Dear Family and Friends of the Diocese,
Thank you for your continued prayers and concern for us in North Carolina. Even though at times it seemed Florence would never leave our state, it finally moved on. Thankfully, to our knowledge, every parishioner in our diocese is safe and returning home. There are many facing physical clean up and rebuilding, but overall our churches fared very well.
That is certainly not true for many others. As you know, the people hardest hit are invariably those with the fewest resources. The stories of those in poverty who have lost everything are heartbreaking. It is particularly important in our Christian calling that we walk with them and support them as they rebuild their lives.
Our two churches in the most affected areas, Resurrection Church (Hope Mills, NC) and Christ Our Hope Anglican Church (Wilmington, NC) are both working on the ground in their respective cities to help with relief efforts. Other DCH churches and parishioners in North Carolina have already volunteered to come alongside these two churches both in practical ways and with financial support. We want to open the opportunity for everyone in the DCH family to join in.
Resurrection Church has partnered with the North Carolina Baptist Association’s relief efforts in Lumberton, NC. Here is a link to a very informative report from Rector Elijah Lovejoy on the situation there. Christ Our Hope Anglican Church is partnering in a similar way with churches who have agreed to work together in a concerted effort in Wilmington. Parallel to the work with the Baptists in Lumberton, the Wilmington effort is coordinated by Mission to America, an outreach arm of the Presbyterian Church in America. As Rector Curt Solomon said in an email, “You would be proud and thankful for what the CHURCH is uniting to do here for the sake of the poorest and hardest hit of our community.”
In addition, we are participating with the broader efforts of the ACNA that are being funneled through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. ARDF has already committed to coming alongside the work of our two local churches.
We need help for months ahead from anyone and any church who is able to contribute. If you’d like to help financially, please send generous contributions of any size to the Diocesan Office (PO Box 52449, Durham, NC 27717), clearly marked “FLORENCE”. We will divide all monies in half and send equal parts to these two churches. If you’d like to help with physical presence or supplies, please contact either Elijah Lovejoy (Elijah@resurrectionpeople.com / (336) 207-5216) or Curt Solomon (email@example.com / (919) 422-9748) directly. We will be reporting regularly about what God is doing through his people on the ground.
As with all disasters of this sort, this will be a marathon effort. Pray for perseverance, strength, and abundant resources, as we seek to serve God and those in need throughout the coming months. As you continue to consider your own gifts and offerings, remember that the needs we are involved in meeting will be continue for months ahead.
Standing on the Rock of Jesus,