We were unable to coordinate a trip to Texas to assist with the relief efforts there.
We have another opportunity to help in Florida, but need to act fast if we're going to participate. The dates are October 10-16. The church will cover the flights and rental car expenses, so you will only need money for food (during travel time - Samaritan's Purse will feed us while there) and incidentals. Lodging and tools and basically everything else will be provided by Samaritan's Purse. If you want to participate in this trip, you need to let Marianne Turner know immediately so she can coordinate. There is also information that you need to fill out online for Samaritan's Purse. Please contact Marianne IMMEDIATELY if you want to partipate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another opportunity which is not well defined yet is Puerto Rico. We support Jerry and Liz Harmon as missionaries there, and they are in need of help. I have been unable to contact them directly, but have learned through the pastor at their sending church in Massachusetts that they are still with us, staying in a shelter, and have had some significant damage to the roof of their home. The church building where they minister is not significantly damaged. Jerry's pastor is in contact with Jerry's son here in the States, and will let me know when he hears more. Jerry's pastor and I are trying to coordinate a joint effort between our two churches to send a team to Puerto Rico to help the Harmons. If you want to be on that team, please see me a.s.a.p.
A word about convenience and sacrifice. These things will not fit into anybody's schedules. It will be a sacrifice, no matter where we are in life. But it will also be an opportunity to live out Matthew 24:35-40. It would be wonderful if we could send two teams - one to Florida, and another to Puerto Rico.
Can you go? Will you go? Please pray and if possible, go. And if you can't go, or don't want to go, perhaps you would give to help somebody else go?7