I have had several guys from outside of Florida contact me about the needs and damage of our churches and families due to Hurricane Michael. Here is an update, as best I can provide it now:
Salem in Alford: The Church itself sustained roof damage and water damage the extent or dollar amount unknown at this point.They are to meet with an insurance adjuster later this week. The roof on their bus barn was removed but the busses seem to be ok.
Panama City – Still has trees on their building, no power. Meeting with insurance adjuster today.
First, Chipley- trees are off the building, they have significant water damage, 8-10 trusses have to be replaced or repaired and roof may have to be completely replaced on Fellowship Hall. They have had an adjuster out and received a partial check to make immediate repair. Once it is all done, they will probably still have to come up with quite a bit of money to cover deductible and depreciation.
Damascus, Marianna – steeple damaged
-Marvin Chapel, Marianna does not have any property insurance. They have pretty severe damage to the roof of the church building and the weather-head and meter base was ripped off the new social hall. I also understand their parsonage has some major damage.
Holly Grove, Marianna- sustained water damage and steeple damage.
First FWB, Malone – still without power at church and parsonage, they are waiting on the insurance adjuster to finish his work.
On top of these, many in our churches have major damage or experienced total loss of their homes.
We have received some monies for Disaster Relief. Our first use of these funds have been to meet an immediate need for supplies. Once we feel like those have been addressed, we will be accessing the needs and situations and hopefully, using the remaining funds to help the churches that have seen significant loss. If your church wants to contribute to this fund, you may send checks to the State Office at 2156 54th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32966.
Thank you so much for the manpower and assistance that many of your state’s have provided. It is truly appreciated! Several of our churches are serving as supply centers and some are able to provide meals for those who need them, as well.
Rev. Randy Bryant, CMP
Florida State Association of Free Will Baptists
2156 54th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32966