Follow the FBC team who is back in Trenton, NC this week to continue work and clean up from Hurricane Florence. We’ll post here whenever we an update, so that our whole FBC family can hear of the work being done in Trenton!
Final Day, Saturday May 18 by Pat Wilson
We are home and settled after our week in Trenton. Although Saturday is usually my most active day, I’ve spent a good part of the day resting.
At this time last week, I was uneasy with my planning since many things were still up in the air. However, as the trip neared, the preparations started coming into place. This has taught me to be more flexible, which is very difficult for me.
I am amazed at the work that was accomplished this week and of those who came to help. While our numbers were small, it was just enough to get the work done. I’m attaching a panoramic picture that I took of the cemetery yesterday, which mowing was the highlight of the trip and the memory that I’ll cherish the most.
We are thankful for the investment God has called us to make in this community. Some tasks may seem small, but God uses them for big purposes when we are faithful to respond.
Day 4, Thursday May 16 by Amy Grizzle Kane
Day 3, Wednesday May 15 by Pat Wilson
What a wonderful weather day that we enjoyed today! Very productive day of lawn work with only a modest amount of sweating and wet clothing. We are sad to see Richard, Gayle and Karl leave today but were fortunate to have them on the trip.
Our base of operations has been in the Haiti Cemetery. We’ve been fortunate to park beneath huge trunked live oak and pine trees which have provided us with much needed shade. It has been meaningful for us to help with the landscaping of this sacred ground for the Haiti community.
Since we have spent much time this week in the cemetery, it is interesting to learn the history of those buried there. The oldest grave is almost 100 years old and it is interesting to note that there are more women than men who had lived at least 90 years and at least one of the women lived past her 100th birthday.
We are looking forward to another productive day tomorrow.
Day 2, Tuesday May 14 by Gayle Wiley
Today began our second experience helping the Haiti community in Trenton, NC continue their recovery following Hurricane Florence last fall. Pat Wilson, Harold Knight, Richard and Gayle Wiley were part of today’s team.
The area looked somewhat different from when we left in December yet sadly the same. While the traffic bustles on Highway 58, the Haiti community is much like it was in December. Many of the houses are still empty since the hurricane of last Fall.
We continue an ongoing relationship with Trenton, NC to assist with hurricane recovery in partnership with CBF Disaster Response. Any amount of time you could give during this time-frame will be used to help continue to beautify and restore this rural, lower-resourced community after the impact of Hurricane Florence. Jobs may include yard work (with rebuilding, often yards are neglected) and/or assisting with downtown Trenton beautification. All levels of ability are welcome. You can come for one or all of the days listed. Contact Amy Grizzle Kane, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.