Category: Hurricane Irma

by David Nakhla, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator (January 18, 2018) David Nakhla, Joel King, Bill Welzien, Bob Keys, Kathy Keys at Mallory Square in Key West, FL For the past two days, Regional Disaster Response Coordinator Joel King, Deacon Bob Keys, and I have been in Key West, Florida, to assess the status of post-Hurricane Irma disaster response efforts. We

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NEW HORIZONS, December 2017: “Why has God blessed us? So that we would be a channel of God’s blessing to others.” That’s why the church in Ada sent a team, he said . . .

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The Lord has already seen fit to use this storm for Pastor Bill Welzien and others to witness to neighbors and friends further, and our hope continues to be that the Lord would see fit to use this time to call others unto Him . . .

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Because of the work that we were able to do on behalf of our neighbors, the reputation of our works of service and our church have risen significantly. We are praying for many opportunities to invite neighbors to worship the Lord and visit us at Christ the King OPC . . .

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The team was able to finish with the debris at Pastor Bill Welzien’s house, do work at members Doug and Priscilla Weeks’ house, and at the home of a friend of Bill’s.  This friend, who doesn’t attend Keys OPC, was overwhelmed with the support shown to him and came to church the following Sunday . . .

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God’s grace was truly evident to us through the recent hurricane.  I would like to share a couple of tokens of that grace . . .

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Join those who are saying “yes” to volunteering for the disaster relief work in Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Both skilled and unskilled labor is needed!

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The debris that is scattered everywhere is overwhelming to see. The sheer volume of the debris is substantial, as most trees across the Keys are either down or stripped bare. There is much work to be done in the community . . .

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“… it’s a huge deal. Huge.” To her, the pastor-led volunteer group was a gift from heaven . . .

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What a great day this was with the team from Michigan and the Haitian Hurricane Heroes. Thanks for your prayers! Tomorrow we will be working in our neighborhood, The Shores. Please pray for opportunities to share the hope of Christ . . .

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Brothers and sisters, there is much to thank the Lord for with this initial report… More details will be forthcoming as more assessments will be made on others homes and property . . .

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The following reports have come in thus far from our churches that were in the path of Irma . . .

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Good morning from Naples on what will most likely be, simply put, a day of enormous calamity here in Southwest Florida . . .

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It has been surreal here the last few days not knowing where this storm will make landfall: People are on edge all over town as I’ve seen loud parking lot arguments, road rage incidents, and shopping-cart-rage incidents in stores! Some gas stations have long lines down the street, others are completely empty because they have no more gas . . .

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Reports from around Haiti are encouraging. There was some flooding in the north, but nothing as bad as people expected. We are grateful for your prayers and the fact that the path of the storm was well to the north of Haiti . . .

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We are OK. The structure of our church didn’t suffer any damage. All the members are OK, to my knowledge. The only problems are: electricity and water. We praise the Lord that He preserved us from that huge Hurricane . . .

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