Hurricane Irene Clean-Up: Service Opportunities.

From Bob Jeram.

It has only been several weeks since Hurricane Irene carved her path of destruction up the East Coast.  Many areas of Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont have been left devastated by the flooding that occurred.  Pat and I have just returned from participating in the cleanup in Schoharie, New York, a village of 950 people about 30 minutes west of Albany.  We joined in an effort arranged by our friends at Lutheran’s CARE.  While the exterior devastation is not as apparent as is found in New Orleans; as most of the damage is to the interior of homes that had 6 to 8 feet of water inside for around 18 hours.  The result of all this was no different than we found in New Orleans.  The 83 year old woman in whose home we were working was given 30 minutes to evacuate leaving a lifetime of memories to be destroyed under 6 feet of mud and water.  She wonders if her home will ever be the same within her lifetime.

Lutheran’s CARE will be returning to these devastated areas during three scheduled work dates: October 22nd & 23rd, November 12th & 13th and November 19th & 20th.  We, the community of St. Paul’s have the opportunity to join them.  Is God calling you to be there for all or part of these weekends?  If so, contact Bob Jeram for more details.


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