LU Serve Now Newsletter
More than 80 people died in the December 2021 tornado that hit Mayfield, KY, and many more people were displaced having lost their home or rental in which they lived. Though much of the clean-up from the tornado has been complete, Samaritan’s Purse is now busy with various rebuild efforts for affected homeowners and renters. From Oct. 1-8, a Serve Now team of 8 students and 2 leaders served alongside Samaritan’s Purse in various rebuild projects. The team helped to build a wheelchair ramp for one homeowner, constructed a porch for another, installed flooring, insulated a new home, built a storm shelter, and much more. Below are some quotes from team members that capture the work done by the team.
“Homes were built, friendships were made, but most importantly God was glorified every moment of this trip. I loved it!”
Emma, Mayfield, KY Trip
“I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve Ms. Jackson in Mayfield, Kentucky for five days. Ms. Jackson lost three of her nine children and her home in the matter of one year. To know that I was able to play a part in the building of a ramp for her new home, serving as the hands and feet of Christ, is an honor that I will never take for granted. We shared the love of Christ through our service, just as Jesus did for others”.
Ava, Mayfield, KY Trip
“God puts you in the right places at the right times, and the Holy Spirit gives you the words to say to the people that need to hear them. This organization provides trips that display that.”
James, Mayfield, KY Trip
Visit this link to view one of the ways in which Samaritan’s Purse has served in Mayfield, KY:
A Culture of Preparedness
Serve Now New Member Training—Tips for Preparedness
As we aim to serve through a constantly changing climate of disaster and spiritual warfare, we have learned that we are most effective in providing relief when we have cultivated a spirit of preparedness.
We have updated the training content we present to new Serve Now members. The orientation training is designed to equip Serve Now members to be the best Champions for Christ they can be, by teaching practical steps in being physically, mentally, and spiritually prepared to answer the call to serve on a deployment. Be ready for the Lord to use you!
An Invitation to Long-Time Serve Now Members
If you’re interested in an overview of the new student member training (A Spirit of Preparedness), reach out to make an appointment with one of our staff members. You can simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serve Now Trauma Basics Training—Tips for Ministry
Serve Now has completed its first of three “Trauma Basics Training” with Dr. Jeanne Brooks, psychology professor at Liberty and a trauma specialist. The purpose of the workshop is to provide Serve Now members with knowledge on how to respond to and serve someone who has experienced trauma.
Dr. Brooks shared several practical tips for ministering to people who have experienced trauma. She used the book of Job, her personal trauma, and her experience leading a Serve Now trip.
Thanks to Dr. Brooks, we have some incredible insight into how to be compassionate, speak truth, and allow the Lord to comfort. We hope this workshop enables our members to act with love and understanding as they are faced with emotionally difficult situations on deployment.
Serve Now Teams
As two Serve Now teams prepare to deploy to Florida in November, pray for the effectiveness of the team members, salvation to come to the community members to whom they will minister, and wisdom and strength for the Samaritan’s Purse staff with whom our teams will serve.
People in storm-devastated communities as they continue to recover, rebuild, and move forward.
Divine strengthening of the ministries of local churches in these communities, that they would proclaim the eternal hope of the Gospel.
God’s blessing on the work of the many volunteers who give time and energy to serve in Jesus’ Name and demonstrate His love to people in desperate need.
Hurricane Ian Updates from our Partners
Visit this link to see how Samaritan’s Purse is serving in Florida after Hurricane Ian:
Visit this link to see how Operation Blessing is serving in Florida after Hurricane Ian: