Hurricane Matthew Clean-Up Report

by Rev. Eric B. Watkins, Pastor, Covenant OPC, St. Augustine, FL (October 26, 2016)


Storm debris on the dunes of Florida

Following Hurricane Matthew, Covenant OPC in St. Augustine, Florida, is overwhelmed by God’s many mercies. The past month has been a whirlwind (pardon the pun) in many ways.

Several families were hit pretty hard by the hurricane, and while many lost property, we praise God that no one was hurt. It was truly God’s grace that the storm veered away as it did.

We also praise God for the way in which the church here has responded to one another’s needs. It has been very heartening for me to see the church ‘in action’ this way. Last Saturday there were four different work parties serving in different places, including a group that came up from Lake Sherwood OPC (Orlando, FL). We thank the Lord for gestures of prayer and service by those in and outside of the presbytery.

While most have rounded the corner into repairs, there is one family we are still trying to help through a difficult situation, as their house (a mobile home) is basically uninhabitable due to water and mold, but they had no insurance. They had an initial meeting with FEMA, but have not heard back. In the meantime, their kids are living with us. Please pray that God will resolve this soon.

We have also been contacted by our Presbytery Diaconal Committee about possibly helping us help this family if FEMA does not step up.


The driveway of a home in Florida, where the beach came across the road and into the house.





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