September 14, 2017

From the Desk of R.H. Karn,  Liberty Youth Ministry

Dear Friends:

Commuting into work this morning was a little rocky; the twenty to thirty-minute drive to my office was put into perspective while imagining the millions of people in Florida who couldn’t drive anywhere (even if they wanted to) due to impassable roads or waterlogged vehicles. And countless more people without power waking up to destruction and devastation all around them. Does a “Good morning!” greeting in Ohio to my neighbor or office-mate mean the same as a “Good morning!” greeting in a hurricane shelter to the people who slept beside you in cots? I think it does. I hope it does. Mornings bring hope, even after the darkest of nights.

When discussing Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our Liberty youth group had one serious question: How can we help? I am so blessed and so thankful to be part of this group, and I am so thankful for their hearts and the drive that has been instilled in their hearts to live out what Romans 12:10-13 says:

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.”

As much as we would love to move our summer mission trip from June to September, we still have commitments here in Ohio. However, we do have an opportunity to aid the hurricane relief efforts: the youth group will be putting on a drive for supplies to put together hygiene kits for hurricane victims, and we invite all of you to participate. We will be working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, who have been collecting “Gifts of the Heart” kits just like these from all over the U.S.

We will be collecting the following items:

  • Hand towels (approximately 16″ x 28″, no fingertip or bath towels)
  • Washcloths
  • Wide-tooth combs
  • Nail clippers
  • Bars of soap (bath size)
  • Toothbrushes (in original packaging, NO toothpaste)
  • Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips

We will be collecting these items this Sunday, September 17 through Sunday, October 15. Please bring your donated items to one of the four collection boxes around the church:  the Sanctuary entrance, Barn Lower Level, Reception Area, or Youth Room.

This week, as we see stories of loss, devastation, mourning, and heroism, selflessness, and love, pray for our neighbors impacted by these storms – those on our southern shores, those in the Caribbean, and those world-wide who are suffering. Pray for God to bring hope into their lives, and thank you for your participation in this drive.

R. H. Karn