#MissionMonday: Rebuilding God's Church
The Haven Mission Team’s was presented an opportunity to serve in Port Saint Joe. This area, close to Mexico Beach, was one of the worst hit areas by #hurricanemichael.
Pastor Mark of Carabelle Christian Church put the mission team in touch with Pastor Andrew, Senior Pastor of Family Life Center, in downtown Port St. Joe. Their church, several blocks from the sea, received a tremendous amount of storm surge, in addition to storm damage to the roof and door of the church. Pastor Andrew remarked the silt left when the waters receeded with over an inch in some places.
The church is currently holding services in the pastor’s home.
The building required a complete gutting, water and mold treatment, and essentially rebuilding of the church. The Haven Mission team helped to complete the final demolition of the church in preparation of rebuilding. The team provided supplies for the community and labor for the church and spent the day removing all of the ceilings within the church.
Pastor Andrew, standing in the midst of his condemned church building, spoke of the needs of the community whenever discussing the needs of the church. Pastor Andrew has a strong heart for the community, and like Haven Fellowship, is focused on showing the Love of Christ, wherever people are and less concerned with his building.
The mission team invites you to join their on their next mission trip, January 2-6 to continue helping Family Life Center rebuilding their church and to assist the community with recovery. The clean up and rebuilding of the community, because of how hard hit due to being nearly in the direct path of the storm, is a long-term project that will take many hours of blood, sweat, and equity. Contact Haven Fellowship to volunteer to go and/or make donations. Donations needed for this next trip are sheet-rock, sheet-rock mud, tape, drywall nails and associated supplies. For the community relief team needs include chainsaws, contractor bags, gloves, and related. For monetary donations, fully tax deductible, indicate “Hurricane Michael” in the memo.