Category: Neon Reformed OPC Flooding

by Judith M. Dinsmore In rural eastern Kentucky, the tree-covered Appalachians tumble downward to meet in narrow hollows—hollers—that are sometimes only wide enough for a creek, a line of houses on one side, and a road on the other. The town of Neon, where the OPC has had a church plant for twenty-two years, lies a few miles up one

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator We’ve learned a lot these past five months in Neon, as we normally do with each OPC Disaster Response effort. Just like other ministries, each new opportunity to serve brings with it new people and situations, and there’s a need to adapt. In Neon, some locals are reluctant to accept help from

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by Mattie Hadnagy, Senior at Carolina Christian School My experience in Neon, Kentucky was one that changed my perspective in many ways. As we drove into the town, my heart sank. Houses were caved in, cars were smashed, and businesses demolished. Thinking about all the people in Neon whose lives had been destroyed made me cry…hard. As soon as we parked,

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by Honor Svenson, Senior at Carolina Christian School Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to go on my first mission trip. I can’t lie, I was quite anxious with questions and worries when I first heard about the trip. But to say that I’m grateful I went is such an understatement. Hearing all the testimonies of the people there

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by Shane Evert, youth leader for Carolina Christian School, Locust, North Carolina Over the past two weeks, I have had an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on our recent trip to Neon, KY.   The Lord, by His sovereign grace and mercy, assembled through Carolina Christian School in Locust, North Carolina, a short-term team of nine adult leaders and 18 students

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Hear one family’s story about being forced to leave their home after catastrophic floods hit Neon, Kentucky on July 28, 2022 and their thankfulness for the kindness of strangers. OPC Disaster Response was privileged to serve this family to help dry out and disinfect their home in the name of Christ as part of the community outreach phase of the

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Pictured is the group from Carolina Christian, along with Neon homeowner, Liz Kilgore, who attended worship with the group on Sunday. A group of 27 young people and chaperones from Carolina Christian School (Locust, NC) came to Neon to serve the Lord in the community last week. Serving as site coordinator while they worked was a member of Providence OPC,

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by David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator We seldom focus on the monetary amount given to OPC Disaster Response. Over the years, we have come to take for granted that each disaster response effort seems to receive more than enough funds to faithfully carry out the necessary response work. However, recently we were astounded to realize that in 2022, total

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It’s hard to imagine continuing to live in a soggy, mold-filled home, but that’s what many in the community of Neon have had to do without much promise of change. This desperate need is what has led OPC Disaster Response to begin Phase 2 in Neon, Kentucky.  Praise the Lord; Neon Reformed

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Debris litters the roadside in Eastern Kentucky after record-breaking flood waters rose suddenly overnight on July 27. The watermarks on the wall indicate that over six feet of water rushed into Neon Reformed OPC, submerging the first floor for at least eight hours. The flood swept hymnals and chairs from the sanctuary into the fellowship hall, depositing them into a

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As we reported a few weeks ago, only a few final touches to the interior are needed to complete the OPC Disaster effort at Neon Reformed OPC—just shy of three months after the building was deluged with more than six feet of muddy water! This is certainly cause for praising our great God! Pastor Jay Bennett, although relieved and excited to move worship

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We are praising the Lord for the work that has been accomplished in Neon, Kentucky at Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church in a short period of time! The church building is nearly finished and, Lord willing, may be ready for worship as early as Sunday, October 23. Your prayers and monetary donations along with nearly 120 volunteers and leaders like Shiloh

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Hurricane Ian Hurricane Ian has proven to be one of the deadliest hurricanes in Florida history, and it is with thanksgiving that we report that the Lord preserved the OPC through this devastating storm.  On September 29th, the day after the storm, Eric Hausler, pastor of Christ the King OPC in Naples, Florida, reported on the widespread devastation, and his thankfulness that

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator There is no doubt the connected church is at work in Neon! Just look at the numbers: thus far in the Neon disaster response effort, 102 volunteers have served over 240 days with an average of 8-hours of work per day, which means 1,952 volunteer hours have been served thus far. Praise

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On Monday night, September 19, OPC Disaster Response held a live information session via Zoom for our disaster response registrants. Members of the Neon Disaster Oversight Committee took turns reporting on the progress and future of the effort. Each disaster committee consists of local church deacons, elders, pastors, as well as presbytery members and OPC Disaster Response Administrator, David Nakhla.

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It’s been forty-nine days since six-and-a-half feet of water ravaged the church building of Neon Reformed OPC. Even though much has been accomplished, there is still much more to do. The Lord hears your prayers and is strengthening the community in Neon, even in this disaster! The church building has been mucked

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Crews are cutting and hanging the drywall that was delivered earlier this week to Neon Reformed OPC. Praise the Lord for the progress on the church building. We are so thankful for Art Allen, deacon at Shiloh OPC in Raleigh, NC who, this week began serving as the Site Coordinator for the Neon church rebuild, upon conclusion of Reuben Long’s

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by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator As we make our way toward the one-month mark since the record rainfall and flooding in Neon, the town (and surrounding region) continues the hard work of recovering from the devastation. As you drive along the debris-filled roadways, it’s obvious that Neon Reformed OPC’s building has made progress in its clean up

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Mucking Out the Community Teams from OP Churches in North Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan have already come to help in Neon after the catastrophic floods devastated Neon Reformed OPC and its community in Neon, Kentucky. After first mucking out, cleaning and sanitizing the church, volunteers are now aiding others in the community. There is much to do, and many more

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Meet Bonnie Bonnie is just one of the business and homeowners of Neon who are dealing with what’s left of Neon after the flood two weeks ago. Pastor Jay Bennett talks to Bonnie about her loss and the need for volunteers to help clean out homes and businesses. Volunteers are needed for cleanup now and for the next month. Contact

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Restoring Worship in Neon by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It’s been two weeks since six-and-a-half feet of water ravaged Neon Reformed OPC. Even though much has been accomplished in the these 14 days, the first phase is just now ending. The dehumidifiers in the church are collecting in excess of 75 gallons of water per day! Your

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Wash, Rinse, Treat by Trish Duggan, OPC Disaster Response Communications Coordinator It seems almost counter-intuitive to be using water in the first phases of cleaning out an area devastated by flood, but it’s a necessary step—actually, a really, a crucial one. You can’t close up a wall when mold is present or has the ability to provide a hospitable environment

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Work Begins in Neon Flood by Mike Cloy, elder, Landis OPC, Marion, NC July 31, 2022: Elder Mike Cloy, a Presbytery of the Southeast Diaconal Committee Member and Disaster Response Coordinator, traveled to Neon to see firsthand the clean-up progress of the members of the church and the DART (Disaster Advanced Response Team). They were able to muck out the

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From Elder Mike Cloy (Landis OPC, Marion, NC) Day 1 Clean Up Neon Disaster Response July 30, 2022 “The dehumidifier trailer arrived around 10 am, delivered by two members of Landis OPC, Marion. [Presbytery of the Southeast’s] DART (Disaster Response Advanced Team) arrived with six men around 3 pm and joined eight church members already mucking the mud out of

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by David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator Pastor Jay Bennett and his family went to bed as normal on Wednesday evening, July 27th.  At 2:30 am they were awakened by a blaring flood warning on Jay’s phone. By the time they were roused and looked outside, the floodwaters had reached a level that would have been unsafe to wade through. Living

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