The Mission Team at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta spent the week of April 15 in Rainsville, Alabama helping to build a house for the Goin family. The family lost everything in tornados that hit the area in April of last year. One of three children in the family lost her life; a grandfather lost a leg. The uninsured home was destroyed.
The United Methodist Church of McCormick, South Carolina is coordinating the project. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Northern Alabama UMC Conference are also supporting the project as well as local churches in the Rainsville area.
Members of the Mission Team from Bethlehem include: Rick Carroll, John O’Neil, Deb Broadwater, Terry Broadwater, Bart Frankena, Rick Hardee, Ann Journell, Bill Linn, Bucky Moyer, Sandra Burriss, Dave Woolley and J.J. Weigand. They were joined by workers from Northview United Methodist Church in Roanoke.
“Our thoughts and prayers will stay with all we met,” Team member Deb Broadwater said. “Every time I go on one of these mission trips, I just thank God for all that he has done with my life,” Sandra Burriss, another Team member said.
Financial help for the project will be greatly appreciated. Donations thus far have been provided for purchase of material for the foundation and flooring but more funds are needed to finish the house. Checks should be made payable to Bethlehem UMC, with a memo to the Goin family.
Bethlehem is located at 13586 Old Moneta Rd, Moneta, Virginia 24121.