Sunday, July 16, 2006

Philippians 4:19

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

Thank you... all who contributed... for those who prayed and those who sent necessities and other things. The car was packed to the hilt with donations for those in need. The flooding in Conklin, NY a couple of weeks ago devastated many homes and businesses near the Susquehanna River. The Valentine's have a dear friend who lived in this area, whose home is no longer livable due to the massive destruction of this flood. We set out with this one woman (Terri) particularly on our mind, but as she unfolded the multitude of things, she was already thinking of those less fortunate than herself. Bless her heart.

Mom and I went on somewhat of a drive-thru tour to survey the damage. WOW is all I can say. There is a rotten smell about the town and rightfully so. There are homes that have been condemned. There are others attempting to salvage something if only the very frame of their home. Garbage is piled high... really high.

Now this was an interesting sight. (picture below) We spotted this shed upturned on someone's driveway. When we got back, we told the Valentine's about it and they said "That's right where Terri lived!" I'm not sure if the house in the picture was her actual home, or if she just lived close by? Maybe someone can confirm for us? Anyway, they tell me that this shed did not belong to this home... it floated and landed there. Imagine that! There was another shed that floated and landed upright in a field beside this house. They say that when the search crews came through checking homes and sheds, that they opened it up and found an entire family of woodchucks in it!

This was a very interesting and rewarding trip. These few pictures cannot even begin to tell the story. There were Red Cross stations and churches offering free meals and assistance to those in need. The local school had a sign reading "Shower's Open" and I was told that their gymnasium was filled with clothes and other necessities for those in need. It certainly renewed the gratefulness in my own heart for all the blessings in my life. Again, THANK YOU to all that donated. These few items delivered to Terri certainly warmed her heart. She is most grateful. I trust that the Lord's glory has shown in abundance as a result of your giving... for He is the "Great Provider."

1 comment:

Wendy said...

This was originally Terris house that she sold to her landlord. She rented in it for a while, and then moved into a smaller one right next door which you cant see...but yes...that shed does not belong there.