The Greenwich Hurricane Response Mission Team is now complete and will begin their work in Key West, Florida on Monday, October 16. Two team members will begin their journey on Saturday, October 14, driving the relief supplies donated by the Greenwich Community to the Florida Keys, with remaining 6 members arriving via Fort Lauderdale Airport, then to the Keys on Monday as well. The team hopes to distribute all of the relief supplies including buckets of work tools during the early part of the week. Our team will partner with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response, serving as our hands and feet on the ground in Key West. They are hosted by Glad Tidings Chapel, Key West, Florida, and will be doing demolition and repairs on homes and business damaged by Hurricane Irma. The teams’ work will be directed by Samaritan’s Purse. The team plans to return to Greenwich late on the evening of Friday, October 20. As we are “Serve as Senders”, part of our responsibility is to offer encouragement, moral support and prayers for them as they will experience an intense work schedule, visit with and witness to the storm victims.
The outpouring of gifts, supplies, and financial support has been beyond expectations. Again, thank you Greenwich Church family. In the near future, we will begin planning to follow up with a “rebuilding” trip to one of the Hurricane affected areas. Please continue to pray and support our missionaries, mission partners, missions programs and our Global and Local Missions Committees.
Help with packing of the rental truck will also be needed next week. Times for packing have not been determined as of this time. If you can help at anytime next week, contact Mike Simms, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-887-8658.
Thanks to the generous contributions to Hurricane Relief by the Greenwich Community, in addition to sending 8 missionaries to Key West Florida the week of October 16, we are also glad to announce that your donations have made it possible to provide assistance to Puerto Rico. Manuel Gonzalez, friend of Greenwich Church is traveling to his home in the mountains of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 4, to assist with recovery efforts near his hometown and surrounding community. No electricity, no potable water, little fuel if any, limited bank withdrawals and lack of communications are making life without cash very challenging a best.
Greenwich Church has provided funds to Manuel that will be used in the recovery efforts as he may determine, while he will be eyes, hands and feet on the ground in the coming days.
Pray for safe travel, comfort, strength and courage as he makes his journey back to his homeland.
Mike Simms presents Manuel Gonzalez with donations made
possible by the generous members of the Greenwich Church community.
Greenwich has several ways our church family can participate in a meaningful and strategic response to the recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and other states:
Austin Disaster Relief Network
Churches of Greater Austin Bringing Hope into Crisis.
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