ALWAYS READY 2SERVE!
ALWAYS READY 2SERVE!
Atlanta Adventist Academy
Southern Adventist University
Tri-City Christian Academy
Harbert Hill Academy
Don & Talene Howe
Tom & Pam Brito
Pastor David Graham Carolina Conference ACS Director
The New Bern Seventh-day Adventist head elder Mark Rankin and Treasurer Sam Ruis for allowing us to stay at their church
The New Bern Temple Baptist Church Family Life Pastor Bennett Halloway for sharing work order with us
Christ In Action team for allowing us to use their showers
“This was an incredible experience that I would definitely repeat again. The miracles that I was able to see and hear were incredible. This experience grew my faith in ways I didn’t expect. I’m so glad I could be part of this important mission work and play the role of serving the communities affected by loss.”
When I was asked to write up what it was like to work alongside the 2Serve Disaster Relief Team, to be honest it is difficult to write into words. 2Serve was selfless and servant hearted in every aspect of the terms. They worked hard to serve a community they didn’t know because they were sent on a mission by God, only through the power of Jesus Christ.
Many families will never know their names, but will always remember their impact. These students showed homeowners the love of Christ while also being sensitive to the difficult season of life our community went through.
Let me share my personal experience with the leadership:
Jim Ingersoll called me at 8:30 on the evening of one of the toughest days I had personally had the entire hurricane. All day I had been at my house with my wife sorting through our children’s items and throwing away half of all we own. I had send everyone I could to other people’s homes and stepped away to work on mine. While I was there my phone kept ringing. Time after time it was a phone call of desperation and also frustration. Others were hurting and needing hope, but we were not able to help people fast enough. We were limited by our man power. I sat on my porch exhausted and very emotional, took our kids to the house we were bunking at, put them down and I headed back to my house to try to lock up and make sure nothing was left outside that shouldn’t be. On my way, as it got dark, I got yet another phone call. On the other side was a man’s voice who was calm, comforting, and simply asked if I could meet with him tonight up at the church.
Based on my day, you can imagine how I wanted to respond!, but I felt like I needed to meet with him anyway. So I stood in the lobby of the church when three people walked in and met with me in the WAR room. Jim sat across from me and asked me how things are going, how I am doing, and a woman named Debbie asked if my house was damaged.
This was a meeting I will never forget, and the beginning of an encounter from God. 2serve came into my church being an answer to a prayer I had not prayed yet. They were a blessing from the Lord and I will never forget that moment. From that night on Debbie, Jim and their team worked hard, served the people of our community and did it with such grace and love. They came into my life and ministered to me personally.
To you and your ministry, I tell you thank you. To your students, I tell you thank you.
I pray that all of those who served encountered God in your serving as I have experienced myself. I could write you another 10 pages about your impact and the imprint of Christ you placed on SO MANY home here in Eastern North Carolina.
1500 Kingdom Way
New Bern, NC 28560
I am still shocked beyond belief! Jim and his crew showed up to my rental house today. I had several trees down in my yard. They said, “How about some free help?” They proceeded to get trees and debris out of my yard. People kept showing up to help. I was truly amazed at their kindness and willingness to help. It was one of the most touching experiences of my life. Thank you so much! Jim, Courtney, Brianne and the rest of the crew, you are angels!
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