Trevecca Nazarene University

An update: Students' fall trip to help hurricane victims

Students Travis Rexroth and Nick Kroes and Jim Mahan (vp for church relations), center, repair rotted wood on the roof of the Church of the Nazarene, Port St. Lucie, Florida, during the students' fall break trip to help that church recover from the effects of the recent hurricanes.
Sixteen students and their sponsors from Trevecca are devoting their fall break to helping the Church of the Nazarene in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The following report was filed 10/10/04 at 10:57 P.M. by Jonathan Moore, president of the Student Government Association:
"We arrived at about 1:30 A.M. on Saturday morning after driving for almost 14 hours to Port St. Luce, FL. We started working at about 8:30 A.M. Saturday at church. The sixteen of us spent the day working very hard. Some of us picked up debris from around the church yard while another group cleaned inside the church.  A lot of the guys spent the entire day on the roof. We had to remove the old roof with roofing shovels, pull out every single nail and staple, repair lots of rotted wood, and put down a new layer of tar paper. It was not easy work. We quit around 6 P.M. and, after getting cleaned up, spent the rest of the night 'on the town.'

"Today we attended church at Pt. St. Lucie Church of the Nazarene. Thomas Gritton is the pastor there. The church members were very happy to see us. They had been very discouraged after being directly hit by two hurricanes.  They had been praying for God to send someone to help with repairs around there church. Dustin Orner and Samantha Yangmi sang a song in the service. Micheal Rhodes played the piano during the offertory. We ate a pot-luck lunch at the church and then went to the beach. We ate dinner at my church, Lake Worth First Church of the Nazarene, where we ate fresh seafood.  The team retired early (except me).  

"Our goal is to finish drying-in most of the roof tomorrow.  We have a lot more existing roof to remove and will probably need to do a lot more repairs on rotten wood. 

"When I get back, Iíll get you a more complete report.  Itís late and Iím extremely tired.  Excuse any grammatical errors, I can think straight because Iím so tired. "