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UPDATE: Local TV station covers first LU Send Now team in S.C.

October 14, 2015 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University dispatched an LU Send Now team to South Carolina at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. On their first day on the ground, students worked to clean out flooded homes and churches. They are staying at Shandon Baptist Church.

The students will return to campus on Sunday, Oct. 18. LU Send Now will send out a second group next week.

A local Fox station, WXFR, traveled with the team and is covering their journey this week. Follow their coverage:

Liberty to send disaster relief team to South Carolina

Oct. 07, 2015

Liberty University announced today that LU Send Now, a new disaster relief program, will be mobilizing its first team to South Carolina in the wake of historic flooding. Up to 50 students will be deployed, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin has killed at least a dozen people in South Carolina and has left many towns in ruins.

David Nasser, senior vice president for spiritual development, announced in Wednesday’s Convocation that Liberty students will be among the first relief workers on the ground. Students also took time in Convocation to pray for the families affected by the storm.

“We saw the devastation unfold on TV, and we felt like Liberty needed to do something now,” he said. “We will be sending our teams in to serve and be salt and light to those who are struggling.”

Liberty University LU Send Now information meeting.
LU Send Now staff trains students in basic disaster relief, evangelism, safety, and leadership.

Even though LU Send Now is still in its beginning stages, the staff worked quickly to assemble a team of students to go to South Carolina. Liberty’s team will partner with Samaritan’s Purse and work in conjunction with a local church in Columbia, S.C. Before leaving campus, students will be trained in basic disaster relief, evangelism, safety, and leadership.

More than 1,000 students have signed up for LU Send Now. To go on a trip, students must maintain a certain GPA and undergo disaster relief training. All expenses will be covered by the university.

Nasser announced the initiative this fall as part of LU Send, the university’s new central office for all Liberty student group travel, including local, domestic, and international trips.

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