Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Efforts Continue in North, South Carolinas and Across United States

Russ and Gerry Frye, married for 61 years, sort through items in their flood damaged home in Longs, S.C. The couple, who had been away during Hurricane Florence’s landfall, returned after about three weeks and found mold almost four feet high in every room of their home.
Photo by Laura Sikes/NAMB

Pastor Lebron Crisp of Living Water Baptist Church challenged his congregation to look for opportunities to reach hurting people after Hurricane Florence struck the church’s community just a few miles northwest of North Myrtle Beach. The storm’s flood waters damaged hundreds of homes including several homes of church members.

“It just breaks our hearts. I want to be out here [helping] every waking second,” said Crisp, founding pastor and pastor of the church in Longs, S. C., for 29 years.

Crisp, church members and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers reached out to deacon Russ Frye and his wife Gerry, who lost most everything in their home of 19 years in the Aberdeen community.

In early October, Crisp met the Fryes, both in their 80s, when they first returned to their flood-damaged home and found mold nearly four feet high in every room. The couple, married for 61 years, had been away during the hurricane and the home was closed up for almost three weeks.

Crisp helped them take water-soaked belongings out to the yard and committed to help them. The home went through a complete tear-out and now all the new sheetrock is hung, along with new doors and trim, Crisp said.

“We’re hoping to start the painting this week. It’s getting close for them,” he said.

Frye said he was so thankful for the support of his church family. A member gave them use of their beach home while the work has been done on their home.

In addition to all the work, the couple has received clothes, furniture and meals, he said. All four of the church’s pastors, including Crisp, were at the house working.

“I don’t think any church family can top ours,” Frye said.

For more than two months, church members have served alongside SBDR volunteers who set up a command post in the church’s parking lot.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Laura Sikes