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Report: Helping after Hurricane Irene

September 06, 2011

Family and Friends,

While the wind and rain from Hurricane Irene have faded, many will deal with the effects for many days to come. We wish to thank all those who have responded to serve those in need.

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Mid-Atlantic will continue to post updates connecting those in the best position to help those in need with individuals like you that desire to help.

We encourage you to read all the press releases since many items will not be repeated. You are encouraged to monitor our website, which will be the primary means of posting the press releases. www.macuniversity.edu

Mid-Atlantic did organize one of the first groups of volunteers, Sept 2, 3, and 4, 2011. Many students, along with friends from First Christian Church Ministries (Kernersville and High Point, NC), Towne South Church of Christ (Elizabeth City, NC), and Hanover Church of Christ (Mechanicville, VA), were able to assist with clean up in about fourteen homes. They also did most of the clean up at the Lowland Church of Christ building. We are very thankful for the opportunity to serve those in need. We are especially thankful for First Christian's providing the food for our workers. We also give special thanks to several members of Mid-Atlantic's men's basketball team that assisted in the clean up.

Team coordinator Keith Wood states, "While only there for a few days, this team of about 40 volunteers worked extremely hard. Many locals commented about not only how hard the team was working, but also how much was accomplished. However, I believe the team was blessed in seeing the resolve of the community and how they were pulling together to help one another as well. In the midst of the devastation many were still rejoicing in the blessings of God. There is still much to be done. I pray many others will be able to come and help these great folks rebuild their homes and lives!"

Share with God's people who are in need. Romans 12:13

Pamlico Beach, Lowland, and surrounding areas have been hit very hard by Hurricane Irene, as has Hatteras Island. As we become aware of other nearby areas in need of help, we will post them.

Mid-Atlantic's primary role is biblical higher education, the university would like to continue serve as a link during this time to connect those who wish to help with those who are in the best positions to serve. Future work teams will be organized by the following churches and agencies:

 

DART - a ministry of IDES -  Kent Gurganus, minister, phone 252-943-1606, coordinator of a local DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team), has crews working each day.

IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services) -  PO Box 60, Kempton, IN 46049-0060, phone 765- 947-5100, ides@ides.org , www.ides.org

Lowland Church of Christ - Cathy Lupton, phone 252-229-1167, is coordinating serving the community of Lowland with area churches. Donations can be sent to Lowland Church of Christ, 5906 Lowland Road, Lowland, NC 28552. The current need is for generators. Power is expected to be restored on Saturday or Sunday. The Lowland Church of Christ building has suffered significant water damage.

St. Clairs Church of Christ -Craig Hagen, minister, phone 252-943-7741, is coordinating serving the community of Pamlico Beach. Donations can be sent to St. Clairs Church of Christ, 9814 NC Hwy 99 South, Bath, NC 27808. The St. Clairs Church of Christ building has had minor damage.

Broad Creek Christian Church - Jeff Swain, minister, phone 252-675-9688 or jeff@bccchurch.com. The church is coordinating work crews. Donations can be sent to Broad Creek Christian Church, 45 Olymia Rd., New Bern, NC 28560.

Haw Branch Church of Christ, Chocowinity, NC - Jason Kirkman, minister, phone 252-945-8341, coordinator of work crews

Two Rivers Church of Christ - David McCants, lead minister, phone 252-571-36678 or david@tworiveschurch.com . The church is coordinating work crews. Donations can be sent to Two Rivers Church of Christ, 1822 Glenburine Rd., Ste. 6 PMB 380, New Bern, NC 28562

Eastern North Carolina Christian Men's Fellowship -  Philip Alligood, phone 252-333-8923

Eastern North Carolina Christian Minister's Fellowship - Daniel West, phone 252-532-5557, or Ron Stuart, phone 252-207-8526

World Compassion Network - Helping with flood relief in Windham, New York. Food, flood clean up kits, clean up teams. www.w-c-n.org phone 574-267-5427

www.facebook.com/goodnightIreneNC DeAnna, Neighbors helping neighbors in Eastern NC


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Local churches are in the best position to serve the community. As a Bible college, our direct contact is primarily with the churches. Therefore, our list will be focused on but not limited to churches in the affected areas that serve those in need. We are confident that more churches than those listed above are serving these communities, but we are not aware of them at this time.

If you are serving those in need at this time and would like to have your contact information posted, please contact the Office of the President, Clay Perkins, 252-334-2004, clay.perkins@macuniversity.edu.

Please join us in praying for all those affected by Hurricane Irene. As we become aware of opportunities to serve the communities around Mid-Atlantic Christian University, we will post them on our website. Thank you for your offers to serve others in need.

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Be kind and compassionate to one another. Ephesians 4:32 

Serving those who serve,  

Clay

D. Clay Perkins, Ph.D President

Mid-Atlantic Christian University