“…the voice of the Lord saying: ‘Whom shall I send’...” Isaiah 6:8
I’d always heard people say “be careful what you pray for because you just might get it” and wondered what the negative might be on that. It seemed like it would be a good thing to receive something you had wanted. Once we began serving in ministry, I learned that when you ask God to send help somewhere, be ready to pack your bags.
Following our service in Georgetown, God continued to allow us to respond as part of disaster relief teams to help the families impacted by South Carolina’s “historic flood.” We prayed that God would send volunteers, so He answered that prayer by having Jack become the director of RebuildSC in April 2016. RebuildSC, a grant-funded initiative of SC Baptist Disaster Relief, was created to rebuild houses damaged in the flood. Jack provided assistance to the two work sites: Georgetown (coordinated by Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief) and Johnsonville (coordinated by North Carolina Baptists on Mission). We are forever grateful for our neighboring states who gave selflessly to help us. When Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in October 2016 caused damage in both SC and NC, North Carolina Baptists on Mission left Johnsonville to address the devastation in their own state. Jack and I moved our camper to the parking lot of Johnsonville Baptist Church and became the on-site coordinators.
What amazing volunteers God sent to serve in Johnsonville! More than 2600 volunteers came from 13 states. They represented 392 churches of 17 denominations and 14 colleges. They installed metal and shingle roofs. They rebuilt floor joists, replaced sub-floors and installed laminate flooring. They rebuilt windows, doors, ceilings and walls. They built steps, ramps, decks and porches. They replaced toilets and showers and sinks. They installed cabinets and shelves. They restored families by showing God’s love.
In June 2017 we moved our camper to Marion County and began ministering in the town of Nichols which had been under 3 ½ feet of water for a week and a half following Hurricane Matthew. Again, God provided volunteers to serve the families whose lives had been forever changed by rain.
Just as we thought RebuildSC was winding down, Hurricane Florence hit South Carolina in September 2018 and we moved to Conway. Through the generosity of North Conway Baptist Church, Jack and I lived in a Sunday school classroom for eight months as we coordinated volunteers to serve. The program ended in September 2019 but God gave us one more family to serve…