A little over two weeks ago, the people of West Virginia suffered one of the worst floods in the state's history. Around 23 people were killed and over 1,200 families' homes were damaged.
Rose and her family were some of the many victims of the torrential rainfall. The night of the storm, the waters rose quickly, rushing into Rose's home. She and her family evacuated their house and spent the night sitting on a hill next to it, painfully watching as the waters peaked at just underneath the roof of their home, pictured above (top left). Everything was destroyed.
As soon as the waters began to recede, IDES responded by sending cleaning supplies and 10 storage sheds to be distributed and built by volunteers through Gateway Christian Church in St. Alban's, WV. All 10 storage sheds were built by the end of the week under the coordination of our DART Coordinator (pictured with Rose on the right), giving 10 families a starting point for the rebuilding and clean up process. But, the recovery is far from over in the community.
Volunteers from all over the state showed up to help with the clean-up process and the building of the sheds. A few days after the 10th shed had been built for an affected family, Gateway Christian Church and IDES partnered together to organize a shipment of 20 more sheds which arrived last week on Wednesday, July 13th.
Each shed is hand-built by volunteers at the IDES headquarters, and filled with written words of encouragement and scripture. They are used as tools by the local church in a disaster zone to reach out into their own community and show the love of Jesus to those affected.
This week, nearly all of the sheds have been distributed to families in need, and there are only 2 more sheds to be erected out of the total 30 that were sent. We praise God for the generosity of our supporters who have given towards the flood victims, and for the many volunteers who have partnered with us through Gateway Christian Church to respond to this flood.
Disasters last much longer than just the day of the initial event. Recovery is a long-term process. Please continue to pray for all of those affected, that they may feel the love of God as IDES and other organizations continue to assist them during this troublesome time.