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SEP-OCT 2016

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10 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay the congregation—started posting videos online of them up on their roofs, rushing water all around," he says. "And they couldn't do anything. COURTESY OF STEPHEN BALDWIN JR. Youth from First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana, clean out a home in Rainelle, West Virginia. Spotlight showcases the places where God is breathing life into the church and the world beyond. Have a story to share? Email your church's stories of life and faith to T hese days, the story of the Good Samaritan has a different meaning to folks in southern West Virginia. The area experienced a 1,000-year flood when nearly a foot of rain fell in a few short hours, leaving 23 dead and 1,200 homes either destroyed or severely damaged. "When we read the Good Samaritan story, I think we like to see ourselves as the Good Samaritan," says Stephen Baldwin Jr., pastor of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member of the community. "You want to be the one who defies expec- tations, shocks people and does the right thing in the face of all of that. But in this flooding, we were the man lying on the road half-dead. We were the ones in need of mercy. West Virginians are proud people. We are not comfortable in that position, and yet that's exactly where we were. It's been a testament to us to learn about God's mercy." Hoping to pick their brothers and sisters up off the ground, heal them, and get them on their way again, Baldwin and his congregation opened their doors to those in need. "When this flooding started hap- pening, people—friends, members of SPOTLIGHT Lessons in mercy Finding ways to help flood victims BY MIKE GIVLER DISCIPLES Endorsed Mover for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stevens is proud to deliver over 110 years of family-owned moving expertise and quality services to Presbyterian Church (USA) Members, Clergy and Employees and Educators: • Discounted pricing • Top-rated drivers and crews • Customized moving packages • Stevens Home Protection Kit™ • Free no-obligation move estimate • Single point-of-contact Trust the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines USDOT 72029 CALL VICKI BIERLEIN: 800.248.8313 Clergy Move Center ™ T h e w a y t o m o v e

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