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Hello, again, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. You may recall an earlier request for volunteers in Sellers, SC, a small poor community that suffered greatly from hurricane Matthew in October, 2016. We have been housed at the Library / Community Center, sleeping on cots and using a primitive shower. We have been making home repairs including electrical and installing sheetrock and flooring. We still have floors to repair, minor roof repair and electrical to do. More needs to be done.  ABMen-USA are planning to return to Sellers on Monday, May 15,  to Saturday, May 20, 2017. Yes, this is the day after Easter Sunday. Please consider how many days you can participate. The people of Sellers are very friendly, engaging and appreciative of any help they receive and they are very deserving. Please contact me and let me know what days you plan to be there so we can prepare for you. You will need a sleeping bag, (or sheets and blanket) pillow, toiletries, towel and wash cloth, etc. You may bring any personal tools if you want. Please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number below. Thanks, again for all y’all do for our Ministry and for the Lord in being the hands and feet of Christ.

Lucky Ray

Executive Director, ABMen-USA

luckyray1@suddenlink.net

304-549-9285

 

 

ABMEN WV BRIDGE PROJECT MAY 2016

AMERICAN BAPTIST MEN-USA

Post Office Box 1019      Parkersburg, West Virginia  26102

 ABMEN WV BRIDGE PROJECT MAY 2016

The terrain of West Virginia includes many small valleys with steep hills on both sides. There is normally a creek along one side of the road with homes on the other side of the road. Access to those homes is usually by way of small bridges constructed by the home owners. Heavy rainstorms cause the creeks to overflow, which causes the high fast moving water to occasionally push the bridges off their foundations and destroys the homeowners access to their homes. Some homeowners have insurance to replace their bridges, but many do not. And some of those who do not have insurance, are elderly and do not have the funds nor family members who can help restore access to their homes. Government resources are not normally permitted to be used for these types of bridges. Consequently, some people are forced to move from their homes for long periods of time until their bridges are repaired or replaced.

An organization in WV called “VOAD”, Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters, has established a list of nearly 300 homes needing private bridges repaired or replaced. American Baptist Men of WV of the ABMen-USA is associated with the North American Baptist Fellowship, NABF. ABMen of WV have partnered with the Mennonites Disaster Service and VOAD to provide funds and labor to replace many of these bridges.

 

The members of the Mennonites Disaster Service and men of the ABMen of WV completed such a bridge for two elderly ladies in Boone County, WV on May 20, 2016. The bridge met all government specifications for location, performance and safety. The ladies were very appreciative of the volunteers’ efforts, shedding tears of joy at the prayer of dedication at the end of the project. More bridges will be built soon.

Kenna Lucky Ray

Executive Director, ABMen-USA

luckyray1@suddenlink.net