PRESS RELEASE | Thursday, June 30
Liberty University Students Serving in West Virginia
June 30, 2016 | Lynchburg, Virginia: Four feet of water quickly filled the house of one elderly woman in Rupert, West Virginia last week from the heavy rains. She found refuge on top of her washing machine until crews on a rescue boat saved her hours later.
This is just one story encountered by SBC of Virginia volunteers as they assist families impacted by the recent flooding. Yesterday, eight Liberty University (LU) students were able to gut five feet of drywall from an elderly lady’s home in time for the National Guard to pick up the debris and remove from the street curb.
Today, LU students are removing more than two inches of mud from White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. One shovel full of mud at a time, volunteers are filling up wheelbarrows and dumping the mud outside the church walls. This hard work and time consuming project is getting the church one day closer to opening again while the pastor grieves of the death of one of his own family members who drowned in the flood waters.
The SBC of Virginia feeding unit in Elkview, West Virginia continues to feed 7,000 people daily. Volunteers are making a difference in the lives of many. If you want to be part of this mission, please donate online where 100% of the contributions go to SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief efforts. The collection of Flood Buckets that include basic cleaning supplies and necessities are also welcomed during this time. To learn more about this and other ways to donate, visit the SBC of Virginia website: sbcv.org/floodrelief.
Furniture and appliances have been requested for families in the Covington, Virginia area. Fincastle Baptist Church members are collecting these items at their church location. Coordinators are asking for new or gently used sofas, tables, chairs, mattresses, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more.
To learn more about items needed and when and where to drop off, go to the Fincastle Baptist Church website, Fincastlebaptist.org.
Photos, videos, and interviews from the flooded areas are available at the request of the SBC of Virginia media office.
Director of Communications & Media
SBC of Virginia
The SBC of Virginia is a fellowship of more than 670 Southern Baptist churches dedicated to mobilizing for missions, making disciples, and planting churches across Virginia and around the world. We’re supported by the giving through the Cooperative Program and the Vision Virginia Missions Offering.