Update on Relief Efforts

Yesterday a semi truck from the Church of Christ Disaster Relief organization was unloaded into our church gym. Today we took many of the supplies to Bay Place Apartments. We set up a distribution center and gave people much needed supplies of food, water, and cleaning supplies. Bay Place is still without electricity and the people were very appreciative. Several of the residents helped us in unloading and carrying the supplies to people’s apartments. Since many are still evacuated we filled a store room at the apartments with boxes for people to receive as they return. We have worked with the Bay Place Apartments for several years in a variety or ministry capacities.

This afternoon we divided into teams and are working to help clear people’s yards (and rooftops!) of trees and branches. Travel around the area is terrible with most of the traffic lights still not working and many people trying to get from one place to another. I took a generator to an elderly lady who is still without power. She has a serious heart condition and never evacuated. Finally, she has a ‘fridge and a fan. Thankfully, it has been unseasonable cool (meaning less hot) with highs in the low 80’s.

Our church building’s roof has been repaired and we will be holding some form of a worship service this coming Sunday at 10:30. I say, “some form” because we do not know if we will have electricity and even if we do, we don’t know if we will have enough power to run the A/C. There will be no Sunday School.

We are still accepting financial contributions which you may send to the address on the post below. All money collected will go directly to help with the relief effort. We currently do not need supplies or workers. When our situation is more stable we will then be able to use groups that would like to come and work.

Thank you for your interest and especially your prayers.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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