Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Do you know how many times people refer to those of you who came here last year as angels? No matter who knows you that might argue they know better, the families who received your gifts of hope know something different! Angels bring a message from God. You brought a message of love.
The year 2017 was a year of recovery from the floods of 2016. And that’s not all. The disaster of poverty continues to plague families in West Virginia, as does illness, aging, and handicap. Because of your generosity—your hands, your feet, your funding, your donations—more families here are warm, safe and dry.
In 2017 WVMAW hosted 82 teams representing 1,147 individual volunteers from PA, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, IN, OH, KY, NY, NJ, MI, IL, ME, NH, and MA. These angels helped to build or rebuild destroyed or severely damaged homes, serving over 200 people. Many replaced flooring, walls, porches, built ramps, put on roofing, siding, cleaned out and underpinned, insulated, sheet rocked, painted, trimmed, plumbed, wired—whatever was needed. Many brought years of experience. Others learned new things. So many arrived saying they had no skills, yet found they could do more than they realized. And best of all, so many of you got to know the families you served and found out that was as much mission as driving nails! From the little things to the big things, every one made a difference in the lives of each family you touched. We call that “Jesus Math” around here—Jesus takes a little and makes it much.
You may not think of yourself as a “celestial being” that arrived in WV with a hammer, but you indeed brought a heavenly message: God is love. May God bless you during this season of hope, peace, joy and love as we celebrate that Love came down to us when Jesus was born. Thank you for sharing that Love with all of us here in West Virginia. Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you peace.
In Christ’s love,
The West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW)
is a Christian ministry supported in part by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that offers the
opportunity for discipleship by partnering with those in need whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters or by the disaster of poverty in areas of West Virginia.