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News January 25, 2017 posted by

Sellers blitz: ‘I thank God for y’all’

For Allen James, the scores of people who descended upon his town armed with hammers, crowbars and chainsaws were “like the star over Bethlehem.” “It was just a total faith lift, a joy to know that someone thought enough to come and help us,” said James, whose Sellers home was devastated both from October’s Hurricane Matthew and the October 2015 flood. The tiny town of Sellers, already a poverty-stricken area before the hurricane, was badly impacted after two storm-swamped rivers overflowed and flooded the region. But after a Jan. 13-14 hurricane blitz organized by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, many of those homeowners are on the road to recovery. By Jessica Brodie.

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News December 16, 2016 posted by

Love in action: Hurricane work blitz helps 18 homes in Nichols area

Everything Kristen Wheeler and her husband, Blake, have accumulated in seven years is gone. “It’s only overwhelming when I think about it,” Wheeler told the Advocate, her eyes welling up with tears as she stood outside her hurricane-ravaged home. But thanks to the efforts of 236 United Methodist volunteers from across South Carolina, the Wheelers and other families in the Nichols/Mullins area have new hope and a strong feeling of Christian love and support. The South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church held a work blitz in Nichols/Mullins Dec. 2-3, doing tear-out and mold remediation for 18 flooded homes in preparation for the next step: long-term recovery and rebuild. Jessica Brodie has the story.

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Love in action: Hurricane work blitz helps 18 homes in Nichols area
News October 10, 2016 posted by

South Carolina gets help after the hurricane

Two days after Hurricane Matthew pummeled South Carolina, United Methodist disaster leaders are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. Their first order of business: assessment and early response. The disaster hotline is now live as the UMCSC sends ERTs, cleaning buckets, health kits and Christian love to people in need. By Jessica Brodie.

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South Carolina gets help after the hurricane
News November 28, 2015 posted by

S.C. ERT responds to ‘1,000-year’ South Carolina flood

By Billy Robinson. On Friday morning, Oct. 2, as rain began, I was still filling sandbags and placing them at every door around my home in North, as only two years prior our home flooded from what they called a “100-year flood” for our area. Since then, the Department of Transportation had cleaned out some main drainage pipes that were halfway filled with dirt and roots. We hoped that would help immensely, but with the dreaded forecast for unprecedented flooding all across South Carolina, I continued to sandbag my home.

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S.C. ERT responds to ‘1,000-year’ South Carolina flood
News October 26, 2015 posted by

Faith through the flood

By Jessica Brodie. Weeks after a storm so catastrophic South Carolina’s governor called it a “1,000-year flood,” South Carolina United Methodist disaster responders are transitioning from a rescue phase to a relief and recovery phase.

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Faith through the flood
News October 26, 2015 posted by

Local churches reach out after S.C. flood

By Jessica Brodie. Across South Carolina, United Methodist churches small and large are stepping up to be the hands and feet of Christ in the aftermath of the flood. And whether serving as Red Cross shelters, collecting money or mobilizing money and volunteers, they are heeding God’s call to help.

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Local churches reach out after S.C. flood
Editor's Views October 26, 2015 posted by

Strength to go on—in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Somehow, life goes on. I find myself this week, as we prepare to go to press on the Advocate, shopping for Halloween costumes for our four kids and decorations for our church’s Trunk or Treat, wondering which side of the family to visit for Thanksgiving, scheduling doctor visits and oil changes and weekend chores and all the other trappings of my first-world life.

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Strength to go on—in Christ
News May 26, 2015 posted by

ERT: 10 years of missions

By Billy Robinson. On Feb. 24, eight United Methodist Volunteers In Mission personnel gathered in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the 2015 UMVIM/UMCOR Southeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy. While standing on the beach many reflected back on our first major response for the South Carolina UMVIM Early Response Team, which happened Sept. 6, 2005, in the first week’s aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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ERT: 10 years of missions

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