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Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, September 14, 2018, as a Category 1 hurricane, crippling the Carolinas with hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surges, flooding, and record rainfall. Residents, many of whom were forced to leave their homes for temporary shelter, returned home to deal with fallen trees, floodwaters, and debris.

You can help with this enormous recovery effort. Your contributions will assist in two ways:

First, CityLife, our Open Bible Church in Wilmington, North Carolina, is working to provide relief for many of its members caught by the storm. Pastor Mike Dickey is coordinating efforts to meet the needs of members of his congregation and community. (Read more about CityLife Church and their recent fire here.)

Second, Open Bible’s partner, Convoy of Hope, has a Disaster Services fleet and team in place, fully deployed in the field, prepositioning assets and setting up points of distribution in the areas hardest hit. The team will handle bulk distribution for storm survivors including food, water, emergency supplies, and hygiene kits, as needed.

Pastor Mike Dickey said,

Our CityLife Church family fared well through the storm. Everyone made it through safely; however, a couple families were displaced from their homes. This has been a big issue throughout the city – families whose apartments and homes are deemed unlivable, forcing families to uproot and find someplace else to live.

Many people have lost nearly everything inside their homes. While our city is getting back to normal, many people’s lives are not. Many jobs have been affected by the storm. Many schools are still closed. Many students, such as my own, will be off school for about a month’s time before returning.

Our church has been able to help with cleanup and tree trimming and we have also been able to partner with other organizations to help distribute food to our church family and others in the community.

To help provide relief for victims of Hurricane Florence, go to http://bit.ly/FlorenceOBC

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