Samaritan's Purse Responds to North Carolina's Flooded Communities With Much-Needed Disaster Aid
- Tell us about North Carolina, right now.
I was just there myself over the weekend
and we know that riversare cresting or are
about to crest there, have you been able
to get into the hard-hitareas, like Wilmington
where access is extremely limited?
- We are, we are in Wilmington,
We got in there yesterday morning.
We are in Jacksonville andwe're also in New Bern,
North Carolina, so we havethree sites that are set up
and some areas are stillvery difficult to get to,
as you've mentioned, some of these rivers
have not crested yet, soit's gonna take, maybe
another three or fourdays for us to be able
to get into some of the harder-hit areas,
but we're there and ascommunities open up,
we're gonna be in there.
- And in those hard-hitareas, like Wilmington,
New Bern, where you areable to be right now,
how are you helping people?
What are you finding is going on?
- Well first of all, we've set up
a place where people cancome or they can call in,
and ask for us, for help and what we do is
we fill out a work order,'cause we can't get
on a person's propertywithout their permission
and so, they give us awork order of what they
want accomplished, ifit's a tree that's blown
over on their house, we'llcome in with chainsaws
and a team of peopleand cut that tree off.
If it's a hole in theroof, if they want us
to repair that hole, we can'tdo the permanent repair,
but we can do a temporary repair to keep
the house dry and we'llput tarps in there.
We also, for peoplethat have been flooded,
we'll come in and with a team of people
and mud out their home,that's actually, take the mud
out of the house, wash the house and then
take down the Sheetrock that is wet
and expose the studding of the house
so that we can sprayit with bleach and then
let the house dry out.
The problem with anytimeyou have a flood, is mold
and we're just gonna help thehomeowners save their house.
- Yeah, so many practical needs
and so much nitty-gritty work.
You and other faith-basedorganizations are recruiting
volunteers, I know, tohelp with rebuilding
and all of this- Yes
- remediation work andof course we know FEMA
and other governmentagencies will be involved,
but how important arevolunteers in this effort?
- Oh, they're the spearhead.
We would not be able to dothis without the volunteers
and of course Samartian'sPurse needs volunteers
and as you mentioned, other faith-based
groups and when they comein, they-re gonna need
volunteers and if a personwould like to be a part
of it, they could go to ourwebsite, samaritanspurse.org,
and they can click on thelink there and they can
see how they can be apart of this and how they
can come and, if they wanna spend a day,
or two days, or a week, wejust needs hands and feet,
'cause this is thespearhead of the recovery.
Without volunteers, manyof these people will
not be able to get out of this hole
that they'll find themselves in.
- How is this for you are responding
to this disaster in your own backyard?
- Well, it's always difficult to respond
to any disaster, whether it's our backyard
or whether it's somebody else's backyard,
the needs are the same.
One of the things wedo, Heather, of course,
our focus is always the spiritual.
We take teams of chaplainsfrom the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Associationand as our Samaritan's Purse
teams are helping to mudout a home, we've got
chaplains talking to the homeowner.
Praying with them, askingwhat their prayer needs are,
but at the same time, many ofthem don't know Jesus Christ
and we want them to knowthat God loves them,
He hasn't turned hisback on them and that God
sent his son Jesus Christfrom heaven to this earth
to take our sins and He died on a cross
and God raised Him to life, and Jesus can
come into any heart that'swilling to invite Him
and to trust Him and so,part of our work, of course
is mudding out the homesand helping to clean debris
from a person's lot, but themost important part of it,
is the spiritual part, that we will
be doing at the same time.
- Well, we are out oftime, but appreciate your
message and your work, thankyou so much Revered Graham.
- Thank you.