our senior citizens. They were working circles around everyone else. It was hard, dirty, sweaty work and I won't say anything about the mosquitos. What we experienced was simply amazing!
With everything that was going on in Washington, D.C. and even in our state governments one thing was evident; underneath all of the Democrat, Republican and Independent rhetoric, the heart that America was founded on was alive and well!
All these people who came together became the hands and feet of God, demonstrating God’s love that was guided by an organization called Samaritan's Purse. Any group or an individual can join and be a part of this amazing experience! This organization is extremely well organized and brings glory to God in difficulty situations.
They had huge tractor trailers that had separate showers for men and women. Another had an office and another had washers and dryers. There was a local church who allowed them to use their facility for their people to sleep. The volunteers were fed and had a place to shower and wash their clothes and were presented with a short training video. Every morning before leaving we would gather together and pray. The teams would go out and help with clean up. As soon as we were done at one location a ministry team would come in and we would all pray with the homeowners. They would present each homeowner with a bible signed by every member from the team and we would pray with them before we left. It was touching to see as some of those homeowners with tears in their eyes received Jesus into their heart. Samaritan's Purse recognized that loving the people was paramount to their hearts being open to receiving Christ into their lives.
It's times like these you may want to something but don't necessarily know what or how to help. I have shared some experiences with you related directly to the disaster that took place last fall in S.C. and now we have another opportunity to reach out to Texas.