Despite impassable road, community comes to Lumberton church for food

September 24, 2018

Because of Hurricane Florence and the flooding that’s occurred in Lumberton over the past week, a giant hole has formed on the road leading to the East Lumberton Baptist Church. The road is now impassable.

But that hasn’t stopped people from showing up all week to get food and supplies here.

The church partnered with Operation Blessing to provide more than 12,000 hot meals since Monday.

Once word got out that the church was doing this for the community, people have continued to show up despite the difficult road conditions.

Pastor Mike Bowen at East Lumberton Baptist Church said that the line for food will go around the church at lunchtime.

“Now we’ve got folks going on all sorts of back roads to get to our church, but they’re coming,” Bowen said.

Tom Wiley, a member of Operation Blessing, said the program wants to help the Lumberton community beyond the area drying.

“We’re waiting for the waters to recede, and then we’re going to continue to feed people, and we’re also going to be organizing spontaneous volunteers,” he said.

Bowen said it’s important that people in the community know they’re cared about.

“It’s our desire to love folks in their time of need,” he said.

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