Hurricane Ian Relief Response

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“The quality of our work will be the platform of our witness, so whatever you’re going to do, serve them well.”

Last week, the NCFSF team had the opportunity to meet with Edward Graham, Vice President of Operations at Samaritan’s Purse, to hear an update on the relief efforts in Southwest Florida, learn some of the longterm needs of the community, and hear how Samaritan’s Purse is working through local churches to uplift their communities.

While Hurricane Ian and the devastation it has caused is fading out of the news, we will be able to continue to serve them through our local office in Naples and through the support of our Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund contributors. Thank you for your sacrifice!

Lisa Williams, Executive Director – NCFSF SWFL Office, serving Community Pregnancy Center with Samaritan’s Purse

The Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund is still active for those who would like to make a financial contribution to support those in Southwest Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. Whether through our Invest, Equip or Unite initiatives, NCF South Florida has always made a commitment to collaboratively respond to the pain of our community well after the news cycle has ended – Hurricane Ian is no different.

*If you already have an NCF Giving Fund, you can make a fund-to-fund transfer by logging into your Giving Fund and going to the transfer page from the top navigation. Be sure to include the fund name and number: Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund#294210. If you need assistance, please contact Lycet Corbo (lcorbo@ncfgiving.com).

Photo provided by NCFSF SWFL office team member, Nick Schultz

How does it work?

Unlike GoFundme, The Red Cross, and similar donation platforms, our Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund ensures that 100% of your gift goes directly to relief efforts and in service of those in desperate need without any overhead or administrative fees. Our commitment is to keep you informed as we coordinate with local churches and best-in-class ministry partners on the ground in areas posted to be impacted by Hurricane Ian.

The Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund is activated during severe storms and community crisis and serves as a fund dedicated to providing hope, help, and healing. For those looking to provide financial support for those impacted by Hurricane Ian, you may do so by contributing to The Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund using the button below or by contacting Lycet Corbo by phone (954.334.1874) or email (lcorbo@ncfgiving.com). 

*If you already have an NCF Giving Fund, you can make a fund-to-fund transfer by logging into your Giving Fund and going to the transfer page from the top navigation. Be sure to include the fund name and number: Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund#294210. If you need assistance, please contact Lycet Corbo (lcorbo@ncfgiving.com).

Photo provided by NCFSF SWFL office team member, Nick Schultz

Encouragement from NCFSF SWFL Board Member:

Recently one of our Southwest Florida board members shared this message with our team on the situation and the opportunity in Southwest Florida:

In addition to several disaster recovery organizations which have set up provisional headquarters on our church property, we’ve been organizing teams at First Baptist to go out into the community and assist hundreds of requests that we’ve received for help – from providing food, to chain sawing downed trees, to so many homes that were flooded to the ceiling – total losses. It is interesting that many turn to the church in times of loss and need, regardless of their religious background.

“As I write this I’m a sweaty muddy mess. I was working with a team in a house today – totally destroyed in the interior. We were shoveling out mud along with the drywall.  Furniture and bedding was already at the street. We did a similar home yesterday and there are many, many others. The devastation is overwhelming.  

“But, the good that comes from this is it provides such a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in showing and expressing His love in a tangible way to our community. In heading to the home mentioned above, it is located in a zone that is blocked off by police to prevent looting. Nice cars are still sitting oddly on top of hedges where they landed after floating away from wherever they’d been parked. I pulled up to the police car and said I was from First Baptist and was heading over to help – no questions asked – he said go right ahead.   

Our church service was packed last weekend (as I’m sure most were). They came in part seeking help in this challenging time. But pray too that they will not just seek help, but will seek the Lord as well.

God bless,
Kent

Kent A. Anderson
Director of Stewardship
First Baptist Church Naples

Photo provided by NCFSF SWFL office team member, Nick Schultz

As always, if we can serve you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We serve South Florida from coast to coast and our hearts are with those reeling from the impact of this storm. We continue to pray for God’s protection and provision for those who are suffering through the aftermath of this catastrophe.