Operation Blessing is on the ground in hurricane-ravaged North Carolina with a message of hope. They are serving hot meals, assisting in the cleanup process, and working diligently to help people get back on their feet.
- [Reporter] After routingaround closed highways
and making it through flooded streets,
the Operation Blessingteam set up to serve meals
to families in need inLumberton, North Carolina.
- Oh y'all were a blessing.
- There's not enoughthank yous to go around.
It's like speechless,especially that we got children.
- [Reporter] This is one of the areas
hardest hit by Hurricane Florence.
Pastor Mike Bowen is doing his best
to help his congregation.
- Our town's in dire straitsright now and in drastic needs,
but this time, it hit land and slowed down
and kept dropping rain forover 48 hours to our town.
- [Reporter] Step oneis getting people water
and getting them fed.
- It was really, really ablessing that y'all came in
and it helped us a lot.
- So we're serving hot meals back here.
Over here we have palletsof water stacked up,
ready to give to people.
We have an entire truckloadof food to help people.
And pretty soon, we'rereally gonna help them
start the clean-up process.
We've got a trailer filled with demolition
and clean-up equipment.
We're taking people's names,getting their requests,
and pretty soon, we'rereally gonna help them
get back on their feet.
In the weeks ahead, oncethe floodwaters subside,
Operation Blessing willbe saving people's homes.
Right now, people are justgrateful for a hot meal.
- It's a blessing, really.
I just want to thank them so much
because, without them, whoknows what we would be doing
and where we would get it from.
- [Reporter] Pastor Bowensaid he deeply appreciates
those who support thework of Operation Blessing
for helping the community
and the members of thechurch in Lumberton.
- I wanna say thank y'allagain for giving to our church.
The Bible says you'restoring up treasure in heaven
by doing this.