Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nashville, Tennessee Flooding - #1797 - Responding to Nashville's Record Floods - Samaritan's Purse

Matthew West Volunteer Appeal - Responding to Nashville's Record Floods - Samaritan’s Purse is becoming a household name in Nashville as hundreds of men and women wearing blue, gray, or bright-orange T-shirts with the SP logo fan out across the area, helping residents reclaim their homes damaged by massive flooding in early May.  John and Mary Rapier were among the many people in dire need of assistance. After the floodwaters receded, the couple returned to their home to find mud-covered floors, ruined furniture, and water-logged walls.  The Rapiers were overwhelmed until a Samaritan’s Purse relief team arrived and offered to help. “We couldn’t have done this on our own,” John Rapier said. “It was a disaster.”  Read more........


Helping Flood Victims Recover - Samaritan's Purse - As you drive through the streets of Nashville, everything looks the same as it did before the recent floods—until you hit certain areas that are a little lower in elevation. There, piles of soaked belongings sit in yards as families try to determine if anything is worth saving.
  “You just see people carrying their stuff out and throwing it in a pile, trying to save stuff and preserve things but knowing they have to get rid of most of it,” said Tim Bertram, a youth pastor from Paducah, Kentucky, who recently volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse. “They’re trying to get their lives back together.”  Three weeks after the flooding started, many people are still not back in their homes. Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief staff and volunteers are working diligently to help these people while sharing the Gospel with them. Our teams have helped over 150 people since arriving in Nashville the first week in May.  Read more.......

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