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Local mission group returns from tornado-devasted Alabama

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New Horizon Baptist Church plans return to build a home

By Gina Clear

After a recent trip to tornado-stricken Alabama to deliver supplies, a local mission group is planning to return.

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The group from New Horizon Baptist Church in Glendale took a tractor trailer full of food, housewares, bed linens, water and a variety of other needed supplies to Webster’s Chapel, Ala., and saw first hand the devastation the recent outbreak of tornadoes had on the area.

“We were blessed with the opportunity to tour the devastation,” New Horizon Pastor Steve Hill said. “Literally, they have nothing. They lost everything.”

The group returned from the trip June 11 and immediately felt the need to do more. It had scheduled a mission trip to Massachusetts in July, but after witnessing the devastation in Alabama, members decided collectively to change their plans.

“Since the need was so great in Alabama, we decided to cancel the Massachusetts trip,” Hill said. “We got together as a team and everyone agreed to go to Alabama.”

The group will return to the area because of how many people are still without homes.

“We wanted to return because of the need – the great, great need,” Hill said. “Some are living in RVs and tents on their property. We even heard a family was living out of a horse trailer.”

Several members volunteered for the first trip and will return for the second because they had the desire to help.

“It could happen anywhere,” Margie Harper said. “We’re in tornado alley. It could happen here. The need is there and it’s still there.”

Pam Dosier and her husband, Sidney, who donated the truck and fuel for the trip, had a very personal reason for going.

“We ourselves have been in a tornado and lost everything,” Pam said of the 1997 tornado that tore through parts of LaRue County. “We know what they’re feeling. We can relate to the same emotions they have.”

Working with the Calhoun Baptist Association, the mission team will build a home for a family in need. Their trip is scheduled for July 18-22.

“It’s an opportunity for us to pull our resources to help someone who is homeless, not by choice, to move back into a home,” Hill said. “You’re able in some small way to help them put their life back together.”

To build the home, the group is looking for donations to help fund the supplies.

“We can take donations [of supplies], but it would be better to receive cash donations to purchase the supplies once we arrive, so they can be delivered to the site,” Hill said.

Dosier also said the group will gladly accept more supplies for the victims, except clothing, to take with them as well.

“We appreciate everyone, the businesses, our sister churches and individuals, that gave us money and also supplies this last trip,” she said. “We just want to do God’s work and share God’s love.”

If you would like to donate to New Horizon Baptist Church’s mission, contact Steve Hill at (270) 737-4386.

Gina Clear can be reached at (270) 505-1740 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.