Orange Tour 2013 kicked off earlier this month with great turnouts in Tampa, Seattle and Los Angeles.
In November, Orange Partner, Madison Church of Christ in Nashville, is looking forward to hosting the Tour, bringing in hundreds of participants from around the region—despite severe flooding in August.
While receiving four inches of rain in about an hour, on top of already saturated grounds, Madison Church of Christ sustained quite a bit of flooding. The entire first floor received nearly five feet of flood waters, which were mixed with mulch, dirt and some sewage. They had to completely clean and gut the entire first floor, nearly 40,000 square feet. All of their preschool classrooms, the fellowship hall, reception room and some church offices lost nearly everything. All but one of their air conditioning units flooded and some of their electrical boards were destroyed. The lights that are working now, are running off of two generators.
They have been worshipping at their satellite church, which meets in a middle school. As you can imagine, they are anxious to get back to normal and to continue sharing God’s love, as well as serving their community. The clean-up is already reaching the $750,000 mark and that does not include the cost of rebuilding the first floor. They are not in a flood plain, so they have no flood insurance.
They ask for your prayers as they relocate all preschool, children and some adults up to the second and third floors. They were able to meet their goal of being back in the building by Sunday, September 8, using only the second and third floors. However, they need to rebuild the first floor. We are hopeful the Orange community can help make that happen. If you feel so inclined, donations can be made at HopeMob.org.
For Flood Updates, please visit their website at http://www.madisoncofc.org/#/welcome/flood-updates