*UPDATE – Monday, November 5th, 2018*
Hurricane Michael inflicted tremendous damage to communities served by the PCA. All three of our Panama City congregations suffered major damage. Two of the three physical plants suffered catastrophic damage with entire roof systems removed not only from their sanctuaries, but also from separate Christian Education, community outreach, and office buildings. Insurance proceeds are not even close to being adequate to rebuild these buildings and the congregations have asked MNA Disaster Response to assist them in their response to this catastrophic disaster. Dozens of PCA family’s homes, including pastor’s homes, have suffered major damage with some suffering total loss.
We have had multiple opportunities to send two Disaster Relief teams to our sister PCA churches in Quincy and Chattahoochee. Now we turn our efforts to our brothers and sisters in Panama City. We will be working through our denomination’s Disaster Relief of Mission to North America (MNA). We are ready to start building and sending teams. These teams are open to anyone 15 years+ with a willingness to serve (no special skills required).
Our next trips to serve will be:
- Friday, November 9 – Monday, November 12
- Friday, November 16 – Tuesday, November 20
Signup here –> https://bit.ly/2AIjIdl
What will we be doing?
The work could be in the community serving families or at one of the PCA churches. It will range from chainsaw work, roof tarping, debris removal, mucking out and general clean-up.
Where will we stay?
Lodging with separate sleeping quarters for men/women is provided at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center; please bring own bedding.
What about meals?
We will bring our own supplies for meals and are responsible for our own food preparation as a team.
Again, if you are interested in serving on either team, please sign up online at https://bit.ly/2AIjIdl.
Without a doubt all of us in some form or fashion have felt the impact that Hurricane Michael brought to our coast. Whether it was us directly, or our friends and family both here and in the surrounding region, there is quite a bit of recovery and clean-up to be done. This gives us as the Church an incredible opportunity to love our neighbors well and display the gospel of Jesus through our actions.
Here is a list of 6 ways you can serve our neighbors in need.
This is not a time to neglect the power of prayer on behalf of individuals, families and communities.
In fact, let’s pray with passion and urgency for our neighbors near and far, and let’s begin every effort in prayer.
Look for immediate opportunities around your neighbors and in your local circle of friends.
Remember, YOU are the Church. Be alert and creative to serve the needs of those God places in your path. Invite others to serve alongside you.
Feel free to build your own team, or let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a need our Wildwood Church family can help to meet.
3. Give Funds
Funding at this time is critical to support the disaster relief efforts around our region. You can give online to the following:
- Wildwood Church Disaster Relief fund (choose “Disaster Relief” from options)
- Mission North America (domestic outreach of our PCA denomination)
- Samaritan’s Purse
- World Vision
- Salvation Army
4. Give Supplies
St. Peter’s Anglican (4784 Thomasville Rd) has set up to receive supplies with drivers (see #5 below) regularly bringing supplies to Marianna and surrounding communities.
Please drop off directly at St Peter’s (not Wildwood, as this delays supplies getting to those who need them).
This is a list of specific supplies requested (it is important to donate only these items as teams do not have the time to sort through unlisted items):
- Adult diapers
- Baby/Infant diapers
- Baby formula
- Battery-operated flashlights and fans
- Bug spray
- Camp stoves with propane tanks
- Charcoal and matches or lighters
- Cleaning supplies
- First aid kits
- Gas cans with unleaded or diesel (labeled with fuel type, ethanol or non-ethanol)*
- Non-perishable food items
- Personal hygiene items
- Toilet paper
- Unscented wipes
- Water (bottled, sealed)
- Work gloves
*Gas cans can be picked up from St Peter’s to be filled and returned.
5. Bring Help
There is a need for more drivers with vehicles to transport supplies to Marianna, Blountstown, Quincy, Altha and others.
If you are willing and able, contact St. Peter’s Anglican at (850) 701-0664 for more info or Wildwood members Ben and Karen Chandler at email@example.com.
6. Give Blood
The need for blood never stops. You can help ensure a blood supply is ready. Click here to find a donor center or Big Red Bus.
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for news, pictures and updates on opportunities to serve around our community.
But remember, it all starts with prayer.
Let’s pray well as we serve well.