Last week a crew of volunteers worked to replace the roofs of two homes that belong to members of Crown of Life in New Orleans.
Pastor Jonathan Kehl writes: “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints (2 Corinthians 8:1-4). Two things end up being extremely valuable following a storm like Ida – someone to help you immediately and someone the help you in the long haul. Both take a lot of energy and commitment, and unfortunately there are some who just don’t have that support they need. I can’t thank God enough for the support and prayers we have received at Crown of Life that poured in after the storm. The immediate support was so encouraging, as well as the long-term commitments to aiding our congregation and area in recovery. We were excited to see the crew of Christian Aid and Relief volunteers, who generously gave their time and vacations to show up in New Orleans. They spent a week repairing roofs damaged by hurricane Ida. Local congregations from our area joined them and tore off roofing, pulled up nails, repaired decking and laid down new shingles on two homes damaged by the storm. There’s more work to be done, but we’re well on our way to recovery. God never leaves his people! He provides for our spiritual needs as well as our daily needs. He gives us what we need now and what we need for the eternal long haul. He has given us a church body equipped with gifts and talents he uses to care for his people, and it’s evident in the recovery efforts in our city. Thank you for your eagerness in serving us in our time of need. Continue to pray for us in our recovery as your partners in the gospel!”
Thank you for your beautiful words, Pastor Kehl. Thank you to our faithful and dedicated volunteers! And thank you to all of you for supporting this kind of work with your gifts and your prayers! To God alone be all the glory!