West Virginia Flood Relief Efforts

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In just a few hours on June 23rd, thunderstorms pounded the state of West Virginia with torrential rainfall. The accumulation of more than nine inches led to disastrous flash flooding across most of the state. Runoff caused the water level of the Elk River—a major river in West Virginia—to reach over 33 feet, breaking the previous record of 32 feet set in 1888.

Thousands of homes and other buildings were destroyed, damaged or even completely washed away. And at least 25 people lost their lives. Many of the affected areas went days without power, gas, and water. Eighty percent of the state was in a state of emergency.

Immediately, on June 26th, World Mission Society Church of God volunteers from neighboring states responded to the emergency in West Virginia to help with disaster relief efforts.

But after seeing the extent of the destruction, they realized they needed more help. More than 260 volunteers decided to spend their Independence Day weekend helping clean up Clendenin, WV. Volunteers went door to door in small groups removing mud, debris, water-damaged sheetrock and other materials from homes, piling it all along the streets so dumpster crews could later collect and remove them. What would have taken homeowners weeks or even months to finish, volunteers were able to accomplish quickly working in unity.

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The Church of God volunteers also set up USA-themed tents where they served a hearty lunch; they also provided snacks to flood victims and other volunteers; they distributed non-perishable food, drinking water, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, toys, diapers, and other goods; they even had face painting for children.

Following the relief efforts, a Clendenin resident sent a message to the Church of God volunteers:

“I would like to express my most sincere thanks for all the help your group provided to the flood victims in Clendenin, WV this weekend. I am a volunteering neighbor who had the “pleasure” of wallowing around in the mud

[and] stench with one of your groups while cleaning up a family’s flooded basement [and] garage…It smelled so bad to me that I could only be in the basement for a brief time before I almost lost my lunch [three] times, but your people endured [and] did a great job. I know the residents that you helped appreciated you being there more than I can express. I also had the best hot dog ever from your group; the topping was excellent. Please get me the recipe. Once again, thank you so very much.”

In a time when the residents were overwhelmed with loss, grief, and seemingly unending work ahead of them, Church of God volunteers brought working hands. And, more importantly, they brought hope to the victims through the love of Heavenly Mother.

2018-05-07T13:02:53+00:00July 6, 2016|Categories: Disaster Relief|14 Comments


  1. Elliot A. August 11, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

    That is very encouraging and heartwarming to see there are people ready to help immediately when needed during times of disaster. This is not the first time I saw those yellow shirts on the scene to help those in need. I believe this group also helped victims of Hurricane Sandy and even the earthquakes of Haiti and Nepal. It is great to see this kind of neighborly love shared throughout the whole world.

  2. Shannon Peraza August 12, 2016 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    This is such a beautiful example of how the love of God flows through the heart of each and every member that attends the Church of God. Only through the teachings of God Elohim are we able to understand God’s love for us and in turn show that love to all our neighbors. It was such an amazing experience to help our neighbors in West Virgina in their time of need. To see the smiles on their faces was the most beautiful thing in the world. I was so blessed to be a part of the relief efforts and to be able to share the love of God with all of those who were affected by the flooding.

  3. Chanel August 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I am so thankful to have been able to be a part of this clean up as well. Being able to help those in need is what God’s children aim to do. Love is such an important teaching of God, but without action how can we say we truely love our neighbors? West Virginia, we support you, and WE LOVE YOU!

  4. Kathy Lee September 11, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Wow! You go guys! Keep up the good work! I can only imagine how they must have felt when they lost everything they work so hard for. But when all hope is gone, God sends the church of God members to help, its really amazing to see this happen in such a cold world and how it is now a days. I hope I can come to the next one!

  5. Jennifer October 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    It’s so inspiring to everyone to go and help others. Giving up your own time to give back. So wonderful! I’m thankful I was able to take part in this cleanup. It really makes you feel amazing!

  6. Azzy October 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Though it was a devastating time I heard the Clendenin residents were very moved and uplifted by just having a helping hand offered to them in this the time of need. Please continue this awesome dedication to volunteering!

  7. Taz November 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    The love the residents showed to us made us so much more eager to help them in their time of distress. The residents of Clendenin are truly beautiful, even in a time of crisis. WE LOVE YOU!

  8. Halimah November 4, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    This is awesome. It’s nice to see a group of people that genuinely care about others. Keep up the good work guys!

  9. Sante January 5, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I took part in this kind of activity with my family. It was great to share time with others in need.

  10. Oscar G March 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This is one of the reason I am very proud to be a member of the Church of God. Regardless of situation, the members are always willing to help and assist those who are suffering from the difficulties of this world. Great job Church of God, always sharing the love of Mother.

  11. Dee March 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Thank Father and Mother for allowing us to go help! I have family and WV and was worried for them (thankful the weren’t effected by the flooding) but to know that so many so our brother and sisters were able to be there to help their neighbors and friends even though I wasn’t able to truly made me so thankful and really feel the love of Elohim.😊

  12. Krystal Jacobs March 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Truly thanks to God Elohim for the heart and mind of the brothers & sisters to go forth and shine God’s glory by putting into practice the command of loving our neighbors! May Heavenly Mother continue to be the praise of the Earth in these last days!💕

  13. Andrea March 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Just as God sacrificed for us, the members of the Church of God sacrificed themselves to help their neighbors. As a member, it was truly heart warming to see how our efforts both big and small made a difference to those in need that day. I loved the experience of volunteering and being able to follow the teachings of Heavenly Father and Mother and I wish to continue glorifying God through our deeds in the Church of God.

  14. Ashley March 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks to Father and Mother I got to be apart of this cleanup. I realized just how fast the things we have on earth can be taken away. The things in Heaven are eternal. Let’s continue to work hard and give others hope for Heaven!

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