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Smithfield church to help Ike victims

Posted September 14, 2008 6:31 p.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2008 10:30 a.m. EDT

— Before Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast, it devastated parts of Cuba. The relief effort there continues, and members of a Smithfield church are going to help this week.

Several members of Sharon Baptist Church will head to a rural area of Cuba Wednesday.

“I cannot imagine what it is that we'll be facing. ... because of hurricanes Gustav and Ike it has now become a real necessity for us to go down there,” Rev. Christopher Ingram said.

Months ago, the church had planned a mission trip. However, after the hurricanes hit, members said their focus changed to rebuilding and restoring their sister church there, as well as the community.

Church members will also bring donations and much-needed medical supplies.