We were NOT alone… – Andrea Atripaldi

Being the wife of an EMS provider for more than 30 years, I am familiar with riding the storm out on my own with our girls. But the storms we experienced in Portland, Maine and Concord, North Carolina are nothing compared to what Harvey brought on. My youngest daughter and I were alone with our three dogs and two cats. As the weekend of Harvey progressed, it became more and more obvious that this was not just another ‘snow day’ of watching TV and munching on the big haul from HEB.
Then when Monday early AM brought the water into the house from the golf course behind and the street in front, we knew there was nothing to do but go upstairs. We felt alone…until our Fairfield Connect group started texting to check on one another. I mentioned that we had water and were alone and that I needed prayer for wisdom and strength to stay calm for Samantha. We also needed prayer for Rob as he was doing his calling for the community.
The prayer warriors started to do their thing and a whole lot more. Within hours, several of the folks were trying to find a way to come get us from the house but to no avail. They provided advice on what to do and what not to do, which was invaluable. Then as soon as higher profile trucks could pass (Wednesday noon), the Connect group arrived with tools and started to get the water and wet stuff out, the base boards ripped out, etc. They finished our house on Thursday afternoon and started for our neighbors…didn’t matter that they didn’t go to BCF…they were in need. The church did some training, it would seem, on what to do for mold, so a secondary team came in on Thursday and started that process for us.
FROM THE TIME WE MADE CONTACT WITH THE CONNECT GROUP ON MONDAY WE WERE NEVER ALONE!

James 1:2- 4 AMP Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking for nothing.

— Andrea

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