Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
We are making headway on recovering from the flooding in three of our six church buildings. A great team of volunteers, staff, and professionals continue to dry out, pack up, clean up, move out, and set up for long-term temporary operations here. But the progress is slow and the unfolding reality of the job ahead is daunting. Sunday School, “Destination Discipleship” as we call it, has a dynamic curriculum with many supplies and weekly needs. We’re trying to figure out how to move, store, and use those for the next weeks.
Then there are the needs of the community! That’s where we are also beginning to focus our efforts. Some of those needs are happening in real time as members and neighbors reach out to one another for help. Some of it is happening as people begin to reach out to us for help and we put teams together to move possessions, tear out carpet, muck out water, and otherwise provide hands-on help.
This Sunday our Bible Study Communities will gather for a special project to aid the local community and do what we can to help. Some will go out to hand out “Flood Buckets”. Others will go door to door to see if we can help. We’re trying to do two things at once: recover our facilities and operations, and help the people of the community.
In the midst of all this, we are thankful for God’s patience and kindness toward us. He desires that we come to him in repentance and faith, and embrace his promises of forgiveness, love, mercy, and salvation. We, too, need to be patient as we deal with the realities of flood recovery in the days ahead.