The Smithfield Church

Additional News from Our Missionaries

  • 26 Sep 2017
  • 24 Oct 2017
  • The Smithfield Church

Our thanks to everyone who has been concerned for us during Hurricane María.  Thank you, too, for your prayers, phone calls, and encouragement from Scriptural passages.

It is hard to imagine that we have been through two devastating hurricanes in two weeks.  Since these are the first ones we have experienced while living here, my nerves have been frayed.  The last several days we have been involved with the clean up, and all else involved.  Hurricanes certainly are unpredictable.  We thought the first one, Irma, would affect us much more than Hurricane María, since it looked like María was taking a turn northward away from us.  As it turned out, this hurricane was so huge and slow moving, that it did much more damage and flooding to our area than we expected.  Our town was heavily flooded, somewhat similar to what took place in Houston with Harvey.  It rained heavily for two days, along with high wind.  We had outside damage to our home, but thankfully, no inside damage or flooding.  The lower part of our neighborhood had the worst flooding, due to a river that spilled out over the streets and parks.

But other parts of the country suffered much more loss, especially the coastal areas, as well as other islands, including Puerto Rico, which is very near to us.  We thank the Lord that we are able to continue with our ministry and for the opportunities to minister to those who have more urgent needs.

This has been a year of challenge for many of us.  We continue to pray for the needs that you have shared with us.  We know that God is in control, of both calamity and blessing.

Our love and appreciation to you,

Luis and Julie

Freely you have received, freely give.  Matthew 10: 8

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