From staff reports
After the April 28 tornados in 2014, Samaritan’s Purse came to Winston County to help restore the community and plan for the day when homes would be rebuilt with the hands and feet of those serving Samaritan’s Purse.
Samaritan’s Purse restored its first home in Winston County on April 17.
Geraldine Hayes upon receiving the key to her home from Ellis Holdiness of Samaritan’s Purse said there are no words to describe how thankful she is.
“I’m blessed,” Hayes said. “I have had many trials since the tornado yet God has kept me. You (volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse) have been so kind and gracious to me.”
Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational Christian international relief organization that ministers to those in physical need and operates strictly on donations and volunteers.
First Baptist Church in Louisville has provided the workers a place to stay while they worked on houses that were destroyed by the April 28 tornado.
Jennifer Frost of Samaritan’s Purse, presented Hayes with a Bible and a journal that workers had signed with words of encouragement.
Erinn Ford presented a pear tree the group had planted in Hayes yard.
“The tree represents life,” said Ford. “Like the seasons life will change yet a time for regeneration will come.”
Brent Graybeal, Samaritan’s Purse manager of the US Recovery and Development, presented Hayes with a framed itemized bill for the house. Over the grand total, it was stamped in red, ‘PAID IN FULL’.
“Jesus while on the cross said, ‘It is finished’,” Graybeal said. “Our sin is paid for in full by his blood shed on the cross. They can hang this on their wall and see that not only is their new house paid for in full, but their heavenly home and salvation is paid in full.”
Graybeal also noted that the funds that helped pay the house bill in full came from around the world and the donors to the projects had been generous and represented Jesus.
Mark Langham, project foreman for Samaritan’s Purse, blessed the home and hugged Hayes.
“If I had 10,000 tongues, I could not say thank you enough,” said Hayes.
Samaritan’s Purse is working with WinstonStrong to help other families return to their homes and rebuild a life and recover a feeling of safety in their homes.