Samaritan’s Purse volunteers have been busy in Nebraska since March 22 assisting communities after catastrophic flooding struck the Midwest. They have been helping dozens of homeowners remove debris and damaged belongings and offering encouragement in Jesus’ Name.
“You know it was a perfect storm really. Huge storm system came through, fell on frozen ground, fell on a lot of snow and caused a lot of melting and a ton of water starting flowing down rivers and overflowing the embankments and flooding many houses in the area.” – Lynn Brown, Homeowner
Among these homeowners are long-time Operation Christmas Child volunteers Charlotte Young and her husband Ron. The flood-weary couple has been serving with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project for the past two decades helping to provide gifts to children in need all around the world. In their own home town, though, they found themselves on the receiving end of a Samaritan’s Purse gift at their flooded property last week.
Volunteers mudded-out their family residence of 35 years where several feet of water destroyed drywall and violently shifted their belongings. “It was like a tornado inside a house,” Ron said.
“I never dreamed that I would ever call Samaritan’s Purse [for help],” Charlotte said. “I never had any idea that it would happen.” Still, the couple thanked God for sending Samaritan’s Purse to them. “People coming in orange shirts—this is my first day to feel relieved,” she said.
After they received a Billy Graham Study Bible signed by the volunteers who worked on their home, the couple smiled through tears.
“You feel some of that hope of Jesus Christ being on the [receiving] side,” Ron added. “It’s full circle.”
As Samaritan’s Purse continues to respond to devastating flooding in eastern Nebraska, please continue to pray for these affected families and for our team of volunteers serving in Jesus’ Name.
U.S. Disaster Relief
Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, teams of volunteers often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.
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