Mission Bite #106: Joyful and resilient in the face of floodwaters

Over 90 percent of homes in Trenton, N.C., were damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.

During a recent visit to help local volunteer coordinator, Daynette Snead, as she prepared for teams from CBF churches to assist in the recovery effort, much of our time was spent in the hard-hit neighborhood of Haiti (pronounced hay-tie). Residents were still cleaning up—some preparing to rebuild, while others face uncertainty due to lack of resources.

This close-knit community includes the family of Ms. Mattie, pictured above, whose husband drowned during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Even though they recently lost possessions and must replace the floor and walls of Ms. Mattie’s home, this is a joyful and resilient family, blessing us with a song of benediction as we departed.

-Rick Burnette, CBF field personnel and coordinator for U.S. Disaster Response