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Churches Join Forces to Rebuild After Floyd's Wrath

Posted November 12, 1999

— Members of a church in Concord, North Carolina are donating their time to help rebuild a church in Halifax County, hit hard by Hurricane Floyd.

Emma Dickens, a pastor at the Tabernacle of Victory and Deliverance, remembers the first time she saw her church after the hurricane.

"I cried," Dickens said. "What went through my mind, everything for nothing. All this hard work."

Her congregation had just spent six months and $75,000 turning an old car dealership into the church's new home.

"I didn't know what I was gonna do," Dickens says. "I really didn't. I didn't know where I was gonna turn so I just let it go and said, 'God, it's in your hands.'"

That was when Dickens got a phone call from Glenn Jacobs, a retired contractor and member of Church of the Trinity in Concord.

Jacobs heard about Tabernacle's plight, and offered to help.

"We feel so humbled," Jacobs said. "We're honored just to be here, because we're not helping them, they're helping us."

Jacobs brought 10 members of his church to Scotland Neck. They are working alongside the local congregation to repair classrooms and offices, and patch up the ceiling and roof.

"After Floyd, I've seen so much love, and I've seen the state of North Carolina pull together like never before," Jacobs said. "So I feel like Floyd did some good in a way."

The volunteers from Concord will spend the next six weeks repairing the church in Scotland Neck. Next, they are going to Tarboro to fix a flooded house. Flood victims say their generosity is nothing short of a miracle.

Members of the congregation from Concord say they plan to send volunteers to Eastern North Carolina for the next year.


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