3trees Disaster Response
Eastern North Carolina
I know our 3trees church body is just like our 3trees staff - overwhelmed by the continual images of the disaster that is still unfolding in the Southeast; concerned for the people that had nowhere to go, and waters are still rising around them; knowing friends, family, loved ones in the affected region that have lost everything ... and wanting to do something about it.
3trees is a church that finds needs, and meets them in the Name of Jesus. With the needs of Eastern North Carolina now very much known, this is the formal call to help all those suffering in wake of Hurricane Florence.
We are partnering with the organization Samaritans Purse, which is already on the ground in the affected region. Though it has been days after the storm finally passed, the flood waters are only just now beginning to recede, and in partnership with local churches, Samaritan’s Purse has begun tarping damaged roofs, removing downed trees and limbs, clearing debris, and mudding out flooded houses in Jesus’ Name.
3trees intends to support Samaritan's Purse in their response to this crisis in the following ways:
PLEASE NOTE: Samaritan’s Purse is NOT accepting material donations at this time, and 3trees is not collecting nor distributing material donations, food, or supplies on their behalf. Our partners on the ground are not a distribution network - rather, they provide hands-on disaster relief to get people back in their homes, and to a new normal, as quickly as they can. In our experience, the logistical costs to transport any materials we collect are very high (many bottles of water can weigh a literal ton) – it’s possible the good that was intended through your generous donations of food, water, or clothing may be overshadowed by the actual expense to distribute them.
Lastly, we invite you to join all of us in praying for those who have been affected by this storm, as well as the dedicated organizations and volunteers striving to meet the most critical needs in Jesus’ Name. May we also continue to give thanks together, that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Believing with all of you that what was intended to harm God's children in Eastern North Carolina, will now work out for their good - and the glory of our God.