In 2013, Welborne’s summer mission trip was to Crisfield, MD, which had been hit by Superstorm Sandy.  The last team to work in Crisfield will leave on November 1.  Site coordinator Ben Botti shared this reflection on the impact of the teams who have been working in Crisfield.

“We knew this day would come eventually.  Here it is, almost four years to the day since Superstorm Sandy came ashore in Crisfield on October 29, 2012.  Our last team, Hopewell UMC from Downingtown, PA will be arriving on October 29, 2016 and leaving on November 1.

Along the way we will have repaired 211 homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy and another 43 homes in our Risk Reduction program, with the help of some 4300 volunteers, and made some wonderful friends in the process.  Several teams have returned eight and nine times and many more for four or more trips.

More important, though, than the numbers, is the witness we have made for Jesus Christ and His love for us.  People in the community have driven by our site at Union-Asbury UMC and seen the parking lot full of volunteers’ cars week after week, month after month and now year after year.  Many volunteers have stayed in touch with home owners’ they helped.  Just yesterday, a lady at PNC bank told me what a blessing we have been to the community.

We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all you have done to make our efforts successful and to spread the love of Jesus Christ.  Please express our gratitude to your team members and to the congregations who sent you here.”

A few pictures of our Crisfield work, below.
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