Sharing Hope in Christ with Vermont Homeowners After Flooding

July 21, 2023 • United States

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is transforming lives in Vermont as Samaritan’s Purse volunteers help weary homeowners recover from unprecedented flooding.

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Homeowners John and Bethanny sat helpless as the flood waters began to rise, breaking the glass windows and filling their house. Nine inches of rain in two days submerged Barre, Vermont, with flooding like they had never seen before.

“Water came pouring in and filled the lower level of my house. In some rooms, up four feet, and then filled the basement up six feet,” Bethanny said, reflecting on the storm.

At just the right time, Samaritan’s Purse volunteer teams arrived in Barre to clean up after the storm in Jesus’s Name. “The words don’t exist for the amount of gratitude I have,” Bethanny said of our work.

Volunteer teams are hard at work in Vermont.

Volunteer teams are hard at work in Vermont.

By ripping out wet drywall and insulation, as well as spraying to prevent mold growth, volunteers met the physical needs of Bethanny and John. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains were then able to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the couple. The Samaritan’s Purse volunteer team stopped their work briefly and gathered to pray as the chaplains were sharing the Good News.

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To the glory of God, John joyfully received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The needs are great after catastrophic flooding swept over the Northeast. Samaritan’s Purse is working in both Barre, Vermont, and Highland Falls, New York, helping homeowners in Jesus’ Name. Between the two flood deployments, we’ve had almost 150 volunteers serve more than 30 homeowners so far (as of July 20). We rejoice that 12 individuals have been saved by God’s grace.

Pray for the many families uprooted by these floods. Please consider volunteering at either of these sites or our other responses by visiting spvolunteer.org.

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U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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