Being the Difference
July 11, 2019
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
This week we had a huge opportunity to bring this direction from Paul to life. Areas of Coshocton County were hit with massive flooding. Our NewPointe family fully understands that Community Impact isn’t a day—it’s a way of life. It makes me so proud of our church family. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in this crisis with hands on help, and others who prayed. I want to give you an update and encourage us to continue doing all we can to respond.
- We had members of our Eight Days of Hope team doing assessments. The community of West Lafayette rallied together to clean out homes, and now the biggest need going forward is dehumidifiers to control remaining moisture. We are tremendously grateful that Eight Days of Hope sent us a trailer with several hundred dehumidifiers that were distributed.
- Over one hundred homes were damaged in the flood. Fifteen homes had structural damage (collapsed walls) while the rest have lost countless items of furniture, photo albums, personal belongings, and mementos. Almost nothing could be salvaged where the flood waters were. Imagine taking entire rooms from your house, with all their contents, and dragging them to the curb to be taken away.
- No one in West Lafayette had flood insurance. All repairs and recovery must be done out of pocket.
- Harold Dawson and our crew have been in close to 50 of those homes providing consolation, prayer, and supplies. Harold is an incredible guy with an equally amazing wife, Michelle. They have taken so much personal time to do this work. When you see them, please thank them! Harold and Michelle are going to be full-time missionaries with Eight Days of Hope at the end of this year. We are very excited for them and are showing it by supporting them financially.
- We were able to help a single mother with three kids. Their basement originally had four feet of water. This morning there was still eight inches of water to be removed. You can imagine the damage that occurred from water sitting for that long. There are more people like her needing help.
As you have read the update, because of the hearts you have there’s a good chance God has stirred your heart to do something. Act on it. Let us know what God is saying. Jesus said that whomever we see in need is our neighbor. Community Impact Day (CID) is July 28. Be sure to be part of this great opportunity to be Jesus to our neighbors. It makes a difference—NOW and THEN.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25