Urgent Need at a Sister CP Church
Good evening New Hope!
I shared with you Sunday the news about one of our sister churches, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Whitwell, TN. In the tornados last week their church as well as the pastor’s home (Rev. Jimmy Byrd) were damaged. The following email was sent from our denominational headquarters.
Tornado Hits Cumberland Presbyterian Church
New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian in Whitwell, TN (north of Chattanooga) suffered significant damage as a result of tornadoes which swept through on Tuesday evening. The pastor’s house, the Reverend Jimmy Byrd, also has some pretty bad damage from a fallen tree. Many of their neighbors have lost everything. The Missions Ministry Team on behalf of the denomination has sent some relief funds to the New Hope Church and surrounding areas. We are accepting additional donations for those in the area who are trying to pick up the pieces following the recent storm.
In addition, we are receiving funds to help in the recovery efforts following the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge located in East Tennessee. A historic wildfire swept through that area on Monday evening and burned over 16,000 acres. 14,000 people were forced to evacuate. At least seven people are dead and over 700 businesses and homes have been damaged or destroyed. If a church in East Tennesse is providing some relief efforts in the region, please let us so that we can partner with your ministry.
You can donate to the relief by clicking on the blue link below. If you’d rather contribute by check, make it payable to Missions Ministry Team. Indicate on your check that it is either for “Tornado Relief,” “Fire Relief,” or “East TN Disaster Relief.” Mail check to:
Missions Ministry Team 8207 Traditional Place Cordova, TN 38016
As you can see the assistance is not just for our church and pastor, but for several communities that were affected by the storms and the wildfires. Here is another opportunity for us to show God’s love to those in need.
Grace and peace,