January 26, 2016

Finding Relief After the Storm

Rachael Athearn, Staff Writer 

By the time Angie Nahlik realized her Eureka, Missouri, home and automotive shop were threatened by impending floodwaters, it was practically too late. “The sandbags were gone. Everything was gone,” Angie says.  

Her family gathered up some volunteers to make their own sandbags, but it was too little, too late. So they shifted gears and removed as many of their belongings as they could. But they were unable to save everything. 

The 4 feet of river water that slopped through their shop tipped a motor-oil drum, covering everything that was left behind with thick oil. 

“So we’ve got a chemical hazardous-waste issue inside, and then it’s just uninhabitable,” Angie says. “None of our equipment is working right…everything has to be gutted, and so it’s hard.” 

Angie says one of her biggest needs has been cleaning supplies. That’s one of the reasons she stopped by for a flood-relief event put on recently by Convoy of Hope in partnership with Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope.  

At the event, hundreds of people like Angie who were affected by the recent Missouri flooding turned out to receive bottled water, food and cleaning supplies. 

The event, Angie says, brought her a bit of hope. “It’s just nice that people go out of their way to help somebody they don’t know,” she says. “Every little bit helps.” 

Thank you so much for helping us support these much-needed relief efforts in our own back yard…and all around the world.  

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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