One member of St. Paul Anglican Mission Church, Lynn Haven, Florida, Aimee Roberts, described the scene at the church:
She added that every parishioner at the church had “significant damage” to his or her home:
Roberts noted that there are hundreds of people coming to help, including law enforcement, and so, though they’ve lost everything, they are hopeful.
Meanwhile, Fr. John Wallace, Rector of Apostles by the Sea in Rosemary Beach, Florida, is calling on the church to rise up as he leads his parishioners in relief efforts: “So, Church, let’s be the Church!” His congregation is offering food and water, hygiene products and first aid, and other essentials to those in need in the area. Right now, they are focused on immediate needs but recognize that relief efforts will be a “marathon.”
Apostles by the Sea is leading the relief efforts for the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic who has partnered with the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Though they ask for volunteers to wait until circumstances are a bit safer to visit, they can use your prayers, especially for stamina and safety. You are also encouraged to help by donating to the relief efforts through ARDF here. Learn more about the relief efforts here and in this video: